Tuesday, June 18, 2019

NEW WORK FOR SUMMER



Dreaming
mixed media on panel
6" x 6"
©2019

Along with dropping off some new abstracts recently at Powers Gallery (see post Summertime 2019),  I also brought this just finished small painting that is part of my Memory Vessels* series.  This is mixed media consisting of cold wax medium, oil paint, India ink, graphite and crayon.  It is 6" x 6" on birch panel.  Powers Gallery has a selection of small paintings from this series. Whether working large scale or small, I find either size takes the same amount of time to create and the journey of each painting's development is always a winding road.

Please join me Saturday,  June 22nd at the opening reception of Summertime 2019.  Celebrate summer and art from 4-7 PM.  This is big show featuring many of the gallery's artists' work.  Powers Gallery is located at 144 Great Road, Route 2A, in Acton, MA, (across from Trader Joe's).



* I am currently redesigning my website and will have all my new paintings from the last year featured including my series on Memory Vessels. Fingers are crossed for a launch date in July.


Friday, June 14, 2019

SUMMER

Untitled
18" x 18" mixed media on canvas
©2019

Here are three more paintings in that summertime vibe.  Living through the four seasons of New England I like to keep that summer feeling with me all year.


Untitled
18" x 18" mixed media on canvas
©2019

These are mixed media on canvas consisting of acrylic, India ink, crayons and graphite.  It has been awhile since I worked on canvas so it was fun to change the surface.  



Untitled
18" x 18" mixed media on canvas
©2019

These have yet to be titled.  My plan now is to go to the cool side as these summer days heat up (though its not officially summer until June 21st) and work on more paintings with a predominance of blues.  Blue reminds me of the water: New England's quiet ponds, cool lakes and the moody seas.





Wednesday, June 12, 2019

SUMMERTIME 2019



Incandescence
18" x 18" mixed media on canvas
2019

These two paintings will be part of Powers Gallery new exhibit Summertime 2019.  The opening reception is next Saturday, June 22nd from 4-7 PM, a day after the summer solstice.  I have three more paintings in this series ready to go and will post tomorrow.  There is something about these cadmium colors of yellow, orange and red that imply sizzle, energy and summertime.  And I just love working with such luscious colors.  What color speaks to you of summertime? 



Luminescence
18" x 18" mixed media on canvas
2019

Thursday, May 16, 2019

SOLD



Rocky Shore
oil/panel
8" x 8"  2017


This painting sold.  It was in the Concord Art's silent auction taking place the week of May 6th - 9th, during their Spring into Art Week.  All proceeds from this sale go to Concord Art.   I love supporting this wonderful organization that supports many artists and art teachers.  It is an honor that the new owners bought this for their home and joined me in supporting Concord Art.  Thank you!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

ART AUCTION



Rocky Shore
oil on pane; 8" x 8"
2017 ©

To support an art organization that is very supportive of me I had donated this painting to Concord Art's silent auction taking place during their Spring into Art Week May 4th until the 9th, 2019.  I am honored to be in the company of some talented artists and teachers.

From Wicked Local Concord:  In the Main Gallery there will be work by faculty artists of Concord Art, including Susan Ahearn, Hannah Bureau, Rick Fox, Nancy Gruskin, Kate Hanlon, Holly Harrison, Susanah Howland, Kathleen Jacobs, Ron Krouk, Emily Passman, Alexandra Sheldon, Stuart Shils and Martha Wakefield.

This painting above is a small 8" x 8 " oil on panel done during the summer of 2017 in Gloucester, MA.  The rugged shore, the slip of the blue sea and the unquiet sky are in contrast to the blooming rosa rugosa.  It is finished with a black floater frame.

Here is more information on the events of Concord Art's Spring into Art Week celebrating art and artists from an article that ran 4/30/2019 in Wicked Local Concord: 

Concord Center for the Visual Arts will host its annual “Spring Into Art Week,” a celebration of art and artists, May 4 to 12 at Concord Art, 37 Lexington Road.
The “Great Big Small Works Art Sale” will kick off the week with an all-day art sale event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4 in the Main Gallery. More than 500 original 5- by 7-inch original works of art will be for sale at $40 each. There will be an ice cream social that day, donated by Reasons to be Cheerful of West Concord.
“Henry’s Picks: Selections and Recent Acquisitions from the Permanent Collection” will be on display May 4 to 12. A silent art auction will run May 4 to 9. In the Main Gallery there will be work by faculty artists of Concord Art, including Susan Ahearn, Hannah Bureau, Rick Fox, Nancy Gruskin, Kate Hanlon, Holly Harrison, Susanah Howland, Kathleen Jacobs, Ron Krouk, Emily Passman, Alexandra Sheldon, Stuart Shils and Martha Wakefield.
A Pop-up Make It Take It Art Night will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. May 7, a chance to make a bouquet of paper flowers, with wine and cheese. Register at concordart.org.
At 10:30 a.m. May 8, Kate Chartener will demonstrate flower arranging inspired by two paintings from the silent auction. Later that night, “True Stories Told Live -- Storytelling Night” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Gallery. Concord Art and Fugitive Stories of Acton teamed up to bring together eight featured storytellers, each to tell true tales inspired by the theme of the evening, “Emerging.” This non-competitive storytelling is a fundraising event, $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
“Concord Art in Bloom with Henry’s Picks,” a collaboration of inspired flower arrangements paired with “Henry’s Picks” art exhibition of recent acquisitions and works from the permanent collection, will run May 9 to 12, On May 9, a curator talk with Henry Keutman will be held at 6 p.m. The opening reception will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and the close of silent auction will be 8 p.m.

For the rest of the article on recent acquisitions and the history on Concord Art click here.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

TINY BIG ART





Tiny Big Art paintings at the Studio Restaurant, Gloucester, MA
Image downloaded from the Rocky Neck Art Colony Facebook page




Here are my 6" x 6" paintings on my new favorite surface: Multimedia Artboard.  These were donated to Rocky Neck Art Colony's event: Tiny Big Art.  The fundraiser took place last Thursday evening, April 26th, at the Studio Restaurant on Rocky Neck in Gloucester, MA.




Working small inspired me to play with materials, shapes, line and very limited palettes.  I really like these orange and black series so I am expanding on this theme creating a series.  




Playing with pink and green was a different direction as its a color combination I seldom experiment with.  Interestingly pink is not a salable color according to my gallery.  Yet I have always been inspired by de Kooning's use of pink and jade green in his paintings.  These three will satisfy my pink craving for now.  






Yesterday I gathered a few paintings and ink sketches for Concord Art's Great Big "small works' Art sale happening on Saturday, May 4th @ 10 AM - 4:30 PM.  This is a fabulous way to collect small works 5"x 7" from your favorite artists.  For details click here.  I will post those after the event on Saturday.  Hope to see you there!

Monday, April 22, 2019

SMALL ART BIG EVENT





Above are some mixed media works I played with for Rocky Neck Art Colony's Big Tiny Art Event.  The paper is Multimedia Artboard.  I love this product for its versatility and flexibility.

As described on Multimedia Artboard website: Artboard is an archival material, which is very light weight, easy to cut, can be used on both sides, and is very durable.  

I ended up sending them 6 small works (not all featured)  6" x 6" in size on this Multimedia Artboard.  I will reveal the tiny art after the event takes place on Thursday, April 26th, at the Studio Restaurant in Gloucester.  (For more details see link under EXHIBITS/EVENTS right)  And working small again was the jumpstart I needed after many weeks of teaching art.  I just ordered more in 11" x 14" and 8" x 8" in white.  Comes in black too.  I found that out by ordering the black in error.

Also, it was lovely to get a recent mention (4/17/19) in the Gloucester Daily Times.  Staff writer Gail McCarthy wrote the article below about the "Big Tiny Art Event."

Tiny Treasures: Art sale and party to benefit Rocky Neck Art Colony

In the world of art, bigger is not always better.

In that spirit, the Rocky Neck Art Colony is holding its second “Big Tiny Art Event” next Thursday, April 25, at The Studio Restaurant, in the heart of this historic cultural district in Gloucester.
Dozens of well-known and emerging artists have created 6-inch-by-6-inch works of art that will be on display at the waterfront establishment. Each $50 ticket includes one of these works of art and dinner. 
One of the organizers, Kathy Archer, said that the fundraiser is a festive way to kick off the spring season.
“We open the doors, and everyone comes in to look at the four boards that have 36 pieces of art on each one, and everyone gets a tiny artwork that goes with the price of entry,” she said. “They are all created by artists that you may or may not know. They sign the back and not the front, so it’s a surprise as to whose work you buy. It’s so much fun. And you can buy additional works of art for $50 apiece.”
Some of the local artists participating are Ruth Mordecai, Barbara Moody, Martha Wakefield, Jason Burroughs and Joan Bediz, among many others.
Thank you Gail McCarthy for the mention!  And best wishes Rocky Neck Art Colony for a very successful event!