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The sky is falling

In early January of 2016 I saw a wonderful exhibition of paintings and drawings at the Frick Collection in New York. The exhibit was Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance workshop in action and the beautiful book with the same title is where I found some tragically prescient drawings by the master, one of which I have included in this post. I have been working on the painting based off of these drawings for a few weeks, on and off, and with much stumbling. But it seems to be coming together.

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Sketch by Andrea del Sarto from the book Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action by Julian Brooks
Sketch by Andrea del Sarto from the book Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action by Julian Brooks

Who am I anyway?

I have gotten tired of presenting myself to others. So I decided to just be real-for me, not for anyone else. In a world where we are watching ourselves 24/7 and almost never allowed to be anything but restrained and polished because who knows who may be looking, I have embarked on a series of paintings I call “Sloppy Selfies”. And I have included two other paintings as well, containing images that have pestered me for awhile.

Oil on canvas, 11 x 14 inches, 2015
Oil on canvas, 11 x 14 inches, 2015
Oil on canvas, 12 x 12 inches, 2015
Oil on canvas, 12 x 12 inches, 2015
Oil on canvas, 14 x 18 inches, 2015
Oil on canvas, 14 x 18 inches, 2015
Oil on canvas, 6 x 6 inches, 2015
Oil on canvas, 6 x 6 inches, 2015

 

A new season

I am looking forward to the new art season, and I am honored to have been selected as a National Artist with the A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. From late May to late June of 2016, the National Artists will be exhibited in a group show at the gallery. When I lived in NY I visited the A.I.R. Gallery often, finding it inspirational. At that time, it was located in SoHo. It is the first all women, artist-run gallery. Read more about the gallery’s history and mission. In a time when women make up 60% of art students, but only 30% of the artists being shown in galleries and museums, it is as important as ever for women to have a place to share our art.

Figure composition (2) complete:

Oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches, 2015.
Oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches, 2015.