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:

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Celebrating the Portrait as Fine Art

I'm so pleased to have work showing at Haynes Galleries, in their Thomaston, Maine location. The show includes many artists who's work I admire, respect and drool over. The Celebrating the Portrait as Fine Art  exhibit will be up through July 26, 2014.
Haynes Galleries, Thomaston, Maine
Enlightenment, 24x24, oil on panel, Building a Life Series
Click read more to see details, and an article about the show.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Women Painting Women 2014 Call for Works

Two galleries are hosting Women Painting Women shows this fall.

The first call for work, with a deadline coming up fast later this month is from Principle Gallery-Charleston.

The second is from Richard J Demato Gallery in Sag Harbor, NY. He has a call for work with a swiftly approaching deadline later this month too.

I still believe in this very important mission and am inspired by the work and the artists that have been shown as a result of the group.

So check them out and see if you have appropriate work to submit. Good luck!

You may find more information about the group on any of my posts or on the WPW blog. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How to Varnish an Oil Painting

I use Gamvar varnish and a Liquitex Freesyle brush, 4 inch.

Prior to Gamvar I do one very thin coat of Galkyd, thinned a bit with OMS. This acts as a first coat of varnish but but is actually a medium and will bond with the paint layers of the painting.

It can still be painted back into if you see something that needs work and allows you to continue to modify the painting. It evens out the sunk in (dull) areas of the surface so that it will take the varnish nicely.

Here's a video I made of the Gamvar varnish application.

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