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100 Day Project 2021: Part 3

Time for another recap for the 100 Day Project! 

For my project this year, I’ve challenged myself to create a small painting each day for 100 days (I’m slightly off track but still moving forward).  I’ve divided up the 100 days into different themes with five paintings in each collection.  

During the last update I had just started Collection 4 of Owego scenes.  Since then I have finished Collections 4, 5, and 6!

Collection 4: Owego Scenes

Here’s a look at the paintings from the Owego collection.  Each of these paintings was featured as part of my The Beauty Right in Front of Us Guest Artist Spotlight at Owego’s Gallery 41 in March.  They all center around the Owego Riverwalk in downtown Owego, New York along the Susquehanna River. 

On the River by Laura Jaen Smith. Acrylic painting of Owego Riverwalk looking out to the Susquehanna River
Summer Stroll by Laura Jaen Smith. Acrylic painting of Owego Riverwalk on path walking towards bridge.
Spring in Bloom by Laura Jaen Smith. Acrylic painting of Owego in springtime on the bridge entrance looking towards the park downtown.
Under the Bridge by Laura Jaen Smith. Acrylic painting of Owego Riverwalk on path underneath bridge.
Sunny Afternoon by Laura Jaen Smith. Painting of Owego Riverwalk walking path towards bridge

Collection 5: Lake Scenes

Collection 5 features lake scenes.  The Finger Lakes is full of beautiful lake scenes year round, but especially during the summer time.  This collection shows locations from Seneca Lake and Keuka Lake, but these are views that will feel familiar no matter what lake you’ve visited.

The third and fifth paintings of this collection are available to view (and purchase) through the Member Show at Community Arts of Elmira through the end of May.  They have gallery hours 11am-1pm Fridays and Saturdays. 

Looks Like Rain by Laura Jaen Smith. Painting of overcast day looking out over the dock to Keuka Lake
Ready to Swim by Laura Jaen Smith. Painting of Seneca Lake along the shore beach with inflatable orca.
Two Blue Chairs by Laura Jaen Smith. Painting of lakeside dock with two blue adirondack chairs
Seaplane by Laura Jaen Smith. Painting of seaplane landing in Keuka Lake Finger Lakes
Adventure Awaits by Laura Jaen Smith. Painting of colorful kayaks lined up next to a tree at the lake.

Collection 6: Quarry Farm

I had the opportunity this past summer to spend time at Quarry Farm in Elmira, New York as part of the Clemens & the Pen: Studio Session at Quarry Farm event.  It was inspiring to visit the summer home of Sam Clemens (Mark Twain) and see where he created some of his most famous works.  These five paintings resulted from this year’s visit.  The first two of the series are currently on view at Community Arts of Elmira in a special exhibition in the Przygoda Gallery featuring artwork from the artists who participated in the Clemens & the Pen event.  

Looking Out Towards the Barn by Laura Jaen Smith. Painting of exterior of victorian home at Quarry Farm looking towards the barn.
Mary's Cottage by Laura Jaen Smith. Painting of Mary Ann Cord's cottage at Mark Twain's Quarry Farm.
Historic Home by Laura Jaen Smith. Painting of exterior of Quarry Farm Victorian summer home of Mark Twain.
Up to the Study by Laura Jaen Smith. Painting of woods with stone steps leading up to Mark Twain Study site.
Faithful Companion by Laura Jaen Smith. Painting of Calico cat at Quarry Farm.

Do you have a favorite so far?

I’m excited to see where this project goes this year!  You can follow along in real time over on social media and catch up on my progress so far, interactive art shows, or blog recaps on my 100 Day Project page.  

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