Because some have asked me about the inspiration behind this piece, here is a tidbit of information. This piece was meant to be a light and refreshing depiction of a woman happily turning a new page in her life. However with many of my less abstract work, a more introspective voice often interferes, twisting the original intent of the piece and I have no other choice but to comply. As a result, the end piece is a portrait of a woman bravely and happily walking in sync with Nature and its miraculous healing properties while cautiously walking away from the violence and the hurt of this world.
"Behind Bars: Democracy" was selected to be featured in the upcoming winter holiday show from October 22 - December 21, 2017 at the Belmont Gallery of Art, 19 Moore Street in Belmont, MA.
Opening Reception is November 3, 2017 from 6:30pm-8:30pm.
Meanwhile, new directions at the horizon for 2018. Thinking about a possible interlude from collages with a return to pencils and charcoal. Also very much interested in the fluidity and stark quality of ink as a medium. Exciting prospects!
I enjoy capturing the process and many steps along the way before getting to the final picture. Here are a few moments captured during the making of "Butterfly Kisses".
"M" is the story of a secret. This piece aims to capture the oppressive nature of raw and merciless passion, how it mangles our reality into a surreal and rosy-like fantasy with complete disregard for reason or objectivity.
"M" encapsulates the helpless feeling of being at someone's mercy, tossed between ecstasy and horror. "M" is the story of two characters thrown against each other by fate like powerless peons.
"Low Tide" will be displayed at the Cambridge Art Association's upcoming show "SCAPES" between July 6 and August 31, 2017 at the University Place Gallery, 124 Mount Auburn Avenue in Cambridge. Please stop by! Opening reception is on Thursday, July 6 between 6:00pm-8:00pm.
A major storm is subsiding, bringing to life a new horizon of peace and quietude. A fresh series of paintings wants to be born after a flurry of furious paintings celebrating unleashed energy. This new contemplative, tapestry-like series of “Cave Art” paintings aims to evoke and inspire inner peace and a quiet inner dialogue through the use of more structured and linear / geometric shapes. A deliberate lack of clutter and a more sober palette are combined with repetitive themes woven through these new pieces to create a quilt-like effect and to bring a sense of serenity and introspection to the viewer.
2017 it is... Preparing for a brand new year of exciting shows, fresh painting ideas and themes, exploring new concepts and color palettes. Here is to a very exciting new year on the way!
On Sunday, November 13, 2016, I will be hosting a Meet and Greet event during Open Gallery Hours. Take a break from your busy day for a feel-good cultural experience and stop by the Gallery located in the Belmont Town Hall Annex Building, Third Floor at 19 Moore Street in Belmont,MA. I look forward to meeting you.
This refreshing and surprising exhibit of modern collage art brings together the work of three local artists: Helen Canetta, Anne Johnstone and Carol Wintle. Don't miss it!
Gray Studies #4 (he is back)... I got a quick brain telegraph to stop all projects underway and slip this one in. And so I did... fourth one in... where is this project actually going, nobody knows.... this project feels like chiseling an iceberg with a toothpick.
The title says it all.... Fun little project
What is a letter worth? I've recently asked myself this poignant and absurd question of how one single letter could so drastically alter the meaning of an entire phrase or in this case the meaning of an art piece. This quick to bloom piece came guided by a clear vision and under known circumstances yet once I asked myself whether the title should be "If You Love Me" or "If You Loved Me", I realized how different both meanings were and how both would send the viewer on such different paths. In the end, I did decide to go with the subjunctive tense which seemed filled both with rosy promises and happy dreams and tainted with sadness and bitter regrets. The allure of the ambiguity won me over.
If you are not able to sample for yourself this incredible trip within Painter Marc Chagall’s extraordinary world, here are a few pictures of the ongoing 3-dimmensional “Carrieres de Lumieres” Music and Light show held in the most unusual and spectacular setting, the Baux-de-Provence old stone quarry. Picture yourself (if you can) immersed in 13 thousand square feet of 3-dimensional art projection. The natural setting is overwhelming, pitch dark at times and cool (55 degrees Fahrenheit) with walls 45 feet high and uneven floors roughly carved in stone. It is a fireworks of giant rojections moving to a perfectly coordinated music selection. Did I mention there are 13 thousand square feet of art (4000 square meters) projected by over 100 video cameras?
For a virtual visit, here are a few pictures and also is a fantastic, short video I found on Youtube well worth checking out.
Sorries are interesting, loaded creatures.... To some they are a clear sign of a healthy relationship armed with vibrant communication. To others, they are insidious little jabs which over time erode any relationship, bringing it down to its knees. Are there such a thing as too many sorries said between two individuals?
Could the only sorries fully worth believing in be the ones we tell ourselves?
I put this number away 90% completed last winter in frustration. It just wasn't talking to me and I had no idea what to do with it. Just pulled it back out 2 days ago in between projects and this time, it was ready to communicate! Timing is everything.
So here it is.... "April" in mid-June
A secret is a kind of promise.... It can also be a prison. – Jennifer Lee Carrell
Gray Study #3 is all about David Gray's creative and songwriting process as can be perceived or imagined from the outside. However preposterous a goal, it makes for a very exciting assignment and a tremendously intriguing theme to explore and to try to render visually. How are his songs created? Which paths does he wander down to always discover new, lovely and unique places? More generally speaking, how does one chase after the slippery shadow of an artistic concept, patiently carving, chiseling and smoothing one's way towards that ultimate vision?
Continuing down my initial path, I wanted to pay one very essential homage to the superb wordsmith and poet that David Gray is. No song of his embodies more his superior quality as a writer than the haunting and mystical "Nemesis", I feel. The simple opening chords literally pull you on board of this musical journey and keep you in a hypnotic state throughout the song. These chords have always felt like a steady and quiet rain of lovely, faded flowers, each one slowly fading in and out with such poignant grace and melancholy that one simply has to surrender fully to the song and become one with it. While the lyrics keep taking you deeper and deeper into this dark and disturbing introspective path, David Gray's ad lib portion of the song when performed live is always a creative gem and what makes the song so completely successful because no rendition of it ever ends in the same place.
A few weeks back, I challenged myself to create a visual rendition of my creative muse British singer, performer and songwriter David Gray. I was very seduced by the complexity of the challenge, not knowing where to even start tackling this beast of a project. How to best do this project justice? There were so many dimensions to this simple idea and so many directions to run in. I wanted to paint my impression of the artist, not just as a singer and performer but also hopefully capture somewhere along the way something genuine about the human being. I was as interested in building an external picture of him as I was to attempt to paint the artist from the inside out and get down a few unknown imaginative paths to interpret what his creative process might look or feel like. As someone who enjoys creating art, this introspective soul-peeping aspect of the project was particularly exciting to me.
I was convinced that this project could not be done in one piece alone. There was just too much material flowing in to squeeze into one singe piece. This series starts with three separate pieces (others may knock on the door of my Subconscious begging to be brought to life), each centered around the same perspective of a silhouette (bottom left corner) in the foreground reacting as much as he is creating his immediate surrounding (background).
#1 was an initial expression of the general power and energy David Gray the Performer delivers on stage, both incredibly vivid, honest while also muted in his own, subtle and sophisticated way. I wanted to include a reference to one of the most superb and haunting ballads ever written called "Gulls" in this piece.
Fantastic weekend filled with art starting with my show's opening reception in Watertown on Thursday night... amazing artists such as local Multimedia artists Adrienne Shisko and Dawna Davis whom I must connect with. Saturday was Bird Observer and Painter Extraordinaire Anna Koon's Spring show in her JP studio. Nathalie and I caught the Bird Bug and we each left grinning in delight each with our own fowl. Sunday afternoon was Somerville's Open Studios Day and I finally got to meet wonderful and intriguing painter Anne Johnstone whose audaciously ecclectic and signature style really speaks to me. It was a delight to meet Anne and I left home with "Nemesis" (the writing was on the wall!)...