Monthly Archives: July 2013
I am the master of taking something totally unexpected and making it work. I guess that comes from growing up in a reasonably dysfunctional household where some things were not in the general script, and I learned how to “wing” it.
Friday night, I met someone at the Portland Museum of Art, so we could share what was on display. Once we were through with the Paley collection, he announced that he can only do two hours of art, and had other things he needed to take care of. I am a sponge for good art, and realized as we took in the Picassos and Matisses, how somewhat starved I was for this kind of visual stimulation. I flatly stated that I was going to stay and see what was on the 2nd and 3rd floor. My departing date gave me permission, like I needed it. (I don’t think I’ll see this person again.)
So, I went upstairs to see the permanent collection of work which is primarily from the Impressionism through contemporary. Refreshing! I’d like to note here that though this museum may pale in stature to the MFA in Boston, it is comparable in quality.
On to the third floor, where, when I saw the huge Ellsworth Kelly, I decided a little documentation was in order. I found a docent who I asked about the photo policy. This museum has a policy that allows non-flash photography of work that belongs to the museum, and the name card have an icon which shows which ones are not. Unfortunately the Kelly is not theirs, and the Louise Nevelson photo was out of focus.
The young docent had also told me that the Paley Collection could be photographed even though it was on loan from MoMA. So, after taking a couple more quick ones upstairs, I went back down to the main floor.
These are both from the “Taste for Modernism” exhibit.
And, on the third floor is this remarkable piece called “Books in the Running Brook”, Alison HIldreth. This is part of their permanent collection. My only problem with this piece is where it is hung. It is impossible to take in the full impact looking directly straight at it.
After I departed the museum, I still wasn’t done. And, I shot a few photos, thus creating a little art of my own…
I made it a good night!!
In the prep for having my sister here for the week-end, I have up-ended the apartment to find places to store art that I did not want on the floor, and rearranged the walls to accommodate more of the recent work that hasn’t sold.
I have found canvases, in the process, that have images that do not work. Bonus!!! I tend to get like a mother when I paint something, only to realize that if I saved all of these children….landfills would overflow.
Let the repainting begin. An 18″ x 24″ canvas has a coat of Zinc Oxide. There are canvas panels waiting for me to wipe off their original images.
The Gatehouse Gallery has a solid line-up for the season, which started with David Sordi’s stellar photographs last month.
Nikki Sullivan, a mosaic artist that hales from eastern Connecticut, is this month’s featured artist.
The work that had been handled in the past I regarded as more craft and decorative, since it was mainly part of jewelry, ceramics and mirrors. The inlay-work itself was more part of a utilitarian piece.
Some of this is here this month along with some ingenious mosaics and mixed-media pieces that are all about, well, art. Themselves. Expression. Texture, color and form.
This show is absolutely well-worth the effort to go slightly out of your way as you head toward North Conway to shop, camp, hike or raft.
http://gatehousegallery.com/art/ for more information
I grew up in southern California, where lots of things are evil, but humidity is rarely one of them. In my most recent art, I am trying many things, and revisiting mediums with maybe a different angle than eons ago. I have found success in some—and real problems, with others!
I did a fair number of pieces, and larger ones (48″ x 32″) where the plaster remained stable, as long as I poured some white glue in with it. I kept the layers fairly thin on application, as well.
I am experiencing cracking as the pieces cure (now), though even 5 years ago, in Barrington, because the humidity was lower, I did not have a problem. Even after curing, I am still dealing with it! I also think that working with the powder vs. the pre-mixed might also have been a factor, though I am not sure why.
So, any FYI for those of you playing in this medium-I love it but it’s heavy, and now…unstable. I will update if I find a solution.
I am non-religious, but spiritual, and I do believe that when you ask, certain needs are answered. I am reading the “Hunger Games”. and these are the kinds of answers I get. And, when I least expect them.
I have no idea what I will do with this but I watched the bench decay. Today, as I was taking out my trash, I realized that it had been hit by a fallen limb from the tree it sat under. Other yard waste was also present. The bench was flattened.
I uncovered it, dragged it to the deck, cleaned and sanded it down. As a mixed-media, found object painter, it is a gem.
Last week, for the same reason (looking for materials), I picked up wood from some body else’s trash. I now have a tabletop.