A book, words, calligraphy, a message tapped out from a cell phone: They are all TEXT and the theme of 440 Gallery’s next juried show.  440 Gallery is currently seeking artists’ submissions for an exhibition to be presented at the gallery June 30 – July 24, 2011.  Go to the website for more information:
http://440gallery.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16

If you are an artist, submit some artwork! If you are not, be sure to put this exhibition on your calendar!
440 Gallery
440 Sixth Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11215
718-499-3844
www.440gallery.com

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I have four paintings in a group show at Purume Gallery, 11 East 13th Street, NYC (yes, in Manhattan!). The exhibition is called Landscape Re-Imagined, and it showcases the work of four artists whose work is inspired by or evocative of landscape.  The exhibition will be up through April 29. Be sure to stop by the Artists’ Reception on Wednesday, April 6, 6-8 pm to meet the artists and enjoy the artwork. All the artwork is for sale; credit cards accepted!

Swiftcurrent Lake Sunset, oil on linen, 24"x36"

Morning Tidal Rush, oil on linen, 30"x40"

Mountain Lake, oil on canvas, 8"x10"

Cloudy Sunset, oil on canvas, 8"x10"

News flash! I joined 440 Gallery, a wonderful artists collective with a lovely storefront in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  Most of the time, one of the members have a solo exhibition in the main, front part of the gallery, and meanwhile the other members show a sample of their work in the back part. You should definitely ask to see what’s in the flat files (also in the back area).  There is quite a variety of great artwork: painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media. And, most wonderful (and astonishing) is how reasonably priced all the art is there. You have to stop by to see for yourself!

Here is what I have in the back right now:

Purple and Blue Awnings, oil on canvas, 12"x16"

I’ve also left some oil studies on panels (discounted heavily!) in my drawer.

The gallery is open Thursday and Friday, 4-7, Saturday and Sunday, 11-7, and by appointment. Check it out! For more info, visit www.440gallery.com.

I’d say we have had quite enough now in Brooklyn, but for several weeks we were blanketed by the white stuff and it was unavoidable that I capture the scene. It was really remarkable how much the snow could pile up in front of brownstones. Here is “Snowy Union Street”:

Snowy Union Street, oil on linen, 18"x24"

A friend of mine was cleaning out her studio and since she’s decided to switch from painting on canvas to working on paper, she was getting rid of some large canvases. I could not resist and bought two 4′ x 6′ and one 4′ x 5′ canvases.  If you know my work at all, you’ll realize that these are about 400% larger than my usual sizes. I had been meaning to try something larger, and this seemed to be a sign from the Universe that the time was now. I had to strap them to the top of my car with my husband’s help; we crept down the streets thankful that we did not have far to go and that there was no wind except for that which we produced when in motion.

I started to gesso one and ran out of gesso.

OK, so I didn’t have a lot left, but now I’m also putting in an order for large containers of paint.  It’s becoming obvious that this is a whole new ball game!

I saw this view near the end of this past fall as I walked toward my parked car. The combination of late afternoon light on the tall weeds and stark shapes of the buildings surrounding the lot caught my eye.  It called for a large-ish canvas (for me, anyway!), and all I had was an old linen one that had a painting on it from a couple of years ago that I had worked on for months, expending many frustrating hours on it – it was supposed to be an ode to Matisse with models and background draped in multi-patterned fabrics. But, never mind. That painting was not to live on in perpetuity except perhaps if some curious art historian decides to x-ray the new painting a few hundred years from now… Anyway, I digress!

I found this painting to a bit challenging. The areas in shadow needed to remain interesting and contribute to the sense of depth. Once I got the shadowed areas figured out, the lit areas made more sense. This is often the case when painting – “it’s all relative”.

In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed working on this painting, creating glazed layers to mimic the patina of the old paints and stains on the back sides of the old buildings.

Lot on 8th Street, oil on linen, 18"x24"

One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to play with other media and use materials I have stockpiled, but not used over the years. Watercolor painting is one of them!  Inspired by the abundance of snow we’ve already gotten in Brooklyn this winter, here are some of my latest playthings….

"My Turn to Sled", watercolor, 6"x9"

 

"Building Snowmen", watercolor, 6"x9"

"Uphill", watercolor, 6"x9"

I have a couple of more scenes in mind. In the mean time, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

When the Prospect Park Alliance got wind of my offer to donate 10% of sales of park paintings, they asked if they could use one of my paintings, Sledding Home, for their 2010 holiday card.

Sledding Home, oil on canvas

Sledding Home, oil on canvas, 16"x20"

I was so pleased and honored! They printed 1000 of the cards and all of their departments used this card to send season’s greetings to all sorts of people. My studio mate told me she even saw one in the window of her neighborhood’s Councilwoman’s office (of course, she felt I was infringing on her geographical territory, but that’s another story).

So, I can’t help but promote some artwork when I send my annual Christmas greetings.  That’s me and my husband at around 14,000 feet near the base camp (the tiny yellow building in the far background) of Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador.  He climbed to the building. I stayed in the car – it was August and far windier and colder than I was prepared for. Never mind the lack of oxygen!

White Border 5×7 folded card
Unique party invitations and announcements by Shutterfly.
View the entire collection of cards.

An idea whose time has come… now available, a compilation of my paintings from over the last 8 years, depicting the Gowanus Canal and scenes nearby: Gowanus – The Canal and Its Environs. With almost 30 color reproductions, printed on high quality, heavyweight paper, this paperback book documents how many ways I was inspired by the canal. Order it by December 12 to get it delivered in time for Christmas (or pay more for faster delivery). Click on the image to see a preview and ordering information. Thank you!!

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