Monday, November 2, 2015

Scotland: A Landscape Painters Paradise

Whenever I travel, it takes about 4 days to get into the relaxing groove. It's as if I have been holding my breath and I finally exhale. So early in the trip, I was still revved up and feeling guilty because I didn't have time to sketch, or even think about my art making. Once I finally relaxed, I began to SEE! When will I learn that seeing and experiencing new things can inform everything that I do?

For a landscape painter, Scotland is heaven. Here are some photographs from that trip, (not all landscape material) along with one sketch that I made from the breakfast room window inside our Bed & Breakfast in St Andrews. A shout out THANK YOU to the owners of Castlemount who made our visit to St Andrews very special! If you are ever in St Andrews, I highly recommend a stay there.

A view of Edinburgh Castle on the first afternoon of our stay in Scotland

A view from one of the many golf courses in St Andrews

St Andrews Castle as seen from the breakfast room of our B&B, Castlemount
Dunrobin Castle,  a stately home in Sutherland, near where we were staying in the Scottish Highlands 

The beach in Nairn overlooking the Moray Firth, an estuary that opens to the Black Sea
Love seeing creativity in an unlikely place
A quick sketch of St Andrews Castle from the breakfast room window of our B&B

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Why I LOVE Museums - #2

A fellow artist told me that she hated museums, which prompted me to think about why I LOVE museums. After a recent visit to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), I was able to see why I love museums. If you didn't see the previous blog post illuminating this subject, check that out in the post below this one. Otherwise, here are some more pieces of art that made my visit to the MIA more than worthwhile. Nothing makes me happier than seeing art that inspires me to work harder and better.

John Singer Sargent, Jerusalem, 1906, Oil on Canvas

Detail of Jerusalem by John Singer Sargent

Detail of Jerusalem by John Singer Sargent

Detail of Jerusalem by John Singer Sargent

Gustaf Edolf Fjaestad, Winter Landscape, 1908

Detail of Winter Landscape by Gustaf Edolf Fjaestad

Detailof Winter Landscape by Gustaf Edolf Fjaestad

Why I LOVE Visiting Art Museums

After a recent visit to Minneapolis, and the exemplary Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), I reflected on why I love visiting art museums. First of all, if you ever get a chance to visit this terrific museum, do so. You will not be disappointed. Asian art, period rooms, and an excellent collection of sculpture, paintings, textiles, and photography are all there to enjoy.

Recently, I spoke with a fellow artist who told me that she hated museums and the hushed environment in them. I was surprised, in fact, too surprised to speak. Besides being in nature or making art, there isn't much of anything that gets my heart racing more than going to a museum.

After consideration, I realize that what I enjoy so much about going to museums is that I delight in learning and seeing new things. Museums give us an opportunity to explore other cultures, and to investigate what was important to a society years ago, and what is important now. Selfishly, I also am always thrilled to be inspired by the work of other artists. Here is some work that wowed me at the MIA.

Photos of Tatra T87 sedan, designed 1936, manufactured 1948,
designed by Hans Ledwinka, manufactured in Czechoslovakia

Do-ho Suh, Some/One, 2005, Stainless steel, military dog tags, fiberglass resin

Detail of Some/One

A bicycle inspired by the artwork of Frank Stella. 

A bicycle inspired by the artwork of Eduard Monet.
Love the use of the wooden crate.
I wasn't able to determine who designed these bikes.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Why I Became a Landscape Painter

This past weekend, I traveled to my home state of West Virginia. I haven't visited the town of my birth for at least 5 years, and I had forgotten how breathtaking the scenery is. Now, don't get me wrong. I know intellectually that the mountains of West Virginia are stunning. What I had forgotten is that driving on the highway between Lewisburg and Beckley can literally take my breath away when I look at the sheer magnificence of the landscape.

I was going home for my class reunion to see friends I hadn't seen in years. Many of these friends hold a special place in my heart, and I was fortunate enough to stay in the home of one of them. I am grateful for all of my friends, and this one is particularly special for many reasons. We have been friends since we were 3 years old. THAT is a meaningful friendship! She was kind enough to take me to one of my favorite places— Grandview Park. While there, I was struck by the astonishing beauty of the place, and I realized with the utmost clarity why I became a landscape painter. Growing up with this gorgeous place about fifteen minutes from my home inculcated a love of the landscape in ways that are hard to deny. Judge for yourself. What could be more beautiful?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Inspired By My Past

One of my latest projects is a piece exploring an aspect of Jewish history. In this case, I am delving into immigration to this country. To illustrate immigration, I knew that I wanted to use an old trunk which I found last year. As I expected, my plans have changed while working on this piece. Colors have been altered, the use of photographs has been modified, and even the title of the piece has changed. The artwork will be completed and on view at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia during the month of September 2015. An opening reception will take place Saturday, September 12 from 6-9 pm. After looking at the photos below, you may see a previous blog post about how this art was inspired, check out my post here.

Here is the Jewish immigration piece in progress. The books are all painted. Glassine paper is used between the books to keep them from sticking together. 

Here's a close up of the trees painted on the spine. That aforementioned paper between the books will be removed once the piece is finished. I will be using wax on the books to eliminate the sticking problem. 

Seeing photographs of immigrant children has been a delight to me.

Looking at family members of close friends has been eye-opening. Sometimes the resemblance of parent to child is startling.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Artwork to Express Appreciation and Love

June is the most popular month for making the commitment of marriage. As it turns out, June was also a month in which several people decided to buy a painting from me as a gift for a loved one. I am always grateful when my artwork touches someone to the point that they want to have it. Even more thrilled when they purchase a painting to express their love. Here are examples of a few of the pieces that found great homes this past month. Many thanks to those who fell in love (again) in June:

"Stormy Skies," Pastel, © Lynn Goldstein

To see photographs of the progress of this piece check it out here.

"Silent Spring #2," Acrylic, © Lynn Goldstein

"Unexpected #2," Pastel, © Lynn Goldstein

To see the inspiration for this piece, check it out here. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Commit to People NOT Photographs

As a studio painter, I use tools to make my paintings. One tool that I use is photography. Yes, I do occasionally work outdoors. However, working outdoors does not allow me the time that it takes to be experimental in my art, an approach that I hold dear. When I use photographs, I make alterations. I make commitments to people NOT photos.

Something interesting happened during the course of this painting, that illustrates my firmly held belief regarding the use of photographs. So, I am sharing it here.

The start of the painting, blocking in forms. Notice the silhouetted tree shapes in the lower area.

More work done

Painting starting to take shape. I love trees, but these tree forms are annoying to me.

Although the trees are in the foreground of the photographic resource, I recognize that the painting "wants" to be a seascape.

Still more to do— trees gone—seascape it is! When completed, I will have the finished image on my website at