Summer Happenings

acrylic paintings, contemporary art, female artist, figurative art, male portraits

Summer has come to the Hudson Valley and my hometown of Saugerties is celebrating the arts with a crazy amount of enthusiasm. Take a scenic drive to Saugerties, the “top ten coolest small towns in the U.S.,” according to Budget Travel Guide —  and see:

Sculptures on the sidewalks, paintings in the shop windows (Partition Street Wineshop is hosting one of my paintings — pictured below), a group show in the historic Dutch barn behind Kiersted House Historical Museum (my “Tudor” painting pictured below is included in the show), Saugerties Artists Tour (my studio is open to visitors August 11, 12), a kickoff to the Artists Tour at the magnificent Opus 40 Museum, plus, going into the fall, there’s “Saugerties is an Art Gallery” (a town-wide exhibition) and ShoutOut Saugerties in October… Yeah, Saugerties is very cool.

And I am deeply grateful for the honor of receiving a generous grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for my series “Silence of Nowhere.” The check arrived in July and the first thing I did was order 12 cans of spray varnish. Thank you, Barbara Deming (1917-1984) — a feminist, lesbian, poet, writer, and nonviolent activist in the civil rights, anti-war and women’s movements. In 1975, when she founded the Fund, she said, “In my life I’ve been helped as a writer to do my work. I think it’s fair that I try to help others.” (quoted from the Deming website)

I’ve been working a lot in ink, combined with acrylic and pastel — reworked old paintings, started lots of new ones — ……. and depicting a lot of men.

Deming Award

 

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Paintings to round out 2016, Friends, Family, Dreamscapes, Costumes

acrylic paintings, contemporary art, figurative painting

Dear Dreamers, Liars, Truth-seekers, etc.,

Whatever the new year brings, let’s never stop creating…

Hereby, some latest efforts … friends and family and pets and all things lovable

12-x-46

“German Visitor,” acrylic, 46″ x 12″

40-x-39

“Tamed Radicals,” (Postdam), acrylic, 40″ x 40″

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“Hudson River,” acrylic, 45″ x 35″

25-x-45-overlook-winter-solstice

“Overlook” (Winter Solstice”), acrylic, 45″ x 25″

 

26-x-40-digital-street

“Digital Street,” acrylic, 26″ x 40″

23-x-40-overlook-summer-solstice

“Overlook,” (Summer Solstice), 23″ x 40″

40-x-20-family-discussion

“Family Discussion,” acrylic, 40″ x 20″

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“Matrix,” acrylic, 32″ x 28″

44-x-32

“Statue of Liberty,” acrylic, 44″ x 32″

Abstract art = wallpaper

abstract art, acrylic paintings, contemporary art

Abstract art was revolutionary a century ago… but what about now?

Sorry, but I see it this way: abstract art = designers’ showcase. Easy on the eyes, easy on the color scheme of the room. I flunked out as an art major in college because I refused to do any abstract. I’m sure my professors meant well. (I dropped painting and became a writer instead.)

Now that I’ve started painting again, I keep some store-bought canvases (I usually stretch my own) as my garbage bins. Whenever I have some excess paint on my brush, I smear the garbage bin canvas with it.

Some results: (One is inadvertently figurative, eh?)

Gutelius, Left Over, acylic on canvas, 24 x 24 jpgGutelius, Superstore Pastoral Landscape, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24Gutelius, Supermarket tic tac, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24