Stanley Theater Autumn

The Stanley Autumn 24x20" plein air

The Stanley Autumn 24×20″ plein air

The Stanley is an iconic theater here in upstate NY. The interior is more amazing than the exterior shown here. This 24×20″ was painted over two sessions plein air and was joy to paint. I love watching the city come to life in the morning. In this case, capturing the employee setting up tables for the days business and watching vehicles scurry by all under the stalwart Stanley theater marquee. “The Stanley Autumn” is part of the exhibition at Gallery 3040 in Old Forge, NY.

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Opening at 3040

Rustic Pattern 24x18 oil, plein air

Rustic Pattern 24×18 oil, plein air

This Saturday 7/25/15 I will attend an opening for new work at Gallery 3040 in Old Forge NY.  All are welcome, it should be a fun night! The hours are from 5-7 pm. There are several new plein air works in larger formats from 16×20″ up to 20×24″. Additionally, there will be a rare opportunity to peruse various smaller studies from over the years. These will be available for purchase unframed.  As I mentioned, this will be a fun night hope to see you there!

Chad

 

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Cyber Art Show Exhibition!

 

Spring Light 6"x8"

Spring Light 6″x8″

I am pleased to announce a “cyber art exhibition”! Curator Keith Lynwood Stover runs a generous online gallery called “The Cyber Art Show, Artists Supporting Artists”.  Mr. Stover features, in his words, “great impressionist landscape works” in his website each day. Find the link below

My exhibition will be a two day feature retrospective of sorts. Running this Saturday and Sunday there are many works from years past as well as recent pieces including Best of Show and award winning paintings from the American Impressionist Society and others.

This cyber museum has an extensive archive of great artists that I would encourage anyone interested in landscape painting to spend some time perusing. The Cyber Art Show is a free resource so if you take me up on the invitation to visit please consider donating. I think this sort of generous philanthropic display does everyone good and I hope you will consider helping Mr. Stover continue this work.

God bless you,

Chad

 http://www.thecyberartshow.com/

 

 

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American Impressionist Society 2014

I am pleased to announce “Winter Pavilion #4″ is on the way to the American Impressionist Society’s national juried exhibition 2014. Abend Gallery in Denver CO is the host this year. It is an honor to participate again this year with what I consider to be my favorite piece in some time.

What makes it so special to me? “Winter Pavilion #4″ is a plein air painting done over two session last winter at 24″x20″ in size. I would say all of the above plus the impact of the painting in person always “gives back” the light effect of being there. That is one of my main goals with any painting and this one really shines if I say so myself.

If you can get to Abend Gallery to see it along with all the other, I am sure, spectacular work you won’t be disappointed.

Winter Pavilion #4

Winter Pavilion #4

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Street Painting Radio Interview

The funniest thing happened the other morning. While out doing some morning “street-painting” an old acquiantance stopped to say hello. Keith James is the morning personality on Oldies96 here in Utica NY. Keith and I had meet a couple times and even gone to a concert together with my brother-in-law. That was at least 3 years ago.

So when Keith stopped to see what “this guy” was doing, he had no idea we actually knew each other. After some friendly banter it was decided we should arrange a radio interview to talk about what I was up to here painting the streets of greater Utica. You see, Keith likes to feature local stories of interest. I get the idea his interviews are quite eclectic but that’s a good thing in my opinion. this is an eclectic area so why not?

Keith James and Chad Smith radio interview

Personality Extraordinaire Keith James and Chad Smith at Oldies 96 studios.

We had a blast at the Oldies 96 studios and it was great to catch up with Keith. The interview is 8 minutes of great entertainment with a slideshow of pictures and images to boot! I hope you’ll give it a listen and check out Keith’s work here in upstate NY.

Click the links below:

Radio Interview

Keith James

 

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Best of Show from Lori Putnam!

I was privileged to participate in the 3rd annual Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival last week and was honored to receive the Best of Show award from judge Lori Putnam! I always enjoy these events awards or not, but needless to say I am honored to have my work recognized in this way. The quality of work was high and it was a highlight for me to reconnect with several talented and hard working artists friends from the plein air “circuit”.

 

Lori Putnam and Chad Smith at Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival Gala Event.

Lori Putnam presents Best of Show to Your’s Truly.

Saturday night was the gala event with judging and awards from Lori Putnam. Attendance was great with catering, live music, and a setting that was so enjoyable. Best of all, Erin and Sargent were able to attend! I want to thank Lori for the award and her thoughtful approach to the impossible task of judging high quality work. Congratulations go to  Kathie Odom and Richard Thomas who also received awards for their impressive work in addition to all the honorable mention awards. Please visit the Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival website for info on all the artists and award winners. Finally, I would like to congratulate my good artist friends John Caggiano and Kirk Larsen for the Quick Draw and Artist Choice awards respectively.

 

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Tracks At Sunset 14″x11″ Best of Show, Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival 2014

The event was a joy and my hosts were fantastic. Canandaigua is a beautiful area which abounds in subject matter not the least of which is Sonnengberg Gardens. I participated in the inaugural event two years ago and “fell in love” with the gardens. I look forward to next year and highly recommend a visit whether you are a painter or not.

Chad

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Plein Air Cityscape

 

Street Painting Downtown Utica

Street Painting Downtown Utica

 

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Another adventure awaited me in downtown Utica. On this day I met several friendly and curious onlookers including my new friend who took this photograph. He was also kind enough to bring me a coffee on this brisk morning downtown. I learned the owners of the dinner next door in the Carlisle building had been there over 30+ years! One learns all kinds of tid bits when painting in public.

After scanning the area I settled on this extreme portrait 24″x12″ format looking down Genessee Street. This would include the traffic and pedestrians as interesting elements along the way. They would also counteract the strong perspective leading the eye down the street and buildings into the distance. I ended up altering what I think was a bus stop sign but left it pretty much as is from the street.

Cityscape plein air street painting provides wonderful opportunities for subject matter as well as meeting a variety of interesting people. If you can talk and paint at the same time.

Chad

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Winter Plein Air, Pavilion #4

Plein Air, 24"x20" Oil on Canvas,

Winter Pavilion #4,  24″x20″ Oil on Canvas, Plein Air

 

I have to say, I am very pleased to be working a bit larger outdoors. Winter Pavilion #4, 24″x20″ took two sessions. Pavilion #4 is something I see on a regular basis. Erin and I walk Sargent at a local park not far from our home and this pavilion happens to be prominently located in one of the Sarge’s favorite spots. Needless, to say we walk this area frequently! For me, this is a special place as a source of fond family memories. This winter Sargent (our chocolate lab) frolicked off-leash and unabated meeting new friends both canine and human. He just turned one last month and the pure unadulterated joy he displays while discovering the “play” possibilities of snow at pavilion #4 is contagious.

 

Irresistable Cuteness

Irresistable Cuteness

 

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Yacht Club Sparkle Headed to Naples

24x48 oil on canvas

Yacht Club Sparkle 24″x48″ oil on canvas

Yacht Club Sparkle is a 24″x48″ studio painting based on it’s 9″x12″ namesake. The original plein air piece was painted under the bridge on Marco Island looking across the inlet at the Marco Island Yacht Club hence the name.  The intense reflections on the water as the sun rose directly over the club created an irresistible subject. Fortunately, as I began the painting that sailboat and the yacht cruised on by at just the right time for me to add two important elements to the piece.

The studio painting differs from the plein air painting in format and composition. When working out the studio composition it immediately struck me as a possibility for a long format. The challenge was forcing all that distance across the water into a much smaller space while maintaining a focus on the water itself. These were subtle decisions that would be either wrong or right from the beginning stages. This “large” studio painting was a joy to paint over several weeks while enjoying the winter here in upstate NY with temps at or below 0. It may come as no surprise that I enjoyed painting the original plein air piece in Marco even more!

This painting is available through Gardner Colby Galleries in Naples, Florida.

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Coda! A Reprise to DS al Fine

Extreme Plein Air

Winter Plein Air Upstate NY

 

Here’s a coda to my previous blog post DS al Fine. Sorry couldn’t help but use another musical reference…

My new friend Sandra Reilly was kind, and brave, enough to stop mid-blizzard and say hello the day I began Kirkland in Winter. She was also very kind to post this photo of me, my gear, and the beginning of my frozen composition on FB.

I’ll conclude with a final musical quote from Bach , “Soli Deo Gloria”!

Chad

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