August Greetings and Happy Birthday to Me
Loving this day. The weather is gorgeous and I'm delivering some of my art for exhibit later today. For the first time, I will have art on display at two different galleries in the same month. I call it a birthday gift. One of the pieces at The Rooted is an acrylic painting entitled "Passage". The work started as a photograph of climbing hydrangea in winter. A copy of the photograph is below (the original file is archived and don't have time to look for it now). The pattern of the vines interested me enough to make a drawing. Even as I worked on the drawing, I was seeing a sunset coming through and over the fence. The painting evolved into something that was totally about me and the loss of my eldest son from leukemia in 2011. In a way, it is a self-portrait. Without realizing it and without copying it, that face is the face of me just before my son launched out on his own in the late 1990's. It was a time of transition for both of us. Now the painting will be part of an exhibit entitled "HEAT". I think it fits very well. The painting has been seen a good bit the past year and I'm pleased that viewers interpret it in various ways--a good thing and very gratifying. The photos are various stages of the work. For some reason, I couldn't get them to upload in order so I've numbered them.
Here are details for the August exhibits:
The Rooted Artist Collective
101 N. Newberry St.
York, PA 17401
Opening: First Friday, August 7, 2015 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
126 E. King St.
York, PA 17401
Opening: First Friday, August 7, 2015 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Gallery hours: Thursday through Saturday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and by appointment
917 971-7456 HIVEartspace@gmail.com
|#2 the pencil and conte drawing|
|#6 - I changed the orientation and started working without a reference.|
|#7 A pastel sketch of what I wanted to merge with the painting.|
|#1 - the photograph that started it all|
|"Passage" acrylic on canvas 14" x 18"|