Biography: Hardie Gramatky, N.A. (1907-1979) Born: Dallas, TX; Studied: Stanford University, Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles); Member: National Academy of Design, New York Water Color Club, American Watercolor Society, California Water Color Society. Hardie Gramatky was raised in Southern California. He studied art with F. Tolles Chamberlin, Clarence Hinkle, Pruett Carter...... read more
An original watercolor by Hardie Gramatky titled Old Mill Pond, (Westport), 1976. This painting is also available as a fine art print on Arches watercolor paper. 100% archival, and printed in HD.
"Dad and Mom's favorite restaurant was Allen's Clam House, a landmark in Westport, CT. One time Dad wandered behind the restaurant on the water side to sketch this painting. I was always intrigued by his description of how he redid this painting -- and it still came out looking so fresh. Dad wrote in his journal, `Wash out and redraw building' and in the next days he added windows and continued work on `watercolor of Allen's Clam House. Never say die. Redraw and repaint.' The next day he repainted it with `more verve and warmer color.' He was still working on the painting in February, and then he finally matted it and called it `Old Mill Pond'. Even though it was matted, Dad noted on February 5th that he was `still repainting watercolor!!' Then he submitted it to a show at the National Academy and it won the Barse Miller Award, so I guess all the effort was worthwhile. And it was exhibited in the National Academy 151st exhibit in 1976, the N.A.'s Ranger Fund exhibit in 1978, received another award in a Westport show, and was in the Bergen Museum of Art & Science and the Westport Art Center as well."
Courtesy of daughter-Linda Gramatky Smith