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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Several Exhibits coming up this Fall and Winter-

Schuylkill Boat Reflections 24 x 36  oil on canvas

Anniversary Faculty Exhibition 
Date: Sep 6, 2011 - Sep 23, 2011
Closing Reception: September 23, 6-8 pm
(image at right)
Main Line Art Center
746 Panmure Road Haverford, PA 19041   
   610.525.0272   .more info

C3: Create. Connect. Collect. 
Date: Oct 1, 2011 - Oct 26, 2011 
Preview party October 1st, 6-8:30, First Friday Opening October 7, 2011
I will have one large painting in this exhibit…
Laundry Reflections in Venice  48 x 48  oil on canvas
(Image at right)  more info

Chestnut Hill Gallery Group Exhibition
October 8, 2011 Opening, check back for details

Open House at Mill Studios
November 5th, 6th, 12-5PM both days

January, 2012
Artists’ House Gallery
Recent Work
Opening Sunday January, 8th, 2012
First Friday Opening January 6th, 2012

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Recent paintings...

Fall on Chestnut - commission completed!
Here is the final painting I have just completed for a downtown Philadelphia Accounting Firm!
and here it is in it's new home:

Directly across from Tony Auth's amazing paintings:

Another painting recently completed:
October light on Arch Street
It was a fall evening in old city when I snapped a picture with my cellphone...  I had no time to sketch and knew the light would only be there for a fleeting few minutes, but I tried to remember what I saw, and used the photo as reference to reproduce it.
I used this painting to demonstrate what can be done in working from photographs in my Large Composition Workshop at the Main Line Art Center in March.

2 small paintings in the Artists' House gallery show, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Music Festival:
Guitar in the Morning,10 x 8
 my son, Peter, doing some strumming

Academy of Music Morning 8x10  sold

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Putting together an Urban Composition

I am very excited to begin work on a new commission... A 3' x 6' painting to go in a conference room for a corporate office space downtown.... The client was taken with my painting, "Fall on Chestnut Street"
Fall on Chestnut Street, 36 x 48 oil on canvas
but it was not the right size for their conference room wall. "Can you give us a painting like this, but different... sized to fit our wall?"

This painting was done from sketches and photos taken more than 3 years ago, which I still have, thank goodness, since it is mid-winter, and the fall colors are a long way off. So I went down to 33rd Street to see what I could see and took a number of photos. Here is the current view from 33rd and Chestnut Street:
Notice that the Comcast Center is now in the skyline but a new building is going up on the North corner of the intersection. I thought the view from Market Street might be a better alternative for the painting... it offered the complete skyline, plus a tiny City Hall in the center...
but the client was not interested in this idea. My instructions were- 
1. use the Chestnut Street view
2. make the Comcast Center more visible
3. no cabs, more pedestrians
4. make grassy area on the right more pronounced
5. no construction site
6. not too many cars
7. rich palette with fall colors like the original Fall on Chestnut painting
8. especially like the light and playfulness of the piece
9. Street level more important than background buildings
10. No Drexel Flags, no stoplights impinging on the skyline

hmmmm... back to 33rd Street for more photos.
Here is my initial sketch-

Difficult to get a perspective that works in this wide horizontal format...
My blocked in composition
Submitting this for client approval... stay tuned!

In the meantime, I also did a little sketch from the Market Street perspective...
Crossing Market Street  oil on canvas  12 x 24

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

NEW Website

Annisquam sunset
I am pleased to announce that I am launching a new website-
Elaine Lisle! It was designed by  Anoki - designer extraordinaire! There may be some minor kinks that need to be worked out, but most of them are from my own need to change and control and nitpick about how to make it look. Anoki did the best he could in putting up with my many requests.
He was recommended to me by my good friend  Marianne Mitchell whose website is another fantastic example of this designer's ability to display artists and their work-- on the web.