Wintry Autumn

Meredith d'Ambrosio

Meredith d’Ambrosio

On my first trip to Key West, Florida, I visited the home of Ernest Hemingway to explore the gardens, and discovered that there were more than 150 cats living on the premises. The scene in this watercolor shows the jungle-like vegetation surrounding the writer’s house.—Meredith d’Ambrosio

The Disappearing Land

By Meredith d’Ambrosio

Meredith d'Ambrosio

DUXBURY Massachusetts—(Weekly Hubris)—12/15/2014—

“Saturday Morning,” Eggshell Mosaic, 17” X 22” (1977).

“Saturday Morning,” Eggshell Mosaic, 17” X 22” (1977).

I find it difficult to paint an indoor scene: my works almost always expand into dimensions beyond the confines of a single room. The viewer is made aware here of the other side of the room by the reflection in the jug; and yet another part of the house appears outside, beyond the window. The reflection of the egg in the jug illustrates my sense of tongue-in-cheek (egg-in-jug?) humor, as I used the medium of eggshells to create this mosaic.

“Hemingway’s Garden,” Watercolor, 29.5” X 21.5” (1992).

“Hemingway’s Garden,” Watercolor, 29.5” X 21.5” (1992).

On my first trip to Key West, Florida, I visited the home of Ernest Hemingway to explore the gardens, and discovered that there were more than 150 cats living on the premises. The scene in this watercolor shows the jungle-like vegetation surrounding the writer’s house.

“Moonlight On Daniels Island,” Watercolor, 21.5” X 29.5” (1990).

“Moonlight On Daniels Island,” Watercolor, 21.5” X 29.5” (1990).

On our late night walks to the top of Daniels Island, my husband and I would often marvel at our neighbor’s Georgian Colonial overlooking Ockway Bay, lit by the full moon. This watercolor caught in amber the many tall old trees which were eventually felled in 1992 by Hurricane Bob.

Note: Meredith d’Ambrosio’s exhibition of paintings entitled “Landscapes of the North Countries” will run from Sunday, November 15, 2015 through Sunday, February 14, 2016 at the Art Complex of Duxbury, Massachusetts, 189 Alden Street, Duxbury MA; daily opening times, 1 till 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday; Monday and Tuesday, closed. The opening reception will be held on Sunday, November 15, 2015, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Ms. d’Ambrosio will give a concert, accompanied by Chris Taylor on piano.

Meredith d'Ambrosio

About Meredith d'Ambrosio

Boston-born Meredith d’Ambrosio, a Renaissance woman whose creative work crosses many genres, has successfully combined careers in the musical and visual arts. In 1958, in Boston, d’Ambrosio began singing with small bands, accompanied by Roger Kellaway on piano. Although she has worked primarily as a jazz singer-pianist, she is also known internationally as a calligrapher, watercolorist, creator of eggshell mosaics, composer, lyricist, recording artist, and teacher. D’Ambrosio branched out into New York City in 1981 and, since then, has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, performing with such musicians as Harold Danko, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Fred Hersch, Eddie Higgins, Dick Hyman, Hank Jones, Lee Musiker, Mike Renzi, Richard Wyands, Milt Hinton, Major Holley, Jay Leonhart, Michael Moore, George Mraz, Rufus Reid, Leroy Vinnegar, Buddy DeFranco, Harry Allen, Lee Konitz, Ken Peplowski, Phil Woods, Jack Sheldon, Al Grey, Johnny Frigo, Gene Bertoncini, Kevin Eubanks, Joe Ascione, Terry Clarke, Keith Copeland, Jake Hanna, Butch Miles and Ben Riley (view d’Ambrosio’s complete discography at www.meredithdambrosio.com). Currently working primarily in oils on canvas, d’Ambrosio is preparing for a major solo exhibition, November 2015 through February 2016, at the Art Complex Museum of Duxbury, Massachusetts. “Landscapes Of The North Countries” will comprise oils on canvas and linen, as well as watercolors, and include scenes from France, Italy, Switzerland, North America, and Canada, as well as new oils of Duxbury, commissioned by the museum. D’Ambrosio’s paintings, both watercolors and oils, may be viewed through www.meredithdambrosio.com, her multifaceted website, which covers her work as a musician, painter, and writer.
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2 Responses to Wintry Autumn

  1. Avatar Will Balk says:

    These are beautiful, Meredith…I particularly like the tonalities on the crackled surface of the eggshell mosaic piece. Wonderful.

  2. Dear Will,
    Thank you, Will, for your kind words. You never know how an eggshell is going to take to water-based paint. Once the paint touches the eggshell, the shell has a mind of its own, though I use only white eggshells (as if their surfaces were canvas).
    Best wishes,
    Meredith

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