Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lend Your Voice to Women Painting Women Using Thunderclap

Hey friends and fans of the Women Painting Women movement, Principle Gallery and Matter Deep Publishing, would you care to show your support with a tweet, facebook or tumblr post?

Have you heard of Thunderclap? I hadn't either until a few days ago.

Thunderclap is a crowdfunding service where backers pledge social media posts, not money. By signing up you are adding your social media clout to projects that you believe in.

Matter Deep Publishing's Amy Leigh Strickland is running TWO in support of the WPW movement, the 5th Annual & Juried International WPW show at Principle Gallery Charleston, the Pay It Forward show at Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA and Matter Deep's show catalog produced by Carly Strickland.

This is a screen shot of my pledge. All the buttons will be red when you first sign on,
and turn gray after you have agreed to share with your various social media sites.
I don't have a twitter account so I can't share there.
When you pledge, Thunderclap will automatically post the blasts on the various social media on Sept 5 at 12:00 pm.

This is a screen shot of my pledge. All the buttons will be red when you first sign on,
and turn gray after you have agreed to share with your various social media sites.
I don't have a twitter account so I can't share there.
We ask you to pledge your Tweets, tumbls, and Facebook posts to share the Women Painting Women, the Pay It Forward shows and the catalog previews. On September 5, IF we get 100 people on each Thunderclap, the posts will blast out at the same time, making a big BOOM! of social media chatter.

Click on both of the graphics above or this link and this link and follow the directions to add the power of your social media connections to get the word out about the shows and catalogs!

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.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Alla Prima

I'm practicing for another Face Off live painting demo. This time at Principle Gallery's Charleston location, April 4, 2014, 5-8pm. I'll be painting alongside Rachel Constantine and Alia El-Bermani from the same model. The event is free and open to the public. Please stop by and see us!

This is a painting I did last week. I thought everyone might enjoy seeing a few shots of the piece in progress. This is an alla prima process which means that it was painted in one sitting. Alla Prima is Italian and literally means "at once." I apologize for the less than adequate iPhone images.

This was after one 20 minute session. I try to get the head the right size, decide the placement of the features and notice the areas of shadow and light. I'm blocking in with burnt umber slightly thinned with my medium mixture of linseed oil/OMS in a 60/40 ratio.
Next I continued working on the umber shapes. I rubbed out the reflected light with a T-Shirt. I blocked in the light areas noticing the peculiarities of the shapes, and varied the color slightly where I saw big changes.
During this session I continued making adjustments to the shadow and light shapes. I brought the hairline down and worked on the shape of the face. Between this step and the final I had one more session that I forgot to shoot :(
Meghan in a Cool Mood, 20x16, oil sketch on canvas board.
All told, it was a 3 hour model session. With breaks, we had five 20 minute sessions of actual time with the model.

Alla Prima Pros:
Alla prima painting is an entirely different style of painting than my studio work. I highly recommend it. I think it's fun, exhilarating and it has made me a better painter. It improves confidence with a brush and decision making, because, let's face it, there's no time to ponder a particular shade of pink! Just get something down that is close and move on.

Time Distortion:
One very strange thing I've noticed about these sessions is that the first 20 minutes seems very long, and with each successive session, time seems to go faster and faster. It's a very strange phenomenon because the feeling is so pronounced. I'm used to getting "in the zone" while I work but it feels different. Maybe it's because the timer's interruption causes artificial breaks rather than times when I'm naturally coming out of the zone, like bathroom or food breaks or some body part or another has gone to sleep.

The time passing faster is a lot like life, isn't it? Time seems to pass faster all the time as we age and it's the same with the life of each of these little sketches.

Other tid bits:
~The canvas is Frederix Belgian Linen Paint Board.
~It was stained with an acrylic wash in burn umber.
~I use almost exclusively Rembrandt oil paints, and Silver & Rosemary brushes.

I invite you to follow me on Tumblr and on InstagramClick Alla Prima to see my other posts on the this fun subject.

Enjoy! See you in Charleston. 


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Art Facts That Makes You Go Huh?!!!


Yeah, this happened.

The painting (bottom image) is The Night Watch, by Rembrandt van Rijn, 1642, Oil on canvas, 142.9"×172.0", located in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

The top image is a 17th century copy with indication of the areas cut down in 1715.

According to Wiki:

In 1715, upon its removal from the Kloveniersdoelen to the Amsterdam Town Hall, the painting was trimmed on all four sides. This was done, presumably, to fit the painting between two columns and was an all-too-common practice before the 19th century. This alteration resulted in the loss of two characters on the left side of the painting, the top of the arch, the balustrade, and the edge of the step. This balustrade and step were key visual tools used by Rembrandt to give the painting a forward motion. A 17th-century copy of the painting by Gerrit Lundens at the National Gallery, London shows the original composition.

I discovered this Art Fact That Makes You go Huh?!!! while researching for a previous blog post, Tableau Vivant.  Enjoy!

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