Sunday, May 12, 2019

ARLINGTON STREET MARINA IN JACKSONVILLE

Arlington Street Marina, Jacksonville, 5.5 x 8.5 ink drawing by George C. Clark     AVAILABLE

The Arlington Street Marina on the St. Johns River was across the street from the cottage we rented in Jacksonville.  I went over one morning after breakfast and sketched this tugboat being refitted.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

FLORIDA DUNES IN COLOR

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida,  8.5 x 15.5 inch ink, watercolor and colored pencil by George C. Clark   AVAILABLE

Here is the full color version of a drawing I made on-site in Florida recently. 

Sunday, April 14, 2019

JEKYLL ISLAND, GEORGIA

Where the Pirates Came Ashore, 8.5 x 14.5 ink and watercolor by George C. Clark    AVAILABLE

I drew this on Jekyll Island, one of the southernmost of the barrier islands along Georgia's Atlantic coast a few weeks ago.  It was an overcast day and in fact it rained while we were indoors having a late lunch of grilled freshly caught shrimp.  Afterwards we drove around the island and I found this spot to draw.  It looked like a sleepy tropical backwater and it felt like I was creating an illustration for a story like Treasure Island or Captain David Grief, so I gave it an appropriate title.  I had about finished the drawing when a gigantic ship came down the channel between the island and the Georgia mainland visible on the horizon.  It turns out that is a deepwater channel linking the port of Brunswick to the Atlantic Ocean.  The ship was as big as a container ship, but instead of being stacked with containers it was a big enclosed box with a huge hatch on its stern.  I had never seen anything like it, but I live in Chicago where we don't see many oceangoing ships.  When we drove back to Jacksonville I saw a similar ship docked further up the estuary next to a huge lot filled with thousands of brand new cars.
The Mystery Ship

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

ANCIENT GATE IN AACHEN, GERMANY

Ancient Gate, Aachen, 28 x 22 inch oil and colored pencil on paper by George C. Clark   AVAILABLE

Some years ago my wife and I took advantage of a real bargain airfare and flew to Brussels, Belgium in January.  We rented a car and did a leisurely circuit visiting Bruges and Ghent in Belgium, and Zierikzee, Holland, the former home town of a friend in Chicago, before crossing into northwestern Germany, where I had arranged an invitation for us to stay overnight and have a private tour of Ramstein Air Force Base.  I could do that because I was an active contributing artist in the US Air Force Art Program in those days.  We stayed in Wertheim and Frankfort too, before heading back to Brussels by way of Aachen.  We enjoyed the trip a lot in spite of the short days and cold weather (not as cold as Chicago), but I didn't get any on-site painting done.  I did do several paintings back home from the copy photos I took in Europe, and this is one of them.  This old tower is about all that's left of the city walls that protected Aachen when it was the capital of the Holy Roman Empire founded by Charlemagne.  I researched this painting on a morning when an overnight snow had left the park grass covered and the street slushy.

I recently reworked parts of this painting and reformatted it to a smaller size.  I used to show all my works on paper with mattes inside a larger frame, and I still do that with drawings or watercolors that have bare white paper showing.  However, I now like to show art where almost the whole surface is covered with paint (like this one) without a matte and framed like a canvas or painting on a hard panel would be, although it still needs to be covered with plexiglas. 

For years I've been a member of the informal Artists Breakfast Group that meets Wednesday mornings at the S&G Restaurant on Lincoln Avenue at its intersection with Wellington and Southport Avenues in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood.  We are invited to show our art on a restaurant wall in a rotating exhibition.  For the next 2 or 3 months you can see Ancient Gate, Aachen there.  The food is good and the portions are generous.  Look for the "Breakfast Specials" menu.   


Monday, March 25, 2019

DUNES ON THE FLORIDA COAST

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, 8 x 15.5 inch ink drawing by George C. Clark   AVAILABLE

I made this drawing last month at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve on the Atlantic coast north of St. Augustine, Florida, a lovely stretch of beach, dunes, and coastal wetlands.  Swimmers, surfers and fishermen can access the beach, but only via wooden boardwalks that protect the fragile plants that anchor the dunes in place.  I drew from an overlook on one of those boardwalks across a 2-page spread in my sketchbook, which I later cut out of its binding and flattened for framing.  I will probably do a full color version of this image with watercolors.
George C. Clark drawing beach dunes in Florida.  Photo by Pat Clark.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

NOTRE DAME DE PARIS IN 1976

Notre Dame de Paris from the Quai se Montebello, 24 x 18 inch oil and pencil on paper by George C. Clark    SOLD

Let's crank up Mr. Peabody's WABAC machine and look at one of the oldest pieces I've posted here.  I spent the summer of 1976 attending the New York Studio School summer session in Paris.  My wife and I sublet an apartment in Passy and every weekday I painted either from nude models in a studio at the American Center for Artists and Students on the Boulevard Raspail or at various outdoor locations around Paris, all under the tutelage of New York painters Elaine deKooning and Leland Bell.  I painted this the day the class set up on the Seine riverfront across from the cathedral.  I never exhibited this painting because when we got back home from Europe I showed friends some of my work from Paris, and one of them bought this on the spot.  Thanks, Jim.    

Friday, September 21, 2018

CHICAGO: INsideOUT EXHIBITION SEPT. 21 TO OCTOBER 19, 2018

South Side Halloween, 36 x 80 inch acrylic on panel by George C. Clark   AVAILABLE

This large Chicago landscape is one of three paintings I have in the CHICAGO: INsideOUT exhibition at the Bridgeport Art Center at 1200 W. 35th Street in Chicago.  There is a large free parking lot on the north side of the building.  Enter the building on the side facing Racine Avenue and take the elevator to the third floor gallery.   The exhibition will be up from September 21 through October 19, 2018.  Work by 75 artists will be shown.

Collectors' Preview: Friday, September 21 from 5:00 to 7:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday, September 21 from 7:00 to 10:00pm
Closing Reception: Friday, October 19 from 7:00 to 10:00pm