Sunday, June 28, 2015

Alla Prima Still Life Painting Sale

Add one to your collection

Rare Oil Sketches SALE- $125 Free shipping (in the continental US, Birmingham, AL area local pick-up or delivery, unframed. Sales tax applies in AL, USA)

email me at terrystr@terrystricklandart.com for arrangements.

Berries With the Red Striped Bowl, 6x8, oil sketch SOLD

This following quote is apropos for a post about Alla Prima painting, which is Italian for "at the first." 

“...she took her hand and raised her brush. For a moment, it stayed trembling in a painful but exciting ecstasy in the air. Where to begin?--that was the question, at what point to make the first mark? One line placed on the canvas committed her to innumerable risks, to frequent and irrevocable decisions--- Still the risk must run; the mark made.” 
                                                  ― Virginia Woolf, from To the Lighthouse

Lenten Roses in a Tiny Green Vase, 6x8, oil sketch SOLD

My studio work involves days, weeks or months working on each piece, the painting done in multiple layers, with continual adjustments until the original vision is realized.

Pink Lentens in a Burgundy Vase, 6x8, oil sketch

Alla Prima, on the other hand, is when you must capture the correct drawing, color, value and edge quality with each brush stroke. It makes an exhilarating painting process, and pleasurable pressure with every single brushstroke. So much fun! I hope the sheer joy in the mark making shines through.  

Avocado, 5x7, oil sketch on cradled canvas SOLD

Pink Lentens in Green Glass, 6x8, oil sketch

 
Burgundy Pansies in a Cobalt Vase, 6x8, oil sketch

Give me an email terrystr@terrystricklandart.com, strcklnd@bellsouth.net or a phone call (205) 529-9859 if you'd like to add one to your collection today. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Alla Prima Still Life Workshop

I'm teaching a workshop Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Shelby County Arts Council in Columbiana Alabama. All skill levels are welcome. The workshop is almost full - just a couple spots left. You may register HERE. 


Alla Prima, quick sketch paintings done in a single session, is an art form unto itself. Here's a sneak peek at some in-progress pictures of the type of small,  jewel like paintings we'll be doing.
Basic block-in
See more pictures and information below the break.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Etiquette for Artists and Their Nude Models

I've been asked recently for some guidelines for appropriate artist's behavior when working with models in a life drawing group. This is what I came up with.

Rules for Artists:

1. DO NOT touch the model, NO exceptions. No touching is a cardinal rule, not to be broken, ever. This rule also applies to artists when working with models privately for life drawing or photography sessions.

2. DO NOT photograph the model and do not ask the model if you can take a picture. A model may feel obligated to say yes because you are paying them, so it's best to not even ask. Make a separate appointment for photography because when an artist's model does photographic modeling, they make at least two to four times as much per hour as live models. Photographers/artists should have a model release specifically stating the intended use of the photographs.

3. DO NOT chat with the model when he/she is modeling. Conversation is distracting for the model and your fellow artists.

4. DO NOT make comments about the model's body.

5. DO NOT invade the model's personal space.  This includes sitting on the model stand any time the model is on it, five feet away is a good starting point.

6. DO NOT ask the model personal questions such as their last name, where they live, etc.

7. DO NOT ask the model out on a date. 

8. DO NOT allow non-artists to wander through the room. 

9. DO NOT remove your clothes when the model does. I bring this up because it happened in one of my drawing classes when I was a college student.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

"It's a Man's World" New Painting

It's a Man's World, 16x20, oil on canvas over panel
I wanted to explore further the idea of disguise, in this case donning on a man's persona. How would the world be changed if everyone could put on a mustache and instantly be equal?

There is whimsy and humor in this piece but for me there is a deeper thread about gender equality. My favorite works of literature, music or art can make me laugh and cry because life is funny and poignant.

Click Read More below to see details of the painting.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Terry Strickland Oil Painting Class

I have one spot open in my ongoing painting class at Forstall Art Center, here in Birmingham, AL.

Here is some basic info about the class:
WHEN: Tuesday mornings, 9:30-12:30. Forstall Art Center

FORMAT: My knowledge is your knowledge! I use a one room school house type class, where there are students of varying skill levels. This approach seems to work well, as everyone gains when hearing critiques from each others work. Those back to basics concepts that we continually revisit help strengthen everyone's work.

There will be demos and exercises working from still life or photographs, occasionally we have a model. These will focus on using oil paint to create the illusion of reality and in general every aspect of the drawing and painting process. It's amazing the things you can create when your "artistic skills" tool box is full of many tools! The class is small enough that you'll get feedback one on one while everyone is working on their own paintings. The good thing is it's always fun!

PRICE: $200 for six classes. (plus one make-up if you have an absence during the six weeks)
~The class will be paid for in 6 week segments, with one make-up class allowed. 
~Class size will be limited to 8
~The class will run continuously.

I also teach an afternoon class that is currently full with a short waiting list. Maybe my B'ham art types are sleepy heads.
You may email me at strcklnd@bellsouth.net if you are interested or have any questions. Or call me at 205 529-9859


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Women Painting Women 2014 Art Show Catalogs


Learn more about the Women Painting Women blog, my posts about the Pay It Forward show brought to you by Women Painting Women, and WPW: 5th Annual and Juried International Show at Principle Gallery Charleston and Matter Deep Publishing.

Women Painting Women: 5th Anniversary & International Juried Show
82 pages, published 8/15/2014
Women Painting Women: 5th Anniversary & International Juried Show, Principle Gallery Charleston, Exhibit Catalog, 2014

Pay it Forward
48 pages, published 8/15/2014
Pay it Forward, Principle Gallery, Exhibit Catalog, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Women Painting Women and Pay It Forward

Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA presents Pay It Forward: 2014

Five years after the first Women Painting Women blog began, the WPW concept is alive and well.

Matter Deep Publishing Catalog: Preview or Buy.
Cover painting by Mia Bergeron
The scope of the movement is evolving with this year’s exhibits:

~Pay It Forward, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA, is an exhibition in which the group and gallery are further pushing the ideals of WPW. New artists have been nominated to exhibit, all painting genres highlighted, and 10% of sales will go to a charity of the collectors choice, thus engaging artist, gallery and collector in the act of paying it forward. You may see a preview of the show HERE.

Excerpt from Principle Gallery exhibit statement from the catalog:

In 2014 we will continue to celebrate the modern female artist, and this year we chose to highlight works touching on all genres: figurative and portraiture, still life, as well as landscape.  This incorporation of new subjects allows for us to fully display the mastery of talent that can be found in today’s female artists.  Using the title Pay it Forward, we want to highlight the new artists who have been invited to show with us for this iteration of WPW shows.  Some of the original artists and those from (R)evolution  have paid their “place” in the exhibition forward to a new name, which allows the group’s membership to grow and thus further promotes exposure and recognition of women as painters. 


Excerpt from the catalog, exhibition statement by Alia El-BermaniCo-Founder of Women Painting Women:

We are hopeful that the cumulative effect of this Pay it Forward exhibition inspires others in the art world and beyond to build a better, stronger community of artists. As the saying goes, “a rising tide lifts all boats.” Increased awareness of and appreciation of our fellow artists – built by sharing opportunities – will help foster a generous, supportive, and collegial art world.  

I'm so pleased to have two pieces in this show.
Fire, Earth, Air, and Water, 16x16, oil on panel (More about this painting later.)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Women Painting Women: 2014

I'm so pleased to have a painting in the Women Painting Women: 5th Anniversary and International Juried Exhibit at Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC. Opening Sept 5, 2014, 5-8 pm.

Here's a preview of the show.

Matter Deep Publishing has produced a gorgeous catalog available through MagCloud.

Buy it: WPW: Principle Gallery Charleston, SC  2014 Catalog

Gnosis,  21x32, oil on canvas over panel
My model was fellow artist Cindy Procious. And here are a few details:

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Grafitti Artist Inspired My Latest Painting

The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls and whispered in the sound of silence.
            ~Paul Simon, Sound of Silence, written in February 1964

A Poem in Four Letters, 24x29, oil on canvas over panel
Thank you stranger, for writing, in 1964, those four letters on the NYC 5th Ave subway station wall. Those letters inspired the penning of Simon’s song and circuitously, 50 years later, my painting, A Poem in Four Letters.

Here’s the inspiration timeline:

-In 1964 a wall writer slashes a four letter word on a subway wall in NYC at the 5th Avenue station.
-Simon and Garfunkel have a photo shoot with the poem in evidence in the background for their ‘Wednesday Morning, 3 am’ (1964) album cover.
-In 1966, Paul Simon’s writes and records, with Art Garfunkel, Poem on the Underground Wall.
-I fall in love with the song sometime in the late 1970’s.
-In 2003 my daughter hears the song for the first time and thinks the four letter word poem is love. That moment sticks with me.
-In 2014, I paint Poem in Four Letters about my model’s alter ego, the song and my daughter’s reaction to it. 

A question I enjoy asking people ever since doing my Incognito Project painting series and book about it, is Who is your alter ego?

A friend and favorite model wanted to be portrayed as a graffiti artist. He and I discussed various ideas as to what he should be painting.


I knew that I wanted the message to be something up lifting. After hours spent googling, I realized that there are many visual symbols for hate, but not a singular one that was synonymous with love. That was a sad revelation to me. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fast Lane at Principle Gallery Charleston

Check out and subscribe to Principle Gallery's new YouTube Channels! They'll be adding videos, like this one of Fast Lane in progress, from their other artists and events.



Here are the links for the Alexandria and Charleston locations. One more sampling below, is a time lapse video of Teresa Oaxaca's recent live painting demo. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Paintings Reveal a Geek Artist

I'm so pleased and honored to have work in the June issue of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. It contains an ad for my work that includes three paintings: Day Star, Silver Flower and Near the Tannhauser Gate.

The work is available through Principle Gallery, Alexandria and Charleston locations.
I'm afraid these titles reveal my geek side a bit. The women are painted as allegories for day and night, but that seemed a tad boring as titles so I went looking for something more poetic. Day Star and Silver Flower are Lord of the Rings references to the sun and moon. 

Day Star, 11x14, oil
And a few details:

Super close-ups are a great record of the artist's journey through a painting. I was paying close attention to the color temperature shifts in the skin here. I'd decided that the light is predominately cool and the shadows are mostly warm with a slight cool reflected light on the far side of the face. This thinking helps to solidify a plan of attack when choosing which colors to use and where to use them. 

Click Read more to see other detail shots and painting tips:

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