Mothers Day Paintings

As we celebrate Mothers Day, I realized that I had painted quite a few images of my mother, grandmother and other mothers that I know.  First, the paintings of my mother and grandmother: Mom & me, young Lillian, Mom at 96, and Grandmom Rose.

Paintings of my children and their children: Page & Henry, Molly with Louisa & Bridget

Paintings of friends and family: Eileen & Aunt Roni, Beth & Owen, Hastings Farmers market

More paintings of mothers to come in the future!

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Paintings of Refugee Children

In March, a fire destroyed my art studio and 20 years’ worth of my work.  Among the few paintings that I managed to save are these of refugee children.  They were among my most recent work and serve as a reminder of those far less fortunate than me.

refugee collage grid

“Alone” selected for “Visual Narratives,” a Tri-State Juried Exhibition — conniefreidblog

I was very pleased that my painting of a young refugee was accepted into the Loft Artists Association’s exhibit. Juried by Katerina Lanfranco, Chief Curator at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn NY and founder of Rhombus Space, it was one of 70 pieces selected from 310 submissions. The show started on August 26 and ends on […]

via “Alone” selected for “Visual Narratives,” a Tri-State Juried Exhibition — conniefreidblog

“Borders, Bodies, Home” features my art

little-boy-refugee
“Alone” from my refugee series

 

I am very pleased to share some good news about my refugee series of paintings.  “Alone” and another piece showing refugee children were selected for the current (Spring 2017) issue of Rejoinder, an online journal published by the Institute for Research for Women at Rutgers in partnership with the Feminist Art Project.  The issue explores how borders and bodies shape our understandings of selfhood, exile and home. The issue is available at http://irw.rutgers.edu/rejoinder.

“Shelter” presented by Harlem School of the Arts & the National Association of Women Artists in cooperation with Violence Transformed – December 1, 2016-January 3, 2017

little-boy-refugee
“Alone” from my refugee series

 

I am pleased that my painting, “Alone”, has been selected for this exhibit.

“One of the basic needs, with food and love, SHELTER is a major concern for all living beings, especially when it comes to refugees, immigrants, those struggling to pay the rent, and victims of domestic violence.  Artwork centered on SHELTER, open to the artists’ interpretation, aims to bring light to the struggles in the search for this essential ingredient for happiness and security.” (Harlem School of the Arts, the Herb Alpert Center)

“Alone” featured as part of “Shelter” exhibit

little-boy-refugee
“Alone” from my refugee series

I am pleased that my painting of this refugee child has been selected by the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. for their exhibit. “Shelter.” The exhibit takes place at the Harlem School of the Arts and runs from December 1 through January 3.  A portion of sales proceeds goes to Violence Transformed.

New work in process

When the Hastings-on-Hudson farmers market takes place, we frequent the Hudson Valley Duck stand. The amiable guy who sells the duck is Angus (shouldn’t he be selling beef?).  I’ve taken photos of other vendors and have in mind to do a large painting with all of them in it.  But I was so fascinated with Angus’s face that I decided to do a smaller version of just him.  To start with something other than a blank canvas, I pressed the left-over paint from my palette on the canvas and

I now have to work my way through the mess. So far, I’ve only sketched in the image but I think it sort of looks like him.  To be continued…