“Views from My Window” Featured Artist

from “artistic endeavors”
Beaufort Art Association Newsletter
September/October 2012

Ellen Long will be the BAA featured artist from Septembar 16 through October 27. Ellen and the Beaufort Art Association invite you to her opening reception on September 21. Ellen has been painting for many years. Here is what she has to say about her art:

“While art has always been an important part of my life, it wasn’t
until relocating to Fripp Island, SC in1996 that I was able to devote full time to this passion. Watercolor classes with Gloria Dalvini and my new-found friends in the Beaufort Art Association inspired me to explore new directions with my art. My twenty three years in the field of Interior Design greatly influence my paintings. The design of the painting is similar to the design of an interior space, as it includes careful placement of the elements to create a focal point, pleasing color transitions and a balanced whole. I develop the drawing for each painting on the same rolls of tracing paper used in architectural drawings for de- sign projects. This allows me to make changes in perfecting the finished plan without damaging the surface of my watercolor papers. Finished drawings are then transferred to the watercolor paper using my ocean front window as my light box.

The views from my window on Fripp Island offer endless inspirations for new and exciting paintings. Scenes may include nodding sea oats, children throwing cast nets in the tidal pools, shore birds stalking breakfast in the shallows, shrimp boats trawling near the shore and pelican formations overhead. I am awed by the incredible light from early morning sunrise over the ocean to that beautiful golden glow that occurs just before sundown. The camera also serves as my “window frame” for subjects of future paintings. Reference photos sorted by category take up several shelves of my studio. Each new scene is a painting waiting to happen.

Watercolors offer a transparency and visual blending of layers of color that can not be achieved in other mediums. “Devine accidents” often add to the most careful planning of the artist. They keep me engaged while not totally in control. Hopefully, the finished paintings exhibit my initial excitement in this “view from my window”.

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Low Country-inspired watercolors on display at Beaufort gallery

from The Island Packet~Beaufort Gazette
by Cathy Carter Harley
Published Sunday, September 30, 2012

Link to original article here: Beaufort Gazette

Ellen Long
“Views from My Window: The Watercolors of Ellen Long” runs through Oct. 27 at the Beaufort Art Association Gallery, 913 Bay St., Beaufort. The art of other BAA artists will be included in the exhibit. 

Details: 843-521-4444, www.beaufortartassociation.com

 

Ellen Long smiles when she recalls the day seagulls swarmed her grandchildren as they threw pieces of bread in the air. They were like “seagulls on speed,” she said.

That memory became an oversized watercolor that today hangs in her Fripp Island home.

Her piece, “Dinner is Served,” illustrates the osprey nest near the Fripp Island Bridge, which greets her when she travels on and off of the island.

One of her newest pieces, “Wounded Warrior,” was inspired by a shrimp boat she spotted at Gay Fish Co. on her drive along the Sea Island Parkway. Shortly after she snapped a photo from which to paint it, the boat disappeared.

Each stroke of Long’s paint brush is part of a story or a memory from her life.

All of these paintings are part of a 34-piece exhibit titled, “Views From My Window: The Watercolors of Ellen Long,” that is open through Oct. 27 at the Beaufort Art Association Gallery on Bay Street in Beaufort.

A 360-degree view of Fripp Island’s daily sunrises and sunsets shine through two 22-foot wide picture windows in Long’s living room. Swaying sea oats and pampas grass frame the tidal pool between her home and the Atlantic Ocean. Shrimp trawlers, beachgoers and kite-fliers offer a host of subjects for her artwork.

Long’s colorful, energy-filled paintings pop against the muted colors of the rosy beige walls where paintings hang filled with memories made with her three children and six grandchildren.

She often snaps photos of her subjects, then traces the photos to watercolor paper by taping the two together and using her oversized windows as a light box.

Shorebirds, one of her favorite subjects, are abundant on Fripp, a barrier island which offers about three miles of beach at low tide.

Watercolor is her medium of choice because of its versatility.

“I love the transparency of watercolor. It has a glow, a luminous quality. I can see through it and you can put one layer over another and be able to see both colors,” she said.

A native of Arkansas, Long recalls that art was deemed just as a important as math in her school.

“I painted from early elementary school and won an art contest in the sixth grade,” she said. “They disallowed it in the art show because they said a child could not have done that.”

Long continued her love of fine arts in high school and then at the College of William & Mary and at Richmond Professional Institute.

While working as an interior decorator for 23 years in the Atlanta area, Long and her husband, Leon, discovered Fripp Island on a vacation in the 1970s.

“Once we found Fripp, we never went anywhere else on vacation,” she said.

Shortly after moving to Fripp in 1996, she found the Beaufort Art Association and began painting full time.

She immediately signed up for a class with Gloria Dalvini, a BAA member and then-art gallery owner.

Dalvini describes Long’s work as “realistic” with an occasional touch of humor.

“It is remarkable how she has progressed in the years since she took one of the first classes I ever taught,” Dalvini said. “I think where she lives has a lot to do with her inspiration. It is so Lowcountry, and I think that shows in her work.”

Over the years, Long has become dedicated to the art association. She used her interior decorating skills to help design the gallery when it was inside the historic George Elliott House and in the current Bay Street gallery.

As education coordinator for the association, she helped start the BAA Studio in which classes are taught to the public by members to help support the gallery.

Long credits the many classes she has taken with her progress, as well as the support of painting with the Thursday Painters Group. The group of a dozen artists formed after taking Dalvini’s first class and continues to meet weekly.

The varying colors offered in the Lowcountry continue to inspire Long.

“I am awed by the incredible light from early morning sunrise over to ocean to that beautiful golden glow that occurs just before sundown,” she said.

 Link to original article here: Beaufort Gazette

 

 

Views from My Window

by Editor
Low Country Weekly
Tuesday, 11 September 2012 13:11

Original article can be found here: Low Country Weekly

Ellen Long will be the featured artist at the Beaufort Art Association Gallery from Sept 16 – October 27. The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception on Friday, September 21 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Here’s what Long had to say about her work and her new exhibit, “Views from my Window”…

“While art has always been an important part of my life, it wasn’t until relocating to Fripp Island, SC in 1996 that I was able to devote full time to this passion. Watercolor classes with Gloria Dalvini and my new-found friends in the Beaufort Art Association inspired me to explore new directions with my art.

“The views from my window on Fripp Island offer endless inspirations for new and exciting paintings. Scenes may include nodding sea oats, children throwing cast nets in the tidal pools, shore birds stalking breakfast in the shallows, shrimp boats trawling near the shore and pelican formations overhead. I am awed by the incredible light from early morning sunrise over the ocean to that beautiful golden glow that occurs just before sundown. The camera also serves as my “window frame” for subjects of future paintings. Reference photos sorted by category take up several shelves of my studio. Each new scene is a painting waiting to happen.

“My twenty three years in the field of Interior Design greatly influence my paintings. The design of the painting is similar to the design of an interior space, as it includes careful placement of the elements to create a focal point, pleasing color transitions and a balanced whole. I develop the drawing for each painting on the same rolls of tracing paper used in architectural drawings for design projects. This allows me to make changes in perfecting the finished plan without damaging the surface of my watercolor papers. Finished drawings are then transferred to the watercolor paper using my ocean front window as my light box.

“Watercolors offer a transparency and visual blending of layers of color that can not be achieved in other mediums. “Divine accidents” often add to the most careful planning of the artist. They keep me engaged while not totally in control. Hopefully, the finished paintings exhibit my initial excitement in the ‘views from my window’.”

 Original article can be found here: Low Country Weekly