I was delighted to open this email yesterday from See|Me at http://www.see.me.com. Since I was unable to be in New York for the event, I had to wait until now to see which of my entries had been chosen. I was honored to see that Reach made the cut.
Dear Nancy Satin:
It’s been an honor to show your work as part of The Affordable Art Fair. Your work was on view on March 27th – 31st, 2019 at: The Affordable Art Fair, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011. Without question, the act of creation has always been a historical marker; a civilization’s culture is judged first and foremost by the art left behind. Just as archaeologists offer hypotheses about ancient societies based on cave paintings, historians of the future will base their conjectures about us on the contemporary art that is happening at this very moment. As technology makes our world more interconnected, the act of creation has become a universal language and a vital conversation. Your art represented at the annual Affordable Art Fair is a thrilling contribution to that dialogue. Thank you for sharing your talent with us and with the world.
My husband and I have been blessed with six beautiful grandchildren; our daughter has three daughters, and our son now has two daughters and a son (the prince amongst those five princesses). I’ve painted each of our granddaughters several times, so it’s no surprise that our one and only grandson, Teddy Grey Satin, named for his paternal grandfather, Teddy Satin, is my latest subject. Since I’ve painted each of his sisters, Lasa and Mila, as infants held by their mother, I thought I’d paint baby Teddy with his father this time. There’s something about a man with a baby…
Good news for the new year came from Light Space & Time Online Gallery today. I entered their 8th Annual All Women Art Exhibition, and Diva won a Special Recognition award for outstanding art in the Painting and Other Media category. The gallery received 909 entries from 24 countries from around the world, including 37 states in the U.S., so I am honored to be including among so many talented women.
You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t posted since October 18, a significant date for me and my husband, since that was the day we accepted an offer for our house in Swampscott. We only had two months to clean out and pack up the home we’ve had there for almost 45 years, so painting and posting had to take a back seat for a couple of months until we closed and moved to our condo in Florida. Recovering from the stress and labor involved in such a big move has been a challenge, but I’m just about ready to resume my life and get back to painting again. Look for a painting of my son and his son soon, as well as several black & white studies…
With Flame, I have completed my tenth painting using the painterly photography of Whitney Browne as reference (www.whitneybrowne.com). In her series, Dance for the Photographic Eye, I came across a portrait of a dancer, Raul Acanda, and knew I wanted to paint him. I did what I do: chose a big canvas, cropped the image, focused on his upper body and aspirational pose and called the painting Reach. I spent the summer on another couple of paintings but kept being drawn back to Whitney’s photograph, so I decided to use Raul as a model again to paint the source of his strength…his fulcrum…his lower body. The two paintings will be hung together side by side.
Until I started the painting, I didn’t realize how blatantly sexual it would be. The very size of the 40” X 40” canvas puts the image in your face. Titles suggested by some of my paint people and my husband included The Package and Red Hot, while a more esoteric friend thought Golden Ratio would work. I settled on Flame for a few reasons: he is red hot, like a flame; a flame is a source of heat; a small flame can set a big fire. Once again, people who passed by the studio and saw me painting him had their own commentary, usually accompanied by snickering. Quite a physical specimen, Raul…you should probably be the one snickering.
I subscribe to an arts organization called See.Me that specializes in providing online profiles for artists to display and promote their work and holds real-world exhibitions every few years. Last week, See.Me featured Rising Again in Volume 4 of Art Takes SoHo on their website, directing viewers to my website when they click on the image. It’s very gratifying to be included in a juried show with artists from all over the world.
For a variety of reasons, some too personal to share and others just a matter of geography and busy lives, my husband and I met our niece Jenny’s daughter, Ava, for the first time last winter and saw her again in April. She’s five now, a beautiful little girl with a big personality who completely beguiled us. I couldn’t help myself; I had to try to capture that twinkle in her portrait…
How delightful to end a relaxing holiday weekend with the news that Reach won a Special Merit Award in the Painting and Other Media category of the LightSpaceTime Online Gallery Open Art Exhibition for September 2018! The gallery received 702 entries from 31 different countries from around the world, as well as from 39 different states, and I am honored to be included with 64 other artists in this category. You can enjoy a slide show of this exhibition on lightspacetime.art by clicking on the thumbnail image on their website, which will then display larger images.