Archive of ‘Paintings’ category

Associations. Marshall Crossman.

I’ve been out of high school a long time ( we won’t mention how long! ).  If it weren’t for Facebook, I think it’s safe to say there would be few folks from high school I would be keeping up with today.  Don’t get me wrong, I had a great high school experience.  But I’m a firm believer that people move through our lives in seasons– some come to stay, others stay just for awhile.  But what is it about high school that seems to create such strong bonds for some?

One thought might be that commonality of going through the same experience at the same point in time.  We are becoming a singular person, but are immersed in a large group.  Striving to find ourselves, yet often losing ourselves among the crowd.  The Class Photo series of paintings by Pacifica artist Marshall Crossman  seems to illustrate that experience of individuals melting together to form a whole.

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The way the artist reduces the ubiquitous class photo pose into simple shapes and strokes reinforces the idea of young people still in “formation” mode.  Who among us knew who we would ultimately be while in high school?  I certainly didn’t!  Maybe it’s true that my life’s path didn’t take the journey I thought it would at eighteen, but deep inside I’m the same soul I was in high school.  Introspective, striving, shy.  When I look at the current faces of my former classmates, I don’t see the changes life has dealt.  What is left is the essence of those souls who are forever linked with mine through our shared experience, our shared moment in time.

To see more of Marshall Crossman‘s work, please visit her website.

Artist found via Dolby Chadwick Gallery.  All images are via the Dolby Chadwick website.

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Churning. Lorene Anderson.

After spending almost 2 years in small towns, it is such a treat to be close to a big city and all it has to offer.  Recently Mr. F and I spent a Saturday morning gallery hopping, one of my favorite ways to spend a day!  We hit up a bunch of galleries in Union Square, including K. Imperial Fine Art and it was there I fell in love with the work of Lorene Anderson.

Inspired by the rolling hills here in Northern CA, Anderson uses stripes to mimic the landscape but only slightly– she bends and churns their parallel lines to create movement and depth.  What would have been solid and stagnant becomes fluid and lively.

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While sharing work on the blog is important, I can’t stress enough how much difference it makes to get out and see art in person.  The depth of the layers in Anderson’s work amazed me on sight.  There was so much going on, so many little worlds to get up close and explore! And I’m still mesmerized by those stripes.  Landscape painting has been around for centuries, artists will always be inspired by the earth’s beauty.  But it is in the work of artists like Lorene, who show us a different vision of the land we see every day that I find endless inspiration and fascination.

To see more of Lorene Anderson‘s work, please visit her website.  If you’re in the Bay Area, you can see her show, Landscape Multiverse at K. Imperial Fine Art until April 30th.

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Convergence. Edwige Fouvry.

Trees break free from rocky soil.  The sea crashes onto land.  The natural world is filled with interesting and often incongruent intersections.  In her paintings, French born Brussels based artist Edwige Fouvry calls our attention to those confluences to be found around us.

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These places of intersection are often some of my favorites– the drama of cliff faces rising above a glassy lake is just too incredible to be true sometimes!  Landscapes remind us of our own juxtapositions, the way our lives don’t always seem to make sense and yet, somehow we continue to thrive.  There is a certain type of wildflower found in Florida that actually needs what we would normally think of as disaster ( wildfire ) in order to grow.  Perhaps it is at those times when the sea crashes onto our shore that though we think we are drowning, we are actually being nourished.

To see more of Edwige Fouvry‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Dolby Chadwick Gallery.

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Abundance. Todd Hunter.

Something about spring brings to mind the word lush. The landscape here in Northern California has been filled with blossoms and green.  It’s like the earth is ready to explode with the joy of warmth and sun following the grey of winter.  But we know all this riotous color is short lived, soon to give way to the scorched earth of summer.  These abstract paintings by Australian artist Todd Hunter remind me that the overabundance of life isn’t to be taken for granted.

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Just as Hunter’s paintings are a deluge of color and texture, so does our life sometimes seem overflowing with happiness and good fortune.  We store up those feelings, to be called upon in the midst of the drought.  But right now the rains are coming and we relish the abundance while we have it.

To see more of Todd Hunter‘s work, please visit his website.

Images via the artist’s website and the website of his representing gallery, Scott Livesay Gallery.

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Coverings. Brian Coleman.

For painters, it can be so intoxicating to fall in love with those first strokes laid on a canvas.  They can seem so pure, so guileless.  It’s tempting to call it done.  But what we learn over time is that choosing to cover and rework can bring depth and clarity that wasn’t there at the beginning stages.  We might lose something we loved, but we always know it is still there, under the latest cover of paint.

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Charleston artist Brian Coleman knows a thing or two about what he calls “excessive reworking”.  Painting intuitively and to music, Brian’s thoughts and feelings flow freely onto canvas.  Yet with many a freewheeling emotion, sometimes those first strokes need to be reigned in.  Just as we push aside a hurt to focus on what is better, so his work reminds us to cover what was in hopes of finding better in the new.

To see more of Brian Coleman‘s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Anne Irwin Fine Art.

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Views. Christopher Ryan Russell.

Mr. F and I have an ongoing difference of opinion.  When we’re hiking, he is all about big, open, impressive views.  I like hikes that take me deep into the forest where the light does magical things among a myriad of textures.  But no matter the view, the point is to get out and just see!  These paintings by Christopher Ryan Russell take us down both paths towards divine prospects.

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On occasion, Mr. F and I both get what we want– a journey that takes us deep down into the forest and then up and out into an amazing landscape view.  Russell’s work well represents that dichotomous marriage between what lies beneath and what is to be found above.  One would not be nearly as thrilling without the journey to or from the other.

Check out Christopher Ryan Russell‘s website to see more of his work.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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Piles. Brigid Watson.

Are you a piler?  At any given time, we live with at least half a dozen piles scattered among us– stacks of mail, bills, laundry, books, you name it.  Sometimes one pile begets another pile and so on and so on.  These paintings by Brigid Watson, with their heavily layered texture reminded me that the piles are simply the layers of life.

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In Watson’s paintings, the layers of paint swirl together, overlap, sometimes just piling one right on top of the other.  So it is with our own piles.  We try to keep things neat and compacted but that just isn’t the way life works most of the time.  The piles continue and soon we can only catch glimpses of what lies beneath.  The layers add to the foundation, creating movement, color, creating life.

To see more of Brigid Watson‘s work, check out her Facebook page.  I chose to focus on these textural paintings but I fell in love with everything she does!

All images are via the artist’s Facebook page.

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Peeks. Laurie Danial.

Our little apartment here in Marin County is on top of a hill, looking down on a small valley below, surrounded by trees.  We delight in leaving the windows open, each glimpse out feels like the view from a treehouse!  Every morning, as I groggily try to get my bearings post-alarm-ring, I catch tiny little slivers of the sunrise through the trees.

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Occasionally, those small slices propel me out and up the steps to see the full view.  But most of the time, I’m content with those tiny little looks.  The bigger picture is in the beyond and there is comfort in knowing it is there, yet I don’t feel compelled to always seek it out.  I’m safe and content up here in the trees and the slivers are enough.  Just a little taste can be just as satisfying as eating the whole pie.

Abstract paintings featured by Portland artist Laurie Danial.  See more on the artist’s website.

All images via the artist’s website.

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Breathe. Eric Aho.

I’ve always loved being outside.  When I was young, my brother and I would spend entire Saturdays outside, only coming in when we heard my dad’s special ( and loud! ) whistle.  As the years went by, it seemed like the opportunities to be outside became fewer.  But that old ache has been renewed and these days, I can’t wait to get out to where I can breathe.  Artist Eric Aho‘s abstract paintings capture that magical feeling that only the freshest of air can bring.

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Mr. F and I like to seek out lesser traveled trails– definitely a challenge while we’re in the Bay Area.  But even if the solitude is short lived, we soak up every second.  One of us will pause– shhh!  The other always asking what is it?  What do you see?  What do you hear?  What we hear is nothing.  Quiet.  Peace.  Air in, worries out.

To see more of Eric Aho‘s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s representing galleries, Hidell Brooks Gallery and DC Moore Gallery.  Artist found via Hidell Brooks.

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Tribes. Erica Lambertson.

It can be a struggle to find your people.  When we’re young and not yet fully who we are meant to be, we often find ourselves in the midst of people simply because they are the ones that are around or because of a longing to be cool, popular, etc.  And life can still be that way.  On social media and in the blog world especially, we’re bombarded with images of the “cool kids” doing amazing things, enjoying success.  It can make us long to be a part of their pack.

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But what I’ve learned, and believe me it’s taken a long time, is that there is a group of people that will get you.  And those who don’t can be fun to hang with occasionally, but they aren’t your people.  Your people, your tribe, are the ones who hold your hand through thick and thin, who get your jokes, who understand your passions.  They are out there.

Featured artwork by New Orleans artist Erica Lambertson.  See more of Erica’s work on her website.

All images via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Gallery Orange.

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