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“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.

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“The Folly of Sentiment”

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 Folly of Sentiment", (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, mixed media on handmade paper, 28"x 34", framed

“The Folly of Sentiment”, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, mixed media on handmade paper, 28″x 34″, framed

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.

"When Life Gives You Lemons", (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, Mixed media on floor tile, 12' x 12"

“When Life Gives You Lemons”, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, Mixed media on floor tile, 12′ x 12″, 2013

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.

 

 

Timeless Framing show

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”.

 

Timeless Show

Timeless Show,through April

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.

Press release for Timeless and the Rochester Library

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.

Timeless and Rochester Library press release

I hope all can attend!

Valentine

"Valentine", 2015 (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, mixed media on handmade paper.

“Valentine”, 2015 (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, mixed media on handmade paper.

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-?

Mind Canyons and Mind Caves

"Mind Caves 2", (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst 2015, collage, pastel, watercolor. 5" x 7"

“Mind Caves 2″, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst 2015, collage, pastel, watercolor. 5″ x 7”

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.

"Mind Canyon 1", (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015. Watercolor, pastel, pencil. 6" x 6"

“Mind Canyon 1″, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015. Watercolor, pastel, pencil. 6″ x 6”

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.

 

Snow and Topos

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!

"Paperwhite", (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, mixed media including graphite, watercolor and pastel, 6" x 6"

“Paperwhite”, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, mixed media including graphite, watercolor and pastel, 6″ x 6″

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!

"Velvet Underground", (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst,2015, chalk pastel on wet paper. 6" x 6"

“Velvet Underground”, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst,2015, chalk pastel on wet paper. 6″ x 6″

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.

"Mind Topo 2". (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, watercolor, acrylic, pastel,  7" x 5"

“Mind Topo 2”. (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, watercolor, acrylic, pastel gel medium, 7″ x 5″

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.

 

Crazy new challenges and the “Venus de Who”

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.

"Venus de Who", (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, pastel on watercolor paper

“Venus de Who”, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, pastel on watercolor paper  6″ x 6″

 

So, as I continue to work these challenges, this is a piece that I may not have ever produced otherwise! Thanks for this challenge!

 

Mixed precip and hot chocolate

That was Saturday night, and into Sunday. I got stuck in the ice today, after thinking I had moved my car to a “safe place”.

My visual response to the above-and yes, I drank my share of hot chocolate and had stew for lunch!

Mixed Precip and Hot Chocolate, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, acrylic and watercolor on Arches watercolor paper

Happy New Year…and all that :)

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 have been invited to display at an area gallery postcard-inspired show. These are unfinished pieces for that.

I have been invited to display at an area gallery postcard-inspired show. These are unfinished pieces for that.

I am also going to try to bring more area art to you again, too. There is a ton going on up here!!