Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Paintings: Abstracts!

Last month, I played with the idea of approaching abstracts much in the same way I approach portraits.  A simple form that fills the space in a beautiful way. 

"Opening" Acrylic on 8 x 10 inch wood panel.

"Unfolding" Acrylic on 10 x 10 inch wood panel.

This one I placed in an reversed wood panel to create a frame:

And a few little ones:

"Inward Flow" Acrylic on 3 x 5 inch wood panel.

"At Rest" Acrylic on 4 x 4 inch wood panel.

"Wrapping Yellow" Acrylic on 3 x 5 inch wood panel.

You can find all of these in my shop.

Coming soon, more pieces with the same ideas but this time paintings of things in nature...

Monday, March 9, 2015

Eco Icon at Compass Gallery

"Opal Whiteley"  Acrylic on 10 x 10 inch wood panel.

This little painting is on display in the "Eco Icon" show at the Compass Gallery until the end of March in Salem, Oregon.  The gallery asked for pieces inspired by nature, environment, or people who are or who we might consider environmentalists.  I painted Opal Whiteley who grew up in Oregon, wrote and lectured about nature, and became famous for a diary she allegedly wrote as a child that was particularly mature for her age at the time.  She also claimed to be the daughter of a prince, but was raised by a family in Oregon.  A fascinating woman you can read more about her here.

A reception for the show will be the same night as the night of Open Studios of which my studio is a part, this Thursday, from 5 - 7 p.m.  The gallery is on the first floor of the building, the studios on the second.  There will be other activities and an artist demo so it should be another fun night.  Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend this time due to a family event, but I have visited the show and I recommend checking it out.  Lots of fun pieces, environmentally inspired, all 10 x 10 inches.

Some more information:

(I am so honored to have my piece be one of the paintings on the card for the show!  I think the colors look more true to the piece on the postcard than in the photograph I took.  A slight change of light can make all the difference.)