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?
October 13, 2016 § 2 Comments
Opening Reception: Thursday October 13, 2016 from 6 to 8pm
Thayer Art Gallery at Thayer Academy-located in the lower level of Thayer’s Southworth Library 745 Washington St. Braintree, MA 02184
Thayer Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri|8am-3pm (when school is in session) During regular hours the gallery is locked-for access call security 617.371.5217
This exhibit highlights my career as an illustrator and artist in a timeline with personal selections of art and licensed products. Current pieces include digital, painting, mixed media and monotype printmaking.
Throughout my artistic career it has always been a journey of exploration and expansion. For years, as a student, designer, art director, illustrator and simply as an artist, my objectives always seemed like I was climbing to reach a goal, whether it was to perfect my skills, succeed at commercial assignments, run a solo business and, most importantly, enjoy the time allotted to me on this planet. My aspirations seemed to segue from one desire to the next while moving forward and still using strengths that I had learned in the past.
As an artist it seems like there’s always a bit of discontent and a desire to somehow make something better. There are so many masterful artists from the past and the present that it’s easy to become discouraged. In my mind I try to see the beauty in other art pieces and use it for inspiration in my own work.
Exhibiting my artwork is new for me as I have always been too busy creating art for corporate projects, editorial pieces and licensing to have time to get my work physically out into the world. This exhibit is a selection of pieces from the past 20 years that starts with the ‘Studio Wall’ which is a display of how assignments start with sketches and finished art and then translate to tangible products. Many of my newer pieces are still being licensed along with a large library of past art images.
So as I continue on my artistic path of discovery and creation right now I am taking the time to pause and reflect on the steps that have brought me to this moment.
-Donna Ingemanson October 2016
Special Thanks to Karen Koskores, Charlotte Nickerson and Image Resolutions.
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.
April 19, 2016 § Leave a comment
Monotypes are one of my favorite mediums that capture spontaneity and produce results that are very difficult to control. Currently The Monotype Guild of New England is hosting its Fourth National Juried Monotype/Monoprint Exhibit at the Attleboro Arts Museum in Attleboro, MA thru May 7, 2016. The exhibit was juried by Andrew Stevens, Curator of the Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Chazen Museum at the University of Wisconsin.
With over 100 prints included in the exhibit it represents a wide range of techniques and styles by contemporary printmakers and artists throughout the United States.
One of my favorite pieces in the exhibit is this hybrid print entitled Yotzumata by Koichi Yamamoto from Knoxville, TN. The impressive piece is a very large monotype with Intaglio Chine Colle and received the McClain’s Printmaking Award.
The Monotype Guild of New England is dedicated to the art of the unique print, it is a national, nonprofit organization that fosters understanding and appreciation of monotypes and monoprints. It sponsors exhibitions, workshops, and other special programs for its members and the public.
The Attleboro Arts Museum is located at 86 Park Street in Attleboro, MA. Hours are Tues – Sat, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Standard admission and parking are free. Donations are always appreciated.
March 4, 2016 § Leave a comment
Thru March 2016 the Coastal Printmakers have a special exhibit at The James Library and Center for the Arts. Printmakers were asked to choose a piece of artwork that inspires them and create a print with their own voice. The monotype that I have selected to be included in the exhibit is entitled Dynasty which was inspired by Cy Twombly.
Cy Twombly is known for his loose painterly marks that at first glance may appear to be naïve but after closer observation the viewer will be awakened to their sophisticated and poetic articulation.
This bookplate by Cy Twombly moved me with his love of paint. The textures and colors evoke a garden in bloom with a pureness and simplistic expression that also has depth and complexity.
OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY MARCH 4TH 6-8PM
Tues – Friday 1-5
24 West Street Norwell MA
December 11, 2015 § Leave a comment
Four of my original pieces are included in the Small Works Gallery Artists Exhibit in the Dillon Gallery at the South Shore Art Center thru Dec 20, 2015.
This exhibit/sale is in conjunction with the On the Edge National juried show.
A diverse collection of my original monotypes are currently on view and available for purchase at
November 13, 2015 § Leave a comment
It’s gallery season again in Eastern Massachusetts and there seems to be plenty of inspiring exhibits to visit. This past weekend the Boston Printmakers opened their 2015 North American Print at Lesley University College of Art and Design.
The exhibit is filled with a vast array of contemporary prints in a wide variety of printmaking techniques such as these Bloodline 40″ x 30″ monoprints by Marina Brownlow from Santa Fe, NM that greet you at the entrance.
The Biennial opening reception was last Sunday and was heartily attended by printmakers and their followers. It was a challenge to get up close and personal with the artwork with so many print enthusiasts. Drop by now through Dec 12, 2015 to have a relaxed engagement with the art.
There were several prints that were inspirational and, as usual, had printmakers speculating as to how they were created. One of my personal favorites was this monotype, linocut, chine colle, sewing, drawing entitled Distortions by Lina Monclus from Broward County, FL which received a Materials Award sponored by Gamblin Artists Colors.
Over the Charles River to South Boston is The Distillery that recently hosted an Open Studio where you can find a full creative community with a gallery of work by artists that occupy the building.
At The Distillery we were drawn to Rory Beerits who creates beautiful, organic jewelry and stylized animal sculptures made from wood and metals.
These Cedar Waxwings are unbelievably realistic but they are actually carved from wood and painted with acrylics by Larry Barth. The Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon in Canton MA currently has several of Larry’s bird sculpture’s on view through January 18, 2016. Even the branches are created with metal and then painted.
Whether you’re interested in contemporary or hyper-realism there’s plenty of art to see this Fall. Don’t miss the opening reception this Friday, Nov 13, 2015, from 6 to 8pm at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset which features the National Juried On the Edge and the Gallery Artists Small Works Exhibits. See you there.