Goat paintings Fun a Day Pittsburgh 2019

Adding my January 2019 daily paintings of goats inspired by visits to  Goat Rodeo Farm and Dairy  This article in City Paper about doing a new piece if art every day in January inspired me to do just that.

Come to the “Fun a Day Pittsburgh 2019” art opening  Opening Reception: Friday, February 8 from 7-9 p.m. at AIR: Artists Image Resource on the Northside to see artworks/creations of those participating in Pittsburgh’s Fun a day 2019. I am participating with my Goat paintings which I am attempting one a day.

Where: Artists Image Resource (518 Foreland Ave, North Side)
Opening Reception: Friday, February 8 from 7-9 p.m.
Open Hours: Saturday, February 9 from 12-3 p.m.

AIR: Artists Image Resource has super generously offered Fun a day  use the space again this year. Want to know more about the space, check it out here: http://www.artistsimageresource.org/ Donations and volunteers are ALWAYS welcome at AIR – their support keeps Fun A Day free and open and FUN.

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Fun a day Pittsburgh 1/2/2019 Goat Rodeo

I visited Goat Rodeo Farm & Dairy a 130 acre family owned farm located near us. I meant to do some artworks of goats. It took a while but since I am going to flex my art muscle every day in January (City Paper) I am looking at my future paintings file. This is the first and to see more of my daily goat paintings in January 2019, take a look.

The Fun a Day Pittsburgh 2019 art exhibition Opening Reception: Friday, February 8 from 7-9 p.m. at AIR: Artists Image Resource on the Northside to see artworks/creations of those participating in Pittsburgh’s Fun a day 2019. I am participating with my Goat paintings which I am attempting one a day.

Where: Artists Image Resource (518 Foreland Ave, North Side)
Opening Reception: Friday, February 8 from 7-9 p.m.
Open Hours: Saturday, February 9 from 12-3 p.m.

AIR: Artists Image Resource has super generously offered Fun a day  use the space again this year. Want to know more about the space, check it out here: http://www.artistsimageresource.org/ Donations and volunteers are ALWAYS welcome at AIR – their support keeps Fun A Day free and open and FUN.

 

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Fun a day Pittsburgh 1/1/2019 Mid Century Bittersweet Floor Lamp

1/1/2o19 New Years day.

Pastel of Mid Century floor lamp with with bittersweet in a vase.

In our living room.

I got the bittersweet on a bike ride on Thanksgiving morning.

This article in City Paper about doing a new piece if art every day in January inspired me to do just that. After this first artwork I settled on “goats” as a theme. I had meant to do some goat paintings last year.  Take a look at my goat-paintings-a-day for January 2019

Resolve to exercise your art muscle this New Year

By Jan 2nd I setlled into a theme. GOATS. Adding my January 2019 daily paintings of goats inspired by visits to  Goat Rodeo Farm and Dairy  This article in City Paper about doing a new piece if art every day in January inspired me to do just that.

Come to the “Fun a Day Pittsburgh 2019” art opening  Opening Reception: Friday, February 8 from 7-9 p.m. at AIR: Artists Image Resource on the Northside to see artworks/creations of those participating in Pittsburgh’s Fun a day 2019. I am participating with my Goat paintings which I am attempting one a day.

Where: Artists Image Resource (518 Foreland Ave, North Side)
Opening Reception: Friday, February 8 from 7-9 p.m.
Open Hours: Saturday, February 9 from 12-3 p.m.

AIR: Artists Image Resource has super generously offered Fun a day  use the space again this year. Want to know more about the space, check it out here: http://www.artistsimageresource.org/ Donations and volunteers are ALWAYS welcome at AIR – their support keeps Fun A Day free and open and FUN.

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Bicycle Art Fundraiser for Pittsburgh’s MS Society 12/7/2018

Cycling Across the Allegheny River, Watercolor and Gouache by Carol Skinger to be auctioned this coming Friday Dec. 7, 2018 Art of Cycling, A Benefit for Bike MS at the Wigle Distillery in the Strip District Pittsburgh MS fundraiser between 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Wigle Whiskey Distillery 2401 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222. Proceeds benefit the National MS Society, PA Keystone Chapter & Bike MS. Join us for cycling-themed cocktails, Blue Sparrow Food Truck and an auction of cycling-themed artwork by Pittsburgh artists including two paintings by me. They will be unveiling and auctioning the first-ever Wigle Whiskey cycling jersey, produced locally by Aero Tech Designs. Between now and then my two Art of Cycling paintings are on display with 2 others (one by Baron Batch) at Kindred Cycles, 2515 Penn Avenue in the Strip District.

(Here’s my other auction item)  2401 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222

Take a closer look at both my paintings now before the auction at  Kindred Cycles                       2515 Penn Ave, Strip District Pittsburgh

A few of the other auction items, not all:

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Bicycle Art Fundraiser for Pittsburgh’s MS Society 12/7/2018

Camping and Biking, Watercolor and Gouache by Carol Skinger to be auctioned this coming Friday Dec. 7, 2018 Art of Cycling, A Benefit for Bike MS at the Wigle Distillery in the Strip District Pittsburgh MS fundraiser between 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Wigle Whiskey Distillery 2401 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222. Proceeds benefit the National MS Society, PA Keystone Chapter & Bike MS. Join us for cycling-themed cocktails, Blue Sparrow Food Truck and an auction of cycling-themed artwork by Pittsburgh artists including two paintings by me. They will be unveiling and auctioning the first-ever Wigle Whiskey cycling jersey, produced locally by Aero Tech Designs. Between now and then my two Art of Cycling paintings are on display with 2 others (one by Baron Batch) at Kindred Cycles, 2515 Penn Avenue in the Strip District.

And here is my other auction item.   2401 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222

Take a closer look at both my paintings now before the auction at  Kindred Cycles                       2515 Penn Ave, Strip District Pittsburgh

A few of the other auction items, not all:

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Robert Burns dinner coming up. Should we go?

Phipps Conservatory and Robert Burns sculpture Pittsburgh, PA

Ink drawing by Carol Skinger.     A print can be purchased here.

Each year the St. Andrews Society of Pittsburgh hosts a Robert Burns dinner including traditional piping in the haggis, Taste of Scotland Buffet, traditional toasts, and Burns recitations. Membership in the St. Andrew’s Society of Pittsburgh is open to men and women of all ages. The St. Andrew’s Society of Pittsburgh offers several classes of membership including those have no ancestral ties to Scotland, but have an interest in Scottish life and heritage.

It sounds sort of interesting since I have never done it before. I am not Scottish and neither is my husband. We do like scotch though and that’s part of it. I’m perhaps only somewhat  interested in Scottish life BUT we did meet at a bar in Boston (really Brookline) called the Tam O’Shanter or simply the Tam which I just learned in googling closed in the 90’s. Does that count? And later I did draw a tam o’shanter on Robert Burns head in my silly ink drawing of  Phipps Conservatory and the Robert Burns statue in Oakland which is the university area in Pittsburgh. Finally hearing Burn’s recitations after imbibing, that part sounds good! Oh dear…attire is Highland evening dress if you have it. Otherwise, formal evening wear or business dress is good as well. I guess I could do business dress if we do it. February 3, 2018 is the date so IF we do it we have to decide soon. Tickets here.

And then there is The Big Lang Syne: The Cheer’ly Men’s Toast to Robert Burns at The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls in Millvale Saturday night at 8PM  January 20, 2018.  Probably should try that to gauge interest. “Join The Cheer’ly Men to celebrate their 3rd anniversary as Pittsburgh’s Shanty Band and raise a glass to Scotland’s Favorite Son, Robbie Burns! There will be dancing, some Scottish tunes, a few short toasts and of course, all of your favorite sea-faring songs! Come sing and dance with us as we kick off 2018!”

My ink drawing shows skaters and skiers on a winter day in Pittsburgh. Drawing shows Robert Burns by sculptor John Massey Rhind, Botany Hall 1901, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 1893,  Cathedral of Learning  1937,  Scaife Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University.  Rhind, also a Scotsman, depicted the poet in knickers and tam o’shanter, a hat named for a character in Burns’ famous 1790 poem Tam O’Shanter. Here’s a photo of the statue. Here is the poem. Yikes! It’s long!

The very first Burns supper was held in memoriam at Burns Cottage by Burns’s friends, on 21 July 1801, the fifth anniversary of his death; it has been a regular occurrence ever since. The first still extant Burns Club was founded in Greenock in 1801 by merchants who were born in Ayrshire, some of whom had known Burns. They held the first Burns supper on what they thought was his birthday, 29 January 1802, but in 1803, they discovered the Ayr parish records that noted his date of birth was actually 25 January 1759. Since then, suppers have been held on or about 25 January.

Burns Cottage, the first home of Robert Burns is located in Alloway, South Ayrshire, Scotland. It was built by his father, William Burness in 1757. Burns, Scotland’s national poet, was born there on 25 January 1759. It is a simple two-roomed clay and thatch cottage and has been fully restored to become part of Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.

Finally what I hope brings me to Scotland itself one day is to see at least some of or even all of the route of my mom’s bicycle trip there in August 1938 with her college roommate Jean. Her photo album of the trip includes the map and  diary. Bucket list stuff…

Ink drawing Copyright Carol Skinger  www.carolskinger.com

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Aspinwall Portrait

“Aspinwall” original painting by Carol Skinger  24″ x 31″

“Aspinwall” a painting of the rooftops of Aspinwall from Route 28 is original painting by Carol Skinger. It is a watercolor, gouache & ink painting on 400 lb watercolor paper, $950 framed. It was created for my 10 month solo art show (now ended)  at Cooper Siegel Community Library   in Fox Chapel, PA May 14, 2017- March 15, 2018.

Prints available 11″ x 14″ printed on watercolor paper $55. Larger prints suitable for a 16 x 20 are $80. A high resolution scan has been made for future reproduction uses which can be generated (larger prints and other uses).

Where Brilliant Railroad Bridge meets Aspinwall is the beautiful new Aspinwall Riverfront Park which recently received  some awards. Art critic Mary Thomas reports the awards in Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Architect Eric Fisher won the AIA People’s Choice Award for his design re-purposing the  Aspinwall Marina.  AIA awarded this project  a Certificate of Merit in Historic Preservation.

Details of my painting are seen below.

Detail from my full size painting “Aspinwall”

At left the chateaux style yellow brick building is on Maple Avenue in Aspinwall, PA. It  is a former convent of Saint Scholastica Church in Aspinwall built in 1925.  The architect  of the former convent Edward J. Weber was a native of Cincinnati who studied architecture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and traveled throughout Europe. He came to practice in Pittsburgh, where he had a number of Roman Catholic commissions, of which this convent was one. Weber clearly loved the medieval period, even writing in 1927 that this was when, “art was at its best.” In this convent, he seems to have been inspired by the 15th century Château du Moulin in the Loire valley, which clearly was the inspiration for Central Catholic High School in Oakland. Information  on the architect thanks to historian Frank Kurtik, Docent at Heinz Memorial Chapel and a former Heinz family archivist. Very near it is Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy (formerly called St. Scholastica School), and Saint Scholastica Church.

Detail from my full size painting “Aspinwall”

The red brick church sitting more or less in the center of the painting  is the Aspinwall Presbyterian Church. Everything but the church’s tower burned down in 1999 and was rebuilt immediately. The sanctuary a KSBA Architects design has a wood-beamed ceiling and interior cross plan with a wide center aisle and holds a 40 pipe Luley type organ.  Four large Hunt Studio designed stained glass circular windows illuminate the sanctuary.

Brilliant Railroad Bridge a truss bridge spanning the Allegheny River beyond, was built in 1904 by the Pennsylvania Railroad as part of a bypass of the narrow tracks around downtown Pittsburgh. The rail line has been out of use since the Azcon Metals scrapyard on the outskirts of Aspinwall ceased functions around 2010. It connects Aspinwall with Highland Park. On the Aspinwall side it lands at the  Aspinwall Riverfront Park and at the other end is very near Choderwood, a house was built by the Corps of Engineers in 1905. The property is a unique private residence that sits on the Allegheny River at the Highland Park Dam. Choderwood is an “ideal space for individuals planning smaller scale events and gatherings. Perfect for intimate weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, family reunions, special events, birthday parties, corporate retreats, or relaxation.”

D.J. Bryant, a designer at AE7 Planners and Architects, proposed a bike and pedestrian use for the Brilliant Railroad Bridge  an ambitious new idea—the Brilliant Branch Rail-to-Trail—in a July 2017 Next Pittsburgh article.  It would increase connectivity and access to safe, affordable transportation options for several communities in the city. I hope this becomes a reality. Open link for exciting renderings.

An ongoing discussion of road access to a future Riverfront 47 development has activated public involvement and interest and is under discussion.  To clarify things the folks at Aspinwall Riverfront Park created this statement.

Hydroelectric power could be fueling the homes and businesses being developed in the Riverfront 47 project along the Allegheny River in Aspinwall and Sharpsburg by 2020.

The current issues in December 2017 are a new PennDot proposal and gathering public input around entrance and exit isPennDot prosues between Highland Park Bridge and  Route 28.

At far right in the painting is Highland Park Bridge. Approximately 57,000 vehicles use Route 28 in the area of the bridge every day. There are discussions about an improvement to access to the bridge from Route 28.

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Fox Chapel Living 8/2017 article about Carol Skinger Art Exhibition at Library.

Thanks to Fox Chapel Living (August 2017 issue) editor Lisa Corna for the opportunity to the subject of her monthly “Business Beat” profile in the beautifully printed glossy.  The circulation is 2300 in the community. My solo show at Cooper Siegel Community Library will be on display through March 15, 2018. As artworks sell people take them home the same day they buy them. The library benefits 25% on each sale which includes original paintings, prints and greeting cards.

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Rustbelt Kayaking!

Kayaking Near Brilliant Railroad Bridge, watercolor and gouache by Carol Skinger

My watercolor & gouache painting titled Rustbelt Kayaking is part of my solo show of 40 works at Cooper Siegel Community Library 403 Fox Chapel Road in Pittsburgh (Fox Chapel) 15238. On the walls from May 14, 2017- March 15, 2018 , a public reception was held  Saturday June 24, 2017.   Each purchase benefits the library 25%.

This original painting sold in mid summer but there are high quality framed prints of it still for sale, as well as unframed prints which can be purchased from me or through the library.

It is quite new that Venture Outdoors and Kayak Pittsburgh are renting kayaks at Aspinwall Riverfront Park.  Here are their 2017  rates and hours of operation:

 

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Painting of Aspinwall at Cooper Siegel Library in Fox Chapel

Aspinwall, PA by Carol Skinger

Solo art exhibition of 40 works by Carol Skinger at  Cooper Siegel Library

Overall  dates of Exhibition: May 14, 2017- March 15, 2018

“Aspinwall” a 24″ x 31″ painting of the rooftops of Aspinwall from Route 28 is original painting by Carol Skinger. It is a watercolor, gouache & ink painting on 400 lb watercolor paper, $950 framed. It was created for my 10 month solo art show (now ended)  at Cooper Siegel Community Library   in Fox Chapel, PA May 14, 2017- March 15, 2018.

Prints available 11″ x 14″ printed on watercolor paper $55. Larger prints suitable for a 16 x 20 are $80. A high resolution scan has been made for future reproduction uses which can be generated (larger prints and other uses).

To learn more about buildings in the painting, see details within the painting and find additional information look here.

Progress images of this painting:

sketch of Aspinwall, PA by Carol Skinger

progress on Aspinwall, PA painting by Carol Skinger

 

 

 

 

 

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