"Winter" by Patti Roberts-Pizzuto
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Acrylic on recycled coffee sleeves
Mixed media and lovely pomegranate
Much to do today in preparation for my daughter's homecoming, but I wanted to encourage you to stop back by soon as I will be featuring the work of a couple of wonderful artists in separate posts.
Simply gorgeous here in Portland. Hope all is well where you are. Thanks for visiting!!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
"Painted Drawing #6" by Joan McGuire
38" x 48"
Acrylic on canvas
(photo courtesy of the artist)
As promised, here are a couple of photos of Joan McGuire's show, "Painted Drawings," at Gallery 114 in the Pearl District of Portland. Her paintings, abstractions of fir cones on branches, were the main event (while my six mixed media works were tucked away in a small room in the center of the gallery). You can get a feel for the strength of Joan's paintings in these photos, but it's nothing like standing in front of them. They're very active paintings with rich hues, wonderful line quality, and multiple layers of generously applied paint. The oranges, for example, in "Painted Drawing #1" below, virtually radiate heat, while the varied deep, dimensional hues in several of her paintings recede rather mysteriously, beckoning the viewer to take a closer look. In addition to her paintings on canvas, Joan showed smaller diptychs on wood panels that featured abstract close-ups of the cones themselves, juxtaposed in some cases with silhouettes of the branches. (A couple of them appear around the corner in the above photo.)
"Painted Drawings #3, #1, and #4" by Joan McGuire
60" x 48"
Acrylic on Canvas
It was only after I had seen Joan’s show twice that I read her very interesting statement about the paintings, which follows:
"Using two branches of dried fir cones plus a number of ink drawings as source material, I have repeatedly drawn the forms in an attempt to grasp their complexity. Rather than culminating in homogeneity, the repetitive practice led to variations and abstraction, and became a fertile launching of a series of paradoxical pairings. And ultimately, it is the endlessly fascinating qualities of paint that are explored and relished. Applied with primitive tools like brushes, bits of cardboard and fingers; at turns thick with impasto or thin and drippy, paint remains the focus of the show."
To see more of Joan's portfolio of paintings, graphic design and illustration, visit her website. Her show, along with my "Remnants" show, will be at Gallery 114 through June 26. (Gallery info here.)
Saturday, June 5, 2010
"Remnants 1 & 2"
(....with flash spots, dark shadows, and all!)
It's Saturday morning and it's glorious in Portlandia, quite unlike this past Thursday evening when Joan McGuire's and my shows at Gallery 114 opened. The sky looked promising on that morning, but it began to rain an hour before the start of the monthly First Thursday art walk in Portland's Pearl District. Nevertheless, folks turned out and the gallery had great attendance. Joan's paintings looked fabulous on the walls of the main gallery (photos of that coming soon) and the Pozzi Room was perfect for my series of six mixed media works. It was a wonderful evening and I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with friends and the general public. Many thanks to those who sloshed through the streets to come to the opening!! (For anyone still thinking of going to the show, it will be up through June 26 and the gallery's open Th -Sun from 12 - 6.)
(Click to read a little about this work.)
"Remnants 3 & 4"
"Remnants 5 & 6"
Now it's time to focus on the domestic front, and also to get caught up with what all of you are doing. Definitely looking forward to reading Robyn Gordon, Sophie Munns, and Carolyn Saxby's blogs; all of which are visual feasts and treasure troves of informa-tion; and the latter of which has the most soothing New Age music (some with ocean waves, no less!)
Hope the sun is shining where you are! Enjoy!