WATERCOLOR 2013 WILL BE INSPIRED BY ...
RETURNING TO WHERE IT ALL BEGAN - PAINTING MY FAVORITE MODEL - WESTON!
Graphic expression, drawing maps and website design & management
are all well
and good, but painting landscape and architecture - whether in Weston
or not - is what I like to do.
THE CENTRAL PART OF TOWN NEEDS
SERIES - 2012
REDDING LOOKING WEST SERIES: WHY PAINT THE SUN
GOING DOWN? SUNSET IS VERY SYMBOLIC.
It is always about color. But its emotional impact comes from
changes in value, as well (which we sometimes forget). " Winter
Sunset" from Redding, which is at much higher elevation than Weston,
makes for high drama, no pun
FOR 2012: Group show
on Lachat in January
at Weston Library ... and
Lachat in Winter
Limited edition, signed and numbered colored prints of
Crisis: From the 1990's to Now."
Produced originally for
Symposium on International Relations - click here.
Limited edition, signed and numbered colored prints of ... "3-4-5-
Under Construction" -
which is our favorite painting from the School Construction Series.
Produced originally during the construction
process of the new Intermediate School - click here.
2010 Art Show over
- sold these five paintings below!
Sampler of small works or
partial details of larger ones
below, by category:
recent work at the
beginning of each category
Brook, April 2010" - landscape in Northern New Jersey. This will
be the beginning of a longer-running (no pun intended) series on
watercourses in Weston. Early attempt here.
But first some close observation and
practice from another part of the Tri-State Region!
DETAIL - "Justin's Brook"
"I Thought I Saw A Fish"
AUTUMN IN WESTON 2009:
there is the Juliana Lachat Preserve. In the colors of
autumn. A song
Autumn view of Lachat...it has changed through the years, as the fields
are cut less frequently and grasses grow longer.
An underpainting of transparent primaries...but this time the
action came fast and furious, as the drama of the rolling fields
leading up to the Nature Conservancy was emphasized by the
wheat-colored fields. Something about
this scene always inspites me!
"Lachat in the Fall 2009" (detail) - sold
"Lachat: Still There" - Fall 2009
Step-by-step: "Trout Brook
2009: Is That Vermont I See?" We figured it out!
the winter and the summer, the light rakes deeper shadows; in the
spring and autumn, the important thing in Weston, CT is COLOR!
Using the primary colors only, drawing
with a brush
ochre-mix paint, we sketched in the view. Next step was to put in
the darkest dark area (we usually only do this
in oil, but it seemed right in this case--an anchor for what was to
come). We try to simplify whenever possible, so the next step was
to just look. Where was the eye taking us? How much detail
could we really see at various distances?
How to suggest that the mountain range might be
Vermont? It probably is in Newtown, CT, but the idea was to
suggest Vermont. So we decide to use the third primary, red, to
depict the rolling hills in the distanced. Since this was whimsy,
we thought it would get your attention! Couldn't
get the beauty of the
view out of our mind, so we doodled the
graphic depiction! And
then we did a big one!
"Trout Brook Valley, Summer
2009: Is That Vermont I See?" (detail at right) - sold
Teahouse of a New Canaan Morning
Weston Window Treatment (2009)
Spring Is here! See
additional paintings in our "Window on My World -
April-May-June in Weston 2009" below!
Spring Greening (detail)
Who Put the Dog In Dogwood? (detail)
Spring Sprung (detail)
My Private Dogwood Festival (2009)
Let Me Out!
Curtain Going Up (detail)
Sketch: Weston Primeval (detail)
"Can't See the Forest for the Tree" 2009 - sold
"Last Snow of Winter" (detail) 2009
"Long Winter Shadow" (detail)
2009 - sold
"Bent Not Broken"
"Stretching for Spring" 2009
cues about life all around us... 2008 "Turn
of the Screws" is a
substitute for notes taken at the Building Committee on August 27,
2008, the day before schools opened for the year! "Dust to
Dust" (detail) plays with shadows in a different way!
Detail, "No Exit"
is the next in the
W.H.S. auditorium redo series. "Behind the Blue Door"
"Weston Town Hall: On The
Outside Looking In" (detail)
Construction," "Glorious Slate," "In the
shadow of the tower..." and "Nght Falls (detail)" above.
Not an antique, Weston Town Hall sits in the first Historic
District. One of the things that
distinguishes the Weston Town Hall area
is how well new and older styles of architecture blend together.
series of paintings about time.And place.
It is Memorial Day at the Weston Town Hall gazebo and "greensward" (May
2008)...the artist stayed home to paint rather than attend the ceremony.
Memorial Day Honor - "No Words
In the Berkshires (May 2008) More
Berkshire Landscape (May 2008)
Symbolic Flowers - (in a
Easter Flowers 2007 (sold)
Red Tulips, 2005
Where's the cat?
Brother can you spare a dime?
Good Riddance (prize-winning watercolor at Ridgefield Guild)
ASSORTED STILL LIFE WORKS FROM OUR PORTFOLIO NOT PREVIOUSLY APPEARING
Al (April 2008)
Detail, Tracey on the Moors (May 2008)
- (in a private collection)
Oliver (in a private collection)
Mommy Had Eyes in
of larger painting -
Back of Her Head
CAT WOMAN: 1950's Dinner in the
About the artist
26, 2007 - I - WESTON FORUM Weston:
Margaret Wirtenberg honored with Millie Best Award
Saturday, April 28, the Kiwanis Club of Weston will kick off Green-Up
Day by honoring Westonite Margaret Wirtenberg with the third annual
Kiwanis Millie Best Environmental Award.
The award will be presented at 9 a.m. at the Norfield Church parish
Ms. Best, who died in 2004, started Green-Up Day in 1972 by organizing
a townwide effort to pick up trash and litter from Weston’s roadsides
on the last Saturday of April. In 1995, the governor signed a bill
making the last Saturday in April Green-Up Day for all of Connecticut.
Since 1999, The Weston Forum readers have been reading About Town, Dr.
Wirtenberg’s weekly column on local development and the environment.
She is also the producer and host of About Town, a program on
Cablevision Channel 77 about Connecticut’s 169 towns.
Dr. Wirtenberg was instrumental in developing the town’s conservation
plans and spearheaded the effort to start up an annual Hazardous Waste
Collection day, held in conjunction with Green-Up Day.
Some may be unaware of the scope of her contributions to the town since
she and her husband, Al, moved to Weston in 1980. Since 1996, she has
been a member of the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations
and has been a Weston representative on South Western Regional Planning
She served on the Weston Planning and Zoning Commission and was a
consultant to Greater Bridgeport Transit District. One special
volunteer role has been as a land use specialist for the League of
Women Voters of Connecticut.
In the 25 years she has lived in town, Dr. Wirtenberg probably holds
the record for attending the most board meetings, from planning to
education, of any citizen. Dr. Wirtenberg said she is truly committed
to this town and believes volunteerism is its heart.
A graduate of Barnard College, she went on to get her master’s degree
in planning from the Graduate School of Architecture, Pratt Institute,
and a doctorate in public administration from New York University.
She is a watercolorist and particularly enjoys painting Weston
landscapes. It’s because of her love for the beauty of the land that
she says, “For this and other reasons more important to society at
large, I am interested in preserving the natural environment.”