My goal as an artist is to arrest nature’s motion, involving viewers as deeply as I can. As I make my artwork, I leave behind traces of feelings associated with my experience of each scene; sharing my vision of beauty and grace expressed through color and form.

The experiences of life that I find to be of greatest value are those that rest in the basic and seemingly simplistic. Garden fragrances, nature's color and form, all outweigh for me the more contrived and materialistic of our life today.  I paint the landscapes, the feelings and the experiences that they create for me; the perceptions and sensations that collect as a result of a day at the shore, or under the shade of a live oak, or during weeks spent serving a residency at a National Park.  If these sensations communicate with the viewer through my work, their connection and purpose are complete.

 

- Patricia Rottino Cummins

 

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Tuesday
Jul062010

Getting ready for Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 

Tuesday
Oct202009

October 20, 2009

This morning I awakened to a gloomy sky.  I had breakfast and walked on Main Street.  I went to the Visitor Center and watched the movie about Herbert Hoover.  I then decided that I should try to work even though there were no shadows to be found.  I opened my laptop and was greeted by Alexis Smith and we chatted a bit. Then, the sun peeked through and I worked again on the pastel of the cottage.  Met with  a few rangers and visitors.  Everyone is so friendly.

Monday
Oct192009

October 19, 2009

Today I discovered that there is an unlocked wireless network  within range,  and I was able to upload my journal.  I hope I can continue this all week.  There was a kind  employee at the  Presidential Library that actually hand delivered their password to me but i could not get it to work.  So this evening's discovery is terrific. I will post some pictures into a gallery and this will be very productive this residency.  Some parks do not even have cell phone coverage so this is great.  I have been uploading images to facebook , but this is even better.

So today I completed the oil of the cottage backdoor, and went to the prairie and painted.  The weather was the best!  It was about 65 degrees.  Ricardo called and I was the happiest today.   Good feelings and good painting. 

Monday
Oct192009

October 18, 2009

A great breakfast of  bacon and eggs helps to send one off to a great day of painting.  I painted the cottage from the rear.  I met so many nice  visitors interested in my work.  The cottage painting is almost complete.  I then worked at the pastel of the facade.  There are picket fences all over the grounds here and they are not the easiest to paint.  I took a walk on Main Street.  They are filming a zombie movie called "Collapse" and it is interesting to see bloody people walking around perfectly fine.

Monday
Oct192009

October 17, 2009

I awaken at daybreak and peak through the curtains to see the  alley of the historic buildings that stand proudly on Main Street.  I make coffee (I brought from home), and eat a cookie Ricardo packed for me for breakfast.  I open the kitchen door to see the warmth of color and  the chill of autumn runs through me.  I look across at the buildings that surround my house and immediately realize their age.  They are mostly from the 1870's. I grab my coat and gloves, it was about 39 degrees.....and walk to the visitor center about three blocks away.  I meet two ranger and  I am given  volunteer uniform shirts, jacket, a fleece vest and cap.  The best gift was the brass VIP name tag.  I walk around the center, and realize want to do something to begin my work here.  I travel on route 6 to buy groceries for the week and drive though cornfields and farms. Iowa is very flat, similar to Florida.  Everyone is very polite ,but I find it amusing that  the  cashiers at the grocery store did not know directions to Herbert Hoover NHS, only two roads and about twenty miles away.

I snack on the groceries while putting things in place and  can't wait to explore my home for the next week. I take a walk and see the cottage.  I am amazed at it's size , only about 240 square feet.  Some visitors arrive and the ranger gives a short tour which I enjoy.  I then walk to the Presidential Library and Museum.  The weather is cold and overcast.  The light flat, so i thought it best to just explore to find some places to paint. I then walk the  tall grass prairie which I find to be my favorite place so far.  The grass is golden and there are many wonderful views of West Branch.

Late afternoon I take out my pastels and begin  to paint the cottage .  The light is bad.  It gets dark at about 6:00, not at all like Miami.