The Great Hurricane of 1938, beekeeping, art and other musings on life on the shore.

It’s that time of year again and Hurricane Jose has sent us high winds and surf. The beehives are battened down and the bees are kicking the drones out.

What an adventure. We started with two hives in mid April and we now have four. Thanks to artist Judy Scanlon Melanson we ended up with a fourth hive. Judy visited us for open studios and  asked why the bees were hanging out in the tree. We raced out of open studios leaving our guests with a friend and quickly captured the swarm.

If you click on the link you can watch a short video of our swarm retrieval.

Swarm retrieval

And now to some Hurricane of 1938 photos, art and life on the Rhode Island coast.

Hurricane of ’38, Providence, RI  Boatyard

Walking down Ship Street after the waters receded. Men have their trousers rolled up to navigate areas of standing water. New England Hurricane of 1938. Rhode Island, Providence 1938 September 22

 

HURRICANE OF ’38, FOREGROUND WRECKAGE, BRIDGE, PROVIDENCE, RI

 

Harbor area destroyed by storm surge. New England Hurricane of 1938. Rhode Island, Pawtuxet Village 1938 September 22

The tug Monhegan left high and dry by storm surge. New England Hurricane of 1938. Rhode Island, Providence 1938 September 22

 

Barber shop of the Grosvenor Building with barber chairs reflected in the remnants of storm surge waters. New England Hurricane of 1938. Rhode Island, Providence

 

My hurricane photos have been used in several articles. I found these in a quirky antique shop.

Here is one photo being used in  Smithsonian Magazine.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-great-new-england-hurricane-of-1938-62061578/

And there are a series of my acquired photos in this article:

http://www.wcvb.com/article/photos-remembering-the-great-hurricane-of-38/8115867

I continue to paint  on Aquabord  and watercolor paper.

My newest work is The Sleep of Dreams and is available for the special first day of Autumn price $500 including shipping.

This painting is 12″ x 9″ and framed in a wood frame. To purchase click on the PayPal button at the bottom of the page or contact me at susanmedyn(at)cox.net.

I also have another new painting which is hanging above  David Formanek’s latest sculptures.

Beeing

14″ x 11″   $700

Framed in a wood frame.

To purchase contact me at susanmedyn(at)cox.net

Here you can see some of the work we displayed for South Coast Artists Open Studio Tours this summer. We thank all our collectors and visitors for coming out and seeing our art.

 

Stay tuned for more adventures of our coastal Rhode Island life and art. Soon I will be posting my foray into honey elixirs.

 

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South Coast Artists Open Studio time is here. July 15/16 & Aug 19/20. Come on down!

Long Awaited Arrived At Last

Mixed Media 12″ x 9″

Framed in a cheery frame.

Perfect for a new baby in the family.

$500 plus $25 shipping.

 

 

Pop Up Party

14″ x 11″

Framed in a black 3″ wide frame with gold accents and a black matte

$700. plus $35 shipping

 

Oh The Places We Go!

Mixed Media   14″ x 11″

Framed in a black frame with gold accents exactly like the painting above.

$700 plus $35 shipping.

 

I am so pleased that David Formanek will be exhibiting with me for the first time in 34 years.

He will be exhibiting nudes in resin and bronze as well as Dodonoids.

Take a look at his fabulous work.


 

 

 

Stop in to see both our works. We look forward to seeing you at open studios.

Susan Medyn & David Formanek

90 North Ct

Tiverton, RI 02878

11 AM to 5PM

July 15-16 & August 19-20, 2017

and by appointment.

And just for fun, take a look at one of my queen bees from my two beehives.

She is Alice May II.

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New Work

Copper Glow   10″ by 8″ Mixed Media Framed   $125

 

Foxy 6″ by 6″ Mixed Media Framed in a black wood frame (same type  frame as in image below)  $100

 

Autumn Reeds  6″ by 6″ Mixed Media    $100

 

Sharked   12″ by 9″ Ink and Watercolor  $300     If interested contact me at susanmedyn(at)cox.net

It has been a busy autumn and winter. I have been painting but not posting as much as I would like. Today there is a blizzard in New England so I am working on a larger painting on aquabord. And as always I take commissions. Especially popular are requests for paintings to celebrate the birth of a new baby, sea creature paintings and wedding place cards.

 

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Paintings from Cuttyhunk Island, MA

September brings me to my  annual artists retreat on Cuttyhunk Island, MA. I left from New Bedford, MA on the Cuttyhunk Ferry which also brings all supplies to the islanders.  The harbor is home to a host of fishing boats.

Leaving New Bedford Harbor

I was so ready to leave the day to day life behind and begin my artistic journey. Sometimes there is nothing more enjoyable than the company of women, and when you have 16 women artists together, the conversation, sharing, painting and partying is the best!

Cuttyhunk is one of the Elizabeth Islands off the coast of Massachusetts. With 82 annual residents, no cars, no TV and poor cell service, this is the perfect place to unplug and get in the zone.  I often make this pilgrimage with artist Kelley MacDonald who taught a plein air course this year.

We arrived to our hosts Teri Bordenave and Ellie von Wellsheim filling us in on the weeks agenda. Teri and Ellie are the caretakers of the Avalon Inn and artists in their own right. Ellie was recently named Schenectady Business and Professional Women’s Club Woman of the Year. She has worked tirelessly on many humanitarian projects and one is the MoonCatcher Project which provides reusable menstrual pads for girls in developing countries so that they can continue their schooling.

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They are fantastic cooks and fed us amazing meals leaving us free to paint, swim or walk this beautiful island. The kitchen of the Avalon Inn is incredibly charming.
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This year I was in an adjoining house aptly named “Household”.
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This sweet alcove was off Kelley’s room.

Views from the porch were gorgeous. We were directly above the Cuttyhunk Fishing Club. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Grover Cleveland and William Taft stayed there as well as the railroad baron Jay Gould. The fishing club was once a home away from home to many wealthy businessmen. One can now rent a room and get a breakfast here.

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Cuttyhunk Fishing Club  ©  Sold

Cuttyhunk Fishing Club Acrylic on 300 # paper 11" x 8.5" $ 200

Cuttyhunk Fishing Club  ©    Acrylic on 300 # paper      11″ x 8.5″ $ 200

Nashawena Island is in the background of this painting. It is home to a herd of more than 200 Scottish highland cows and 2 caretakers living on the island. Our hosts gathered clams for our first evenings meal off the shore of Nashawena.

We also had the pleasure of painting off the porch of Sara Lehner’s house. She was one of the artists at the retreat who is also a seasonal islander.

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I was delighted to be painting the many angles of this house overlooking the harbor and far off New Bedford.

 View from Bayberry Hill Acrylic on 300# paper 11" x 8.5" $200

View from Bayberry Hill  ©     Acrylic on 300# paper        11″ x 8.5″ $200

I did enjoy getting to the beach which had been re-shaped with increased sand that had been pushed up by Hurricane Hermine shortly before we arrived.

Church's Beach and Copicut Neck

Church’s Beach and Copicut Neck

I had some delightful swims here with fellow artist Andrea Salvaggio. I also painted a few views of David Thurston’s house on Copicut Neck. I met David at our open house the last night of the retreat. He had some remarkable stories to tell about his family and their time on the island. This is a much painted image by artists visiting Cuttyhunk.

Thurston House © 9" x 4.5" Watercolor $100 Copicut Neck Cuttyhunk Island, MA

Thurston House © 9″ x 4.5″   Watercolor $100  Copicut Neck,  Cuttyhunk Island

 

Thurston House View #2 © Watercolor 9" x 7" $150 Cuttyhunk Island, MA

Thurston House View #2 © Watercolor 9″ x 7″    $100  Cuttyhunk Island, MA

And of course I couldn’t help but finish a few paintings in my fantastical creatures style. Both of these reference the impending birth of our first grandchild.

Story Time © 12" x 9" Ink and Watercolor $400 framed or $300 unframed

Story Time © 12″ x 9″ Ink and Watercolor $400 framed in a maple frame or  $300 unframed

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Gotcha! © 12″ x 9″ Ink and Watercolor $400 framed in a maple frame or $300 unframed

And now to leave with one of the many reasons spending a week on Cuttyhunk is like living a dream.

Cuttyhunk Sunset

If you are interested in one of these paintings please contact me at susanmedyn(@) cox.net. I always love to share my work with you!

 

 

 

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Hurricane of “38 was today, September 21st, 78 years ago!

Here are some photos of the Providence, RI and Pawtucket, RI taken the day after the Hurricane of ’38 also known as The Great New England Hurricane. This hurricane was estimated to have killed 682 people and caused property losses of 4.7 billion when calculated in damage based on 2016 dollars ( $306 million in 1938). We can all look forward to the pot boiling more furiously and more hurricanes as climate change becomes greater.

Barber shop of the Grosvenor Building with barber chairs reflected in the remnants of storm surge waters. New England Hurricane of 1938. Rhode Island, Providence

Barber shop of the Grosvenor Building with barber chairs reflected in the remnants of storm surge waters. New England Hurricane of 1938. Rhode Island, Providence

Boat Yards at Port of Providence, Coolest Photo of building, taken the day after the hurricane. High resolution reprint available for $20

Boat Yards at Port of Providence.

Massive destruction around Providence, RI harbor.

Massive destruction around Providence, RI harbor.

The Modern Grain Company building at India Point in the upper reaches of Narragansett Bay was destroyed by the

The Modern Grain Company building at India Point in the upper reaches of Narragansett Bay was destroyed by the hurricane.

BOATS PUSHED UP ONTO ROAD FROM STORM SURGE, PAWTUCKET AREA, RI, HURRICANE OF 1938.

BOATS PUSHED UP ONTO ROAD FROM STORM SURGE, PAWTUCKET AREA, RI, HURRICANE OF 1938.

General destruction in the upper harbor, Providence, RI. Workboat floated up on land by storm surge. New England Hurricane of 1938.

General destruction in the upper harbor, Providence, RI. Workboat floated up on land by storm surge. New England Hurricane of 1938.

GASPEE TUG DAMAGED IN PROVIDENCE HARBOR, PROVIDENCE, RI, SEPTEMBER 22, 1938.

GASPEE TUG DAMAGED IN PROVIDENCE HARBOR, PROVIDENCE, RI, SEPTEMBER 22, 1938.

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Harbor area destroyed by storm surge. New England Hurricane of 1938. Rhode Island, Pawtuxet Village 1938 September 22!

Harbor area destroyed by storm surge. New England Hurricane of 1938. Rhode Island, Pawtuxet Village 1938 September 22!

Walking down Ship Street after the waters receded. Men have their trousers rolled up to navigate areas of standing water. New England Hurricane of 1938. Providnece, Rhode Island, September 22, 1938.

Walking down Ship Street after the waters receded. Men have their trousers rolled up to navigate areas of standing water. New England Hurricane of 1938. Providence, Rhode Island, September 22, 1938.

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Calendar Girls 2016

I haven’t been posting in awhile so it is time to catch up!  It has been a very busy winter. I had a knee replacement October 26th. I am happy to say it feels great and I am thrilled to be out of pain.  I have been busy making sketches and preparing for summer open studios (if you can imagine that).

I hope you enjoy seeing these pieces. If you are interested in any of these,  you should know that they are all framed and available for sale. You can email me at susanmedyn(at)cox.net.

Calendar Girls

                                       Calendar Girls       Ink and Watercolor 12″ x 9″    $600                                                            

Petting The Human

Petting The Human   Ink and Watercolor on Aquabord  10″ x 8″   $400

Owling

Owling   Ink and Watercolor on Aquabord   12″ x 9″ This has a lovely coper pattern in the night sky that glows in daylight.  $600

 

Elephant Walk

Elephant Walk  &” x 5″ Ink and Watercolor   $75.00

The Trees Are Alive

The Trees Are Alive,  Ink and Watercolor   3.5″ x 2.5″        $35                       

Surge

Surge Ink and Watercolor on Aquabord 6″ x 6″   $100 framed

Reef Madness

Reef Madness  Ink and Watercolor on Aquabord 6″ x 6″   $100 framed

Sea Anemone

  Sea Anemone Ink and Watercolor on Aquabord 6″ x 6″   $100 framed

Rising Tide

Rising Tide   Ink and Watercolor on Aquabord 6″ x 6″   $100 framed

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BEADS OF DOUBT

beads of Doubt copy SUSAN MEDYN © 2015

BEADS OF DOUBT

INK AND WATERCOLOR 10″ X 7″

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Have you found Mr. Beads?

You will know where the title comes from.

Post knee replacement days are filled with exercise, pain, icing, medication, and exercise.

Hoping David does all the cooking this Thanksgiving.

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Lady Godiva

Lady Godiva for Blog Susan Medyn © October 2015

Lady Godiva

Ink on Aquabord

My newest drawing that I will be painting over the next few weeks.

I am still trying to find a publisher for an adult coloring book. This has been a major challenge for me but I am persistent.

I think this would make a wonderfully meditative coloring page.

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Soaring

Soaring © Susan Medyn

Soaring 6″ x 6″ Mixed Media on Aquabord

$50 plus shipping

Today is the day. I am getting my right knee replaced at Brigham an Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Boston. I am feeling positive and ready to get this done. I had a trial run last Monday but was sent home 30 minutes before surgery.  I look forward to dancing and doing so much more once I get past the hard work of recovering. If you are reading this, I hope that you will send me positive and healing energy. It always helps to have the collective energy of those around. Thank you for following my blog!

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Beyond The Oort Cloud

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Ink and Watercolor

9″ x 12 ” framed $400

I was asked to make 2 painting for an invitational exhibit based on the book Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin for the Attleboro Arts Museum. This is one of the two created for the show. I enjoyed going slightly demonic in my drawings. This painting is on 300 pound cold press Arches watercolor paper and is framed in a maple frame.

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