Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Different Strokes: Michelle Darvis Paints a Picture a Day for a Year

From soaking up rays on a sweltering day to freezing through near-frostbite-inducing winds, Hudson painter Michelle Darvis endured it all for the sake of art. In 2014, Darvis painted a picture outdoors all 365 days of the year.

“This project was a modern take on painting,” Darvis says. “On Instagram, you’re posting a picture every day, it captures your life, and this project is like an old-fashioned way to do this.”

Darvis’ works are on display in countries from Australia to Italy and also at Hudson Fine Art & Framing Co., where you can see all 365 pieces in the A Year in Plein Air exhibit until Feb. 7. Here is a peek at three of Darvis’ favorites.

Photo Credit: Hudson Fine Art & Framing Co.

Wedding Day Morning
Darvis tied the knot in 2014, but that didn’t stop her from pulling out her easel on her wedding day — a time usually filled with chaos. “It was peaceful. I got a chance to reflect on the day,"says Darvis, who will discuss the experience more during a talk at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Hudson gallery.

Photo Credit: Hudson Fine Art & Framing Co.

Lakeshore Boulevard
As Darvis painted this view of Lake Erie from her grandmother’s house in Madison, fierce winds battered at her. “This was the closest we thought we got to frostbite,” says Darvis.

Photo Credit: Joesph Darvis

Brain Garden
As a drawing major at Kent University, Darvis sat outside and sketched Brain Garden from different angles for a class. "This is a tribute to Kent State in a way," says Darvis. "It's an iconic piece of art by a famous Kent State sculptor."

Update: A Year in Plein Air has been extended until Feb. 7. There will be a closing reception Feb. 7 from 2 to 5 p.m. with coffee and refreshments. 

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