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Postcard project

Three centuries through pictures

Created date

December 21st, 2009

In honor of Hingham s 375th anniversary, a group of local painters did their part to celebrate the town s past through art. [caption id="attachment_7233" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Linden Ponds resident John Cherry in front of his painting, Second Parish Church. "]Linden Ponds, teaches a watercolor painting class there for his neighbors. Sixteen of them banded together for a recent project to paint watercolors inspired by the book Hingham, a collection of approximately 200 old postcard photo scenes of the town, some dating back to the late 1800s.

Art copying art

Longenbach projected enlarged photos from the book so that students could produce preliminary sketches for painting. Some residents created more than one of the large paintings, which measure 22 by 28 inches in size. After sketching the photos, the painting began. Raw sienna, burnt sienna, and burnt umber comprised the color palette, designed to reflect the brown coloration of early photography. From the standpoint of those painting, it provided a learning challenge to accomplish a single color tonal representation in the painting of the image rather than a full palette of colors, Longenbach says. They rose to the challenge, and the paintings exceeded all expectations.

Sharing the brush

[caption id="attachment_7236" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Ann O Malley with her watercolor painting, inspired by a postcard from the book Hingham."][/caption] A former resident of Westfield, N.J., Longenbach was very active with the New Jersey Watercolor Society. Now he is exhibiting his work on the South Shore. He says that he enjoys sharing his painting experience with others after all, he has been teaching watercolor atLinden Pondsfor four years and this project is a perfect example of ideas, talent, and passion coming together. There was a correlation with the community, he says. Many people are from this area and so they have a strong understanding of Hingham. For them, it was a reflective experience. But the experience wasn t for Hingham natives alone. For those not familiar with the town, it was a learning experience; the painters gained some information and appreciation of what the town was like. And so did viewers, who came out toLinden Ponds to see the paintings, which were on display during the fall.