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Channeling Childe Hassam...

Tribute to Childe Hassam
Tribute to Childe Hassam
I had intended to paint yesterday at the gallery (Tumalo Gallery), but we were very busy...so I decided to make up for it today with two paintings. This is the first...a larger (16 x20) painting of the Deschutes River at twilight. I had taken a photo from a moving car...and the photo was blurry, but very mysterious and engaging. Instead of priming a new canvas, I sanded out a painting that simply didn't work...then I did a coat of cad red/orange and white over it...some of the old texture could be seen. I then just started painting. The wet undercoat sort of muddied the painting but in a good way...gave it the look of an old painting. So I went with it...mid way through I was reminded of some of the paintings C.S. Price did when painting with the better known Childe Hassam. Hassam did come to Oregon and hang out in the high desert painting with Price. (I will likely work on this a little more when it is drier.
 

2 Responses to Channeling Childe Hassam...

Audrey Burtrum-Stanley
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You do good work -- and I especially like the paintings of the most simple sites - a roadway-with-a-barn-and-shadows...or, a water tower. I have done somewhat similar works of 'precious scenes' to me / 'ordinary' places to others. Amazingly, these artworks become 'beloved / desired' pieces once someone finally recognizes the beauty in the location/ the moment.
YES, the American Impressionist Master, Hassam DID indeed go to Oregon; I am flag-waver for him and very fond of his work... I hope some day to view the restored C. Thaxter garden (on the East coast) he so famously captured (I have a print of one of his winsome floral garden images.)
I wish you continued inspiration...

Audrey Burtrum-Stanley
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I am thrilled to report I was given a marvelous book filled with photos of Hassam paintings. Not only is it a treasure-unto-itself, it was a gift for singing for an event that included a number of artists! Soooo, I am now entranced by all the splendid artworks.
Did you note Hassam's hauntingly beautiful flag painting ("AVENUE IN THE RAIN" / circa 1917) - which once hung beside JFK's bed on the second floor of the White House, now hangs on the wall (to the left of the famed HMS Resolute desk) in the Oval Office! Either location shows how endeared the painting is to the variety of residents of the Executive Mansion.
I wish you inspiration and plenty of canvas!









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