Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Start of school

I just want to leave a brief post on what I am up to. School has begun and I am swamped with work. I really like our new Interns and I am excited to get them out into their jobs. I am happy to see the interns that returned. They are so much fun. I did take the painting that I fretted with all summer (window with people in the panes) to the framers. I titled it "Lunch Anyone". I have applied to our local gallery to show my paintings and I am waiting to see if I get in. I have sent in my paperwork for the Java, Jazz n' Art Show in October. Now to get the theme painting done. The theme is "the River" since we are a river town. This is difficult to find the right scene to paint. I have, also, entered the painting "Best Friends Napping" and "Lunch Anyone". These two will be in the open category of the show. The difference this year from last is your paintings are juried to be in the show then juried for prizes. Last year everyone that entered got in and then every painting was judged for prizes. A little tougher this time. So, if I do not get back for a week or two please forgive me as I am working hard toward the October show. Gaylynn

Sunday, August 16, 2009

2009 Miamisburg Art Guild 7th Annual Juried Exhibition

I was juried into the Miamisburg Art Guild 2009 Exhibition! To the right is my painting "Best Friend's Napping" hanging in the gallery. It was the only painting that I entered this year and it was in the portrait category. The exhibition had Best of Show and four categories that had four awards each this year. These categories were portrait, landscapes, still life and miscellaneous. They stated that 72 artists entered 153 pieces and 115 were accepted into the show. To the right is the portrait that took first place. It was done by Amy Mitchell and the oil painting was called "Jessie". The funny thing about all the winners in this category the paintings were titled by a single name. Second place was "Ben" by Louise Doorley. Third place went to "Tody" by Paul Fox and the Merit Award by Judy Thaxton titled "Jim". Judy also won third place in the Miscellaneous Category for her painting "Zen and the Art of Garden Maintenance". Best of Show, to the left, went to a colored pencil painting called "All used up" by Tom Kinarney. My GCWS and blog buddy, Deb Ward (debwartart.blogspot.com) got two of her paintings accepted into the exhibition. These paintings were "Agave" a watercolor and an acrylic called "Blocks". The exhibition was judged by a faculty member from the University of Dayton. The exhibition lasts until September 5, 2009. If you live in the Dayton, Ohio area I hope you go and see the exhibition and the fabulous work from SW Ohio artists displayed. This gallery exhibition means a lot to me because it is where I learned to paint all those many years ago. The gentleman all the way right, Gene Woods, was the man who started the Gallery in this small town. He and his friends like Les Spicer (the other man in the picture) and Dorthy Rice, were the teachers to young and old. This town embraced the gallery and have kept oil/acrylic lessons going for over 40 years. As Deb put it, it is like "old home week" for me. Ladies that did my portrait, in a portrait class when I was 14, run the gallery now. I sometimes wish I lived closer to be apart of the heritage of keeping the gallery going. Instead I enter this exhibition and take pride that I am a former student of this hometown gallery. Gaylynn I appreciate and want to say thank you to my support: My sister M for delivering the painting; My sister N and her son J for coming to the opening reception; My daughter R and my parents, C & N, for being with me during the awards ceremony and the opening reception. I also want to thank PW and DH for their kind words.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Taft Museum

After the GCWS meeting I went to our local small museum, the Taft (www.taftmuseum.org). The Taft is the home of Anna Sinton and Charles Phelps Taft. This house is a National Historic Landmark built in 1820. It is Federal Paladin architecture. The house is where Anna Sinton grew up and stayed after her marriage to Charles and raised their family. Charles was the half brother to President William Howard Taft. President Taft actually announced his running for the Presidency on the front portico. The Taft's bequeathed their historic home and collection of 690 works to the city of Cincinnati in 1932. There are European and American Master paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, Goya, Hobbema, Gainsbourgh, Reynolds, Duveneck, Farny, Ingres, JMW Turner, Whistler, Millet, Corot, Sargent and Duncanson Murals. There are Chinese Porcelain, European decorative arts, Limoges, watches, sculpture and furniture. I went to the museum because I had set up a private docent tour. My supervisor, Ms. O, happens to be a docent there. So, my friend and I met her and enjoyed her knowledge of the amazing art work collected by a prominent family of Cincinnati's history. My friend and I have been at the museum before for special exhibits and have always enjoyed this beautiful homes treasures. But, by taking the tour we learned about the works in more detail and walked away with a new appreciation of this gift. The first painting on the left is a portrait of Edward Satchwell Frason, Jr. by Henry Raeburn (1756-1823). I love this portrait. I like the shadows and the way the light hits his face and white shirt. Its illumination is spell-bounding. I find this execution of portraiture flawless. The face is so realistic, as is the fabric of his coat, shirt and vest. They were all painted with such detail that you feel like he standing in front of you. This portrait is accompanied by another portrait by Raeburn of Edward's cousin. They are in a room that also feature Chinese porcelain. Another amazing piece is the Ivory Madonna and Child. This tiny medieval sculpture, is one of five in the world. It was something to see this one Ivory tusk carved into a beautiful figure. The sculpture had three other figures that went with it. One angel above the Madonna and two that stood beside her. The these two are in the Lourve. The one that was above the Madonna was lost during the French Revolution. My favorite room holds the next three paintings. I am a huge John Singer Sargent admirer. So when I entered this room for the first time and found the portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson (1887) by Sargent I was blown away. I had seen this piece in books and had never known or realized that it was here in my own backyard. So each time I visit for exhibitions, I still come to this room to look at this painting. The three of us talked about how Mr. Stevenson was a personal friend of Sargent. How Mr. Stevenson looked relaxed, yet in poor health. Ms. O said that she learned that this was Mrs. Stevenson's favorite portrait of her husband. She felt that Sargent did not make her husband look like a stick. This is why you want to take a docent led tour or get the recorded guides, so you get the history and tidbits about the artwork or artist. The next painting in this room is by Whistler, At The Piano (1858-59). It is Whistler's sister at the piano and his niece looking on. His sister appears to be in mourning in her black dress. The little girl looks ready to go to a party in her white dress, tights and black shoes. I like how her one shoe looks as if it is hanging off her foot that is crossed across her other foot. My friend pointed out that the pianists hands were not actually in position to play because they were flat and not curved over the piano keys. Kinda like when you type. I do not play piano so I would not have seen this. Another favorite is the local artist, Frank Duveneck's The Cobbler's Apprentice (1877). The boy is smoking a cigar and has a look like someone has just caught him smoking. His mouth puckered as he holds his basket of cabbage. His rag-a-muffin appearance and ruddy cheeks endears you to him even more. These are some of my favorites even though there are many amazing pieces every where you look. So if you have not seen paintings or by those I listed above...take a trip to the Taft and enjoy the beauty of the home and its collection. I know there is the Shelbourne in Vermont, the Isabella Gardner in Boston and I have been to the Frick in NYC (which is really amazing). These turn of the century mansions with their collections are a enjoyable way to not only see the art, but see how the rich lived then. Could you imagine your favorite artists works all over your home? Is there a historical home with an art collection in your home town/state? I would love to hear from you, please leave a comment. Gaylynn I want to thank Ms. O and my friend. It was a very enjoyable afternoon.

Using Golden Fluid Acrylic/Donna Clark demo at GCWS Meeting

This week was the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Societies monthly meeting. For me it was my last until next summer since they meet on Wednesday mornings. I have to say in the three meetings that I was able to attend, I met some very nice people and observed three outstanding demo talks. This month was Donna Pierce Clark, OWS (www.donnapirececlark.com). Donna paints in watercolor, oil, and acrylic. She talked about fluid acrylic paints from Golden Paints. Fluid acrylic means that the paint stays wet longer. Unlike regular acrylics that dry in a few hours, these can stay wet on your palette for a few days and on your painting up to a week depending on the thickness of the paint on your painting. Donna says that it can stay wet in her covered palette (tupperware container) for weeks. Donna , today, used Ampersand gesso board for her demo. She says that she prefers the board over a canvas because she like that it is smooth. Donna also like to use Yupo for her paintings. Water is the vehicle, as well as, gel medium. Donna uses a clear gel medium. She takes a hake brush places a thin, watered down gel medium layer all over the board. She said that the gel medium helps to keep the paint wet and when the painting is done it can be used as a varnish to finish and protect the painting. The picture that Donna used was on her laptop. When looking up close, Donna used her paint straight from her palette and mixed the paint on the painting. Her strokes looked like oil without the mess. I have to say I would not mind trying these acrylics. It seemed like you get the butter feel of oil without the mess, smells and drying time. I really enjoyed this demonstration. Do you use this type of acrylics? Can you add to what I observed? Please leave a comment. Gaylynn

Monday, August 3, 2009

Would you pay to see a single painting?

I am back from vacation and catching up on reading my favorite blogs. On July 16th on artbiz.com, Alyson Standfield asked, "Is $17 a fair price to see the single painting La Velata by Raphael?" My first reaction was "oh, that is steep." However, I also knew I would probably pay it. At Our museum, Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM), we do not have a general admission fee so to see exhibits we pay a fee. If the exhibit appeals to me I have no problem paying it. Many who commented back to Alyson felt like I did. Some were upset that a museum would price the viewing so high that most people could not view it. Others felt that the museum should offer something with the fee like a lecture to off set the price for the opportunity to see view the painting. Michael Tyler commented that it was less than a movie with popcorn and a coke. Alyson then came back on July 21st to elaborate on her Deep Thought Thursday question. Alyson said that she was looking for a gut reaction from her readers. She then presented the facts. the painting is showing at the Portland Art Museum. It is $12 general admission and $5 to view the painting. The museum is only allowing 25 people at a time in to view the renaissance painting. This painting, according the Alyson, by Raphael was once considered the most beautiful in the world. It was compared to Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. So now she asked, "would you pay to see the painting?" It wasn't the turn around some of the com-mentors had after they learned more. It was Alyson's reasons on why we all should go see these special exhibits. A few of these reasons were: - Museums do this in hopes to increase membership - Museums are cheap entertainment - Museums in the USA are not government funded like in Great Britain - Museums spend LOTS of money to bring in exhibits and rarely make money from these special events. This list is what brings me to why this topic struck a chord with me. Last year the CAM brought in 3 portraits of Rembrandt. One came from the Louvre which was a feat in itself. I have been lucky to have seen the portraits in their home museums. I could not understand why the CAM was making such a fuss over three, although important, paintings. Why did they not put a whole show together like the Dayton Art Institute had the year before with etchings of DaVinci. They had 100 etchings by Da Vinci and 30 others by his peers. So until I read Alyson's article did I get the why. I feel like I owe the CAM a huge apology for thinking that they were not trying to bring large fabulous exhibits in. And how I hated to travel to other museums to see these spectacular exhibits. I now understand the mechanics of and for bringing in a exhibit. I will not flinch at an opportunity to see something like the exhibit that the CAM offered and what the PAM is offering. Gaylynn Happy Birthday Mom and Dad
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