Rear View

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Summer Bliss, Bavaria. 12×16. Stebner oil on linen. Price on Request

These first six months in my Hereford studio have been productive and happy. Scarcely a day slips by without a painting session. New students have found their way to the door. It’s a lovely life-rythmn.

Falling leaves finally turned to snowflakes as we had last week. The beauty of studio painting is that I can be in any place in any season with the scroll of the computer mouse. Taking position in front of the easel, I might as well be in the boarding line at the airport and lifting a brush is a safe landing anywhere I want to be.

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Wellies and Wheelbarrow, 16×20 Stebner oil on linen, price on request

This week was a time to revisit favorite memories while welcoming students and a favorite client, returning for new Stebner’s for his collection and gift giving.

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Afternoon Aperitif, 12×16 Stebner oil on linen. Price on Request

Snowy January afternoon warming by the fire on a farm in the Auvergne. A sunny June on the bavarian Chiemsee. Strolls in a walled secret garden in Burgundy. Or watching a Burgundian gardener.

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Paisley, Peonies and Iris. 16×20 Stebner oil on linen. Price on Request

Finishing the second of these two garden folk, I realized something was going. I’d painted two out of three of the subjects from the back. I first questioned my inner world for doing so, but then realized it’s the mystery of what isn’t seen as much as what is that draws in the viewer. You can follow these gardeners safely into their private worlds without being confronted face to face. You can look through their eyes rather than into them. That’s another subject for another season.

Who dares follow me to Burgundy or Provence to see France through my eyes in June? Time is running out!  Click here or contact me directly to open the door.

 

 

Bookends

Although it only takes three hours to get from Paris to Mougny- Bazolles, it’s a trip from one world to another. All the overt stimulation of civilization Paris offers is usurped by a subtle, gentle one which seeps into your pores unknowingly in very little time. It’s the act of coming in tune with the rhythms of nature instigated by the gentle Burgundian breeze and sun.

1970401_10206194761086566_1741745792181170749_nRinging Jim yesterday at his breakfast time, the first sound I heard at the other end was a singing cardinal. I was momentarily confounded, feeling we must be in the same place, hearing the same birds and feeling the same breeze. But no, they were Ohio cardinals chirping in one ear, while I was hearing unknown ones in the other. As a very late sun set about us that evening, Agnes assured me I’d be lulled to sleep by the nightingale, to which I asked if this part of Burgundy is also home to the cuckoo. As sure as the nightingale sang to me as I climbed the stairs over the donkey barn to my garret above the house, I awoke to the cuckoo at the sun’s rising.

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The rumbles of Paris streets and subways are a distant strain as I finish my second painting of the morning. Soon I’ll be collecting the last three students from the train station to join this world of gentle beauty. Together we’ll learn from the capricious sun how to paint it’s light on our canvas.

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Packed

Packed: The past weeks were scheduled “comme d’habitude”- as usual. Work. Concerts. Company. Parties. Add a last minute mural job that filled two days. Add a trip to Sharon Weiss Gallery in Columbus to exchange work which took one day. Round it out with a last minute overnight to NYC to pick up the paintings that didn’t sell at my show at the gallery of  St. Mary the Virgin, and there’s a week’s worth of time stuffed into my last two weeks before leaving for France.

Packed: France this round adds one more dimension. Beyond 5 weeks of clothes and painting supplies, three weeks before taking off, a one-man-show was negotiated in the Chateau Hall of Limeuil in the Périgord. That means I had to figure out how to fit finished work into the suitcase, as well. And the days of two free suitcases for international travel are over, which means I’m on a fifty pound limit, plus carry on luggage.

Packed: Stress was mounting the last week, right up to the ticket counter, when I discovered my suitcase weighed fifty-seven pounds instead of the forty-eight it weighed on my scale at home. Of course that may have something do with the suitcase hanging over the sides of the scale. Thankfully, there was no line, so I had time to repack, transferring seven pounds from my suitcase to my backpack. But the mission is accomplished and I’m listening for my Paris-bound plane load in Toronto. Twenty minutes late so far. Happily, I have no connection to make. Just two art exhibits to cram into one day, before mounting the train Wednesday morning to head to Burgundy.

New York City, Here I Come!

Belle Normandy, 16x20 oil on linen

Belle Normandy, 16×20 oil on linen, Stebner

The cold of winter has served me well. Creative juices have been kindled like a roaring fire. With spring, I’ll be just as busy showing the work I’ve created in these months of studio hibernation. Consider this blog entry a personal invitation to attend my upcoming shows! I can’t wait to show you my new work in person. It’s just never the same online. Here’s the lineup.

White Tulips, 11x14, oil on Linen, Stebner

White Tulips, 11×14, oil on Linen, Stebner

The Rest of the Pepper, 6x8, oil on linen, Stbner

The Rest of the Pepper, 6×8, oil on linen, Stebner

AKRON, OHIO: March 7, beginning at 7:00p.m. My mother would be 92. This season is dedicated to her. I open a one man show that evening at a very special gift/floral shop here in Akron: Every Blooming Thing. It’s also the night of the monthly art walk in Akron. This show will feature many of my new, smaller paintings, which I’m passionate about. intimate portrayals of fruit, flowers, animals and secret places abound. The nice thing about this show; you can take your purchase with you on the spot.

Faded Glory, Brocante, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. 16x20 oil on linen, Stebner

Faded Glory, Brocante, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. 16×20 oil on linen, Stebner

NEW YORK CITY, Friday, April 17. Every artist dreams of having a show in New York. I’m thrilled that my fist show in this mecca will be at a very special venue, dear to my heart: St. Mary the Virgin, Times Square, where Jim and I were married a little over a year ago. This amazing venue, at 145 W. 46th St, has a gem of an art gallery. I’ll have a one man show of larger french interiors and exteriors exhibited here for two months. Who’s going to come celebrate the opening with me Friday, April 17? I’d love to see you there! Evening hours of the reception to be announced.

L'amour des trois Oranges, 8x8 oil on linen panel, Stebner

L’amour des trois Oranges, 8×8 oil on linen panel, Stebner

AKRON, OHIO, Saturday, May 9, noon to 4p.m.. Annual Studio Spring Open House. Enjoy the garden and studio as you shop my art and antiques from France.

May 29-June 4: Burgundy, France Table/Tableau Art Center

June 16-26, Limeuil, France

Who’s tempted to fo to France with me in June but on the fence? The dollar has never been stronger and flights have dropped. It couldn’t be a better time to see Burgundy or the Périgord with me. Burgundy is a bargain. The Périgord is one small group of four or five of us. Space remains in Burgundy. Just 2 places for the magic town of Limeuil, France on the Dordogne River. Questions? Click on the links or call. I love talking about these intimate peaks at France! And feel free to share the blog with others or make comments. I love knowing you’re there!

Contemplation; What's Next?, Normandy. 12x24 oil on linen, Stebner

Contemplation; What’s Next?, Normandy. 12×24 oil on linen, Stebner

Burgundy in a Nutshell

Morning in Normandy, Stebner 10x20 oil on linen

Morning in Normandy, Stebner 10×20 oil on linen

Winter seems to have lulled us to sleep. I confess, this blog entry is a blatant plea for your assistance to help me find the perfect people to take off for a painting adventure in France with me.  As followers of my blog, your recommendation is more valuable than anything. If it’s been in the back of your mind to join in and you just haven’t gotten around to it, please do so now! If you know someone who might be interested, I’ll be forever grateful if you let them know. The Artistic Adventure to Limeuil in the Périgord has two or three spots left. Burgundy has more, as it houses more students. And Burgundy is a great deal for anyone interested in a painting vacation! I’ve thrown in a special offer for college students because I’d love for this session to be cross-generational as well as cross cultural. Flights have just dropped in the last week, so, as two saucy young travel-bloggers say, Shut up and Go! I guarantee a great time!

And for any of you readers who sign up or send a friend, I’ll thank you with a $50 gift certificate towards a painting of any size!

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