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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Journeys, 2018

acrylic paintings, contemporary art, female artist

My work reflects the narrative equivalent of an inner journey. Precise imagery plays on the edges of an untold, half-told story, ever evolving. Even at the point of stillness, there is agitation and transformation, the hint of a promise of action. And action, of course, implies a narrative.

Below: Family Picnic, Baby Daddy,  The Silence of Nowhere (Panel 3), Saugerties By Night.

Silence of Nowhere

acrylic paintings, art, contempory art, female artist

“Silence of Nowhere” — my latest series, still ongoing, of the inbetween, in limbo, etc. Landscapes, seascapes, people… Some of these are parts of 2 panels…like frames of a film (not all pictured here).

Landscapes are a new adventure for me, and a solace. They should mirror the inscape, not just add to the canon of pretty-pretty. Some of these paintings are a combination chalk pastel and acrylic and ink.

Ashurst30.48cm x 40.64 cm 12 x 16

 

 

30 x 20 Ice Flow

Silence of Nowhere 3

 

40 x 40 Silence of Nowhere

16 x 20 At Sea

Gutelius, Halleluyah, 20 x 18

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School Days (series)

acrylic paintings, contemporary art, figurative art
School Days (reflections), acrylic on canvas, 23 x 19

School Days (reflections), acrylic on canvas, 23 x 19

School Days (Diaspora), acrylic on canvas, 33 x 32

School Days (Diaspora), acrylic on canvas, 33 x 32

School Days (History), acrylic on canvas, 33 x 25

School Days (History), acrylic on canvas, 33 x 25

School Days (Corridor), acrylic on canvas), 34 x 37

School Days (Corridor), acrylic on canvas), 34 x 37

Using acrylic markers

acrylic paintings, contemporary art

A strange, new departure for me (okay, not strange for most people), but:

Buying canvas (rather than stretching it myself) and using acrylic markers (rather than finger painting, which is my usual method) — something about those combinations… well,  the result is a patchwork style that’s a little off the grid for me. And maybe way too familiar to others.

This one is probably unfinished. No title even. And why are these so small here? Sorry for that.

18 x 36 acrylic on canvas

18 x 36 acrylic on canvas

These two, titled “What the Astronaut Saw” — belong together as far as I’m concerned. But probably unfinished. I’m inordinately proud of the sheep on the right though.

What the Astronaut Saw, 16 x 20, acrylic on canvas

What the Astronaut Saw, 16 x 20, acrylic on canvas

What the Astronaut Saw, 16 x 20, acrylic on canvas

What the Astronaut Saw, 16 x 20, acrylic on canvas

Paintings, Drawings (no, these are not collages)

acrylic paintings, art works on paper, contemporary, drawings, female artist, feminist art, painting study, pen and ink drawings, political art, realist art
"A Night at the Movies, colored pencil on paper (no, this is not a collage)

“A Night at the Movies, colored pencil on paper
(no, this is not a collage)

"More News," charcoal, ink and oil pastel on canvas 22" x 17"

“More News,” charcoal, ink and oil pastel on canvas 22″ x 17″

"Sufi Chants" colored pencil on paper

“Sufi Chants” colored pencil on paper

"Checkmate" colored pencil on paper

“Checkmate” colored pencil on paper

Paintings, Drawings.