Thursday, January 21, 2010

Following the Impressionists' path with Abstracts




In a post this fall, I described pursuing a painting direction inspired by Shady Lakes(lily ponds north of Albuquerque called by another artist the Giverny of New Mexico), and showed you the first painting of a new series, Pond I. The series explores a more Impressionistic palette, each painting limited to 5 colors + white. Here are three more of said series(the 3rd may not be finished yet) using basically the same colors - what I find most appealing in this process is the creation of delicious neutrals using compliments, near-compliments and white, and of course, the experience of working with more subdued, less "Southwestern" colors.
Next post will be the finished sculpture of a pregnant young woman who has since had her baby, a little girl, and a red-head at that, I hope!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

art Chickens come home to roost

A wonderful and amazing thing happened today! An old and rarely remembered art-debt was acknowledged and is being paid! Probably 20 years ago, I agreed to a reduced price, and sold a fair number of early watercolors from my AWS days, done ten years earlier, to a dealer from a town nearby, receiving payments for some years, then none for a good while, and finally, as it would come up mentally yearly (or when economically stressed), forgetting about it mostly, the w.c.'s being in the past, and my having moved on (in my own art work and life). Said dealer died recently, sadly, and his partner contacted me today via e-mail (a time to have gratitude for the expansion and complication the internet brings into our lives) to ask about and settle the debt - how honorable and wonderful of her, and for me - an affirmation of faith in the integrity of many of those we deal with in this art life.

Marianne

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