bursting with gratitude for scholarship to a lofetime opportunity at Penland School of Crafts in N.C
Its awkward to admit I forget to blog.
I know its a tool to help us connect, and I desire that, but entering on my keyboard, adding photos, tags- I forget to enter it all. I post on Instagram daily but I know not everyone uses that platform.
so many platforms...
I want to include anyone caring to know more about my work. Hang in with me! Ask me write me like me
I just forget to blog too
Big thanks to Arriviste Coffee Bar for hosting a terrific opening for my solo " Sympathy to Symphony"!
Got so busy, forgot to take pictures opening night, but here is the set up .
Solo show of new paintings celebrates Spring in color, flowers and landscapes.
Hanging at Arriviste
Im in process of moving to a bigger room for my studio. What joy to find older art I made and need to sell it. No more storing it. visit my shop :)
I have had this discussion brought up lately around me multiple times, so I thought to discuss it here. a gallery owner said that people don't buy portrait paintings unless they know the person portrayed.
I think about this a lot because I do not believe this could be rule. If it is, I want to make the exceptions
i love painting portraits and I need to explore how to get around this if its not welcome to buyers to see.
I began a series that plays with this theory, ill post on later.
My favorite portraits others have done are too good to care who is in them. Not just in technique Famous people do grab your attention, maybe an unknown person has to be great in other places in the painting to grab your interest in place of that
Is face recognition the grab? Does audience participation depend on a history with the figures inside the frame, or can a very good painting be worthy of purchase as a new experience with a stranger? -vcc
i created this two piece in my first years in Pittsburgh "long gone" is a two part piece art work included in a group show titled "Rust Belt Ruminations". (Painting & embroidered handkerchief) i am madly sentimental and enjoyed playing with the idea of our history. (cont below)
I excitedly studied things of Pittsburgh history after first moving here 15 years ago The paintings edge holds images of demolished buildings and areas once in Pittsburgh Most often, these were wonderful places! Vibrant lower Hill District, Luna Amusement park, Marketplace in Allegheny City (northside) ...etc painted in a swirl of steel mill smog , that although shockingly grotesque to us, I tried to capture my imagined its moody brooding beauty . all in a swirl.
Ironically, the art gallery this showed in is gone now too ;)
This painting was made in spirit of things that belong somewhere, yet still don't.
In my new venture as full time artist, I feel finally in my right place again. Yet sometimes I feel it looks something like this. Sure a ship belongs in water, but not all bodies of it.
I grew up at the oceanside, where Tall Ships came the summer I turned 10.
My father was a translator for the ship from France! As a perk, we went aboard their ship and attended a evening party under a tent filled with band music (and drinks, merriment). It is the only time I ever saw my parents dance together. They moved like the gliding of Fred and Ginger. A secret talent revealed! I will never forget it, even when everyone else has.
Have you ever heard a ship creak?
The painting title is a play on words ;)
Im positive a tall ship in this creek would creak.