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May 22, 2012 Take a Kayak Ride on the Alamoosook Lake! Photos! We saw Loons and an Eagle!

by Susan Renee Lammers on 5/22/2012 6:29:33 PM

    I thought you may like to join on us a kayaking trip today in the pouring rain.  What no?  You are afraid of lightening?  Ok.  Then you can just look at the photos of the views we saw as we were kayaking in the rain in Orland, Maine's Alamoosook Lake.  The temperatures were in the 70's.  Yes we knew of impending rain.  We shoved off the shore and then it started to pour.  I put on my red rain poncho.  The views were nice.  Why stay at home when it is going to rain?  

   I have to admit I have not being out kayaking in the rain before. Today was Robert's day off from work!   I suggested kayaking.  W e packed up the kayak and were kayaking within 20 minutes.  I am not kidding here!  Robert  was very happy!

    Within a few moments  we saw this amazing Eagle perched high  on a very small island.  We could hear Loons nearby.  

   We saw this Loon near the island.  He was doing his Loon call right in front of us!  I could hear another Loon in the bushes on the island.  She was sitting on a nest!

    I did a little research about Loons.  They mate for life.  They use the same nest.  Their nest is low to the ground near water preferably on an island away from predators.  I think the Eagle was a predator. I know Eagles need to eat too.  Both sexes build and sit on their nest for 28-30 days before their usually 2 eggs hatch.  Rarely do they have a single egg or three eggs.  Loon chicks leave the nest after 24 hours.  They swim and ride on their parent's back for 2-3 weeks.  Their parents feed them until 8 weeks of age.  After 3 months the chicks can fly and are completely independent of both parents.  

   It didn't rain for long and there was no lightening.  I paddled too.  Here is Robert paddling! 

    Next we saw Canadian Geese with a few babies!  

   Some days in Maine can be grey but very lovely!  I am glad we went out kayaking.  What wonderful birds we saw.  The clouds were lovely reflecting in the water.  I hope you had a great time.  You didn't get wet!  You didn't have to paddle!

   I was invited to a plein air invitational in PA in July.  This is a new plein air event only by invitation.  I am very thrilled to be invited as the other painters invited are amazing!  I can't tell you much about this event yet.  I don't want to give away the location or gallery who is putting this event on.  They want to select their artists involved.  It looks like I will be painting for 5 days in PA again!  

"Stapleton Kearns and T.M. Nicholas" 8x10 oil on copper.  This painting was selected by the judge of the Boldbrush Painting Competition along with FASO staff to be in the top 15% of all paintings for their April competition.  This means they will send out my website link in the informed collector.  This should help by increasing traffic to my website.  Thank you!

    I met Charley Parker, an artist and writer in PA painting on Lancaster Avenue with many painters.  He decided to write an article about my work.  His blog is very popular.  I really appreciate this Charley!  Thank you.  Here is Charley's blog link:  Here is Charley Parker's article.   

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Renee Lammers

Posted by Charley Parker at 10:08 am 

Renee Lammers
I was at the Wayne Plein Air Festival yesterday, the most well known event of its kind in the Philadelphia area, and I had the pleasure of talking with several of the participating painters as they worked.

One of them was Renee Lammers, a painter originally from Florida, now living in Maine. She paints her bright, immediate landscapes in a high key palette, with an almost post-Impressionist approach.

Lammers mentioned that she was fortunate to have had the opportunity to study with well known painter Stapleton Kearns, who was himself the student of R.H. Ives Gammell. Lammers said Kearns reined in her excessively bright “Florida colors” and steered her toward more traditional and proven methods.

One of the unusual traditional methods Lammers discovered on her own was the use of copper sheets as a painting surface. As I was talking with her, she was working on a quickly rendered painting of the tiny barbershop in Wayne (images above, top two) and her “canvas” was a thin sheet of copper that she had mounted in her small pochade box (see my recent update on pochade boxes). “Thin” in this case meaning thick enough to hold its shape, but thinner than a copper etching plate.

Painting on copper achieved popularity in the mid 16th century when northern European artists in particular found it to be a durable, archival and practical surface on which to work, not prone to the cracking and stretching dangers inherent in wood panels and stretched canvas.

I asked Lammers about difficulties in painting on the smooth metal surface and she indicated that it just took some adjustment (thinned paint doesn’t adhere as well as thicker applications), and that working on the copper directly without the need for priming gave her work a luminosity not present when working on other surfaces.

In addition to a portfolio of her work, Lammers’ website includes a page on the technique, Why Paint on Copper?, that includes a bit of history and links to resources. (In digging a bit, I also found this book on Amazon: Copper as Canvas: Two Centuries of Masterpiece Paintings on Copper, a catalog from a 1999 exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum).

Lammers also maintains a blog in which she discusses her painting practices, experiences and travels. Her work will be on view as part of the Wayne Plein Air exhibit at the Wayne Art Center until June 23, 2012.

       I hope you have a wonderful night!  Let's paint!  

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