January 16, 2017 § Leave a comment
Frida Kahlo at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida is an inspirational exhibit that spans the life of one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century. With a selection of 15 paintings, seven drawings, several personal photographs including a biographical video that depicts the life and times of the artist that explains the circumstances of Frida’s life that contributed to her artistic expressions.
The exhibit is designed as a timeline of the artist’s life. The arrangement of paintings, drawings and photographs starting with her devastating bus accident in 1925 when she was 18 that haunted Frida with pain for the rest of her life, meeting Diego Rivera who caused her much psychological agony along with her personal conflicts that are depicted thru her artwork.
This early painting of Alicia Galant was a friend of the family who lived nearby in Coyoacán is beautiful with a velvety quality to the paint application. Frida’s mother bought her paints while she was convalescing from her bus accident and she started to create portraits of people that she knew. This portrait painting was signed on the back: “My first work of art, Frida Kahlo 1927.”
Frida was a muse for an assortment of well known photographers throughout her lifetime including her father, Guillermo Kahlo. There are several photographs and videos sprinkled throughout the the exhibit.
This photograph reveals an uninhibited Frida posing for the photographer. Later on I discovered this image had been cropped from the original to disclose less of her nude figure.
There are several pages from Frida’s sketchbooks on display that reveal the spontaneity of her creative process.
‘My Nurse and I’ on canvas, 1937 depicts the memory when Frida’s younger sister Cristina was born and Frida was put under the care of a wet nurse who was an indigenous woman. In this painting the wet nurse has a blank expression of a pre-Colombian mask while Frida has the head of an adult and body of a child. Frida’s artwork takes on this type of symbolism after her miscarriage while living in Detroit with her husband Diego while he is working on a large mural commission. Her boldness in confronting her life struggles are astounding when seeing her artwork that’s revealing with a very personal and raw perspective. As Frida continued to paint it seemed like the medium was like writing for her, as the primitive symbolism evolved, technically her painting style remained consistent throughout her artistic journey.
It’s so rare to be able to enjoy an art exhibit dedicated wholly to this inspiring artist that I recommend going out of your way to visit this show. The Frida Kahlo exhibit is currently at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL thru April 17, 2017.
December 27, 2016 § Leave a comment
It’s the end of another memorable year and I’m currently working on a ‘clean canvas’ an looking forward to an experimental outcome ahead. In 2016 I had committed myself to three solo exhibits that kept me occupied with, not only new work but, sorting out the logistics of presentations and marketing in order to get folks to come and see the projects that I had invested so much time in. It seemed like I just finished with one show and I needed to plan out the next one. One tip that helped me get through all three shows is that I consistently create new work every week so that I am continually adding to my portfolio and thereby reducing the pressure of creating work for a specific show.
Right now I’m exploring and working on new projects and thinking about my transitions as an artist. Focusing on abstract mixed media pieces has been my passion lately as I work with colors and textures while exploring with marks and subtractive processes that will guide me to a finished piece. Paintings can be so unpredictable as to how they begin and when they are completed. Some come out fast while others are slow and have their moments of agony. Is this one finished or do I push further? Bold or delicate? Balanced or decidedly off-center?
For the past few weeks I’ve started several 6″ x 6″ panels in an effort to push the envelope with techniques and designs without the commitment of painting large. Each piece is a small study that allows me to relax and not worry about the outcome as much as I would with larger canvases which encourages me to take more risks. For now these studies are my daily exercises that fine tune my vision and are inspiring me to work BIG. It’s a luxury to just be able to relax and explore… What are your artistic habits?
June 10, 2016 § Leave a comment
June 17, 18 & 19th, 2016 are the dates for the South Shore Art Center’s Art Festival on the Green in Cohasset, MA. It’s an honor to be included with several other talented artists in the Juried and Members Exhibits under the event tents. It’s worth the trek to the South Shore as there are several activities that happen in conjunction with the festival such as musical performances, art exhibits and 90+ juried craft artisans. Fri, June 17, 1-7 Sat, June 18, 10-7 Sun, 19 Noon-5 Rain or Shine!
This piece entitled ‘Buddha’ was inspired by a solar plate etching that I worked on recently in black and white. It was transformed into a digital piece by combining photography and monotypes in photoshop. A framed, printed version is included in the Members Exhibit under the events tent during the Arts Festival and a canvas version is part of the Coastal Printmakers Exhibit upstairs inside the South Shore Art Center throughout the Summer.
Starting July 6th thru August 2016 my work is being featured in a Solo Exhibit at the Paul Pratt Library in Cohasset, Ma hosted by the South Shore Art Center. This exhibit will have a diverse variety of pieces that will all be recent artworks. The Opening reception is Friday July 15th, 2016 6-8pm. This exhibit is sponsored by my very talented friends at Image Resolutions in Norwell, MA. Please visit.
November 26, 2014 § Leave a comment
The Holidays are here already and, believe it or not, 2014 is coming to a close. Each year it’s been a tradition for myself and friends that appreciate creative integrity to make a yearly sojourn to the Local Pottery Open Studio that runs from Dec 5-30, 2014. The opening reception on Dec 5th, starting at 7 pm and goes to whenever, is a well attended event with an abundance of handcrafted pieces and lots of fine treats and potables. Lisa Howard is the owner and skilled potter who throws this Holiday Soiree that is not to be missed. This year Lisa moved her studio and gallery to it’s new location at:
376 Washington Street (Route 53)
Norwell, MA 02061
The Local Pottery gallery has an extensive collection of fine pottery and crafts from local and regional artisans that are carefully curated to ensure the highest quality and craftsmanship.
Look for a vast array of gorgeous pieces that will give your home spirit and joy. Each year I add something new to my collection and over time I have acquired several interesting pieces that pair wonderfully with my local foods from the Braintree Farmers Market.
Lisa has painstakingly designed her new space with custom made shelves and display cases that accentuate the earthy beauty of the products she offers.
Find something for everyone on your Holiday list, including yourself, at Local Pottery. Support this special place where you’ll find local creativity and fine craftsmanship by artisans where each piece is a one-of-a-kind original.
Local Happenings Dec 5th thru 30th, 2014:
Coastal Printmakers Small Works & Sale
The James Library and Center for the Arts
24 West St. Norwell, MA 02061
781-659-7100 | http://www.jameslibrary.org
Gallery hours Tuesday-Friday 1-5 | Saturday 10-1
Opening reception Friday Dec 5th 6 to 8 pm
Local Pottery Open Studio
376 Washington Street (Route 53)
Norwell, MA 02061
Tue thru Sat 10am – 6pm
Sun 12pm – 5pm
Mondays and evenings by chance or appointment. Closed December 5 until 7 pm for primping.
Opening reception Friday Dec 5th 7pm to whenever…
November 12, 2014 § Leave a comment
There are only a few days left to visit the Nick Edmonds exhibit at the Thayer Gallery in Braintree, MA which runs thru November 14, 2014. Edmonds is an award winning sculptor who has taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Milton Academy and Boston University where he is currently a Professor Emeritus.
This exhibits features several pieces by the artist that depict his fertile imagination and technical skills. Each piece is unique and yet has a stylized appearance that distinguishes them as a Nick Edmonds’ creation.
The sculptures are large and create abstract forms and on closer observation reveal carved and painted details of imaginary worlds.
Edmonds’ monumental sculptures are inspired by Japanese gardens and the idea of creating a wholeness of nature that can exist indoors. This inspirational show is beautifully arranged and curated by gallery director Karen Koskores. Visit the Thayer Gallery on the campus of Thayer Academy which features a diversity of artists and art mediums on the the South Shore of Massachusetts at 745 Washington Street Braintree, MA 02184.
July 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
It’s summer and no better time to take a trip to Cape Cod and gain some artistic knowledge while enjoying the sun and the sea. The timing finally came together for me to make this dream come true and I was excited to be taking a Process: Meaning & Making workshop with Deborah Dancy at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill.
Day one the assignment was to create a collage sketch from pieces of ephemera that Deborah had brought to get us jump-started. Books, magazines, coloring books all for the taking along with a little image transfer to boot. Our collages needed to be boiled down to only three to five pieces strategically designed to be the inspiration point for our finished pieces.
Our afternoons were spent toiling away with the intention to play with materials and force ourselves into the uncomfortable unknown with our art projects. Working with various pieces of papers, sticks, paints and tools like squeegees and paint rollers-anything was bound to happen.
Part of the process was connecting with the other workshop participants. It was the group consensus that we all pushed the boundaries and created pieces that were surprisingly personal and unexpected.
Deborah Dancy would give us focus and direction in the morning sessions by cutting our pieces, adding things and making comments. In the afternoons we were busy figuring out what she told us. By midweek things were moving along at a fevered pitch.
By the last day of our workshop the group had pulled together enough work for a critique and Deborah gave each of us a thoughtful commentary and direction. The outcome was extraordinary in the vastly different and unique pieces that were created.
By the end of our workshop we all felt challenged and excited about new possibilities for the future. The cat was out of the bag and we would never be the same again.
Each day I worked on a new painting collage based on the sketches that I designed earlier in the week. When it was time for my final critique I told Deborah that I felt like I wanted to work bigger. She promptly had my four pieces, with one upside down, tacked up together on the barn door to make one large collage that would measure 44″ x 60″. I’m inspired. Thanks Deborah.
June 26, 2013 § Leave a comment
Looking for affordable art? Visit the group printmaking exhibit entitled Under Pressure now on display upstairs in the Crossen Gallery (a hallway really..) outside the printmaking studio at the South Shore Art Center. Artists are always seeking ways to connect with their audiences in ways that may not be a traditional route. Two of my favorite movies are Beautiful Losers and Exit Through the Gift Shop. Both illustrate how artists’ work are validated in unconventional ways. Barry McGee, one of the artists featured in Beautiful Losers, currently has a more conventional exhibit venue at the ICA in Boston that inspires the viewer to appreciate art with a sense of humor and originality that supports the concept of taking a unique path to success. The Under Pressure exhibit at the SSAC in Cohasset, MA runs until further notice. Artwork is for sale directly through the artists without a commission fee. No frills, just art.