Thursday, March 29, 2007

Villages of the South of France

Languedoc Village #6, acrylic on cut wood panel, 17" x 15".

This petite work is from the Villages of the South of France series. A number of works from the series were acrylic on cut wood panel - this is the smallest. The cut wood works are hung slightly away from the wall to create an interesting shadow behind them, as seen in this photo of the work as it hung on the gallery wall at the Firehall Centre for the Arts during the month of February.

Friday, March 16, 2007

With Sturdy Shoes: She Pays It Forward

This work is the last painting (to date) of my With Sturdy Shoes series. I finished it just last week in time to submit it and 2 other works as entries into the 6th annual artSpacific juried exhibition. I was very pleased to receive a letter from the show Chair today confirming that all three works have been accepted into this mid-April to early May exhibition, billed as "an impressive coming together of artists from many communities in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island."

The other two works are Three Women, After Picasso, and Child Holding a Dove, After Picasso (see previous posts).

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Friday, March 09, 2007

Three Women

Here's the Picasso-inspired painting I've been working on for several weeks - as you can see, I've added quite a few details and finishing touches since my last post on this work (scroll down a few posts). I've finished it just in time to enter it into a local juried show - cross your fingers for me.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Illustration Friday - HIDE

With her biggest secret behind her and nothing else to hide, Jane felt remarkably light and free.

This is my submission for IF, and I do believe I have covered (or uncovered) more than one definition of the theme word here.

This wee 8"x 10" acrylic on canvas painting is based upon a figure in Picasso's 1920 oil and charcoal on wood piece, 'By the Sea'.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Communicating with Picasso

This is the work currently stationed on my easel - three quarters finished. Thank goodness it snowed heavily last night: I'm supposed to be hanging this and the other works in the series today, but I have a few days reprieve thanks to the downy layer sent from heaven. I'm thoroughly enjoying working on this Picasso influenced series, reinterpreting the great man's works in my own style ... well, actually, in this particular work my style is greatly overshadowed by the overwhelming power of his style, making my painting more of a pastiche than a reinterpretation. This is a 30"x 24" acrylic on canvas, echoing Picasso's 6'8"x 68 1/2" oil on canvas monumental work entitled Three Women at the Fountain (Spring). The original is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is from Picasso's neo classical period during which he painted large, heavy-looking figures in timeless, classical poses. These three women are gathered at the spring to collect water and to COMMUNICATE with one another, and as COMMUNICATE is Illustration Friday's current theme, this my submission.