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:
“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:
Lock No. 2 on left at foot of Morningside . The bridge you see is the 62nd Street Bridge. The first neighborhood on the right is Sharpsburg and the docks and island nearest you are where, in 2015 you can rent a pontoon boat at Sharpsburg Islands Marina. The water tower is in Sharpsburg. A new plan is underway to develop a wonderful waterfront park. It is the vision of Susan and Currie Crookston. The Crookstons generated community support from the three municipalities the property runs through, Sharpsburg, O’hara and Aspinwall. The new Aspinwall Riverfront Park which you cannot see in this view. It is on the right and it is just on the upriver side of Highland Park Bridge.
On Garrison Keillor’s radio broadcast The Writer’s Almanac on August 20, 2015 he read from Paul Martin’s most recent book of poetry Floating on the Lehigh published by Grayson Books where my Riverview painting was commissioned for the cover. It is Garrison Keillor’s daily summary of poems, prose, and literary history. The publishing process? The poet himself searched images of paintings of rivers online arriving at my website where paintings of the Allegheny River are housed. Martin contacted me directly and made the introduction to his publisher Grayson Books who commissioned the use of the river painting he especially loved for the cover.
Contact me about licensing or commissioning one time use of my images.
Carol Skinger’s watercolor of the Allegheny River a few miles from
Rachel Carson’s Homestead near Pittsburgh
Aaron McGregor’s photograph of acid mine run off in the greater region
It’s mostly local food and great local chefs (yeah) at Rachel’s Sustainable Feast but there will also be something for the eye and the environmental mind!
On Sunday May 24th, 2009 Artist Carol Skinger and photographer Aaron McGregor are taking a tent at Rachel’s Sustainable Feast to show their own art work inspired by the Allegheny River watershed.
Carol’s landscape paintings of the Allegheny River Valley shown with Aaron’s close up photographs of the environmental effects from mining in the region, make a dual visual statement of the environment where Rachel Carson grew up. We are hoping that attendees and supporters of local sustainable small agriculture will make the leap and consider supporting/sustaining or at the very least appreciating the careers home grown artists!
Rick Sebek, Carol Skinger, Aaron McGregor
Rick was there with his film crew doing a documentary about the rivers near Pittsburgh! Exciting!
But then a massive deluge happened before he came down to our side
so we missed out 15 minutes of fame!