“Rich impressionist colors tainted with a little humor”

Today I was asked to describe my art in ten words or so. The painting shared today is named “Three is Not Company”. What I like to do is make you think about what I have painted and realize there is more than goes into a painting than you might think. It was the day, it was Paris, is amazing how uncomfortable the woman on the right looked as the man in the middle was intensely interested in the woman on the left.

What do you think, is it a good description of my art?

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Don’t be the Ass in the Middle

Don't be the Ass in the Middle

My son Chadwyck took a photo of three horses crossing a creek outside of San Francisco, and I Liked it so much I decided to paint it, but the poor horse in the middle came out looking more like a donkey than the third horse and it made me think that some things do not always come out as they were intended. Maybe we all make mistakes in life, but the important thing is that we don’t become an “idiot” about our mistakes

 

 

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Don’t be the Ass in the Middle

Quote for the Day

Quote for the Day

Yesterday I took an art class and was to take the second day of the series today, and I had such a negative reaction to how the class was taught I took the ferry to the city, packed up my paint supplies and went home. I couldn’t force myself to stay another day and feel that unsuccessful about my art. I made a comment on my Facebook page and it seems I am not the only artist that has had that happen.

I respect the artists work that I took the class from, but to every explanation she asked: “Does that make sense?” For some reason hearing that statement over and over again was something I could not handle.

Lately I have been so busy taking classes from other people, I am not spending time on my own work. I thought it would be fun to take a lot of different classes, but I forgot with that are a lot of different styles.

When I realized after a long walk on the beach with my son and my husband, I enjoy the social part of a class as much, if not more than often what I learn. So many classes are repetitious with the only variance being a different point of view.

I had not idea how many experts there are on art until I started taking classes. Yes that was a rhetorical statement.

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Nicolai Fechin exhibition in Seattle

Nicolai Fechin, “Portrait of a Young Woman,” 1912, oil on canvas, 31 3/4 x 28 in. Seattle, Frye Art Museum

The Work of Nicolai Fechin

Jeffrey Carlson Reporting
Contributing Editor, Fine Art Today
Followers of the Russian master Nicolai Fechin (1881-1955) will not want to miss a large-scale exhibition now on view at the Frye Art Museum. 
The Frye Art Museum in Seattle has gathered 55 paintings and drawings by Nicolai Fechin in a major exhibition that will be on view through May 19.

Nicolai Fechin, “Lady in Pink (Portrait of Natalia Podbelskaya),” 1912, oil on canvas, 45 1/2 x 35 in. Seattle, Frye Art Museum
Titled Nicolai Fechin, the exhibition concentrates on the early Russian period of Fechin’s career, a strong point in the Frye’s permanent collection. Loans from U.S. museums and from private lenders, American and international, round out the exhibition.
At one time a student of Ilya Repin (1844-1930), Fechin led an eventful life that saw him emigrate to the United States and earn worldwide fame for his vibrant, expressive canvases. His “Lady in Pink,” now in the Frye’s permanent collection, was exhibited in the International Exhibition at the Carnegie Institute in 1913 and in the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915 alongside the works of Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, and Boudin. Fechin’s career accelerated as a result of his participation in the important Exhibition of Russian Painting and Sculpture at the Brooklyn Art Museum in 1923 and his solo exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in the same year. Later in life he moved to Taos, New Mexico, where the landscape and Southwestern culture inspired the artist to create many brilliant pictures. The current exhibition at the Frye concludes with these Taos paintings.
Nicolai Fechin, “Nude Figure,” 1911, oil on canvas, 28 1/2 x 26 in. The Filatov Family Art Foundation
Nicolai Fechin was curated by Frye Director Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker. It is the first major overview of Fechin’s work held at the Frye Art Museum since 1976.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of lectures, classes, and gallery talks. To see the full program, visit www.fryemuseum.org.
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Nicolai Fechin exhibition in Seattle

This was the original abstract that became a nude.

This was the original abstract that became a nude.

I think I may have found a style that I enjoy. I love doing abstracts, but adding the nude on top of the color was great fun. Please tell me what you think. The woman just seemed to emerge from the abstract and seemed to want to be seated.   I am thinking about doing more of these in the future.  Love doing abstracts and have fun drawing figures, so this might be a fun combination to do in the future. Abstract Nude

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Raining in Paris

Raining in Paris

I took this photo in Paris last January and always thought it would make a fun painting. I am having a show in June at Rick Steves in Edmonds, so am trying to do a few more European paintings.

I wanted to capture the light on the building and the fun of different colored umbrellas.

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Drawing Class

Second Drawing in classFinal drawing of ModelDrawing Class

Every artist should take a drawing class to hone their skills. Drawing. Drawing. Drawing. Every art teacher tell you that you have to draw before you can paint or watercolor. You have to get the drawing right.

This weekend I took a wonderful class on portraiture with Dan Riley and Joe MacKenchie, both respected Seattle artists.

Two teachers and five dedicated artists! It was great fun, exhausting and the perfect way to spend a rainy weekend.

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Last pose of the Evening

Last pose of the Evening

Just this last week I started taking a figure drawing class after not doing much in charcoal for a while. The model struck this pose and I thought “how do I do this?”

I like the result. It is only 8 x 8 inches, so not big, but I had fun trying to bring some drama into the pose. Hope I can be posting more in the future.

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