Sunday, July 28, 2013

Long Beach

Foster Memorial Town Beach also known as Long Beach, is one of the Hamptons best family beaches. Named after the farmer who donated the 13 acre beach property to Southampton Town (which Sag Harbor Village is a part of) back in the 1950s, the beach is renown for its beauty and easy access.
Long Beach (2013) by Ramiro 9.75" x 13.75"
Grenning Gallery just held a show of latest works by Ramiro and Melissa Franklin-Sanchez. The show included the painting above of Long Beach. Ramiro and Frankin-Sanchez have been living in Bridgehampton this summer and many of the Sag Harbor environs are featured in their work.
Long Beach plays host to a number of different water sports. Water skiing is actually fairly rare. Standup paddle board, kayaking, windsurfing, kite surfing and plain old kite flying are the norm.
The young children playing at the water's edge are the sweetest. The water is shallow and parents don't need to worry about dangerous surf. The shoreline offers rocks and shells for little hands to collect in their beach buckets. The only thing missing is a food concession, but if you remember to bring a cooler with supplies, the convenience of parking the family car near the shore makes up for it. No hauling beach chairs and umbrellas over hot sand for miles.
Sag Harbor Dingy (2011) by Ben Fenske 23.5" x 31.5"
Grenning Gallery will have a show of Ben Fenske's work opening August 3rd.
The lifeguards were just getting set up as I came by.
Long Beach (2008) by Ramiro 8" x 15.75"
Noyac Beach Kites by Marc Dalessio (2011) 12" x 16"
I've never seen the parking lot completely full. If you don't have a beach pass for the season it is $20 (per car) for a day pass. See you there!
Noyac Sunset (2007) Melissa Franklin Sanchez 14" x 19.5"
I am not a Grenning artist, nor do I receive any compensation for mentioning this gallery. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Plein Air Peconic

This weekend was Plein Air Peconic's annual summer show at Ashwagh Hall. The artist group Plein Air Peconic was originally founded in 2006 with the planned focus of capturing the beauty of  the land being preserved by the Peconic Land Trust. Besides visually emphasizing the importance of preserving these open spaces, the artists donate a portion of the proceeds of the sale of their work to the Trust.
I am not doing these works proper justice with my iPhone camera.
Hydrangeas/Water Mill Farm
Oil on Linen 24" x 36"
Wainscott Pond
Oil on Canvas 16" x 24"
Accabonac Harbor Evening
Oil on Linen 24" 36" 
Flying Point Beach Path
Acrylic on Canvas 40" x 30"
A closer look at Tom Steele's great photo
View from Downs Creek
Oil on Linen 20" x 24"
A grouping of paintings done at Phillip's Pond Preserve
I enjoyed seeing how each artist viewed and rendered the same scene.
June Afternoon
Oil on Panel 10" x 12"
It is always worth the journey to Ashwagh Hall in Springs.
For more regarding the artists of Plein Air Peconic 
and future shows here.


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Summer Saturday

There are so many great things to do in the summer Hamptons it is always tough to choose just one. We decided to drive over to the Springs to see the Plein Air Peconic Show at Ashwagh Hall.
The Plein Air Peconic show was great. Sadly it is only on for this weekend. It is open today until 5:00. (more about the show in my next post) On the way home we stopped in East Hampton for supplies at Golden Eagle Art and checked out the plants at East Hampton Gardens which is right next door at 16 Gingerbread Lane.
We had a celebrity sighting - Liz Smith was there.
She recently mentions East Hampton Gardens and her weekend in the country in a New York Social Diary column here
After all of the driving around in the heat there was one thing left to do.
Retreat to that room that I miss most all winter.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A New Yorker's Idea of Landscaping

 On a recent trip through Grand Central Terminal, 
I was stopped in my tracks by an unexpected art sighting.
The window of Cursive in Grand Central currently displays an arrangement of paintings by Sag Harbor artist Vincent Brandi.   I am most familiar with Brandi's work from seeing it in Sag Harbor at a somewhat unconventional venue. Brandi is not only an artist, he is the General Manager of SEAN, a men's clothing store on Main Street in Sag Harbor. The window of SEAN not only tempts passersby with fine clothing, but usually displays Brandi's atmospheric artwork as well.
Inspiration by Vincent Brandi
Oil on canvas 72" x 62"
I love the way that he captures the mood of the East End landscape through color and light.  I recognized Brandi's distinctive style immediately as I was whizzing past with the commuting crowd.
Mid-summer series #33 by Vincent Brandi
Napeague Pond by Vincent Brandi
If you can't get over to SEAN in Sag Harbor I highly recommend stopping by Cursive in Grand Central Terminal to see Brandi's work. The wonderful paintings are well worth seeing.
Vincent Brandi's web site with contact information and photos of more of his work here.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Floral Feast

The gardens on the East End are spectacular this year. A wet spring followed by hot and sunny weather has worked its magic. The hydrangeas are especially amazing.
Taller than ever with copious blooms.
Hydrangeas are not the easiest flower to express in paint.
Eva Iooss has captured them in watercolor with a delicate touch.
Hydrangea with Catrapilla by Eva Iooss image from here
Eva Iooss paints on old manuscript paper, water color paper and natural vellum. She also works in oil and mixed media. Her love for nature was nurtured in her Holland birthplace. After studying fashion illustration in Manhattan she moved on to study botanical art. She received a certificate of botanical painting from the NY Botanical Garden. 
Eva Iooss
Eva gardens, paints and spends much of her time in Montauk in her studio by the sea.
Contact Eva Iooss here
or see her works at Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor here
Hydrangea, Frog and Snail by Eva Iooss