“Solitude” at my solo exhibit

When I asked visitors their favorite piece at my recent show, “Vixens or Victims?”, “Solitude” was chosen the most often.

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Solitude
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“Alone” featured as part of “Shelter” exhibit

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“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.

Her Story 2016 – An Exhibition of Outstanding Women Artists

frida kahlo for Her StoryI was so pleased to win an “Award of Excellence” in the Manhattan Arts International on-line exhibition, “Her Story 2016.” Curated by Renee Phillips, this exhibit can be viewed from March 20-April 20, 2016.

My entry, “Frida – Two Views”, was the first in my series called “Icons.” After Frida, I did Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.  Following in Warhol’s footsteps, I then did Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor.  I have just completed two views of Georgia O’Keefe. I think my next “icon” will be Audrey Hepburn and then who knows where I’ll take this idea.  Any suggestions?

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…

Messy studio

I just read about a study from the University of Minnesota that says there’s a link between a messy space and creativity.  Hooray!  If this is true, these photos of my #art #studio (somewhat cleaned up) shows my #creativity. I imagine it would be an even bigger mess if I used oils instead of #acrylics.

Spring Awakening

Just saw the amazing production of #SpringAwakening, featuring both deaf and hearing actors.  The deaf actors and many of the hearing actors use sign language and the effect is quite beautiful as their hands are so expressive.

Getting Inspiration for my Art

With the gorgeous weather on Friday, I decided to go to the City and check out some exhibits.  I was particularly interested in seeing “Becoming Jewish: Warhol’s Liz and Marilyn” at the Jewish Museum. I had recently finished paintings of all three of them and hoped this show might provide some insight into their personalities.  Warhol’s iconic portraits explore his fascination with both women, “the allure of fame and the way myths are manufactured.”  He created multiple versions to capture the “obsessive nature of popular fascination with both women’s faces.”

I hadn’t thought of Liz and Marilyn in terms of religion but this show gave me the idea of perhaps doing a series of famous people who converted to Judaism.

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To me, a far more interesting exhibit in the museum is “Unorthodox.” At first, I mistakenly thought it would be about religion but the title has to do with art.  The show “brings together 55 artists who operate outside established norms and could be characterized as mavericks, rebels, iconoclasts or misfits.” I particularly enjoyed the work of Brian De Graw, Boris Lurie and Birgit Mergerle.