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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.

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Radio Interview

Keith James

 

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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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