I have a favorite new work of mine.
As I am allowing myself to explore, reinvent, and recombine that which I’ve done before-none of this is new territory if you know my entire body of work-but I continue to surprise myself.
I am far more comfortable in a larger format on canvas than on paper, but that is changing.
“The Folly of Sentiment” is another flex of my artistic muscle where I am employing some of the new things that I am seeing, but more so, utilizing materials and techniques, palettes, etc that I have in the past and combining them in different ways. “Valentine”, presently at the BUOY Gallery in Kittery, Maine, was the first of the “Portraits” to include assemblage elements, with bits of magazine photos. I found foil paper and a plastic mesh “bag” (which I cut apart and stretched) to integrate into this piece.
The last Blackbird Studio and Gallery newsletter reiterated something that I said at an opening, but I am not entirely sure it is 100% correct. It said that I am being “influenced” by whose working around me. I don’t doubt that that is happening but this little piece, painted just after I broke my leg, might show that the “Portraits” have always been there.
The “Portrait” series actually has an even earlier ancestor in a series called “Everyman”, which dates back to 1990. So, it really is too soon to say the influences come from Blackbird, which isn’t a bad thing, but more that those influences have awakened other muses within me, that were just dormant. I don’t have digital images of the “Everyman” series yet, but they are also the predecessors of the large 2014 canvas “Chasing the Sun”.
This and a few other new pieces will be in the opening exhibit at Blackbird Studio and Gallery. We are also very proud to be hosting a visit by Carolyn Chute, author of “The Beans of Egypt, Maine”. Please join us for this event on April 18, from 1-3.
I have a one-person show up though the end of the month at Timeless Framing in Rochester. NH. I stopped to see it next on my “art around the area”.
These are all of the recent “Portraits”, and a few of the transitional works.
The opening reception for this is next Friday, from 5-7.
If you are interested, please visit my website at http://www.dadartthurst.com and Friend me on Facebook at Daryl-Ann Hurst Studio.
The next couple of months will be very big for the visual arts in the area. Events are starting to overlap, and I can only be in so many places at once!!
This is my contribution to artwork offerings.
I hope all can attend!
The Portrait series, or as they have come to be called, “The Personal Storms”, have evolved onto handmade paper. There are also bits of collage in this piece.
It will be on display at BUOY, Kittery, Maine through April. The opening reception for the show is this Friday, March 13, from 6-?
So, on this idea of working all of the media I ever have, exploring reaching new peaks, etc. I also understand how we have caves. These are places we are afraid of.
Personally, I am exposing light into those places for myself now and saying, “Really?”
The “Mind Canyons” show what I know, what I have become, where I am as an artist.
And, I am sticking my tongue out here, too!! I am on the rim, not in the bottom of that canyon. There are those that will also need to be ascended, but maybe they are a safe place to be. Might need a Topo there, too.
Today was to be all about art. We were predicted to get 4″-8″ of snow, a perfect excuse to get into the paint.
I have two canvases midway, and I had several challenges to fulfill. I can safely say the canvases are now too wet to continue on and the challenges are completed. A personal goal was also met today by exceeding prior views for my post in one day-and the day is not over.
For most of the morning, I seemed to be able to do no wrong. The right materials and the right colors seemed to just find my fingers!
My good friend, Jeannie Griffin-Peterka is really a presence in this piece. Her work and mine are aligned, but her palette is more controlled and subdued, and she blocks her composition differently.
Here is one finished last night that did not get photographed until this morning, which explains quite visually the difference in palette, though mine is usually has more white than this. I love my color!
I am having way too much experimental fun with literally painting with pastels. This paper was soaked a few times and the marks that are visible were made with a palette knife. Thanks again to my friend, Erika Carty who added more colors to my palette of pastels the other night.
Where I am not maybe channeling other artists, I am comparing my thought processes, and art processes to reaching peaks. I have a real love for hiking, seeing vistas from a different perspective, and looking down at what I have just accomplished or overcome.
So, this is a sampling…I am posting more.
A note about the way I work: every day, if possible. When I can’t there seems to be this deluge of artistic energy that is apparent on the week-end.
I accepted every “challenge” I got, from creating a piece a day for 30 days to a piece a day for five, and for a reason. They have forced me to think beyond the three-week long oil on canvas and even the small watercolors, since I really am striving to incorporate as much as I know in the 2-D world into single pieces. This is giving me an excuse to brush up on many mediums that I haven’t touched in a long time, and make them work in ways that I haven’t used them yet.
Erika Carty came to our Artshare meeting last night bearing gifts. The pastels she had included colors I don’t have and since I am starting to use them in my watercolors…I also have to give an acknowledgement to Mell Bosch who suggested using chalk pastels like I do oil pastels with my water-based paint. I took those pastels and played with them, only including Sharpie markers. I wet the paper first. And, there is no watercolor paint in this piece.
So, as I continue to work these challenges, this is a piece that I may not have ever produced otherwise! Thanks for this challenge!
New work, and going forward, daily posts. I see too much, feel too much, and hear too much to not share. Southern Maine and Eastern New Hampshire is bursting with new growth And, I am very involved in much of this.
I have been invited to submit to postcard format show called “Love Letters”. These are what I have started, so far. What I don’t use in the show, I’ll sell at Blackbird Studio and Gallery when we reopen in April.
I am also going to try to bring more area art to you again, too. There is a ton going on up here!!