Small Works for Small Spaces

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Marblehead Harbor painting, installed, private residence.

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Painting 40 x 26 inches. Mixed media handmade paper.  Private collection.

Photos from Greece.

I just returned from a wonderful week in Greece where I was able to see many of the treasures I had studied for so many years.  Hot!  110 degrees every day.  But, what a wonderful time I had.

Testimonial for newly installed “Tuscan Landscape.”

Kind words from the patron:

Meg! Oh my goodness. What a beautiful picture. Thank you so much for your commitment and hard work. It looks great. We are so pleased. Just beautiful!

 

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Newly installed painting inspired by the Tuscan Landscape, (2016).  36 x 72 inches.

 

The story behind the Care Dimensions Painting.

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Summery of my painting for Care Dimensions, Memories of Marblehead

 

My dad died on January 2, 2013. He was my source of inspiration, rock of support and biggest fan. During the last weeks of his life, my family came to rely heavily on Hospice Care to help us and to give my mom a much needed rest. I had known about the Care Dimensions Auction and reached out to CEO Diane Stringer, whom I have known for many years, to see about being the featured artist for 2016. She happily agreed and invited me to the 2015 Gala to help me get a feel for the event.

As I sat at the Gala, I remember wondering “What subject will I paint?” And then I realized the Regatta was part of the event and I decided to feature the sailing races that take place in the Cape Ann harbor throughout the summer months.

After an excursion on my friend Mike Miller’s boat photographing the races one evening last July, I realized the boats alone would not offer enough of a subject and decided a coastal theme, that included the boats, would be more suitable for my purpose. I visited Cape Ann many times over the ensuing months to photograph the rugged coastline, crashing waves, churning seas and changing skies this area is so famous for and to get a more complete subject for the painting. I combined several of the photographs I took and eventually had enough material to begin work on the painting, which I call Memories of Marblehead.

Slowly the painting took shape.  I remembered to take the time to post my progress on Social Media, and thus, was able to record its genesis and to share my story with my viewers, and friends of Care Dimensions.

This year’s Auction and Gala is scheduled for Friday, June 17 at the Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead. I hope the painting is well received by attendees. It is the best painting I could create in memory of my dad.

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Memories of Marblehead (2016), 36 x 24 inches.  Mixed media painting.

 

Paper making workshop at Meg Black Studios, May 23, 2016

Papermaking workshop in my studio, we had a blast and made a lot of paper.  Cant wait to see what these talented students do with their new paper.

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Working with pulp. Couching the colored sheet onto the woolen felts.

 

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Pulling pulp from the trough.  Colored pulps in the foreground.

 

 

 

 

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Teaching the basics.  Garbage bags make perfect aprons for this very wet process.

 

 

 

 

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Pressing the paper in my custom paper press, compliments to my husband and his friend the expert welder.

Documenting Memories of Marblehead for Care Dimensions Auction

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My friend Gary Tardiff photographing Memories of Marblehead in his South Boston Studio.  The photograph will be used for the giclees of the painting.  The Care Dimensions Auction will be held at the Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead on Friday, June 17.

 

 

 

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The painting temporarily installed in the artist’s home.

Marblehead Harbor, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final photograph of the painting.

Kick Off Event for the Auction Painting, Memories of Marblehead

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At Care Dimensions kick-off event for the 22nd annual Hospice Auction & Regatta to benefit Care Dimensions we unveiled this year’s signature artwork by Topsfield artist Meg Black Handmade Paper Art. This year’s Gala Auction and Dinner will be held at Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead on Friday, June 17th. For more information about event tickets or sponsorship please visit http://bit.ly/1Ros1vm.

Hospice Painting: Week Three Retrospective

This is my favorite-and most challenging parts of the creative process: the final stages.  The work starts to come together, but my energy flow can weaken as the process drags on.  And I become so familiar with the image, (too familiar?) that I can become complacent, and overlook areas that need revision.

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A close up of the rocks. I am trying to add grey, greens and oranges to the palette to invoke a sense of romantic energy.

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Just the hint of a sailboat on the right side of the composition. I love the ghostly quality of it as it glides across the water.

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This grouping of sailboats on the left of the composition were taken from photographs of them at a much greater scale. Superimposing and rescaling them into the background here was time-consuming, not to mention changing to colors slightly so they wouldn’t overwhelm the rest of the painting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Almost finished. I’ll let it go for a few day, come back, and see how I feel. Titian did this, so did Peter Paul Rubens. They would turn their work to the wall for a few days so they couldn’t see it, and then would look at it with fresh eyes.