Monday, September 27, 2010

Frank's MONHEGAN Exhibit: This Saturday!

This Saturday, October 2nd 2010, from 12-5pm New Haven's Citywide Open Studios continues and will include Westville studios

Come see Frank's paintings from our Monhegan Sojourn. We are really excited to show everyone what kept Frank busy for almost 7 months, thru winter, spring and summer on that endlessly inspirational island.

For your GPS, we are at 418 West Rock Avenue, New Haven, CT 06515. you can call us too at 203-389-5865

See you this Saturday, Oct 2nd!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A Tour of Frank's SOLD paintings from Monhegan and OPEN Studios event!

Frank started what will become a rather large body of work, though the parameters of that "body" of work are constantly changing, as one painting is begun, finished or scraped down, another painting sells. His client list has swelled, as we were thrilled to find some of his work is being purchased by serious Monhegan art collectors. Below, a photographic tour of what has SOLD so far....


And below, the SOLD tour begins:

Blue Snow 14 x 18" oil painting by Frank Bruckmann©

Oil Tank 6 x 8" oil painting by Frank Bruckmann©

Big Surf 36 x 48" oil painting by Frank Bruckmann©

Partridge House 6 x 8" oil painting by Frank Bruckmann©

Fish Beach 6 x 8" oil painting by Frank Bruckmann©

Main Street 6 x 8" oil painting by Frank Bruckmann©

Rocks and Water 11 x 14" oil painting by Frank Bruckmann©

Wharf in Winter 11 x 14" oil painting by Frank Bruckmann©

Winter Surf 18 x 24" oil painting by Frank Bruckmann©

Coast Guard Station 11 x 14" oil painting by Frank Bruckmann©

Sunset 6 x 8" oil painting by Frank Bruckmann©

Monhegan Marsh 24 x 38" oil painting by Frank Bruckmann©

Blue Seas 11 x 14" oil painting by Frank Bruckmann©

Sunset from Cemetery 6 x 8" oil painting by Frank Bruckmann©

Springtime 12 x 16" oil painting by Frank Bruckmann©

King of Manana 6 x 8" oil painting by Frank Bruckmann©

IF you are able, please visit us on OCTOBER 2nd, in NEW HAVEN! 203-389-5865
our studio/home address: 418 West Rock Avenue •New Haven, CT 06515

Saturday, August 14, 2010

in Closing....

We ended our island sojourn with trepidation as uprooting was intensely bittersweet....

Riding to the ferry, for the last time, with his pine tree from the woods peeking out from the top of his pack. To be planted in CT.
Too much stuff...thank God for the Bracy truck.

Monhegan's fairest at the dock, with flowers to ensure our return, and to bid farewell to Jorgie, Arlo and our cat, Lala.

More tradition....Susan and Ali preparing to plunge into the freezing waters to say farewell. Now THAT is love.

Look at those faces!!!!!! And so this chapter comes to an end. Thank you for reading along.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Farewell! party and things i'm gonna miss....

A very proper send off...
Alison hosted a great party last night to send us off. Everyone for came with delicious food and words to sort of encapsulate our 6 month experience here with the island community....
after dark, sparklers....Alison's gorgeous LR, showcasing her work...
Look closely, see the house with the fish on the roof and bright blue trim? That's where we have been calling home, and today, we walked the 36+ steps up into the lighthouse and got a bird's eye view.
roses climbing
what a yard!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Too beautiful to not post

Pics from a gorgeous twilight tonight
Frank painting Uncle Henry's cabin, just above the wharf
Tillie, weaving her way thru Rusty's wares
The "Kathleen", in the harbor
Really knobby knees...(click on image to see knees up close)
The odd halo on the sun from last night, sunset, from the Bracy's porch. God, we're going to miss this place.

Taking a walk....

The kids and i braved big heavy, dangerous looking clouds and went for a walk...along the way, we visited Frank painting with the other island artist painting greats, Don, Alice, Alison, David and Frank ofcourse, and headed south to Lobster Cove...
this is a pic of Frank's sweet painting where he is "pushing color" as Don recommended in the painting critique he held in his studio, yesterday.( i think it was very successful)

...everyone listening to Don giving critique....some clutching white-knuckled to their wine glasses...but with his quips and witty remarks, there was a lot of laughter too.
discovered down on Lobster Cove....beach peas. kids were competing with how many peas "their" pods held, and how many they could eat.
so sweet
dinner picnic tonight. we got ice cream to go-before dinner. never have seen the kids eat their dinner that fast.....(as in-i gotta just choke this dinner down so i can get to my melting Novelty ice cream) And after ice cream, we went to hear our fave new bluegrass+ band play, starring Frank Stettner, with Linda and David, and their daughter Allie.

Lupine! Lovely Lupine

Frank had to paint the lupine at least once....they are just about over now, it was a treat to experience their rise and fall in the meadow across from the aptly named "Lupine Gallery", which the owners Jackie and Billy say... for at least one month a year, the gallery's name makes sense.
Lupine Meadow 11x14" oil painting by Frank Bruckmann©
please click on painting for enlarged view

Dead Tree-6x8" oil painting by Frank Bruckmann©

There are many a dead tree on monhegan, they are all over the landscape on the back side, particularly between gull pond to gull rock. Usually the subject is not the first choice for artists to paint, but Frank obviously was inspired...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day edition

I took a bunch of pics of the kids serving breakfast in bed to frank, but really, no one needs to see them. i mean, everyone is tired, messy hair, rumpled sheets, badly lit, so i spared you from that. After we gave him his coffee in his cool new coffee mug that is ceramic , but looks like a takeaway paper coffee cup with a rubber top that looks like a takeaway plastic lid, from Elva's, along with the world's coolest head massager, Frank declared we hike to Blackhead thru the woods.

We finally saw a baby gull, see that little fluff of speckles?? just last week i posted pics of her (or him-after all it is father's day) roosting on the 2 eggs, and today, one had hatched, the other still incubating.
Jorgie cannot walk through Cathedral Woods without checking in with the fairy house she built in February with pal Riley. Frank was suggesting she add a portico. That didn't go over so well.
Arlo walking with a big stick, after forming the FHRC, self appointed commissioner of the Fairy House Regulatory Commission...who's #1 function is to destroy any and all fairy houses that are built using living material, the biggest offender, torn up moss. so, if you plan to build a fairy house yourself, and you don't choose already dead stuff, Arlo may just be on your heels with a big stick.

Last Days of School on Monhegan

The Monhegan school kids were taken to Manana, across the harbor, in the cool dory that belongs to Rusty. Then, i heard, they hung out with some very friendly goats....If you look closely at the above photo,or click on it to make it bigger, you can see what i saw from our 2nd floor balcony, the kids and the goats on their school trip across the harbor...have you ever been able to look out your window, or if you are lucky enough, from your lovely 2nd floor balcony, and watched your children, across a harbor, having a school field trip? pinch me! but please, don't remind me that our time here is almost over....
a most special visitor on graduation day......all the way from st. croix!
this year's graduate chose to eat pie and play frisbee golf after graduation ceremonies ended (nobody warned me, btw, that the graduation ceremony is such a crying fest). so there we were, walking down main street, looking for a badly thrown frisbee...

"goodbye!!!!" to quinn and dalton, from all the kids and the teacher at school, who jumped off the dock as their ferry took them away for the summer.....

just me, in the kitchen mirror at susan and victor's where i swear i always look 10 years younger. ok, maybe the visor isn't quite the look, but you should see my skin in that mirror in the light of that particular kitchen....

Workshop: Critique Night

Before getting busy critiquing the work, everyone filled up their wine glasses and ate some very good hors d'oeuvres. Frank asked us all to select just one painting, of everyone else's, that we liked and we brought them all to one side of the porch. And then one by one, talked about why we felt the painting "worked". Later, Frank gave pointers on how to work them up even better.
still smiling and lovely, even though they'd been painting inside with inclement weather. the sun burst through the clouds by late afternoon, and we were had some of the loveliest light later that night...
very actively critiquing!

look at all those canvases, stacked against the railing of the ice pond house! a prolific bunch.
good stuff!
ML painting on Fish Beach in the foreground....Frank questioning someone's color theory..."is cerulean blue a warm blue, or a cool blue"?

the aforementioned late afternoon light:

the blue splotches on the purple shirt are the long shadows from the buttercups sprinkled all over the trail to the beach.
found page of poetry washed up on the beach, which i stuck on a boulder. anyone recognize this verse?