“I like working with different materials. Different materials lead to different solutions. Different materials make you think differently. So my work is varied.
I work in oils outside in the sun and wind...and paint landscapes.
In the printmaking studio I work abstractly with monotype and create detailed creatures with etchings.
I work abstractly in black and with with yupo and ink.
I look forward to the days when I find myself moving things around without really knowing what's happening. I always marvel at writers who describe their characters taking on a life of their own...how they don't know where a story is going. I feel much the same about making pictures. It's a crapshoot. When it's going well it's great...much of the time it sucks...a slog through mud. But the days when it 'happens' are spectacular and keep me going.”
Local Artist Jim Wolcott.
“My current work has become quite complex in technique, texture and color. I have expanded my techniques and materials through constant experimentation and revision. Grids, both formal and informal, play an important role for me compositionally and emotionally. Making art is an anxiety inducing activity. Grids calm me and my paintings. I believe they ground my artistic instincts and allow me to more fluidly explore my visual interests.”
Not being a fan of words in art I am surprised by how much I love this work. Perhaps it’s that the words are imbedded in the image…that they work more as a texture…as a series of marks…than as a distraction.
Both a printmaker and painter, Freedman is deeply connected to the natural world. She frequently works in ‘suites’…like a series.
Happy 4th of July!!!
Childe Hassam was an American Impressionist. Some of his French Impressionist compatriots also painted flags. I have no idea why it became a ‘subject’. I don’t think it had to do with Nationalism… When I was a child…and even a teenager flying flags everywhere was not a ‘thing’. Being a patriot had nothing to do with flying a flag. Have a happy 4th!!!
When painting I try to portray my sense of wonder at the color, grace, infinite changeability, harmonies, and contrasts found in the country side around me. I now split my time between New Hampshire and our new home in Blue Hill Maine, where I observe with great concern the ever dwindling fields, farms, marshes, and forests that I grew up loving and taking for granted.
Through my paintings I hope to bring awareness to the irreplaceable beauty of this rural country and open Atlantic shoreline. These everyday scenes of marshes, meadows, forests, and farmland, so filled with sun and shadow, color, powerful contrasts, and overall natural grace, that I find so much inspiration in, are becoming increasingly rare.
Cole is a printmaker. Etchings and monotypes mostly. Printmaking is a lot about reworking. There’s a riskiness about it…a ‘what if’.
Assael lives in NYC. He teaches at The School for Visual Arts. These paintings are so skillfully painted. I think my favorite is the one of the firefighters on ice. The recent hearings in Congress with the impassioned plea from John Stewart make this image especially compelling for me.
I saw these on Facebook. Afghan women have traditionally created carpets. In 1979 as conflicts began in Afghanistan the rugs began to change…reflecting the times. These women are not acknowledged but that’s probably ok. Who knows what repercussions might ensue?
These artworks are made of strands of spaghetti. So maybe that’s kind of interesting…sorta. I do think the images are beautiful.
These are kind of lovely and a bit whimsical. I don’t need to ‘know’ anything…or read a long explanation…but…after looking at lots of images I wonder…is he kind of a one trick pony? Never mind. I’d enjoy sitting on a bench for a while.
I like the list of materials he uses- watercolor, conte crayon, graphite, charcoal, colored pencil. He has been working in Italy’s catacombs for a number of years. These drawings are the result. They feel like the result of an archeological dig!
Renowned artist and CalArts School of Art faculty member Charles Gaines has been named the recipient of the 2019 Edward MacDowell Medal in the Arts. This work is difficult for me to explain…it would take forever and I am not sure I get it. BUT…take a look. He works with numbers and grids..
Have you ever been to the MacDowell Colony? It’s the oldest art colony in the country. It’s right here in Peterbough NH! Once a year they open many of their little studios to the public as well as honoring an artist, writer, composer, poet, graphic artist…etc. It’s a fabulous way to spend the 2nd Sunday in August…this year August 11. Bring a picnic or buy one there. The event is free and open to the public.
I thought these were pretty fabulous! They do indeed look like Rembrandts or Caravaggios. I am delighted with the notion of honoring mechanics!
Here’s another series of paintings by Richard Bosman. These are paintings of several artist’s studios. I’ve included a work by each artist. Still kind of silly. Sort of comments on the artists through what their studios might have/ or did look like.
I love both his paintings and his monotypes. He says of his work…”I am interested in narrative and am drawn to images of foreboding.” I would add that there’s a good deal of humor in this foreboding. When I went to his ‘biography’ on his website there was nothing about him but his education. Never mind…the images do the work.
What draws me to make art is the possibility of revealing my unconscious through a visual manifestation. Painting seems more mysterious to me than ceramics. With ceramics it’s either object or air, the form is a fact. Sculpture is a bit unsettling to me, the obviousness of it, but that’s also why I’m drawn to it. The insertion of gravity into a vision is an interesting construct, the way the perimeter of a painting is an interesting construct.
Ranee works with layers. She adds and covers what she adds…and then uncovers again. Many of the paintings use the following materials… acrylic, shellac, gouache, spray paint, resin and paper collage on canvas.
She says of her process…Like pages from a journal each artwork is an exercise in pushing paint around to articulate a time capsule on canvas.
He lives and works in Chicago. Nice to see some work from someone inside the country instead of just on the coasts! Monaghan’s puffy paintings of views from inside to outside and the outside to inside seem a bit ominous …as though we are inadvertent ‘peeping Toms’. But then…they are full of cheerful color and fanciful forms…so we’re left a bit off balance.