Before the world changed in Spring, 2020, an artist friend suggested painting for an exhibit later in the year. The concept, making paintings based on the colors of the spectrum, seemed simple enough. As we began painting for the proposed exhibit it became evident that the artists in our group had different interpretations of the concept, but that’s the beauty of art…it’s not the same for everyone.
Then there was the ever-lengthening period of no gallery shows. But we kept on painting, not knowing when we would have the opportunity to show our work.
When: September 24 through October 15, 2021, eighteen months after beginning the project. There was a flood event which shut down the gallery where we planned to hang the show.
Where: The FW Gallery in its new location, 516 Moore Street, Baton Rouge, LA. Then there was an increase of Covid cases, which may limit the number of patrons seeing the show.
How: Wear a mask to the gallery open house reception on Friday, September 24, 2021 4-8 pm or any time viewing the exhibit. A fairly severe hurricane hit our area and interfered with everyone’s life. So…hopefully all will be varnished by the installation date.
Note: The reception was rescheduled to its current date and time because of a scheduling conflict with a football game. Got to work around the SEC schedule!
After almost two years in the planning and painting, I am excited to finally show six paintings which represent some of the colors of the spectrum. Several were painted en plein air, from a plein air sketch, or from life. All are on cradled panels.
Painting for this themed exhibit had many challenges; not all were art related. I am just happy to have survived the past eighteen months and having a half dozen new paintings to show for it.
Istrouma Brewery, a local brewery/eatery is home to a collection of vintage tractors, trucks, and long horn cattle. Our plein air group goes often to paint this very cool venue, and of course we stick around to eat. And maybe partake of an adult beverage. The Ford welcomes visitors as they enter. This painting was completed in two plein air sessions.
Perspective \per-’spek-tiv\ n1 : the science of painting and drawing so that objects represented have apparent depth and distance 2 : the aspect in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed; esp : a view of things (as objects or events) in their true relationship or relative importance
As an eighth grader I was finally able to take art as an elective every day! I thought I was in heaven until I realized that art class was work, just like English, but more hands-on. The first thing we made was a portfolio for all of our work, but as part of that project we learned to use a Speedball C-1 pen dipped in India ink to make Roman lettering (which is probably one of the most challenging lettering styles to master for anyone, much less a twelve year old) so our names could easily be read. The serif had to have this slight curve to be perfect, according to Mrs. Strong. It was not easy, and I am pretty sure I never did it correctly, but at least I could read my name. (Note: As a middle school art teacher who taught Italic calligraphy, I learned quickly that one does not give a bottle of ink and dip pens to eighth graders and expect no “accidents.” My admiration for Mrs. Strong’s patience is quite high.)
In eighth grade art class we drew from life, worked with papier mache, and participated in poster contests, but when we learned one point perspective, I thought I had learned the key to making my drawings appear “correct.” For some reason using a straightedge and a vanishing point to create depth made sense to me, probably because there is an order to it. As an art educator, I looked forward to teaching the unit in perspective every year. I was always surprised that some of the weakest students easily caught on to the process.
Using that method of perspective was useful until I started painting some of the villages in Italy, where there is no consistent vanishing point for a building, and I had to learn to gage angles for the many doors and windows. Out-of-wack perspective is disturbing to me.
When several of my painting friends joined to create an exhibit, we decided to call it Perspectives because we enjoy making paintings with buildings. We just each have a different way of expressing our views. Painting the signs on buildings is a challenge, but I am sure I will never do Roman lettering. At least not perfectly.
I have a friend from high school, Keith McGee, who takes marvelous photos of birds. He is generous enough to allow me to use them as references in my paintings. Two hundred years ago, John James Audubon arrived in Louisiana, and this event is the theme of the Associated Women in the Arts’ Spring, 2021 exhibition, Audubon Inspired. Since Audubon is primarily known for his engravings of birds, I felt compelled to paint this egret splashing down to capture a bite to eat.
The Varsity Theatre outside the north gates of LSU is a music venue. Unfortunately, it has been quiet for the past few months. Lighted marquee signs remind me of the old days when going to the movie in a big, opulent theatre was an event.
During the Spring of 2020, we had the opportunity to paint downtown Baton Rouge without all the usual traffic. This restaurant was one of the few open. A young man sat at the outdoor table waiting on a friend, and maybe a hot slice for lunch.