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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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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.

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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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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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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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Open Studios this weekend and Bitsy Plays Artist

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Bitsy Plays Artist 12″ x 9″

Ink and Watercolor   $400 framed/ $300 unframed

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Another busy weekend coming up. I will be having open studios 11AM-5PM Saturday and Sunday as part of South Coast Artists Open Studio Tours. Look for the blue signs to direct you along the way. I am number 48 on the tour map. Below you can see some of my work that will be available. I look forward to seeing you!

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Susan Medyn

90 North Court

Tiverton, RI 02878

susanmedyn@cox.net

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Negotiations

Negotions ©NEGOTIATIONS   $300

INK AND WATERCOLOR 12″ X 9″

Intense negotiations are occurring. Some important decisions need to be made.

At this point there is no clue as to whether they will reach an agreement.

Venus is on the half shell.

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Egg Case

Egg case
Egg Case  $25

6″ x 6″ Watercolor

I have been ill with bronchitis and laryngitis and haven’t been able to paint. I did this small work of a sponge and seaweed that I found after a recent storm.

The sponge had egg cases attached to it. They had already frozen and started to become concave, but it was interesting to see how life goes on even in the cold under waters of the Atlantic in New England.

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Orchestration

Orchestration or heathers

Orchestration  $50.00

Mixed Media 6″ x 6″

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Confluence

Storm

Confluence $50

Mixed Media 6″ x 6″

Coriolis effect. Amphidromic point. Cotidal lines.

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Flight

Flight

Flight   SOLD

Mixed Media 6″ x 6″

Do you know the movie “I Know Where I’m Going” starring Wendy Hiller?

This is what my painting reminds me of – the famous scene of the dark whirlpool pulling the boat deeper toward the vortex.

Hiller, as Joan, is on her way to the fictitious isle of Kiloran to marry a rich industrialist. She ends up having to wait out a storm on the Isle of Mull,  incidentally one of my favorite places, and the easiest way to get to the beautiful  isles of Iona and Staffa. We once had a boat trip similar to the one shown in this movie on our way to see the basalt walled Fingal’s Cave.  Mendelssohn wrote a wonderful overture Fingal’s Cave Overture (The Hebrides). Click on the link if you would like to hear the Gary Schneider conducting while viewing some incredible photos of Fingal’s Cave.

Another quick segue here. This summer we saw the Turner exhibit  at the Peabody Essex Museum. There was a wonderful painting in the exhibit entitled Fingal’s Cave. We were so disappointed that the curator stated that this was a “fictitious cave”. We were compelled to write comments to request the error be corrected. People take the written word as fact and it is important for museums to provide accurate information

Anyway, back to the story. Hiller as Joan meets a naval captain who woes her. He is also going to Kiloran and is the true owner of the island and estate that Joan’s finance claims is his. While Joan finagles a way over to the isle of Kiloran, her suitor hops into the boat and they set off straight into the Corryvreckan Whirlpool. The scene is outrageous and you think they are all going into the vortex but at the last-minute the fisherman gets the engine started and off they go. And of course Joan marries the suitor over the rich industrialist.

Back to the painting. I was trying to create a type of vortex and when I added bronze gouache, I saw that I had an image taking flight.  Having wings is a good way to stay out of a whirlpool.

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