12.21.2015

Journey

36 x 36 inches     casein and oil on canvas on panel (not yet mounted on panel in this image)

12.06.2015

Article: "Monet's Palette in the Twentieth Century: Water-Lilies and Irises" by Ashok Roy

I came across this article from the National Gallery Technical Bulletin, Volume 28, 2007 titled "Monet's Palette in the Twentieth Century: Water-Lilies and Irises" by Ashok Roy and wanted to share it:

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/upload/pdf/roy2007.pdf

 I have always been fascinated with the science and technical process of art making as well as the creative development of the artist over time.  The article confirms what I thought I observed in Monet's water-lilies compared to his earlier work.  The article talks about how analysis shows that Monet did a good bit of mixing his paint earlier in his career and probably worked more wet into wet.  Later, it appears that he used more pure color mixed with only white or one other color allowing passages to dry or almost dry before continuing.  To me, his water-lily paintings appear to be created in a similar way to how I approach pastel painting and what I aspire to achieve in oil.  Pure color is applied in thin layers without much mixing, allowing the previous layers to peek through.  To me, this is what makes his water-lily paintings ethereal and is a contact challenge for me.  The article compares his earlier and later work for technical purposes, but I think it is also speaking to Monet's creative development.  When I teach art, I tell my students that art is just a series of correcting mistakes.  You may become more technically proficient over time but I think artists are perpetual students.  This may even be part of the impetus behind why most artists feel that they must create.  Creating art is a constant challenge both technically and spiritually.  Knowing this, I wonder at artists I have been following for many years that are selling in galleries, and seem to be successful, yet their work still looks the same over many years.  To be fair, maybe a longer period of time is needed to observe natural change.  It seems most galleries don't want artists to change.  They seem to want artists to create a consistent commodity, except possibly the very high end, cutting edge galleries that seem to want shock, sarcasm, and irony which necessitates constant change.  But using Monet's work as an example, the fact that his work changed does not seem to devalue it and perhaps makes it more interesting.  You can see the depth of his and society's history through his development as an artist and that makes it all the more beautiful.

12.04.2015

Thanksgiving with Monet


Last week I had the opportunity to see some of Monet's water lily paintings at the Museum of Modern Art while I was in NYC for Thanksgiving.  They were breathtaking!

11.16.2015

Ann Connelly Fine Art Consulting

24 x 24 inches egg tempera and oil on wood
I'm pleased to announce that I've been added to the digital library/server at Ann Connelly Fine Art in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  As a part of their corporate and public works consultancy services, they have been involved in various healthcare projects including the Meditation Art Wall for the Healing Arts Program at Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center in Baton Rouge.  My work will be an option for possible inclusion on future projects, especially those involving healthcare and art therapy.   www.annconnelly.com

10.04.2015

Dogwood Shadow

18 x 18 inches     egg tempera, paper, wax on panel

detail

Small Mellifluous Grey 2

12 x 12 inches     egg tempera, paper, wax on panel

Mellifluous Turquoise Fade

18 x 18 inches     egg tempera, paper, wax on panel

Turquoise White Stripe

18 x 18 inches     egg tempera, wax on panel

Mellifluous Turquoise

18 x 18 inches     egg tempera, paper, wax on panel


Small Mellifluous Black 5

12 x 12 inches     egg tempera, paper, wax on panel

Small Mellifluous Black 4

12 x 12 inches     egg tempera on paper

Small Mellifluous Black 3

12 x 12 inches     egg tempera, paper, wax on panel

10.01.2015

Purple White Stripe + Creme

16 x 24 inches  egg tempera, paper, wax, on panel

Virginia Studio


I've been busy painting in my Virginia studio.  

 I am inspired by the flora and fauna just outside my studio windows.  The squirrels, chipmunks, birds, and butterflies have been busy flitting about:


 It is a little hard to see in this photo, but in the backyard of my studio there is a doll house built to look like the main house.  It is very charming with a covered porch, French doors, and the original collaged wallpaper of fairies sitting on mushrooms:

My Studio Assistant:

9.19.2015

Linen I + Diaphanous Sea + Linen II

18 x 54 inches     egg tempera, paper, wax on panels

Linen I

18 x 18 inches     egg tempera, paper, wax on panel



Linen II

18 x 18 inches     egg tempera, paper, wax on panel

Soft Grid

12 x 16 inches     egg tempera, paper, wax on panel

Amber Light


12 x 16 inches    egg tempera, paper, wax on panel


Solitude

12 x 16 inches     egg tempera, paper, wax on panel

Solitude III

36 x 36 inches     egg tempera, wax on paper - NFS

Solitude II

12 x 16 inches    egg tempera, paper, wax on panel

My Artwork Featured on the FSU College of Fine Arts Website

My artworks are the two directly in front of the person. I was looking for something on the Florida State University College of Fines Ar...