Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Summer Roses, 12x16 oil

After the last few weeks of cold, gray and rainy weather, today is a beautiful day in Maine - 60 degrees, warm and sunny. I'm waiting for the late afternoon sun so I can go out and paint. I have a new Guerrilla Plein Air box that I'm eager to try. It's my early Christmas present!

We're late in receiving our destination for November's Virtual Paint Out because our administrator was busy running for local office. He is now the Mayor of his hometown in Kentucky. Congratulations, Bill Guffey.

I have been adding the finishing touches to two still lifes. They do take a lot of time and a lot of thought. I like to add glazes to enrich the colors and these must be applied to a dry surface. Here is one that I think is finished.


Summer Roses, 12x16 oil

I'm not sure if this painting is going into my Ebay Store or to another gallery. I'll have to think about it.

Now it's time to go outside and paint. Enjoy your day!

Thanks for visiting,
Celene

My Ebay Store
www.CeleneFarris.com 



Sunday, October 14, 2018

Hashima Island, Japan - October's Virtual Paint Out

Our VPO administrator decided to choose a creepy, eerie destination this month to celebrate Halloween. He made a good choice!

Hasima Island, Japan

Nine miles off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan, sits the desolate, uninhabited island of Hashima (also called Gunkanjima, or battleship, because of its shape).

This 16 acre island with its massive, encircling sea wall was once a thriving undersea coal mining community. It is now home to decaying concrete buildings, collapsed mine shafts, rusting machinery and discarded items. While the island is a symbol of Japanese industry, it is also a reminder of its dark past.

Coal was discovered on the island around 1810. Mining began, the seawall was constructed and the island enlarged with debris from the mine tunnels.

In 1916 the island's first concrete building was constructed, a seven floor apartment complex to house the growing number of workers and their families. Although the living conditions were harsh, the quarters cramped and austere and the work dangerous, the offer of good wages and free housing attracted many.

Then in the 1930s and throughout WWII the Japanese men were needed elsewhere, so the families returned to the mainland. Miners were replaced by Korean and Chinese conscripted civilians and prisoners of war. They were forced to work under very harsh conditions and brutal treatment under Japanese wartime policies. It is estimated that about 1,300 men died from disease, mining accidents, exhaustion and malnutrition.

After WWII, the Japanese miners and their families returned to the island. More concrete buildings were constructed including large apartment complexes, a school, a hospital and a community center, a cinema, communal baths, a swimming pool, rooftop gardens, shops and a brothel. Sunday excursions to the mainland were available. Conditions were much improved. By 1959 this 16 acre island was home to 5,259 people, making it the most densely populated area in the world.

Coal supplies dwindled and the mines were closed in January 1974. The residents departed, leaving the island totally abandoned - except for rats, feral cats and ghosts.

Interest in the island has resurfaced. Government controlled tourist travel to Hashima began in 2009. Restoration on the ruined buildings has begun but at this time only a very small portion of the island is deemed safe.

Hashima was named a UNESCO World Heritage Historical Site in 2015.

Hashima Island, 9x12, oil


Reference Photo and B&W Underpainting

This painting will be available in my Ebay Store – Virtual Paint Out

Any of my paintings can be purchased directly through me, if you prefer. 
Please email me for more information.


Thanks for visiting and Happy Halloween.
Celene



Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Day #26 - Amsterdam 9x12, oil

I should know better than to sign up for Leslie's September 30/30 painting challenge. September is a busy month for us. There is the last of the vegetable garden to tend to, flower beds to get ready for winter, houseplants to be repotted and brought in before the first frost. And beautiful fall days to enjoy just being outside.

I should really know better.... but Leslie's 30/30 painting challenges are always so much fun. She offers another one in January. That should be a slower month around here. 


Our Virtual Paint Out group traveled to Amsterdam this month. We were limited to the area within the A10 highway that encircles the city. 
It was a lucky coincidence that this month's destination coincided with the recent PBS TV Masterpiece Theater mini series, "The Miniaturist", a dark story of Amsterdam in the 1600's.  


A little info - 


Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is a flat, low-lying city, connected by canals to the North Sea. Areas of the city lie below sea level and some areas are built on land that has been reclaimed from the sea. It covers approximately 85 sq miles and has a population of about 822,000.

The inner city is divided by a network of canals into some 90 “islands” connected by approximately 1,300 bridges and viaducts. It has a temperate climate with moderately warm summers. The cooler months of October through March can be cloudy and damp.

Amsterdam, 9x12, oil

This painting is available in my Ebay Store – Virtual Paint Out

Any of my paintings can be purchased directly through me, if you prefer. 
Please email me for more information.


Thanks for visiting,
Celene

Monday, September 17, 2018

Day 15 and 16 of the 30/30 Challenge

I'm getting behind with my postings. There just isn't enough hours in the day for chores, cooking, painting, reading and naps. Something has to go. My vote is for chores.

Pete's Cove, 5x7, oil


Abandoned, 5x7, oil


These paintings will be available in my Ebay Store - Small Paintings.
Or if you prefer, you may purchase directly from me. Please contact me for more information.

Thanks for visiting,
Celene

www.CeleneFarris.com
Visit Leslie Saeta's September 2018 30/30 Painting Challenge.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Day #14 - Morning Tide, 5x7, oil

Morning Tide, 5x7, oil

This painting will be available in my Ebay Store - Small Paintings.

Or if you prefer, you may purchase directly from me. Please contact me for more information.

Thanks for visiting,
Celene

www.CeleneFarris.com
Visit Leslie Saeta's September 2018 30/30 Painting Challenge.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Day #13 - Amsterdam, 9x12 B&W Underpainting

Today was a busy day, but I did find an hour to lay in an acrylic B&W underpainting of Amsterdam - which is our September destination for the Virtual Paint Out. I've included the reference photo to show you how I simplified the scene. It's never my intention to copy a reference photo exactly as it is. I'm not a camera, I'm an artist. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But I have a good feeling about this painting.


Canals of Amsterdam, 9x12, underpainting

Reference photo from Google Maps



When completed, this painting will be available in my Ebay Store - Virtual Paint Out

Or if you prefer, you may purchase directly from me. Please contact me for more information.

Thanks for visiting,
Celene

www.CeleneFarris.com


Visit Leslie Saeta's September 2018 30/30 Painting Challenge.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Day #12 - We'll Leave the Light On, 8x10, oil

We'll Leave the Light On, 8x10, oil SOLD


This painting was available in my Ebay Store - Landscapes

Or if you prefer, you may purchase directly from me. Please contact me for more information.

Thanks for visiting,
Celene

www.CeleneFarris.com


Visit Leslie Saeta's September 2018 30/30 Painting Challenge.