27 October 2011

Fall on Asha's Farm


8x10"
Oil on Linen mounted on board
(c) 2011 Kelly Medford

Fall, what a painting delight! I had the opportunity to visit with some friends who just bought a farm in upstate New York, and what a fabulous place, they're so lucky to have found this little gem.

I know there's a lot of talk about economic crisis, so it was refreshing to spend time with people who are reevaluating their lifestyle choices in these times and are looking towards the more simple pleasures in life, like growing your own food and enjoying some peace and quiet. 

One day we found an old apple tree bearing so much fruit, all we had to do was grab a rake and swing at the branches, instantly collecting a sack full of the best apples I've ever tasted. Now these apples were little gems, but they looked crazy, all twisty and bumpy with spots on the outside- something you would never find in any store or market anywhere, just aesthetically weird. But to bite into one of these and all of it's profumed sweetness and tartness made me envy the country life.

I'm so excited for my friends as they embark on this new adventure, and I can't wait to return when they can put me to work hoeing beans or digging holes or putting up fence. In a moden fast paced world where we can all be connected from anywhere to anywhere, it's nice to remember that sometimes you just need to get your hands dirty to enjoy the simple pleasures and to be reminded that this is really what life is all about: enjoying a little moment of tasty heaven.


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25 October 2011

PleinAir D.C. 2-Day Upcoming Workshop


This coming weekend I will be in my hometown offering a 2-day painting workshop in Washington, D.C. I'm pretty excited about it, as D.C. is where I grew up but ironically I haven't painted there much and am really looking forward to it!

There are a few spots left, and would love to have the opportunity to work with painters from the area. If you or anyone you know is interested, you can still jump in. Below are the details along with the link to the course. Looking forward to going home for a few days and painting!

PLEIN AIR D.C.
OCTOBER 29 & 30
WITH LANDSCAPE PAINTER KELLY MEDFORD

Learn to paint entirely on location creating and capturing light and sense of place.

Course includes full-time intensive instruction, detailed handouts, demonstrations, step-by-step instruction.

What the course will cover:
Materials, composition, placement, an in-depth understanding of value construction and how to use memory to finish a painting. There will also be talks and demonstrations explaining the steps towards making a successful painting or sketch entirely on location.

About the artist: Kelly Medford was born and raised in Washington, D.C. where she attended Edmund Burke School. She then studied art at Antioch College, UTC and finally in Florence, Italy. She has lived and worked painting in Italy for the last 6 years and has received awards for her plein air work in competitions in Italy.
She has traveled extensively painting throughout Europe and last year travelled to Alaska for an exhibition of her landscapes painted there in Chattanooga, TN.
She is passionate about painting and being outdoors, her enthusiasm is communicated through her work.

Course Details: The cost for the 2-day workshop is $200 with registration by Oct. 25. Materials are to be provided by the student. You will be emailed a materials list 1 week prior to the course. Location of where we will meet will also be announced the week before.

Contact and Registration: Email me at paintings@kellymedford.com or call me at 407.618.3311 to register.


You can see Kelly Medford’s work on her website www.kellymedford.com


PLEIN AIR D.C.

OCTOBER 29 & 30

WITH LANDSCAPE PAINTER KELLY MEDFORD


Learn to paint entirely on location creating and capturing light and sense of place.

Course includes full-time intensive instruction, detailed handouts, demonstrations, step-by-step instruction.




What the course will cover:
Materials, composition, placement, an in-depth understanding of value construction and how to use memory to finish a painting. There will also be talks and demonstrations explaining the steps towards making a successful painting or sketch entirely on location.

About the artist: Kelly Medford was born and raised in Washington, D.C. where she attended Edmund Burke School. She then studied art at Antioch College, UTC and finally in Florence, Italy. She has lived and worked painting in Italy for the last 6 years and has received awards for her plein air work in competitons in Italy.
She has traveled extensively painting throughout Europe and last year travelled to Alaska for an exhibition of her landscapes painted there in Chattanooga, TN.
She is passionate about painting and being outdoors, her enthusiasm is communicated through her work.

Course Details: The cost for the 2-day workshop is $200 with registration by Oct. 25. Materials are to be provided by the student. You will be emailed a materials list 1 week prior to the course. Location of where we will meet will also be announced the week before.

Contact and Registration: Email me at paintings@kellymedford.com or call me at 407.618.3311 to register.

You can see Kelly Medford’s work on her website www.kellymedford.com


Contact Information:
Kelly Medford
paintings@kellymedford.com
407-618-3311


14 October 2011

Sunset on Folly Beach, Charleston


10x14"
Oil on Panel
(c) Kelly Medford, 2011

When I was in Charleston last month I did quite a few paintings that I left unfinished or wrote off as duds, this was one of them. Then, last week after painting almost every day at the beach, I realized that I learned something about the light and colors of the ocean and the beach, so I went ahead and finished this painting in the studio based on what I remembered. I took what I had learned and memorized and put it into this painting to redo the water and beach (I left the sky as it was and how I had painted it at the time) and I was able to finish it.

This is exciting to me, as I was never really able to do this before, this is a kind of new step that I am happy about. I realized that all of those hours of study really do pay off! And my brain just needs some good old fashioned repition of painting the same subject matter over and over (no matter the result) to remember and learn what a place is like (the light on the water at the beach in the afternoon or morning, etc.).

I like the power of memory over the use of a photo because it's all about the artists' interpretation. I can just paint the things that really stick in my memory and emphasize them, whereas a photo is a sterile reproduction including everything. Even though I am painting from life, I want some intepretation, I just want what was important to me in that moment, not a photo. And that is what the memory seems to do naturally (and we're not just talking about painting here!) we remember the things that for whatever reason seemed to be the main idea or theme, the highlights and those little dark places, but we don't necessarily capture every little detail and we certainly do not capture an unbiased and complete picture.

As John Carlson so gracefully said on the subject of painting from memory: "In memory work we relive our experiences and the effect they produced on us. We enthusiastically endeavor to put on canvas what we saw and felt, and in this way also unconsciously employ an original handling. The mind is dealing more with expression of thought than with the clever application of paint, and we now enter into the realm of true art."

 (- taken from Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting)



12 October 2011

Mayport Tower


8x6"
Oil on Linen mounted on panel
(c) Kelly Medford, 2011

This is such a sweet little gem of a place, a jetty or narrow little piece of sand heading out into some body of water right next to a cargo port. After the paintout was all said and done, I wasn't quite ready to leave, so I stayed an extra day and went here to paint in the morning.

This place is just dotted with locals either fishing or shrimping, wading out into the water with their tall rubber boots and casting their nets. They must do pretty well as it seems to be the hot local fishing spot. I of course did not have my fishing pole (should have though!), so I set up my easel to paint this little tower along the waterway instead.

Since I was next to a port, there was a light stream of immense cargo ships that were going by. I really wish  I had caught one of those on canvas, but it was just so out of place and dominating the landscape (not to mention that they move fast). They're incredible, a little bit out of this world. They must be as tall as any skyscraper and they glide by silently, loaded with bright colored boxes like a floating Mondrian. 

I had such a full and energizing week of painting, I can't wait for the next paintout. I might just have to organize my own in Rome.

Who wants to join??

If you like this painting you can bid on it here at my Daily Paintworks site.

11 October 2011

The Jacksonville Adventure


9x12"
Oil on Panel
(c) Kelly Medford, 2011



What an amazing time, truly an adventure! Painting this past week to raise money for the North Florida Landtrust was awesome. I never knew that there were so many places to paint here, and so varied too. This painting, a place where locals go to put their boats in, was a real find. You can tell from the thunderhead clouds that a huge storm was approaching, and in fact it got there before I finished the painting.
I waited it out in the car and got the chance to finish up before the afternoon was out. That's the good thing about Florida, the rain usually doesn't last too long.





14x20"
Oil on Linen
(c) Kelly Medford, 2011






As you'll see I loved painting on Atlantic Beach. I joined a group of painters getting up every morning for sunrise to paint there. That's the beauty of being at the Atlantic Ocean, you get to watch the sun coming up over the horizon each morning, incredible! This was an early morning (after sunrise) painting, one that I've always wanted to paint. Although it's a simple painting, it really took me awhile to get the design of it right and working. I also had to keep moving around to keep the wind from using my canvas as a sail. 





8x12"
Oil on Linen mounted on panel
(c) Kelly Medford, 2011




Here is one of those sunrises. Of course a painting will never do justice (or maybe not until I've spent a lifetime doing them), but I just loved the almost reckless abandon with which I had to paint this. The sky and the light are changing minute to minute, and just when I got a stroke down, it didn't match the newly changing sky. Sometimes I just can't believe those sunrises, they're wilder than anything I could dream up.




14x11"
Oil on Linen
(c) Kelly Medford, 2011




Man, this was probably one of the most fun ones to paint. I was in town (along with about 40 other painters!) and in this town everyone is out walking or biking- going to the beach or walking their dogs. Everyone stopped, wanting to know what I was doing and what was going on with all of these painters around. 

I like the interactions I get to have painting on the street. Sometimes it's nice to talk to a person instead of a passing bird! People like to watch and they seem particularly interested in the colors I have on my palette (only 6 or so really) and how someone makes a painting just swirling those color piles around. Sometimes it seems like magic to me too. Lots of people who stopped while I was painting here actually came to our Patron's Party event after the final day of painting, and I was happy to see them. 

I hope that this will be the first in many more paintouts for me. The opportunity to paint all day everyday and then get to spend the evening with other artists is a real treat and total joy. I loved every minute of it and can't wait do it all over again.