Tuesday, November 01, 2022

"Love Story" - a special wedding gift - 9 x 12 acrylic


My daughter was maid-of-honor in her best friend's wedding this past summer.  She asked me to create a painting of them as a gift.  She sent me pictures and a video of them dancing.  I stepped through the video frame by frame until I found the image that struck me with its movement, and their loving gaze.  I designed the painting to lead the viewer's eye to the couple's faces, only seeing each other despite the crowd watching them dance.  Below are some process photos showing how the painting progressed, and a photo of the final painting with arrows showing how the painting leads the eye.   

I designed the painting so that her dress dipped below the bottom edge, creating movement as the eye travels out to her ballet-trained toe, then up the line of her leg to their faces.  I was very happy to be asked. I love these two young people and wish them a life of happiness.  

As always, thanks for looking.  You know I love your comments.  

Monday, October 10, 2022

Guest on the Frame Center Podcast - so much fun!



Last week I visited The Frame Center, in Hanover MA as a guest on their podcast. What a treat! Owner, Dave Petty, is easy to chat with, and we've known one another for a number of years.  We talked about owning original art, juried shows, local North River Arts Society, among other things.  Dave and his crew at The Frame Center do a terrific job with custom framing.  At the end of my visit, Dave asked me to describe a framed piece I have at home that is a favorite.  Of course, I described two.  

Firstly, I inherited a pair of pastel portraits of me and my brother, Kevin.  They hung over our home mantel for many years, in ornate antique gold frames my mother picked up at her favorite framing spot/antique store in Boston.  I remember going with her as a girl, onto a road that dead-ended at the railroad tracks.  We walked up a flight and entered a majestic room overflowing with antiques and art.  I was maybe ten years old, so my memory of the place is fuzzy.  I think Boston's Copley Place may be on top of that spot now.  When the portraits became mine, I took them to the Frame Center where they dismantled them, used archival matting and backboard, and museum glass.  The portraits now hang together again in my home.

Secondly, when Steve and I were married, my bridesmaids gave us the gift of heading to Maine choose a painting by Alfred "Chip" Chadbourn, of Yarmouth, ME.  We picked a beautiful painting of Stonington and we cherish it. 


Here is a link to the Casual Confabs with Jody Regan, or look for The Frame Center podcast wherever you find your podcasts.  As I said, it was a treat.  I hope to visit again. 

Pastel of Kevin by Joanne F. Regan

"Stonington" oil on canvas by Alfred Chadbourn