Painting on the roadside in Springs, East Hampton. Gerard Point a few days ago. The day was typical east end- with a whitish sky, humidity and gray light. It made for a moody look, a bit desolate, in the final painting. This event includes 23 artists all painting away for 10 days and exhibiting, selling the works still wet at Ashawagh Hall, in Springs.
We’re nothing here if not eclectic! Winter of 2016/17 I traveled back in my life to those early days in the fashion business, as a fashion illustrator. Inspired by the theme of an upcoming art show (April 2017), I created these pieces and they were included in the show. It was at East End Arts in Riverhead, Long Island, NY. Put your vinyl on the turntable, spin some ‘Cream’ or ‘Traffic’, and enjoy these three pieces.
4 large (30″ x 32″) still life paintings inspired by a garden shed and its contents
Coming in from the bright summer sunshine, stepping into the gloom of the little shed that’s packed with tools, buckets, seed packets, mowers, shovels, hoes, beetles, bird’s nests, and more more more. How does it suddenly happen that this shed, which I’ve had for 12 years, has suddenly inspired 4 large paintings? Have a granddaughter. Then, let her step into new and fascinating places…like a tool shed. Her perfectly innocent reaction triggered my inspiration. At 18 months old, she stepped into the gloom of the shed that day and she exclaimed, “Thit Id amadzing!” Her experience inspired me to see that, yes, this little barn interior is amazing. I tried to capture her experience, in some small way, on 4 large linen panels.
Time marches on, and this January I feel quite changed. It’s a new year with a fresh approach. Here’s how it’s looking:
First, my activity as a painter has become a ‘vocation’. That’s the best way for me to describe it, I think, quite involuntarily, it’s crossed over from a hobby to a vocation. And, i will paint daily, as if it’s a job, aiming for a good chunk of the day. The physical dimensions of my work have expanded- gone big, bigger, biggest. This painting up above called ‘Shed Happens’ is a still life, done from a set-up in my studio. It’s 32″ x 30″, on linen. Also new… I stretched and prepped the canvas myself. These are the updates from my artistic life in January 2016. Prepping my own canvases, going bigger, and putting real work-time into it.
Our art collective, called THIRTY SQUARED, is working once again this month to challenge each other to do some painting every day- no matter if it’s just a layer, or part of a picture, or the whole thing. Our art show last Summer was a success- We’d like to do that again. Stay tuned.
Happy Holidays, may peace and love prevail in your lives and around the world. There are two places where my paintings will be shown very soon. I hope you’ll get to stop in and see them.
Quogue Library, on Quogue Street, in, of course, Quogue, Long Island is having a show called SMALL TREASURES. It features 9 artists from the East End, and all the works are paintings of a ‘manageable’ size. It opens Dec. 1, 2015 and closes January 3, 2016. Opening reception will be on December 12th, at 3:30pm. All are welcome! This space is a very nice venue for art, and the Quogue Library Curators do a superb job of hanging an art exhibit. Any sales of artwork will benefit their lovely Library.
Also, at Riverhead Town Hall, corner of Main St. and Howell Ave. in Riverhead has an art exhibition space managed by the East End Arts. I’ll have a one-person show there, starting December 3, 2015 and closing March 4, 2016. Opening reception date will be announced.
I’ll be posting further on Facebook, at Ann Lombardo Artist, and you may contact me through the “contact” place on this website. Best Wishes to all for healthy and happy times.
SEPTEMBER, 2015 – 4-Day Art Course on ‘Floral Painting in a Still Life’ – Classical Realism painter, Cornelia Hernes spent a week in Water Mill. She is Norwegian. Having studied at the Florence Academy of Art, is an established artist in her own right and now teaches at that art academy, in Sweden. It’s rare to have a teacher of this quality in our midst and the students jumped at the chance to study with her – signing up months in advance to reserve a seat. Seats were limited- but one never sits in this class, so it should be said, “easels are limited”.Lombardo put the Water Mill Museum’s Discovery Room to good use last week when she produced this course. Cornelia taught a 4-day painting course,
entitled, “Floral Painting in a Still Life”. East end artists Saul Rosenstreich, Roxanne Panero, Mary Anne Bennett and Ann Lombardo were at their easels at the mill every morning, painting and working, studying in class all day until 4pm. Quite a rigorous experience.
Afterwards, Saul wrote, “What a great workshop! Thank you so much for putting it all together and with such nice personal touches. I was made to feel welcome and that it meant a something that I was there. And Cornelia – what a gifted artist and teacher! Also, a very scenic venue!” Students all asked for more chances to study with Cornelia. Based on this success, they hope to have an expanded version next year- bigger studio room, more students, longer duration to the class.
It could not have come to fruition without generous local support. Thanks go to the Art Barge, for delivering and lending us their studio easels; to the Clay Art Guild for supplying stands for the still life set-ups; to Anthony Lombardo for building the shadow boxes; to artist Lucille Berrill Paulsen for the loan of lights and small tables. East End Arts Gallery Director Jane Kirkwood also lent us her easel. And, as always, thanks go to the Water Mill Museum, who rents the Discovery Room at an affordable price. Collaboration was the key, making this a positive experience for all involved. More information at: firstname.lastname@example.org. To see Cornelia’s artwork, go to www.corneliahernes.com
Artist’s Bios are written in the third person- It’s me, just written as if it’s somebody else. Here’s my updated biography:
Lifelong artist Ann (Seraphine) Lombardo was first inspired by fashion illustrators of mid-century America. She has gone on to study works by Jean-Leon Gerome and Charles Bargue, artists and teachers of classical drawing in French academies in the late 19th century. Ann is also influenced by artists John Singer Sargent, Dutch masters such as Vermeer and European representational painters of the 19th century. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from F.I.T., majoring in Fashion Illustration & Advertising Design and from N.Y.I.T., Communication Arts, A.A.S., B.F.A., respectively.
As a fashion illustrator, designer and product specialist over her career in the apparel field, she applied drawing, illustration, design, color, textile and aesthetic ability in many aspects of the business. Subsequently, Ann studied classical drawing and painting with teachers such as Caleb Nelson Carter, Robert Armetta, and Cornelia Hernes of the Florence Academy of Art.
Ann likes to say, “Artists are born. Not made. Once an artist, a forever unshakeable mission remains: Get and have an artistic life. It requires time, space, materials, inspiration, resolve, motivation, feedback, energy, discipline, all kinds of support… and, hopefully, some ability. That’s your life sentence without parole. To be an artist is to surrender to the path.”
Ann employs classical processes when creating an oil painting, commencing with time spent on creating and lighting the set-up itself. Then comes attention to the drawing, observing the design and forms on the canvas. She applies the next layer a tonal underpainting, then finally paints with the colorful palette. She is drawn to domestic themes, such as floral and still life. Favorites are also iconic subjects of today, such as the tote bag/satchel in various situations, culinary objects, fishing lures and gear, and portraits. Her techniques stem from her obsession to observe, observe, observe.
She hopes to paint with an authentic style that is studied, true, but with additional air and life evident to the viewer; including a bit of artistry and drama. Her goal is to grow with every work, adopt new subject matter and advance in skill and technique. She hopes viewers will relate personally somehow to her art.
East End Arts member and juried shows, Southampton Artists Association, Guild Hall Members Show, Water Mill Museum Members Show, Best of Thirty Squared Daily Painters Invitational,
Ashawagh Hall artists group invitational
Awards: Honorable Mention, East End Arts 2008
Riverhead Town Hall sponsored by the East End Arts, December-March, 2016
Thirty Squared Daily Painters, Summer, 2016
Depend on this: Artists are born. Not made. Once an artist, a forever unshakeable mission remains: Get and have an artistic life. It requires time, space, materials, inspiration, resolve, motivation, feedback, energy, discipline, all kinds of support… and, hopefully, some ability. That’s your sentence. Without parole. To be an artist is to surrender to the path.
The Best Of 30 Squared (daily painters)
Surprisingly, the best of new things are often born out of the worst of times. Art is no exception. Last winter was brutal, with snow covering our landscape for months. But, like a ray of sunshine, a team of local artists joined creative forces making excellent use of those indoor studio days. To do it, they joined-up in a challenge to paint 30 paintings in 30 days, and named their motivational adventure 30 Squared. Each brought their own rationale to the game, from trying new painting surfaces, different subjects, to making art a higher priority, to just boosting their creative force. They didn’t even all know each other when they started out.
Plugging into an online community, this group of 28 artists pushed themselves to paint daily, and then they shared pictures, struggles, feedback and observations each evening. Painting in an art studio at home can be a lonely affair- artists know this and it’s often a good thing. Spirits were boosted and this new camaraderie in the bleak days of winter produced a variety of personal and artistic benefits.
30 Squared challenge was the brainchild of local painter, Aubrey Grainger. She says, “Many of us paint outside and we really couldn’t this winter because it was such a challenge weather wise. Instead we painted in our studios and set up flowers, pitchers, bottles, fruit or anything else that could keep us producing.”
Oil painter Pam Thomson was surprised. “It was a discipline that pushed me into painting every day, which is something I haven’t done in years. I hardly cooked or cleaned for a month, which wasn’t the best thing but perhaps I am more appreciated now! I was so happy to have support and feedback from a whole group of people. Painting is a very solitary pursuit, and to not be alone for that month was wonderful. And perhaps next January we can do it again. Excellent company!”
Lynn Matsuoka, artist, observed, “This was a perfect challenge to become more focused on working daily. It helped me work with a more targeted goal, and with more of a dedication to getting into the studio despite other distractions. “The valuable and encouraging observation of the other artists, and just having a ready and interested audience out there who gave the new work a minute of attention!”
It did become the perfect marriage of art and technology. A first chance to see some of this art: BEST OF 30 SQUARED opens June 18th at the Gallery at Water Mill Museum. On through July 12th. Many of painters will have numerous works on the walls stemming from this creative and motivated time. Send me your questions and feedback by clicking on ‘contact’ up top…
Not ‘Square’ Paintings – Not ‘Square’ Artists
It’s artists doing 1 painting a day for 30 consecutive days!
In the bleak cold months of January 2015, a group of artists from Montauk to Montclair joined creative forces and took on a ‘Daily Painting Challenge’: To paint 30 paintings in 30 days! Local artist, Aubrey Grainger sparked the idea, built online camaraderie (Facebook) and a successful artists’ challenge was born. It was a perfect marriage of technology and art!
The outcome? This creative ‘cabin-fevered’ community of artists successfully produced dozens of new pieces each. BEST OF 30 SQUARED exhibition will display their best works. Now it’s your turn: These artists challenge you to find your favorites from the rich variety (over 85) pieces on the gallery walls!
June 18th to July 12th, Gallery at Water Mill Museum, 41 Old Mill Road, Water Mill , NY Hours: 11 am to 5pm, closed Tuesdays
Artists are: Aubrey Grainger, Lynn Matsuoko, Kimberly Goff, Robin Alba, John Wolff, Pamela Thomson, Bob Sullivan, Lucille Berrill Paulsen, Susan D’Alessio, Sonia Stratford, Keith Mantell, Mary Anne Bennett, Lena Yaremenko, Elizabeth Rundquest, Joanne Rosko, Mary Stubelek, Ann Lombardo, Eileen Dawn Skretch- all artists of various backgrounds, media, styles and subject matter.
This diverse collection includes beach and landscape, people, kids, fish, flowers and fruit, urban and country, real and abstract, from postcard to poster-sized pieces, available for purchase. ’30 SQUARED’ artists styles cover it all from fresh new original studies painted quickly “alla prima” to fine classical and sophisticated canvases. Part of the profits support the grist mill.
BEST OF 30 SQUARED – Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments on us!
Opening reception is Saturday, June 20th, from 4 to 7pm. All welcome.