Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The latest painting is the best!

It's been a while since I blogged about my sister's live event painting business. This is her latest completed painting and I think it's her best. I love the colors, the venue and of course the pose of the bride and groom.

Here's a close-up of an incomplete section.  It's fun to look back at the progression of the piece.

See how empty it looks without the table of people in the back.

The section to the right of the bride will be filled in with the table full of wedding guests.

This was the painting on the night of the wedding. The background was filled in and the placement of the tables began. Guests will come and go as the painting develops. Something may look good but then it could change based on the overall flow of the painting. It takes weeks to finish one painting. The painting starts at the venue and is finished in the studio.

Prior to the wedding, my sister and I took a field trip to the venue which was in Foxboro, Massachusetts, home of the New England Patriots. She bribed me by saying I could visit Gillette Stadium if I took a ride with her. She always likes to scope out the place so she has a sense of the room she will portray on canvas.

The town of Foxboro was actually very quaint. The town common had a lovely stone church in the middle of it. A very old graveyard stood next to the church and there was a cannon on the green as well.

It looked like many of our towns in New England, old stone churches on commons.. Snow just added to the charm in Winter.

And I got to see the very impressive Gillette Stadium. No Patriots were there but it was great to see where they play.

If you would like to commission my sister to paint at your special event in New England please contact me at chatelaine08@gmail.com.

Friday, February 3, 2017

2016- the year in review

It's been a long while since I posted to my blog. Not quite sure why I didn't post too much last year. Actually I do know that Google and Picasa wreaked havoc on my photos and I could not post any pictures to the blog and I can't blog without photos!

So this is a wrap up post of some of last year's activities.  My Dad turned 90 in January of 2016 and we went to Bunratty Tavern to celebrate. He did not want a party.

My friend Karen and I attended a Titanic themed afternoon tea in February. It was great fun.

 The food at the Wenham Tea House was spectacular that day!

The World Figure Skating Championships were in Boston in March 2016. I bought my sister a ticket to the Ice Dancing Final as her Christmas present.

 We both enjoyed the competition and remembered how fun it was to watch figure skating in person. We used to go to the professional competitions every year.

In  April, I visited Bedford and watched the annual Polecapping.

May was National Historic Preservation Month. Myself and my fellow condo owners took a group photo outside our building for the This Place Matters Campaign. Even Tucker, the dog, joined in.

In June, I did a small business challenge. I visited a different small business every day and I made a purchase at each shop or restaurant. I posted photos and stories of my travels to Facebook.

July is the month for the Summer Stroll in Melrose. I took photos of the event for the Melrose Chamber of Commerce. We were blessed with perfect weather.

In August, the Hartshorne House in Wakefield had an ice cream social fundraiser. I did my part to support this historic home.

The Vintage Bazaar at Pettengill Farm was held in September. My sister and I admired all the artisan's works and displays.

October was lovely and one of my favorite months. I attended the twilight graveyard tour in Wakefield.

Stevie Nicks came to town in November. My friend Jan and I had great seats and enjoyed the performance.  I also hosted Thanksgiving for family and friends.

I had a busy December and Christmas season with decorating, parties and shopping. This is a favorite store, Nesting on Main in Concord.

Well, now you are all caught up. Now for 2017... stay tuned.


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