My opening at the Grand Bohemian Gallery, St. Augustine

My opening  at the Grand Bohemian Gallery, St. Augustine

Last month, I was an honored guest of the Casa Monica Resort & Grand Bohemian Gallery, They hosted a showcase of my two-dimensional Artwork demonstrating my eclectic styles steeped in Traditional techniques. The gallery is right in the picturesque downtown area. I was told, St. Augustine, FL is the oldest city in the US, 1565, that’s where it is, folks, so go check them out and see some of my favorite paintings on display.

I’ll post more of the work itself…

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How New York’s Postwar Female Painters Battled for Recognition

When reading this I was inspired and I felt an empathy to Claudia Roth Pierpont’s narration of Lee Krasner’s pursuit as an artist. A good read, hope you enjoy.


 
Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, and Grace Hartigan in 1957.    Photograph by Burt Glinn / Magnum

Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, and Grace Hartigan in 1957.

Photograph by Burt Glinn / Magnum

The women of the historic Ninth Street Show had a will of iron and an intense need for their talent to be expressed, no matter the cost. by Claudia Roth Pierpont

Click for full article in the New Yorker

 

It isn’t Yosemite, It’s heaven

I was breathless and nearly shivering in awe at the sight of this dream of a painting by Albert Beirstadt. The Haggin Museum has a number of gems but this one… this is my favorite.

I took as many photos as I could to recall and share the experience.

I was in Stockton, CA, in August, exhibiting with the American Women Artists Exhibition hosted at the Haggin Museum. Read more about it the previous post.

Enjoy these images…

Sunset in the Yosemite Valley c. 1868 by Bierstadt, Albert 1830-1902   Size (inches): 36 1/4 x 52 1/4  Medium: Oil on Canvas Location: Hull Gallery

Sunset in the Yosemite Valley c. 1868 by
Bierstadt, Albert 1830-1902


Size (inches): 36 1/4 x 52 1/4
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Location: Hull Gallery

My personal takeaway

Seeing this painting was everything I had hoped but didn’t know I was looking for it.  I have recently worked on Sunsets, clouds, and atmospheric affects in my oil painting, I was very satisfied with what could be done in oil. 

unbeknownst to me at the time I was really longing to see something that took the effects to the max.  This is what I found.  In Beirstadt’s, "Sunset at Yosemite Valley" seems to have been made to stimulate all the tactile senses, as I hope you can see in some of the detail images.

In my current body of work I have at least two works in progress where I will continue to use what I gleamed from viewing this work in person.  I’m looking forward to sharing the results and writing more.

This was my first attempt to achieve the sunlight and develop my own process for working with a light and air filled atmosphere. and I’m looking forward to doing it again. It helps that like the trees in Yosemite, my figure is a contrasting element for the power of the Sunlight.

This was my first attempt to achieve the sunlight and develop my own process for working with a light and air filled atmosphere. and I’m looking forward to doing it again. It helps that like the trees in Yosemite, my figure is a contrasting element for the power of the Sunlight.

2018 Haggin Museum Exhibition - Full Sun: American Women Artists Illuminate The Haggin Museum

 Full Sun: American Women Artists Illuminate the Haggin Museumcelebrates a re-examination of the Haggin Collection. For this exhibition, members of American Women Artists (AWA) were asked to create artwork that was inspired by a selection of 11 paintings from the Haggin Museum’s 19th – 20th-century art collection including works by William Merritt Chase, Albert Bierstadt, Rosa Bonheur, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and other notable artists. AWA artists have taken their inspiration from the work of art, the artist’s greater body of work, or the theme of the painting. This juried exhibition will include nearly 100 pieces of artwork that ranges from paintings to sculptures.

Learn more about the 25 in 25 campaign in this AWA video.

Click here to view artwork in the show and pricing. Purchases are through the museum, please call (209) 940-6331 for more information.

 

Opening Reception | Thursday, August 2nd, 6 - 8 pm

5:30 pm ∙ Awards Ceremony

6 - 8 pm ∙ Reception

Join us for an opening reception for FULL SUN. Enjoy delicious hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments as you talk with the artists about their inspirations for the show.

 

Taking on the challenge

Sophisticationc. 1908 by
Watrous, Harry Willson 1857-1940

A Game of Cards (Two of Cups), 2018 by Leah Lopez, 1977-present

A Game of Cards (Two of Cups), 2018 by Leah Lopez, 1977-present

WATROUS’ PAINTING, SOPHISTICATION intrigued me immediately. I was attracted to the imagery, the elegant simplicity, and a suggestion that this artist had a warm and mischievous sense of humor. A sense of play is evident in his work between 1905 and 1918, featuring attractive women in whimsical and sometimes solemn situations. Looking back, he even appears to be ahead of his time. Particularly, I enjoy his manner of delivering all the clues while still leaving the narrative open and allowing us to become co-creators with him. In response, I painted Just a Game of Cards (alternatively titled, Two of Cups), inspired by his paintings Sophistication (1908), Just a Couple of Girls (1915), and The Magician (1900). I endeavored to reflect the feeling of a woman turned away in profile, like Watrous’ women, accentuating elegant lines while inviting us to observe and question her. The playing cards suggest that a game has begun. The second avenue for discovery is her relationship to the suit of Cups and acknowledging the element of water and its gifts. In discovering the narrative, I empathize with her, holding a lotus, and inhabiting possibilities. The inclusion of the partially open blue lotus is another clue. A child of water and earth, able to rise upon a long elegant neck bearing a crown of wisdom and grace. She is a young player of Cups as a set of glasses sit nearby. She is about to realize that all the clues she will ever need are surrounding her.