Dunfey Exhibition, NH Art Association


I'm excited to announce that my work Late Afternoon (original pleinaire watercolor on paper | $775 framed) has been accepted into the NH Art Association's 17th Annual Joan L. Dunfey Open Juried Exhibition.
November 2 through November 26
The NH Art Association
Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery
136 State Street, Portsmouth
(603) 431-4230
Sarah Chaffee, Juror (Gallery Director, McGowan Fine Art, Concord, NH)

New show at Amherst's A&E Coffee Roasters

"NH Made Members: Ellen Friel and A & E  Show, December 2015"
Ellen's artwork and clay were featured and 1/2 of sales amounts were donated to SHARE. A & E Coffee Roasters' owner, Emeran Langmaid, is proud to be an arts supporter!


Peppers/6" x 6"/Oil on Board/$150

I'm so happy I did this little still life of peppers...actually black and green creative license on the black peppers!

I primed the board with a vermillion and let it dry. In this case, I chose priming the board ...this works in situations where you know your subject matter will relate to the..??? in this case my complimentary, green peppers and contrasting indigo/black pepper. The complimentary color of the green against the vermillion background is contrast which adds interest.

The light or white filled foreground creates a sharp contrast as well in front of the black pepper. I like the little glowing shadow areas in between the peppers. I'm going to be trying more of this.



Talent and flexibility, translation....fluency!


In an effort to gain more fluency in painting, I took a workshop by a well known painter this year in Hawaii. As you can imagine, the color palette is very different from say, New Hampshire, where I live.
There were several members of the class who were commenting negatively on the instructors palette on the first day of class. I am more of a "wait and see" kind of gal. After all, this is a wonderful, master painter and we're paying a goodly sum to have his talents.
What I re-learned and wasn't expecting , was that you can make a pretty darn good painting using only 3 colors, and white. It made me feel confident and more fluent.
This concept isn't new to me, I'd been taught this by the nuns in my college art classes; terms like "economy of line" "mixing mother colors" "painting in masses"
"expressing the shapes".....but after all these years, I'd forgotten! 
After the workshop I realized I had made some very insignificant, small paintings, but I'd gotten my power back!
Perhaps combining translation, talent and flexibility all adds up to fluency? There must be hundreds of combinations of approaches!
The more tools in our tool belt the easier we can translate, but a ginormous palette of colors isn't necessary! Fluency in the technique of painting is necessary.
Thank you! Ellen




Production with a broken wrist.

Producing art has been descirbed by artists as a "3 ring circus", " a "juggling act", "a roller coaster ride", "getting an enma everyday", "having my period 24/7", "a game" "an act", "an act of self deprivation, a life of rejection, and don't get married", "a good bit of fun", "people think you're an artist because you can't do anything else but I only produce when I'm inspired, "you can't hold down a regular job, so why not make the world prettier?", "it's family is full of artists", " a wonderful, lifelong journey", "learning something everyday and illustrating it for everyone else", "enjoying travel and business combined," and..."being busier than a one-armed paper hanger". The last one is my personal favorite. 

Halliimaile General Store/Oil on Board/ 10"x10"/$300/Ellen Friel@copyright.

The air in Halliimaile, HI is not really cool and not really hot. It's more like  a combination of both. It's very moist and the light is filtered. This is one of the best chef owned restaurants on Maui.The location of Halliimaile is where the ancinet king's beautiful, maile flowers were grown. These special, fragrant flowers are used today in lei making, and are seasonally grown. 

The production of art means a myriad of things to a myriad of artists, and right now, i have a cracked wrist, so i'm  busier than a one-armed paper hanger. This concept stands as a true testament to what I do everyday, when ihave the use of both arms....I keep working on the business of producing. i keep networking, keep looking at art, keep taking classes, keep going through reference photos,complaining about the weather, keep cleaning the studio, donating art, supplies, time or money to organizations that want my help, keep having lunch with other artists, and communicating with others on social media, working on my web site, freaking out, uploading, downloading, and the list goes on. I like the concept of a "daily painting", but I'm a one woman show, so it's more like a "weekly painting"....except when there's great plein aire painting weather.

No matter, keep on the business of art. it's a production process. If you're not doing anything, come over and bring lunch. i'll show you how to mix black with two colors, my new pleinaire easel, how to make Greek cookies, and ..????

Sorry for the typos. Ellen