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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Remembrance - The Pink Chair Project #2 "Between Sunlight and Shadow"

Between Sunlight and Shadow
Oil on Panel
$565 Delayed Sale

I was taken at how the chair sat on the line between light and dark in the yard and decided to paint it there. I had been reading Alla Prima, a Richard Schmid book on painting, at the cottage, and I decided to follow some of his advice to create a strong painting. I took a lot of care with this painting, doing an under painting first, so I could check the composition and value areas. I was not prepared for what happened. As I carefully started to paint the pink chair into the work, all of a sudden I sensed the presence of my mother. She was there! in the chair! And she has stayed with me through this adventure.

The underpainting I did first

I completed the painting on site but later touched it up in the studio. When you first do a plein-air painting, there often are areas that are missed or need enhancing. It is a delicate dance to touch up without losing the original feeling. As I sat there ready to work on this piece in my studio, I felt again the sense of Mom being there.

I am now sharing my current show with my readers and daily paintworks viewers. This show is currently traveling and will be available for purchase after the travel is completed, around mid-2014. Art work may be held until then with a 10% down payment. E-mail me or see my pink chair project blog, for details

This exhibit tells the story about painting a pink plastic Adirondack chair. The chair represents my mother, Carolyn Elizabeth Pedersen Schulte, of Rochester, NY, who passed on June 5th, 2011. She was a wonderful woman, full of love for everyone around her, and she loved this bright color pink. She was proud of me as an artist and would love what I am doing. I take the chair to favorite places of hers and to places or situations I know she would have liked. It is a way for me to grieve and to celebrate her life. I talk to her as I paint and make sure that she would want to be where the chair has been placed. 

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