This month I have one new painting on display in the State of the Art Gallery. Sarasota Sunrise #1 is a small, 12×16 landscape done with acrylics. In February 2014 Andrejs and I took a respite from winter, visiting a friend in Sarasota, Florida. It was a delightful location, with a stream and a broad expanse of savanna (a golf course) in back of the condo. I got up at dawn almost every morning and did a painting of the sunrise from the lanai, which is the Gulf Coast term for veranda. I experimented with a different approach to using the acrylics. Using water and retarder, I made them much more fluid than usual, which freed them to flow much more with the brush strokes. Working over many days built up the rich color in these paintings. This is the first of this series to be exhibited. Stand by for more in coming months.
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Here is a video snapshot of the Thru-Lines show at State of the Art for those of you who want a preview or are too far away to come and see it in person. The color is off, in some ways, but it gives a taste of what’s up for August. You can pause to see an individual painting by giggling the space bar key.
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Jane Dennis + Diana Ozolins + Terry Plater
State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca New York
August 3 – 28, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday August 5th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM
For writers, a through line (or thru-line) is a connecting theme or plot in a movie, play, or book. It is a constant driving force that can take on a new dimension, shed another, or even make a detour all while maintaining a forward-moving trajectory. Applying this concept to art challenges one to articulate, visualize, and even problematize the driving force—the unwavering given – that defines one’s trajectory as an artist. Whether explicit at the outset of a career, evident incrementally in the details, or apparent only in hindsight, it is there: a thru-line defines the philosophical and material integrity of an artist’s work over time.
THRU-LINES at State of the Art Gallery offers both artist and viewer the opportunity to engage the creative trajectory in the individual artists included in this show. It also allows the viewer to discover and contemplate cross-references in the totality of the work on view.
Dennis, Ozolins, and Plater each present a series of paintings which shows their development of artistic intent.
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This month I am exhibiting the first of the plain air paintings of this season in the SOAG Salon
.This has been an unusually busy spring, so I haven’t been painting out and about as I would ordinarily. Among other things, I have had to discipline myself to stay in the studio long enough to finish the abstract color exploration series, and the four Ibis paintings. However, I did get out with a group of painters, on what turned out to be a blustery day with drizzle on and off, to a beautiful spot – Belle Canto Farm – owned by the sister of one of the painters. We had to to paint in shelter, and I chose to stand in the feed shed, a wonderful red structure, which contrasted with the fresh young green of the grass, and filled with an assortment of boards and odds and ends.
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During the month of May, the State of the Art Gallery presents new work from all of their members. It is an eclectic show with painting, photography, digital works, sculpture, mixed media, and video. I will be exhibiting three of the four panels in my Ibis series: Five White Ibis diptych, and White Ibis Group (4 adult and 1 juvenile). I started these paintings in spring of 2014 after a trip to Key West, where I saw these stunning birds for the first time. During that first spring, I realized that I had a good composition, a pleasing landscape, but lacked enough experience with these birds to finish them in a compelling way. I was not aiming for a
scientific avian illustration, but a convincing painting of birds as we see them. I do want them to feel right. I made two more trips to Florida in the succeeding years, Each time I had many opportunities to observe, photograph, and sketch. Each time I returned to my studio better equipped to continue refining the figures, I am pleased to finally be able to share them.
The show opens on Wednesday, May 4, and runs till the end of May, There will be a reception on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 5-8.
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