My painting, River of Time, which responded to the poem of that name, is composed of 5 stretched canvas panels. In my previous post, I posted individual or paired images of the whole. Fortunately a fellow gallery member, Jan Kather took one very wide angle shot of this, which I am pleased to post here. Continue reading
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This is a good time to step back and reflect on my painting for the year 2015. The creative process depends on an interplay of action and reflection, and last year was definitely an time of action. Suffice to say, quite a lot of painting got done – I continued painting bucolic landscapes en pleine air, worked on two series of city and townscapes , and also experimented with color in an abstract way.
As January opened, I was continuing the series of French street scenes that I started in 2014 after a trip to Paris, St. Dionisy, and Montpelier. Architectural perspective was quite a stretch for me after the softer shapes of foliage and hills. I chose to use a brush, and a thinner application of paint than my usual palette knife empasto.
It was a harsh winter, so my husband and I spent almost two months in warmer places – first Florida, and later, Louisianna. We stayed with a friend in Sarasota, behind which was an ecosystem filled with all manner of wading birds, ducks, raptor, and song birds. I rose at sunrise every morning and did 12×16” acrylic on paper studies of the sun coming up over the Savannah, and studied the birds, sketching and photographing. I returned to Ithaca feeling like I understood more about bird anatomy, and was better equipped to resumed work on the four 20X20 and 18×24 paintings of white ibis groupings that I started the spring before, after a trip to the Florida keys, where I saw ibis for the first time. I completed the first of them, which contained both adult and juvenile birds foraging on the bank of a pond.
At the end of April we were on the move again, this time to Breau Bridge, Louisiana, in the Continue reading
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For the first two months of 2016, artists at the State of the Art Gallery will be showing works made in response to poetry. Sixteen poets were invited by Tish Pearlman, poet laureate of Tompkins County 2013-14, to present their poems to the artists, half of whom will show each month. I will be part of the first half of the members showing in January. This show runs from January 6-31, 2016. Reception on January 8, 5-8 PM. Poetry readings by the poets Sunday January 17 at 2 PM.
My paintings, in a series of 5 panels, is a response to “River of Time,” a poem using metaphors of landscape and season. Michael Jennings describes a moment in the fullness of love, mature and deep, and wistfully recalls the innocent but passionate promise of spring. Winter is never mentioned, but by its very absence, declares its presence looming. The seasons — and ourselves — change slowly, subtly, and mostly unnoticed until we realize that “No one comes back. No one steps twice in the same body.” These panels represent the continuum of time with its colors morphing from the fresh pastels of spring, through the golds of August, into the stark midnight blues and silvers of winter and old age and death.
I started with the 3rd or middle panel, which represents the present, and then moved to the 4th and 5th panels – the direction in which I am headed. Last, I did panels #2 and #1, in that order, thinking of the past. Come to the gallery and see them all together.
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Treman Marina, August will be included in ART OF FRIENDS 10 at the First Unitarian Society, 306 N Aurora St, Ithaca NY. The show runs March 12 – April 16, with a reception on Saturday, March 21 from 4-6 pm. This is the tenth year that Diane Newton has gathered together the work of her ever growing network of friends who are artists. It is an eclectic collection of diverse media and styles, and always a treat to see and be a part of. I painted this small boat scene last August at Treman Marina, and made some corrections in my studio afterwards. It was done entirely with palette knife.
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Well, I’ve been away for a while, meant to get this posted before leaving, then meant to post from the road, but managed to forget to bring along my thumb drive with the required images. I spent the last month in Florida, painting the sunrise In Sarasota and taking photos of exotic birds. Much fodder for new paintings. Oh, well. First things first: These two paintings are up at the State of the Art Gallery until the end of this month. They are part of the series that I did from August Through October around Cass Park and the Marina.
Secondly, I have two paintings of French street scenes from the series that resulted from my trip to Paris and the South of France last spring. They are hanging in Decorum Too in the Dewitt Mall and will be up for several months. I went with a group of painters, photographers, and a cyclist, organized by Terry Plater. We painted in the mornings, and toured various points of historical and/or artistic interest in the afternoons. I worked on these paintings in my studio, using acrylic sketches done on site, and photographs for reference.
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