“Real”

Aside from watercolor portraits, I am starting a large installation piece entitled “Real”. The premise behind it is that all 2-D art has a semblance of reality, and everything I put on canvas reflects mine. I had originally thought that these pieces would all have a direct relationship to my “cancer pieces”. That would be ridiculous since so much of my life has nothing to do with being sick.

So, there will be an element of randomness about the series that will make up the installation. I sat down today to work on another abstract  and ended up painting a small portrait of David Bowie. In a very mysterious number of ways, that makes so much sense. His album “Blackstar” was released today, and he would have been 70 also today. Blackstar is a type of cancer lesion. He died of liver cancer. (Blackstar is associated with breast cancer.)

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“Malynda and Bri”

For the last two weeks, I have been honing, or at least, rehoning, my watercolor skills and applying them to portraiture. The first two I started at the hospital—I am a cancer patient and I sometimes paint while I’m in chemo. They were at best “practice” pieces, and I will redo them.

I drew out most of this one also while I was undergoing treatment. The last two days it got color, and I am now confident enough to start looking for commissions. Please feel free to email me if you are interested in a possible commission. artinsmallplaces@gmail.com

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“Malynda and Bri”, 2017. Watercolor on Windsor Newton paper, 11″ x 15″

This photograph was taken with my phone. I need a fairly clear photo to work from.

“My Favorite Little Rocker”

This photograph was shot six years ago and I never printed a really decent copy of it. I have attempted this as a painting twice, once in pastel, once in watercolor. favorite-little-rocker-in-wc

“My Favorite Little Rocker”, 2017. Watercolor on Arches.

 

Happy New Year, in watercolor

The year has started with a pile of resolutions, but none that can’t be attempted. I’d like to figure out a way to start making a consistent side-income, and this looks as good as any. It will require practice, but these are the first of the “Friends’ Portraits”, and they have been well-received by the subjects and our friends.

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“Bill”, 2017. Watercolor on Arches.

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“Jaybird”, 2017. Watercolor on Arches.

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“Jeannie”, 2017. Watercolor on Arches.

This is a departure for what I normally do in this medium and the medium that I normally do portraits in. I am quite comfortable working with a dry medium for this subject. It’ll be a few more attempts before the portraits get the color-vibrancy that my cars have, for example.

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These two cars were completed right before Christmas.

Please feel free to contact me if you have a subject that you would like rendered in watercolor. There will be more examples to come.

 

 

Holiday Silliness

by Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

I am waiting for the first real contributions. The snow is falling at a fairly appreciable rate. And, well, these ornaments are just hanging here 🙂

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Change of pace

Artinsmallplaces originally was created to talk about other people’s stuff. In those days, I was mainly concerned about art which seemed to be popping up everywhere. I wanted to make sure the world knew where and when art could be seen in the area.

Today, I am more concerned about creating a viable alternative zine. Something that will provide interesting reading material for a vast cross-section of the population. This will also create a more arts-ready population (I think), so it serves the same purpose as it was originally intended.

I am also including the writing of contributors this time around. I plan on wearing more of the Editor-in-Chief hat than the writer/artist hat. I am hoping for quality work in both the written and the visual contributions and I encourage anyone who is interested to contact me with submissions. No queries are necessary. Though, since this is a start-up I will not be able to pay now, I hope as we grow the readership.advertising base, that will change. (I’d like to get paid too.)

Please feel free to contact me at artinsmallplaces@gmail.com with materials. I am open to discuss ideas that I think might not fit the “plan”, so you will not just get a flat “rejection” letter. I am an artist, too.invisible-storm

“In the Name of Progress”, and my solo this month

In the Name of Progress

This is finished just in time for my show this month at the Franklin Gallery, in RiverStones Framing at 33 No. Main Street in Rochester, NH called “Transitions and Transmissions”.

To me, this image speaks volumes about how progress has left so much of our past literally in the dust. So much about the context of this is wrong. Where’s the farm? It’s parked on the side of US 202 in Maine. The flat tire and the chains in the middle of summer also adds to the story.

The collection that will be included is half abstracts and half pieces similar to this one.

I hope you can stop by for the opening reception on August 11, from 5-7.

The Hudson, The Tractor and thoughts

The last place I ever expected to be is here. And. I will admit it. It feels like I am selling out. But only sort of.

I did a lot of realism, and thoroughly loved what I did 12-14 years ago.  Because I made statements with it. Pieces likes “I Ain’t Gonna Work” were not designed to be pretty pictures.

This is “The Tractor” (not the formal name) This is a social statement about where we are with small farms:

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This is the last commission. No politics, no comment, but it feeds me and the cat.

And, I really don’t want to make overt political statements with my art. I really want to make people scratch their heads and say, “Huh?” But, I am almost thinking that we might be beyond that stage too.

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Since March??

OK, this is pathetic. I haven’t posted anything in almost four months.

It has been a weird year so far, and I’m not going to make any further excuses. There are lots of changes on the horizon, and I’ve been concentrating on trying to meld ideas and paint. And, I am no longer trying to make it make sense. A change is just that.

The new work was not spawned but reinforced by two commissions, and a sale of two other realistic watercolors.

Below is Chris’ first piece which, when I delivered it,  responded with “That’s f–king awesome!” Guess he liked it. And, enough that I am finishing up another one for him which I will deliver next week.

So, with this bit of prompting, I am revisiting this kind of work. As long as it involves a paint brush and paint.

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Black Ground series

This is an update of the Black Grounds, now named Jealousy and Fear. There are still some possible finishing touches on both but I am pretty comfortable.

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