Give Boring Beige the Boot!

 Beige. What does that word conjure up for you?

The walls in your doctor’s or dentist’s office? The carpeting in same? That’s very likely the case.

As a painter, I love color! I should love color; it’s the basis of my work, the commodity with which I convey my thoughts and feelings. Let me clarify though. I love color—except for beige. I’ve always disliked the color, in all its many shades. When I first met my husband, he drove a Subaru wagon. It was the most hideous shade of beige or tan that I’d ever seen. I liked him very well, just not his car.

A goodly number of homes are painted beige on the exterior (AND interiors). Why? I believe the reason is because people are afraid of color. Afraid to make a statement about themselves with their color choices. It’s too ‘personal’, too revealing. As if painting their home, say, blue, would tell the world something about their political leanings? I jest, but I do believe that many people have bought into the idea that neutral is best. My own home is painted with a color called Rocky River, a deep green/blue/grey. The trim is called Peppercorn. And you know what? It’s beautiful!

Title: If Only You Hadn’t

Neutral. Having no affiliation. To me, it’s having no personality! The world is full of color, thankfully, and it makes me happy! If you examine my work, you’ll see that I embrace color, using fairly saturated tones. It gives excitement and vibrancy to the figures I paint. The piece above is a perfect example of what I mean.

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Her Vanity

My latest work, oil on canvas entitled “Her Vanity” was just selected to join 60 other pieces in the 2018 Au Naturel International Juried Exhibition in Astoria, Oregon. This great show is held annually in Astoria at the Clatsup Community College Royal Nebeker Gallery
I consider it a great honor to be chosen for this show. This is only my second time being selected in five years!

Out of 510 pieces submitted only 61 were selected. So, yes, it is an honor to be included.

Her Vanity
30″ x 30″
Oil on Canvas

The show dates are January 25–March 15, 2018. There will be an artist’s reception January 22nd, 6:00 pm.

 

 

Newest Figurative Piece

Below is the most recent completed work for 2017. “Seated Figure 1″ is oil and cold wax on board. Smaller than most of my other works, its dimensions are a mere 12″ x 16”. But, I think it has significant punch and I’m pleased with it.

Seated Figure 1
Oil and cold wax on board.
12″ x 16″

The model that posed for me, Christine, was patient and tireless, even with pose changes and long times being in one position.

I hope you enjoy this painting and would love to hear comments!

What is Art Today?

AshleeonGreenCushion
Ashlee on Green Cushion Acrylic on Canvas 40″ x 30″

In today’s world,  art seems to have taken a back seat as compared to the days of Da Vinci. In his day, the artist was a respected, even revered person and valued his community. Today the moniker “artist” is likely to conjure up a quirky,  perhaps bizarre individual given to fits of temper, self destructive behaviors or overwhelming self involvement. Most people, if asked, think of artists as people who are “different” from mainstream people.

I don’t think that’s true of course, being an artist. But the life of an artist is anything but normal, especially if the artist in question is in a position of trying to make a living with his or her work. With so little disposable income available to the vast multitude of working people, art is often the very last thing they think of when deciding where to spend money, if they think of it at all. That’s too bad because I believe that art is, or should be, an integral part of every person’s life. It can be a facet of life that gives refuge, solace, and comfort. It can be a mechanism to induce thinking, pondering and questioning. Art is, after all, a reflection of the mind and heart of the person who created it. Does it not follow that by viewing art you can understand more about humanity, good and bad?

I think most artists would agree with me in saying that every piece of art that he or she creates takes a piece of their soul. They are trying to express a feeling, something that is important to them. And that, I think is worth the price of admission.