Monday, November 23, 2015

New Work: The John Project

"After The Laughter", 24 x 28", watercolor

"After the Laughter"  was created for an exhibition that will take place in 2016 at SPACE Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pa. It involves nearly 250 artists, all creating artwork based on the same person in different styles and media.

The person we are portraying is a man who was introduced to us as John. The artists could find out the backstory of John if we wanted or we could create a painting based solely on our impression of him during the life drawing and photography sessions.

I was told a little bit about John, but I chose to create a fictional story of a man recovering from a tumultuous early life to a more stable adult life. In the painting, the man is looking back on his life and memories with relief and humor. His face tells the viewer that he has survived and has stories of his own to tell.

The twist to the exhibition is that John will be the docent for gallery visitors. Without them knowing who he is, he will give tours of the show, adding his own personal insight to the artwork.

Monday, November 9, 2015

New Painting

"Bend But Don't Break", watercolor, 16 x 20" before framing

I was inspired by the dramatic pose of the dancer and the light from the window. I love the way it created lost and hard edges and a high contrast, so I wanted to play that up in the painting. My color palette is analogous blues/violets with a complement of yellow orange and a touch of red for the discord (accent) color.

Monday, October 12, 2015

New Studio Space

After months of purging, packing, and moving, (whew!) we have finally settled into our new home on the Northside of Pittsburgh, Pa. My studio space is tucked away on the third floor, away from the traffic and noise of the house. It will be much more convenient to clients and galleries as well as hosting studio tours.

Our new address is 1525 Garfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa 15212. Same phone and e-mail.

Here are a few photos of my new workspace:

Idea board with color studies

A view of downtown Pittsburgh

Monday, September 21, 2015

We're Moving!

You haven't heard a peep out of me recently, for good reason. I'm buried in boxes! For the past month we've been painting, spackling, packing, looking for things we just packed, moving, storing, and reassessing our belongings. Nothing makes you realize you've been hanging on to stuff for way too long like moving.

After 23 years of raising kids in the suburbs, we will be moving to a smaller place in the city, closer to downtown Pittsburgh, the stadiums, and plenty of art galleries. I will be back in touch very soon.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Upcoming Shows

Now that "upStage" is winding down, it's time to turn my focus to upcoming shows. I've spent the week packing and shipping off my little creations to juried exhibitions around the country. Below is where you can see my work.

Willow Wisp at the San Diego Watercolor 

Society's 35th International Exhibition
SDWS Gallery in San Diego, CA
October 2 - 31, 2015


Spinning Plate Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA
October 2 - 31, 2015


The Gallery at Kent Art Association in Kent, CT
Octomber 18 - November 1, 2015


Louhu District People's Culture and Sports Bureau in 
Shenzhen, China
December 5 - January 10, 2016

Conceptualized and curated by Brett Yasko
Space Gallery in Pittsburgh, PASummer 2016

Gallerie Chiz in Shadyside, Pa.
Galerie Werner in Shadyside, Pa.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial

Woke up to exciting news! My painting "Disconnect" was selected for the Shenzhen Watercolour Biennial in China. 282 paintings were selected from 3,779 works entered, representing 72 countries and regions from around the world.
Thank you, thank you, to all the jurors, including Janine Gallizia,
Joseph Zbukvic,and Maureen Bloomfield.

The exhibition runs December 5 through January 10, 2015 at the Luohu Cultural Center in Shenzhen, China.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Encore! A Closing Art Reception

The closing reception for "upStage: An Exploratory of Dance""  will be Friday, August 28, from 5-8 pm at the Mansions on Fifth. Dancers from the PBT School will be back and the artists will be drawing them from life.(Lucky us!) There will be a few new artworks to see and a music program arranged by the extraordinary Tania Grubbs. $10 entry fee includes art, music, and appetizers. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

New Dance Painting

"Flow", mixed media, 32 x 21"

"Flow" is a little different style than my previous paintings. Using a limited palette and few details, I focused more on the movement of the gesture than on detail and description. I started with a large 2" flat brush for the sweeping movement of the background. I left the white of the paper for areas of the figure and added features and clothing with smaller brushes while the painting was still wet. Although it looks as though it was done quickly, the painting took several days to complete.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Photos from "Upstage"

I finally snapped a few photos of "Upstage" at the Mansions on Fifth. Thanks to everyone who attended the opening and visited the show afterwards. I appreciate all the wonderful comments.
The exhibition includes my paintings and drawings as well as paintings from Jeannie McGuire, Christine Swann, and Claire Hardy.
The exhibition runs through the summer. Stop by the Mansions, have a drink in their beautiful bar, enjoy the ambiance, and head upstairs to the 2nd floor gallery.

The main wall

The main hallway
Left, my painting "Four Twenty Two" and Jeannie's "Fine Line"
Three of my watercolor paintings
Christine Swann's "Jaded"
My drawing "Hommage" on the easel 
with Claire Hardy's "Moment".

The private chapel on the second floor
Detail of the chapel window

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

Opening Night for "upStage"

Here are a few photos from opening night, thanks to Phiris Sickels. The ballerinas from the PBT school were beautiful in their all-white ensemble. They demonstrated several warm-up routines accompanied by live music.

Speaking of music, the trio of David May, composer and pianist, Jeff Grubbs, bassist, and Tania Grubbs, vocalist was wonderful. I was seriously mesmerized by Tania's beautiful voice.

I did not even think to take photos of the artwork, DUH! I'll try to do that in a later post.It was an amazing night and we were so happy and thankful to have this opportunity.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sneak Peak into "Upstage: An Exploratory of Dance"

Here's a little sneak peak of what you'll see at the opening of "Upstage: An Exploratory of Dance". For this group exhibition, I am joined by fellow painters Jeannie McGuire, Christine Swann, and Claire Hardy.
Opening Reception
Mansions on Fifth, 5105 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh
Weds, May 27 from 6-9 pm 
Music, art, and special guests from the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
$10 cover charge


Monday, May 11, 2015

New Painting Exhibition, "upStage: An Exploratory of Dance"

I am joining forces with my favorite female artists: Claire Hardy, Jeannie McGuire, and Christine Swann. We are four painters who will present our personal interpretation of dance in our distinct style and medium.

We hope you will join us for our opening reception on Weds, May 27 from 6-9 p.m at the beautiful Mansions on Fifth in Shadyside. There will be visual art (of course!), live music from outstanding performers, and special guests from the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

Please RSVP to Galerie Werner at 412-716-1390 or info@galeriewerner.net. Cover charge is $10. We hope you'll join us for this special evening of art and entertainment.

Here is a sneak peak at a few of the paintings I will be exhibiting:

(from top, clockwise: Spent, Fleeting, Quiet Persistence, Willow Wisp)

Monday, April 27, 2015

Student Gallery

After each watercolor workshop, I invite my students to submit completed artwork, and I share it on my blog and FB page; it is a nice opportunity for students to get extended feedback from me and the other students, as well as an incentive to continue painting after the workshop.

Here is the latest work from my Santa Monica Workshop in March:

Barbara's work:

This was a case where I suggested one thing and the student opted for another. Good thing, because the result was much better than if she had followed my advice. This is a fun painting with a great deal of expression. I gave Barbara a few suggestions to balance the composition but, overall, I think it is a wonderful painting.

Barbara, "Julie and Mat"

Nancy's work:

Nancy was a painting machine and completed several paintings, color studies and value studies during the workshop. Each of her paintings were beautifully painted and her use of color is terrific. As she mentioned at the workshop, she might have planned the composition and design of first two paintings differently after doing a value sketch and a color study, but they are strong portraits as well as expressive paintings.

Her color study, third below, will be her road map for a larger watercolor painting. Looking at the study now, I can see that adding a little of the highest chroma red, to the figure on the right (on her clothing or hair perhaps?), will add some punch to her painting and create a focal point between the two figures.

Nancy, "Lilly"

Nancy, "Bill"
Nancy, color study for larger painting

Chris' work: 

Chris did a great deal of exploration with value sketches and color studies to develop her "Girl with A Mirror" painting. She made many changes to the original painting and created a very personal, charming work of art.

Her painting of the man with a camera was done before the workshop, and the older woman was done after the workshop. Although they are both successful paintings, I would say that the painting of the older woman has a more harmonious feel with the O, V, G palette and the stronger values.
Chris, "Girl with A Mirror"

Chris, "Whitetail Woman"

Chris, "Man with A Camera"

Lisa's work: 
The first painting was more of a study in technique than a finished painting, and it accomplished that goal. She learned a great deal about paint application and values.

The second painting is not yet finished. It was started after working on value sketches and several color studies. Lisa made lots of changes from her original photo, and the result is a fun, lively painting with harmonious color.

Lisa, head and shoulders study

Lisa, "Musician Superhero"

Barbara's work:
Barbara is a skillful painter who did not need to learn technique. She did benefit from the planning process of value and color studies. She also learned to lay down her color in less layers using more pigment. You can see that her two paintings below are beautifully planned out and harmonious in color. I made one suggestion to eliminate a tangent, but other than that, you can see that both paintings have impact from across the room and are just as delightful up close.

Barbara, "Cambodian Potter"

Barbara, "Cambodian Potter's Son"

Lori's work:
Lori's first painting was her one-color study. We did this exercise to work on values. 

You can see that Lori tried a lot of different approaches in her four paintings. Her three subsequent paintings are full of personality and mood. 

The bottom painting, in particular, has such a fantasy-like feeling to it; perfect for a children's portrait. She worked on color studies and value sketches beforehand and used them as her template for the painting. The result is very harmonious. 

I made a few suggestions to Lori regarding the cropping and areas to tweak. Overall, very nice!

Lori, one-color study

Lori, "Young Girl"

Lori, "Man with A Hat"

Lori, "Bubbles!"