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 benefited 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. Check Dovecote in Aspinwall for a framed print. Contact me directly for framed or unframed prints.
Venture Outdoors and Kayak Pittsburgh rent kayaks at Aspinwall Riverfront Park in summer.
“Aspinwall” a 24″ x 31″ painting of the rooftops of Aspinwall from Route 28 is original painting by Carol Skinger.
It is available for purchase $500. framed. It is a watercolor, gouache & ink painting on 400 lb watercolor paper. 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.
Publicity about Carol Skinger’s Art Exhibition at the library: August issue of Fox Chapel Living has a 3 page article . The Herald (Trib) July 31, 2017 issue had an article . Pittsburgh Post Gazette June 23, 2017 had an article .
Carol Skinger is best known for her landscape watercolor & gouache paintings bold in style, drawn from the imagination, of both abstract and recognizable places. Watercolor, gouache, ink and pastel, are her primary mediums.
For her solo show at Cooper Siegel Community Library in Fox Chapel May 14, 2017- late winter 2018 look for some views from her imagination and for views of the area served by the library. Some works in the show are of Aspinwall including Aspinwall Riverfront Park, Greenwood Cemetery, Hitchhiker Brewing Co (former Fort Pitt Brewing Co) in Sharpsburg, and various scenes Carol admires from her frequent local bicycle rides.
Her work includes commissioned work often custom house portraits of which there will be examples. She has done paintings of homes locally in Fox Chapel, Aspinwall, O’hara, Indiana Township, Squirrel Hill, Oakmont, Sewickley, and other locales.
Carol resides in Fox Chapel and has lived in Pittsburgh for over 30 years. Originally from Vermont she grew up in the Lake Champlain Islands and in Stowe at the foot of Mt. Mansfield. After graduating from college in the Bay Area with an Art degree, she moved to Boston and developed a career in architectural space planning and interior design. Carol met her husband, John Horn, in Boston and they relocated to Pittsburgh when he became a professor of Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh in the medical school. In recent years, Carol has intensified her lifelong love of drawing and painting and has become active in the Pittsburgh arts community.
Education: California College of the Arts (BFA). Additional studies at Instituto Allende, Mexico, Boston Architectural Center, Carlow University and Truro Center for the Arts.
A few pieces in the exhibit:
Original painting SOLD, however prints are available
Sharpsburg, PA Watercolor and Gouache
Original painting SOLD. Prints are available
Sharpsburg original painting SOLD. Prints are available
A 22″ x 30″ archival print of my ink drawing of Sixth Avenue- Pittsburgh has been purchased this spring of 2016 by the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh.
Prints of this pen and ink drawing on archival paper 8 1/2″ x 11″ can be purchased here. Contact me for larger sizes.
Now I am in the collection of the Duquesne Club which is very cool to say! They have an important art collection. Anyone who has been in there will not forget seeing Charles Russell’s “When Shadows Hint Death”!
The Duquesne Club appears on the right in the foreground of my ink drawing Sixth Avenue Pittsburgh. Other things seen in drawing: Trinity Cathedral, First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, the Granite Building, EQT Plaza, K&L Gates Center, Wood St Galleries, Wood St. T Station.
The Duquesne Club was the strictly the old boys network until 1980 when women could become members.
“Women were first welcomed as guests at the Ladies Cocktail Bar in 1934, but not as members until 1980. Yet, in this age of egalitarianism, the Club has thrived as has its art collection that most small museums would trade their marble columns for. It boasts a curator, published catalog, docent-led tours and distinguished Art Society in charge of new acquisitions.” Read more: The Duquesne Club: An exclusive retreat for the corporate elite by Jean Horne
A smaller archival print was purchased previously for the Archives of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh at Trinity Cathedral, which is directly across the street from the Duquesne Club. The Archives are open on Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 4:30, but people need to set an appointment for research. Call 412-232-6404 x 138. The Archives are located on the third floor of Trinity Cathedral, 328 Sixth Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh.
I first penned this drawing to add to my ink collection for a Black and White show curated by Kathleen Zimbicki.
My friend Pittsburgh artist Cynthia Cooley painted this piece for the Duquesne Club a while back.
So many many things going on! I will be an art vendor at Phipps May Market on the big front yard of Phipps for two days.
May 6, 2016 Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and May 7, 2016 Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Please come and enjoy the whole place! To locate Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens look to left of Panther Hollow Lake.
I offer my Vintage Schenley Park Map for sale which you can order here if you cannot make it. And if you are in Greenfield you can pick one up any time at Staghorn Garden Cafe 517 Greenfield Avenue Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15207. Heinz History Center Shop carries it as well.
During the day Saturday starting at 12 noon and going for several hours there is also something fun and wonderful right next door in Schenley Park. Pittonkatonk- The May Day Brass BBQ is held annually on the first Saturday in May (Saturday, May 7) in Schenley Park at the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion. Watch a video of it. If you look at this map, the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion is in upper right right under the sign that says Bowling Green.
If you like modern maps better here is the drive or walk map from Phipps to Vietnam Veterans Pavilion. The place can be confusing!
Most folks would agree a walk on a path in the woods or in a park is rejuvenating. After a few minutes you leave your cares behind. Data suggests that a short duration of viewing green pictures may help people recover from stress. Read a New York Times article here on this subject by author Gretchen Reynolds.
If it were that simple to lower stress by mentally taking a walk through this pictorial map of Schenley Park wouldn’t that be a great addition to your home or office, or as a gift to a family with a new baby?
But who needs an excuse to fall in love with the Schenley Park Pictorial Map? Penned in the late 1930’s a time in history we cannot call stress free, perhaps the illustrator found it calming to draw the park. I found a print of the black and white ink drawing in the 1980’s while researching the park. I was so enchanted by it I added color and a brief park history.
Prints in two sizes are always available from me and can be ordered here.
If you love pictorial maps here is a link for more reading.
Kate Morris of Staghorn Garden Café and I have at times been neighbors at Carrie Nardini’s I Made it Market events where artists and makers of all sorts come together for one or two days to sell directly to the public.
Kate has told me more than once she would like to carry my Schenley Park Pictorial Map in her Staghorn Garden Café in Greenfield which she and her husband Mark own and operate. Today I brought her a framed map and several of the maps in both sizes in tubes. So if you want to pick up a map you can go there and buy one. Usually you have to order it from me directly which is fine, or call me to meet somewhere to get it, or come to some event where I am selling it as I do not own a store.
In late 2014 Kate and Mark who both have graduate degrees in architecture opened Staghorn Garden Café in Greenfield. Bill Driscoll of City Paper wrote a piece about it and here is another article by Joanne Klimovich Harrop for the Trib.
Look for the fat red dot just below Schenley Park in the satellite photo on left to see where they are at 517 Greenfield Ave in Greenfield, a Pittsburgh neighborhood. My Pictorial Map below is drawn from a different orientation with west at bottom of map.
Staghorn Garden Cafe offers food and coffee and tea as well as locally made gifts including her own terrariums. Coffee is Zeke’s Coffee from East Liberty.
I was excited when the quarterly magazine Western Pennsylvania History Magazine contacted me about using my Schenley Park Map (on the left) to illustrate a stunning and thorough 14 page article (125 citations!) about Mary Schenley titled “What’s in a Namesake” by Jake Oresick. It was published in Fall of 2015. Their publications are beautifully printed and designed and I could not be more thrilled to be part of it. This is the spread page where my map appears.
You can order a map from me and it is here on my site in two sizes 18″ square $50 or 30″ square $100. It is a wonderful help in keeping my art supplies stocked and dealing with various dollar and cents issues we all have!
Listen to an NPR story about Mary Schenley written and produced by Margaret J. Krauss where she and author Jake Oresick talk about Mary Schenley.
I am always happy to discuss licence agreements to use my work, and in the case of Schenley Park, the park has been a passion of mine since moving here from Boston years ago. Obviously this is a Depression Era drawing and I am not old enough to have drawn it myself. As an artist, when I found the black and white drawing in a file it broke my heart to think Pittsburghers had no way to enjoy this map.
So I added color, information, history and a red border to make it more compatible with the Frick Park Map which people love to frame together as a set. I never set out to be a map seller but no one else I approached would take it over so I decided to do it myself. It brings such pleasure to so many people who love that park and it is a beautiful piece to get lost in while studying it.
The BIG audience for my print are children and men! Yes Pittsburgh women, or men who do not know what to get for your husbands, or folks who have to come up with a great memorable baby present but don’t want to contribute to instant landfill, or alumni of Pitt, CMU and Carlow who are not fond of pennants or logos, this is your go to gift!
If you would like to discuss licencing any of my work shoot me a message through my site.
I cannot believe hearing the news that another of the wonderful generation it seemed would simply always be there, has gone, Dawn Hazelett. She and her family were always there when I was growing up in Stowe. Weekend in and out you knew you would see Dawn and her husband Bill somewhere on Mt. Mansfield skiing. I had years of happy memories skiing with their kids David, Susie and Ann. Susie and I am some other girls our age had what seemed to be limitless good times skiing down Mt. Mansfield from top to bottom with as little time on a trail, and as much time in the woods as possible.
I never got see see their beloved Stave Island on Lake Champlain, but in 2011 my childhood friend Susie commissioned me to create a painting of Stave Island for the family to enjoy. (I do that) She sent me a remarkable book of photographs. I began to develop the painting.
I decided to paint it in winter and Susie told me how delighted they were to see it in a season where they can never see it, as it is not accessible by boat or seaplane in winter. Susie passed along to me the fact that her mother Dawn was especially intrigued to see the lights on in the boat house which made me happy to know some fond memory was perhaps activated.
I will always remember Dawn Hazelett so very fondly. A very loving, calm and steady presence.
They were both remarkable, unforgettable people. I will include a little more reading here (a Tribute to Bill from Senator Patrick Leahy in Capitol Words) and here (article about Bill’s part in ski history from Skiing Heritage March 2008 site with lots of great stuff and a very cute picture of Bill and Dawn skiing in 1947) .
“Downriver view from Highland Park Bridge” SOLD Watercolor ad Gouache
I like the idea of plein air painting, I really do but I don’t like doing it, at least it seems that way. Where would I go to the bathroom if I stood out on the bridge to paint this? Would I dump a few gallons of water from cleaning my brushes over the side? Even if that was OK and its not, there is a chain link fence. The amount of stuff I would schlep is not appealing but it happens sometimes and I have been known to say I like plein air painting, and in truth there ARE moments when I like it, but mostly I like the idea of it. Though working on site is good for sketching I rarely take a painting all the way through at the site.
People ask if I use photos when I create a painting. I very often do. Here are a few I took to visualize a composition for this painting. I see this view so often when driving over the bridge I wanted to paint it. There is a sidewalk on the bridge and I recommend walking it to slow down the view you see when driving.
A list of things seen in my painting is at the bottom of this post.
Some of the many pictures I took to help visualize this scene:
I walk out on the bridge and do a quick sketch and take a bunch of pictures. Then I put together my ideas indoors, where there is a sink, a bathroom, heat and air conditioning. Oh and a computer where I look at my photographs. So no. I am not much of a plein air painter. Not often anyway. I even take pictures of my painting while I am painting it and seeing them on a big screen helps me know what to do next. Pathetic words for a real plein air painter!
What you can see in this painting looking downriver from Highland Park Bridge: