Winter is continuing to be a productive time for the StudioWorks artists. Many new and wonderful images are being produced like the above city scene by Terry B. I love the active mark making which suggests how the urban environment is always in motion. We have been blending in new artists into our community. For the most part, this has been going well. There have been some growing pains, but it is more a matter of some of our artists needing to become comfortable in a new and different environment. Our structure tends to be relaxed and for some of our artists it is also a new experience to be in charge of their own creativity. As most practicing artists learn…it takes time to learn what to make. Our staff can help guide that search through suggestions and the introduction of new media. One sign that our approach is bearing fruit are all the individualized approaches the StudioWorks artists bring to their work. Everybody has different style that you can discern over time.
Some of our veteran artists, like Julie B., are enjoying the new studio. This oil pastel of the “Red Baron’s Airplane” will be the featured image on the announcement of our next show which is happening soon. We will be displaying work under the title of “The StudioWorks Art Community” which will be held in Louisville at the Jefferson Community and Technical College’s Krantz Art Gallery. The exhibit dates are March 7 -31, 2011. Many of the works appearing in this post will be in that art show. Here’s another Julie B. oil pastel and this piece is large. It features Julie sitting on a love seat and her boyfriend Allan. This piece is composed of several sheets of paper that have been taped together which is a technique that Julie loves to do. Her works on paper grow out organically.
We have had several commissions come out of our studio lately. Chimel F. just finished an acrylic on canvas for a client that includes their favorite snacks…ice cream with chocolate syrup! The paint surface alone is good enough to eat!
Carol T. also finished up a recent commission. Pet portraits are always popular and Carol did a good job with “Grainger” who is a black lab. I love the mischievous look in his eyes and the colorful rug helps the dog stand out even more and creates additional interest in this painting.
Carol also finished another acrylic on canvas animal painting and this one features two pinto horses she loves. This is of a mare and her colt.
Another animal lover is Natalie L. She is also fond of horses and is an experienced rider. Natalie prefers to abstract her subjects and this painting is bold with a rich textured acrylic paint surface.
Our good friend Dorcas has been working hard on painting in a nonobjective style. Her paintings are getting better with their rich colors and surfaces. This painting is entitled “Ocean Waves” and really does live up to its title.
Among our newcomers, Marie V. has painted her first canvas with us and this is it. It combines great color painted with a fan brush and the uniquely personal element of her own hand prints.
To close, I would like to showcase two nice color pencil drawings. The first is by Nancy A. and features her abstract geometric imagery. She is getting very sophisticated with these diamond-patterned compositions.
Brad B. has a distinctive drawing style and he likes to work figuratively. Here’s one of his latest images that demonstrates this to the max. This work features many members of his extended family and is part of an ongoing series that includes family and friends. StudioWorks is getting to a point where it is difficult to showcase all the fine art works that are being produced under our roof! We love having this dilemma and can’t wait to show you what happens next!
Smiles to everybody!!