Primary Colors Art Exhibition

I have often said that I love color, so the Primary Colors Arts Competition on www.lightspacetime.art seemed made for me, where at least one or more of the primary colors (red, blue and/or yellow) stood out as a primary artistic element in the artwork submitted. Now I am delighted to have won a Special Merit Award for Fantasy and Special Recognition for Steeplechase. There were 741 entries in the competition from 24 different countries around the world and 35 different states and D.C., so it’s an honor to be included among the award winners.

Fantasy

 

I painted Fantasy using old black and white movie posters from the 1930’s & 40’s of Loretta Young as my reference for the woman. I called the painting Fantasy, hoping it was ambiguous enough that some would think she is his fantasy and others think he is hers.

Steeplechase

 

I painted Steeplechase as a gift for my husband, who has great memories of his father taking him to George C. Tilyou’s Steeplechase Park in Coney Island to ride the mechanical ponies in a horserace, one of the highlights of his childhood.

 

The exhibition runs online through the month of July on http://www.lightspacetime.art.

Primary Colors Art Exhibition

I have often said that I love color, so the Primary Colors Arts Competition on www.lightspacetime.art seemed made for me, where at least one or more of the primary colors (red, blue and/or yellow) stood out as a primary artistic element in the artwork submitted. Now I am delighted to have won a Special Merit Award for Fantasy and Special Recognition for Steeplechase. There were 741 entries in the competition from 24 different countries around the world and 35 different states and D.C., so it’s an honor to be included among the award winners.

Fantasy

 

I painted Fantasy using old black and white movie posters from the 1930’s & 40’s of Loretta Young as my reference for the woman. I called the painting Fantasy, hoping it was ambiguous enough that some would think she is his fantasy and others think he is hers.

Steeplechase

 

I painted Steeplechase as a gift for my husband, who has great memories of his father taking him to George C. Tilyou’s Steeplechase Park in Coney Island to ride the mechanical ponies in a horserace, one of the highlights of his childhood.

 

The exhibition runs online through the month of July on http://www.lightspacetime.art.

Nature 2017 Art Exhibition

Out of Reach

 

I just received notice that Out of Reach was awarded Special Recognition in the Nature 2017 Art Exhibition at lightspacetime.art. I’m thrilled to have this endorsement of my work and the online exposure that it provides. I was looking for gallery representation in south Florida last year and found very little support for new artists and minimal compensation for the work. A business associate of my husband owned an art gallery in Manhattan with his partner and closed it last year, because they weren’t making any money. Looking at both sides of the coin, it seems to me that Light, Space & Time Online Art Gallery  represents the future of “affordable” art. It’s my honor to have been included in several of their competitions and exhibitions this year.

 

Putting Yourself Out There

Dancing With the Stars

Film Noir

I read an article about rejection last year that caused me to make a concerted effort to enter as many exhibits and competitions as I could that come through my emails and art publications and relate to my work. The premise, of course, is that rejection is the best thing that can happen to an artist, making us try harder to ultimately become better at what we do. So after being turned down from various exhibits in New York City, Hollywood, Fl, & Los Angeles, CA, I was thrilled to find that two of my pieces have received recognition in the Special Merit Award Category of the Figurative Art Exhibition at the Light Space & Time Online Gallery, chosen from 667 entries. All winning entries are now featured on lightspacetime.art for the month of April 2017; thereafter, the artwork will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives. The Special Merit Award artists are featured in this video in alphabetical order, so my paintings don’t appear until about 10 minutes in, but I think you’ll appreciate all the wonderful work here. I’m very proud to be included, and, I must say, I think acceptance feels ever so much better than rejection…

Dancing the Night Away

Dancing With the Stars

Dancing With the Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love dancing of all kinds and must admit that I’m a big fan of So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars. This last season of DWTS, just ended, featured more couples doing the Argentine tango than ever before and in spectacular fashion, particularly as the finals came closer. Not having painted the tango in over a year, the show inspired me to paint another pair of tango dancers, this time foregoing color for black and white. As in old movies, the black and white palette generates an atmosphere that you can’t achieve with color, and I thought it might be effective for a dance that creates a mood and tells a story. You be the judge…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance Art Redux

Topsy Turvy

Topsy Turvy

When I posted Polarized, in early May, I ended the blog with “More to come…,” so here it is at last, Topsy Turvy.  My dancer made it to the pole, as athletic as she was when she was approaching it, her lower body and abdominal strength in view, matching that upper body strength of the first painting.  

A shout out here to Whitney Browne for allowing me to use her gorgeous photos of these terrific athletes in action. Again, I was attracted to the sensuous curves of the dancer and the play of theatrical lights on her body…fun to paint! 

I have extolled the values of painting class before and was reminded of that the other day, when it was one of my painting friends who told me about the Brown University Poler Bears, a coed competitive pole dancing team with their own FaceBook page. If I ever paint another pole dancer, I might want to look for a male model…

Performance Art Redux

Topsy Turvy

Topsy Turvy

When I posted Polarized, in early May, I ended the blog with “More to come…,” so here it is at last, Topsy Turvy.  My dancer made it to the pole, as athletic as she was when she was approaching it, her lower body and abdominal strength in view, matching that upper body strength of the first painting.  

Polarized

Polarized

A shout out here to Whitney Browne for allowing me to use her gorgeous photos of these terrific athletes in action. Again, I was attracted to the sensuous curves of the dancer and the play of theatrical lights on her body…fun to paint! 

I have extolled the values of painting class before and was reminded of that the other day, when it was one of my painting friends who told me about the Brown University Poler Bears, a coed competitive pole dancing team with their own FaceBook page. If I ever paint another pole dancer, I might want to look for a male model…

BallenIsles Art Expo | 2016

The BallenIsles Art Expo | 2016 is open today through Sunday, showcasing the paintings, sculpture, photographs, woodworking, mixed media, needlework, paper art and pottery of eighty artists who live in this community. Given the opportunity to select only two of the paintings I’ve done this past year, I chose to exhibit Dancing in the Dark and Let’s Get Out of Here. Attending the lavish opening last night with some art loving friends, as always, I enjoyed the great variety of work displayed. Impressive…

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Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, Wherever You Are

Pipe Dreams

 

 

 

 

When I thought about doing another smoke painting, I decided to use a pipe as my source for some voluminous smoke and couldn’t help but choose what I and probably everyone thinks of as the pipe Sherlock Holmes smoked for my subject, if only because I love the look of it. It wasn’t until just now, trying to come up with something to post about my painting, Pipe Dreams, that I googled “Sherlock Holmes pipe” and found out that the one I painted is called a calabash and was first used by an actor playing Holmes on the stage. As soon as I saw “calabash,” I could only think of Jimmy Durante (google him, if you’re too young to have heard of him), who said goodnight to Mrs. Calabash after every performance. As mysterious as smoke… 

 

Ménage à Deux

Room 503

Room 503

I continue to be fascinated by the juxtaposition of two faces on a canvas, most recently in the act of telling secrets or whispering sweet nothings. If painting a single portrait is an intimate act, painting two people relating to each other goes far beyond that. Are they friends or lovers? Do they even know each other? All sorts of scenarios can be imagined as their faces take shape on the canvas. And when the painting is done, I get to choose a title that gives the viewer a sense of what I’ve been thinking…sweet…and, in this case, sexy.

Flesh of My Flesh

There’s something very intimate about painting portraits. The act of studying a face intently, reproducing its planes and contours on a canvas, seeing it emerge until your subject is looking back at you…is exceedingly personal. Many artists have fallen in love with their muses, but I contend that even painting from a photograph provides a connection between painter and subject that gives me, at least, that feeling of intimacy that informs the work.

My granddaughters have been frequent subjects of mine, always drawn from photographs. I’ve been painting them for the last fifteen years, completely smitten with them all. Lasa Grey is my son’s first child, about to celebrate her first birthday, and this is the second time I’ve painted her. The beautiful infant I couldn’t take my eyes off of last summer is growing and walking and giggling and delighting us all.

Spa Day

Spa Day

A Little Night Music

Dancing in the Dark

Dancing in the Dark

I usually paint my tango dancers on a colored ground, my focus being the image, not the setting. But over the last couple of years, my friend, Jeff Fay, a wonderfully talented young artist who specializes in architectural paintings (jhutchinsonfay.com), did a few night paintings—a convenience store, a gas station, an ice cream stand—that blew me away. I loved the atmosphere that black background created and thought it would work in a tango painting, enhancing the mood and highlighting the intimacy. It took me some time before I got to paint this, but I knew before I started that I would call it Dancing in the Dark.

Touch Blue

Make A Wish

Make A Wish

 

 

 

 

I’m a birthday person.  I’ve always been.  When I was a child, my family made a big deal out of birthdays, and when I blew out my birthday candles, they’d always tell me to make a wish and touch something blue to make my wish come true.  So when I thought about painting Make a Wish, the third time I’ve used smoke as my subject, and blew out my birthday candle, I knew I had to paint it on a blue backdrop.  But I won’t tell you what I wished for…

Blurred Lines

Shh..Don't Tell Anyone

Shh..Don’t Tell Anyone

 

I do love a painting class. There’s usually a teacher or two there, someone to engage you in a dialogue about what you’re doing, what you want your painting to be and how to get there. And when you step back from your own painting, as you must do and often, you are surrounded by other artists and the myriad of subjects that they’re painting. You learn so much from other people’s work! Sometimes it influences you; sometimes you might even steal something.

Almost a year and a half ago, I stopped by the Acorn Gallery during the Marblehead Arts Festival and saw Lexi Baliotis (getting married next week, she’ll be known as Alexis Kereakaglow) working on a painting of a girl on a beach.  I was completely enchanted by it—a back and side view that featured the girl’s ear in close up detail.  You could have reached out to touch that ear or at the very least whispered a secret!  So this year, I painted Shh…Don’t Tell Anyone with the image of Lexi’s ear in my mind’s eye.  I’d call that inspiration.