Here are some photos by Michael Fanelli, that capture a little of the evening. Maybe you will spot yourself having some fun!
Please drop me an email to arrange, or view available paintings here
news, exhibitions and other musings
What a fun night popping up in the 'Boro' to celebrate the opening of Cove Ledge in it's new location on Water Street. So many of you stopped by to taste new wines, listen to some live music and browse a selection of my paintings and prints.
Here are some photos by Michael Fanelli, that capture a little of the evening. Maybe you will spot yourself having some fun!
And the winner of the print giveaway is Lisa Nicholas. Congratulations!
A selection of work can be be viewed by appointment at the Studio in Westerly.
Please drop me an email to arrange, or view available paintings here
Creativity hasn't completely been sacrificed this month to planning, I did finish and ship this wave painting off to its new owners in Wisconsin. It arrived safely and they are so excited to hang it. Happy collectors put a big smile on my face for sure! Winslow seem to approve too!
Have you thoughts about a commission? You can read about the process here.
Want to see how I'm starting mornings in the studio?
Hope you get to enjoy a winter walk - wrap up warm!
Hi there, wanted to take a moment to say hello. I'm Annie: a painter, printmaker and a Brit who lives in the US. For many years I lived in New York City and worked in Economic Development for the British Government, despite having studied art and design 🤣. But I took the plunge to pursue art full time when I turned 40. The next few years i freelanced and studied an MFA in painting, at the New York Academy of Art, a post graduate fellowship and a 2 year artist residency on the east end of long Island. It was here where my interest in painting water really blossomed. My next move took me across the sound to Mystic CT and eventually to the Ocean State of Rhode Island where I live with Winslow my studio cat!
As an artist I enjoy working in many mediums, and a wide range of subjects which include urban, rural and coastal landscapes along with the figure. Right now I spend most of my time working in oils, I love the buttery quality of paint, pushing and pulling it around a canvas. As a printmaker I also love the spontaneity and directness of monotype. I find both mediums provide an opportunity to explore and expand my technical vocabulary. Switching between disciplines keeps things fresh. I think the magic happens in the space between control and freedom, so I’m always open to finding new ways to make marks, but I do love a nice palette knife to work with.
I was recently asked what art has taught me, I replied:
To be an observer of my inner and outer world, be still, look, listen, feel.
Embrace the process, enjoy and welcome little accidents.
Let go of expectations, and go with the flow.
And of course to enjoy my own company ;-)
When I’m not in the studio you’ll probably find me whipping up something creative in the kitchen for dinners with friends. I’m pretty handy around the house so will tackle light woodworking projects and DIY! I can easily get consumed in digital creative play with the Adobe Creative Suite!.
This pandemic year also got me exploring the art of book making, poetry and knitting! Otherwise I can be found exploring new shoreline walks, or enjoying galleries, movies and live music.
Bold and Colorful
Bigger Big Little Skies
Prints are all custom made to order and are available in 5 sizes
from 11x14in up to 30x36in
Four images to choose from that look great in a clean crisp white frame,
but you could have fun and choose a complimentary color!
Several size for you to choose from depending on the space you have in mind or your budget. There's hopefully something for everyone ;-)
Bask in the glow of a glorious sunset every night from the comfort of your sofa!
Big Little Skies have gotten bigger!
Intimate paintings that pack a big punch of color
and drama are now BIG PRINTS!
I'm also offering a special treat for you, while supplies last.
so be sure to check your inbox
Last Chance to Ring in a New Year
with my SEASONS 2022 calendar
I'd hate for you to miss out.
last day to Pre-order today Sunday, November 21st.
Calendars will shipped December 1st.
I'm printing a limited supply of calendars based on orders received. So please don't hesitate to order yours.
Ordering multiple calendars?
Great! I'll include a complimentary pack of wave notecards. with orders of 3 or more calendars .
I'm also offering free shipping within the Continental US for the holidays.
A shipping fee for overseas orders will be added at checkout.
These make perfect gifts for friends and neighbors, teachers and colleagues, clients and family members. Just about anyone who loves the sea...
...and who doesn't love the sea?
Hi There, I'm sitting in the studio as our first Nor'easter of the season rolls in. I actually love this season of sweaters, hearty soups, earlier sunsets and cozy nights at home.
I'm busy working on the final design for my 2022 SEASONS calendar which will be available for pre-order beginning of November, so keep an eye on your inbox for details coming soon. In the meantime...
...I'm excited to share that my Coastal Portfolio of etchings was featured on theEmily Henderson blog. For those of you that don't know her, she is a well known international stylist and writer.
I'm chuffed (as we brits say) for the shout out and exposure ;-) so I'm sharing a special offer with you guys, be sure to scroll down!
EH Stylist, Eric Staalberg's article is packed with design and styling tips. Eric knows the power of Art in a home, which he describes as the third layer that gives a place soul. You can read the article here and be sure to check out the listing of featured artists. Two of my favs are also friends - Atwater Designs and Christina Flowers,
Now through the end of October I'm offering 20% off
The Coastal Etchings Portfolio.
Use promo code EMILYLOVE
New Big Little Skies - Nostalgia
NEW Intimate paintings that pack a big punch of color and drama
at Coastal Contemporary Gallery Newport RI
Candy Floss Clouds III Is a favorite of mine from this new work. It has really been fun to paint so freely with thick juicy oil paint. This series have all been painted in one short session, wet on wet, no going back into it later or fussing. just let it be what it was in the moment I painted it.
luscious, juicy, and buttery textured paintings that feel fresh and alive!
Twilight Storm is a composition in shades of blue. Painted from my reference photos taken during an evening beach walk early July. A dramatic sky makes painting such a joyful and exciting process, as I interpret the clouds to express the mood and the memory of that moment. Whilst also bringing something new, accidental, intuitive to the work.
Painting Live at Coastal Contemporary Gallery
This past weekend, I brought my studio on the road and painted live at Coastal Contemporary Gallery demonstrating my process with the Big Little Skies series.
These intimate paintings have been so much fun to paint. Using an alla prima approach, I work quickly letting go of accurately rendering the view in favor of capturing the energy and essence of the scene. Laying down paint with speed and confidence, honoring the integrity of the mark. Creating a seductive surface of luscious, juicy, and buttery textures that feel fresh and alive.
Thanks to all the lovely folks that dropped by. You might just see your cameo appearance in the video below!
Katherine and her daughter stopped by to say hi with some fresh strawberries, They were sailing from Sandwich back to Darien and stopped in Newport!
Many of you may know this but get me within 2 feet of paint and I'm a magnet!. No sooner had I laid out my oils, than I got a big clump of Cadmium Yellow in my hair,!, I decided to work it!
I made three paintings in total over the two days, The first was a colorful rainbow sky. It was Pride weekend after all ;-)
Newport Live I - Rainbow Pride Sky, 8x8in Oil on Canvas SOLD
On Sunday I was able to make two paintings and captured my process for both in this timelapse video. I hope you enjoy watching!
You can see the textures and gestures of the two Sunday paintings up close below.
These are available for sale.
Newport Live II - Telegraph Sky, 8x8in Oil on Panel $550 - email me to purchase
Newport Live III - Setting Sun, 8x8in Oil on Panel $550 - email me to purchase
Thanks to Shari at Coastal Contemporary Gallery for hosting the event
You can view other paintings from this series here
Big Little Skies
Intimate paintings that pack a big punch of color and drama
These intimate paintings represent a little of the beauty experienced and captured on my i-phone this past year. Glowing skies seen from my window or walks along the beach. These moments of awe were welcome daily highlights during a time of uncertainty and isolation. A reminder that as each day passes there is an abundance of beauty to be found.
As I was scrolling through my camera roll, I noticed some resistance to look back on this past year. It has flown by whilst simultaneously feeling like slo-mo. I began 2020 in transition. Newly separated, I consolidated my home and studio in Westerly, a neighboring coastal town, in a new state, Rhode Island. After a successful studio moving sale I spent February unpacking boxes and settling in. Then the pandemic hit! and everything became unsettled again.
I rescueded a stray cat that had been roaming around my building and 'Winslow' became a much loved companion. I'm not sure who rescued who!
Much of 2020 felt like a blur and the only real documentation of that time is my cameral roll, looking back I was reminded me of what a beautiful place I live in. The pandemic also provided an opportunity and permission to withdraw, regroup and rebuild.
Fast forward to spring of 2021. I was in a bit of a creative funk. So I decided to get back to basics working with the three primary colors. I took some small panels I had lying around and began to make a few paintings from my cameral roll with the intention of creative play. These panels happened to be the same aspect ratio as my I-phone. Hmmmm? I thought, that's interesting perhaps this could be a whole series. I needed more panels this size and they were hard to come by due to supply issues, so I let go of that restriction and worked in other sizes.
I’ve had so much fun painting them whilst also stepping out of my comfort zone, simplifying my palette, but expanding the range of colors mixed. Using an Alla Prima approach, I worked quickly letting go of accurately rendering the view in favor of capturing the energy and movement of the scene. Laying down paint with speed and confidence, honoring the integrity of the mark. This creates a seductive surface of luscious, juicy, and buttery textures that feel fresh and alive. They almost look edible!
Take a Closer Look at Through the Trees
Set in a silver wood float frame, they feel like precious jewels, heirlooms to collect and treasure. I hope you enjoy them.
"In this new series of miniature explorations, Annie employs heaps of energy and buttery oil paint. She uses a palette knife as the vehicle—driving color and texture—whipping an intimate moment into what would appear to have been executed on a massive scale. No easy feat." - Shari Weschler, Coastal Contemporary Gallery
color and drama with luscious painted surfaces
How do you keep the winter blues away ?
How have you been keeping the winter blues away?
I'm sure I'm not the only one binging online shows, this winter! Two of my faves have been The Repair Shop and Blown Away. Two little gems where creativity and craftsmanship shine. check them out ;-).
Talking of being blown away, Amanda Gorman's inaugural poem The Hill We Climb, did just that. What a talented young poet. The poem is now available as a collectible gift edition, from Penguin Random House. Here you can also watch her read her poem Earth Rise about Climate Change written in 2018.
We were hit with a big Nor'easter the first two days of February. So I got busy in the kitchen and made a big pot of Indian Mulligatawny Soup and watched the snow storm. I've never made this soup before but it was super easy and I loved it! Here's the recipe, I added chicken and spinach.
Indian Mulligatawny Soup
Indian Mulligatawny SoupThis fragrant Indian Mulligatawny Soup is spiced with curry and made from creamy red lentils, carrots, apples, and coconut milk. Make a double batch and freeze the leftovers!
This recipe is from the Wanderlustkitchen
And as It's February...
Two ways to say I love you for Valentines Day
I thought I'd make some print pairings, as a perfect valentine gift for the art lover.
Many of my seascape and landscape prints work well together, but it can often be hard to chose. So I’ve created a gallery of parings showing a few of my favorite matches. Here's one pairing that features a wave and rocky coastline from Acadia National Park, Maine.
All Prints Great & Small
We'll be spending so much time indoors this season, some of us may be climbing the walls! So I’m thinking why not brighten up those walls and bring fresh air and a sea breeze home for the Holidays? Treat yourself or a loved one, to one or two of my new prints.
So many to choose from! If you get yourself on my list you can save some $$ with an exclusive offer for my email subscribers. Sign up before Monday to benefit from the offer.
In the meantime here's a cute cat video
Winslow wants to show you a few of his fav prints coming tomorrow. These are just a couple in the smallest size. Don’t worry these are proofs, I won’t be shipping out any paw prints lol.
Things are gonna get easier
I was invited to participate in a show at the Velvet Mill, where I used to have a studio. The exhibition features work from local artists and reflects on the current crisis/pandemic, and is sponsored by ARC.
I wasn't sure I hav anything suitable, but one piece came to mind, from a few years back that was originally titled Loves Me, Loves Me Not, and was created to evoke the vulnerability and fragility of a child.
I decided to embellish the print by adding a mask. After all we all have to adapt. This will also be available as an edition of giclee prints. All profits will be donated to Feeding America. But I felt I needed a different title and started to mull it over.
In the early hours of the morning, a time that I consistently wake these days with anxiety, I woke with the melody and words ‘O-o-h Child, things are gonna get easier’, in my head. A wonderful uplifting soulful song. I thought that’s it! it’s perfect for the piece and for the times. Later that morning while drinking my coffee, I listened to the song by the Five Stairs Steps on YouTube, and searched for the lyrics to print out, and came across The New Yorker article by Amanda Petrusich.
Written November 7, 2016, days before the election, Amanda declared 'O-o-h Child' as the best song for soothing your election anxiety, and here we are 4 years later in darker and more treacherous times. Reading the article further I learned that the song was released in the spring of 1970. A tumultuous and desperate time in America, that feels in such parallel with were we are today.
It’s a reminder that in some of the darkest times we crave a salve and that salve often comes from the Arts – music, poetry, literature, film, art, and nature. Starting my mornings with music is one way I can dissolve the anxiety of the night and start my day a little lighter. I’m pleased to be reunited with this 70’s classic.
You can listen to the Five Stair Steps sing O-o-h Child here
I'm also waking up to this tune
A lovely Day by Bill Withers, give it a listen, it'll put a skip in your step!
is an embellished giclee fine art print
she is available in 4 sizes 11x14 up to 28x36in
starting at $50 - $500
20% of the profits from print sales will go to Feeding America.
1 in 7 kids in America struggle with hunger.
Each one will be hand embellished with gold petal leaves on the flower and a gold mask. But you can get creative too and customize the mask with polka dots, stripes, flowers, words like vote, peace, whatever you like have fun - let me know!
Here are the Song Lyrics
Michelle Poirier Mozzone, Will Kurtz & Annie Wildey
Coastal Contemporary Gallery, 491 Thames Street, Newport, RI
When work leaves the studio, there is an emotional as well as a the physical separation that happens. As a result I’m always a little surprised to see it again hanging in the gallery. Especially when a gallery does such a wonderful job of hanging a show. Shari @coastalcontemporarygallery pays such attention to detail that every sightline is considered.
Can;'t get to Newport?
You can have a virtual tour of the show in this video.
I love this sightline shown below, capturing a view of several smaller works in the show.
Shop small work and other seascapes
Sunlit Seas 48x60" below is a painting that captures the fluidity of the sea, as the waves begin to form and rise. Beads of sunlight glisten on the surface and the surf begins to form as it get closer to shore.
if you can't get to Newport in person, you can also shop the seascapes in the show online
One silver lining with this whole coronavirus pandemic and quarantine is that it has renewed my love of cooking. Which in turn has been a wonderful way to destress. What started as stress cooking, has transitioned to comfort cooking to feed the soul.
I haven't been able to focus much or concentrate on painting so cooking has been a welcome distraction from the anxiety of life right now. I've found that chopping vegetables, stir the pot, revisiting old familiar recipes and trying new ones has become a soothing and calming experience. Not to mention enjoying a delicious and nutritious home cooked meal.
Many of the meals I've made are pretty basic, and standard, but they still pack a punch in terms of taste and comfort. But as I now live alone, I've had the opportunity to experiment a little bit and explore more vegetarian/vegan recipes (that is after using up all the animal protein in the freezer).
Here are some of the recipes that have been a comfort during this time of corona! I hope you enjoy them.
40 mins at 400 temp
A great dish as a meal in itself, or as side dish. I use what ever veggies I have in the fridge. Everything tastes better roasted!
De stressing through cooking - a few veggies can be a tasty meal for a few $. I'll use any combination of broccoli, caulifIower, onion, potates, beets, carrots, squash, take your pick. I usually also include garlic, and lemon. this is all then tossed ina generous coating of olive oil, salt and pepper, and occassionally some dried or fresh herbs. often have this as a meal served up with a knob of homemade Kale pesto, and a sprinkling of grated parmesan with a sprinkling of ground flax seed.
Prints for a Cause
Help me nourish those on the frontline during this pandemic. New York has been hit hard in this crisis. I’d love for you to join me if you can, and bring a little of what I love about New York into your home and heart with this series of prints.
Please enjoy 20% savings on my ILOVENY prints
and in turn I'll donate an additional 20% Frontlinefoods.org
Frontline Foods supports healthcare workers with healthy meals from local kitchens. This network of grassroots volunteers, work with restaurants, hospitals and other medical facilities to feed those working on the frontline.
Each of these prints capture a fleeting moment, and reveal a fond memory of my time living in the city.
Read about the stories and inspirations behind the other prints.
Perhaps you'll fall in love with the city as I did.
New Year, New Decade, New Horizons.
After nine years at the Velvet Mill, I've decided it's time to move my studio. I've loved being part of the community of artists and entrepreneurs at the mill, but I'm ready for a change. So what better time than now for a studio moving sale.
The last time I had a big studio sale was 10 years ago when I moved from Orient, Long Island to Mystic, CT. So they don't come along that often!
All studio inventory will be on sale for the first time in 10 years!
many pieces will be available 20% and even up to 50% below estimated retail.
As I've been sorting through the flat files, portfolios and the studio closet, I realize I have quite a lot of work in the archives from various stages of my creative journey. The work brings back many fond memories of places I've been, ideas I've explored, and stages of life. I'd love to give you an opportunity to bring this work home with you.
I'll have large and small works, both studies and finished pieces in a wide range of subject matter, and medium. Including figurative work, landscapes and cityscapes, drawings, etchings, watercolors, mixed media, oil paintings, and plein air studies.
Please stop by, I'd love to see you, and you might just find the perfect piece of art that speaks to you.
Not Local? Not to worry...
For those of you that aren't local, I've got ya covered. I will be listing many pieces online. The online shop will be available (fingers crossed!) Thursday Jan 16.
So keep an eye on your inbox.
A Glimpse into the Printmaking Process
As artists we are often encouraged to focus and to specialize, to work only in one media. To me this has always seemed to be something that goes against the nature of creativity itself. To explore and allow one's curiosity to the lead the way seems a far more natural and intuitive way to work.
I often find the subject matter or idea will let me know how it wants to be expressed, my job is to listen.
I'm both a painter and a printmaker. Each requires it's own tools and unique approach to mark-making and process. I find switching back and forth between the two, keeps my studio practice fresh.
This short video provides a glimpse into the the printmaking process showing the etching plate 'Cape Terrain', being inked, printed and editioned. Cape Terrain is part of the Coastal Portfolio.
I find it such a meditative, romantic and quite magical process, I hope it speaks to you too.
Click image below to view video
Several prints from the Coastal Portfolio are currently on view in the
8th Annual Connecticut Printmakers Invitational,
curated by Annabel Lebel at Five Points Gallery in Torrington. CT.
I'm thrilled to be exhibiting alongside seven other artists: Irene Bednarczyk, Emily Larned, Michael Levine, Chris O'Flaherty, Margot Rocklen, Sarah Sparkowski, Deborah Weiss.
August 15 - September 14
Opening reception Friday,August 16th, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Artists' panel discussion: Friday, September 6th, 6:30 p.m.
Five Points Gallery
33 Main Street, Torrington, CT
If are looking for a very affordble way to collect original work, consider artists prints.
Dont' really know what an artist print is?
You might enjoy these two articles to help you get started!
Tips for starting your art collection with prints
A guide to printmaking methods and terms
This collection of twenty two paintings celebrates the sun, sea, wind and moon.
I hope you enjoy it!
Sun, Sea ,Wind & Moon
This intoxicating combination of elements can nourish, nurture and surprise us in both dramatic and quiet ways. While Mother Nature puts on a spectacular display of beauty at sunset, the sun can also sparkle like jewels on the ocean. In the next moment glistening beads of water explode into the air as the wind catches the surf. The moon on the other hand has a serene like presence, quietly hoping you will take notice as it peeks above the horizon without much fanfare, or it bids the night goodbye in an early morning sky, as the waves gently lap ashore.
I bring these experiences into the studio as I explore the smells, feelings, energy and movement. My process is fluid, moving between freedom and control, accident and intention, as I push and pull the paint to interpret this subject in motion.
"I hope the work resonates with you and sparks your own sensations, and experiences".
Size isn't everything...
You'll find ten small works in the collection. I love how small works look hung as a gallery wall. It's a nice way to display a range of work from one artist or to mix it up and show several artists in your growing collection.
Small works are also an affordable way to start your collection, and offer the versatility of placing them in little nooks and crannies in your home. Like a powder room, bedside table, or nestled amongst books and collectibles on a bookshelf.
The size is also intimate and beckons the viewer to take a closer look.
I find working on a small scale exciting and fun to let paint be paint, and explore mark making and happy accidents. Creating lots of energy and texture! I try to bring this experience to the easel when I am working on larger paintings too. At least thats the goal!
But Location is...
Coastal Breeze is on view at Avondale Arts, in the beautiful coastal town of Watch Hill, Rhode Island. It's a lovely place to vacation even for a day trip.
Watch Hill Tips
If you visit be sure to check out the lighthouse, or take a walk a Napatree point. Stop for a light lunch at the Cooked Goose, then pop across the road to Avondale Arts and view the exhibiton. On your way home I highly recommend stopping at the fabulous Ocean house for a cocktail with a spectacular view!
The show runs through July 31, 2019
There will be an artist reception on Friday July 12, from 5-7pm.
Would love for you to join me, on the outdoor deck overlooking the water. You'll also have a chance to view Holly Wach's delightful watercolor exhibition in the Art Box of Shorebirds bird of the Ocean State.
Holly is a fellow New York Academy of Fine Art graduate and together, our work is a perfect fit for a little summer celebration at Avondale Arts, located on the water in Westerly, RI.
New works by Annie Wildey at Avondale Arts
The exhibition is on view from July 1-31 2019
Please join me for the opening reception on Friday July 12, from 5-7.
Here is a sneak peek or two new paintings 'Here Comes the Sun' I and II. Both capture the feeling of a bright sunny summer day at the shore, with the sunlight glistening on the water.
Can't you just feel that breeze and smell that fresh salty air!
To preview the works in the exhibition please join my mailing list here.
Hope to see you soon!
Avondale Arts is located at 95 Watch Hill Road, Westerly, RI 02891
A delight for the senses
We had a glimpse of summer on Saturday here in the North East. The sun was shinning and a lovely breeze drifted into the gallery during the opening as we listened to the ethereal sounds of the live performance of Music for Water Music by @auroracollaborative. it was a sensory delight and complimented the show so well. I know this won't do it justice but I tried to captured a little snippet of the performance in video. You can watch here.
Description of Music for Water Music (2019) by Antonio Forte, written by the composer
Music for Water Music is a piece of sound art composed for live flute accompanied by pre-recorded digital tape manipulations. The piece embodies a transformation of the second movement ("Alla Hornpipe") of the Water Music suite in D major, composed by George Frederic Handel in 1717. The original recording has been digitally stretched out from 3 minutes 45 seconds to last nearly 2 hours, while maintaining its relative pitch (being transposed down just a half-step from D to Db). In addition to being stretched, the original recording is played backwards over itself at the same time as it is going forwards, a total structural retrograde. The flute part incorporates similar rhythmic stretching of the original melody, structural retrograde on local and global levels, as well as repetitions of smaller note clusters within larger melodic phrases; all played freely, senza misura with the stretched recording. Techniques such as key slaps, wind sounds, and overblown harmonics are used to further create watery effects. The overall aesthetic of Music for Water Music is the evocation of the sea, ocean waves, and the ebb and flow of the tides.
This three person exhibition is curated by gallery owner and director Shari Weschler, she explains that ".each artists Annie Wildey Susan Schultz and Michele Poirier Mozzone focus on water, examining the life that resides and plays within, or the destructive realities of waste that are discarded into its magnificence. All also recognize and honor time that passes as a journey. Be it through erosion, an emotion or recreation, water carries strength, offers a cleansing breath, a moment to honor the past or sit in the present. It breaks down surface with relentless persistence, is vastly deep holding darkness and mystery, distorts reality and can exist in three physical states. Water makes up sixty percent of our adult bodies and it is a relevant metaphor for our complex lives and the human condition; fleeting as each wave, bubbles and reflections of light travel up and out".
you can read more about the show and the other artisits work here.
For those of you that are unable to drop by the exhibit, I created an online gallery for you to view the paintings. Take a peek here and see how I styled them, It was fun!
Ei was excited to help hang a show which features work by my stepson Jack!
Opening Wednesday, May 1st, the show celebrates young artists in our community, who have nurtured their creativity at Julie Duba's Art Studio. Julie and I hung almost 60 works of art yesterday at Setra Artes gallery in the Boro. The show looks great and features several pieces by High School seniors who will be heading off to college this fall including Jack you can see some of his work here.
We would love you to join us at the opening tomorrow
Wednesday, May 1, 4.30pm -8pm
Setra Artes Gallery
11 Grand Street, Stonington Borough, CT
Can you Smell The Salty Air
I was recently invited to make an artist video. I said yes I'd love to. But the truth is up until now I've been resistant to making one.
luckily I watched my stepson Jack create a video in iMovie for his art school portfolio last month. It looked a little complicated seeing the backend of his movie, all the slicing of layers of video, sound, music, and titles, But it also looked like a lot of fun watching him make tweaks along the way, fine-tuning his vision.
I love how he picks things up so quickly and dives right in. Rarely is there any hesitation, it's inspiring. I'll miss having him around when he heads off to college this fall.
As I sat down to start, I realized my resistance wasn't so much about learning to use iMovie, it was actually resistance to putting myself out there in a video. I felt vulnerable and still do. But as I pulled some images into iMove I started to have fun and enjoy the creative aspect of trying to make a video and tell a story, so here you go.
Put the kettle on, make yourself a cuppa, sit back and hopefully enjoy. I'd love to know what you think ;-)
I'm kind of excited to make more so watch out for version 2.0 with video footage and narration!
Browse the collections featured in this video
This month I will be exhibiting in TriBeCa, alongside fellow alumni and faculty of The New York Academy of Art. The show is curated by Rick Davidman of the former DFN gallery, Kim Power graduate of the school, and art dealer Elizabeth Garvey.
Thinking about the show this month reminded me of a time back in 2005 when I found myself wandering around TriBeCa on a Saturday afternoon. I came across some exquisite figurative sculptures in the windows of a building that turned out to be the New York Academy of Art. The sign also said that it was a graduate school for figurative Art and that HRH the Prince of Wales was the Parton. I had goosebumps!
I had been working with a coach to help me figure out how I could transition from my career at the British Consulate to an artistic one. Returning to education and graduate school was something I was considering but hadn't fully explored. Changing career and moving to another city seemed overwhelming. So as I stood outside the school, a 2o minute walk from apartment, I couldn’t help but think this was a sign. I walked in and picked up their catalogue.
I felt pretty excited and inspired, so with a spring in my step I carried on walking. A block or two away, I found myself again stopping because of something exquisite in a window. This time it was DFN gallery and a figurative painting that caught my eye. I walked in to take a closer look at the exhibition and felt I'd stepped into a little piece of heaven. I was surrounded by amazing figurative paintings by Alyssa Monks. I couldn't help but smile when I looked at the catalogue to find out she was a graduate of the Academy.
I heard a little voice inside say 'I'm going to study there,' it seemed like fate. I wasn't sure how I could make it happen, but the seed was sewn.
Fast forward to Sept of 2006, when I walked into the building as a mature student in the MFA program. I spent a magical three years there, two as an MFA student and one as a post-graduate fellow. Shortly thereafter, I also had the opportunity to participate in a couple of group shows with Rick at DFN gallery before it closed.
It will be nice to think of these memories and connections, as I return to TriBeCa this month and see the painting Deep Water III hanging in some good company.
Feeling very grateful.
As a painter I am always looking for interesting and exciting ways to apply paint, and make marks that express and describe the energy and movement of water. The sweet spot is that place in between freedom and control where the spontaneity and energy of the mark is preserved, but is also successful in describing the form.
Deep Water III will be on view in February in a special exhibition
Representing:Selected Works from Alumni and Faculty
of The New York Academy of Art,
at Artisan Lofts building (143 Reade St., New York, NY 10013
The opening reception will take place on
the 5th of February from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
hope to see you there!
Annie is a British painter and printmaker and lover of the sea.