Thursday, January 26, 2012

Painting Complete and A Whole Lot of Framing Going On

"I am Africa"
Senegal, Africa
14" x 20"

Framed "Sunset in North Danville, VT and
Winter in the Garden

Framed "Ochre Quarry at Rest," Provence
"Fall on Tampico Road," Vermont

Framed "Lover's Point Sentinel," Pacific Grove,
"Olive Trees at the Winery," Morgan Hill, and
"Sunny Nook," Ardenwood Farms, Fremont

First I am showing you the finished piece, "I am Africa." You saw my preliminary piece here.  I decided to add some modern touches with the red stamping on the upper left.  Though I like the piece, I have decided to hang a different painting more characteristic of my art in the "Red or Read" exhibit.  I will be showing "Rockport Headlands." I will include the Africa portrait in my personal shows.

Bob and I will be hanging my show, "Art and Place," at The Forum on February 15 with a reception on the 17th for the Forum community, so Bob is cutting mats and I am framing my work. The gallery at the Forum is huge, so I have selected over 40 pieces, most of which have never been shown, so lots of work to prepare them. I generally stockpile wood frames when they go on sale, but they do take a lot of storage space. No matter that we have lots of space, we prefer a more open look. So this time I bought Nielson sectional frames from Cheap Joe's and plexiglass from Tap Plastics. I am liking these frames a lot. I've gotten pretty handy with my power drill and screwdriver that Bob bought for my very own last year.  I so appreciate the considerable amount of time Bob devotes to the matting and helping with shows.

The is the first time I've had a solo show so it will be awesome to see it hung in a lovely space. For the most part, the pieces are on this blog as I've as I have use my blog to chronicle my art adventures, and I show you my victories and defeats. It's been a great way for me to catalogue what works and what doesn'tEach painting has special meaning to me -- a place I've been inspires the landscape, people, or architecture that I paint. Even my more experimental pieces reflect my personal sense of place.  Hence, the name of the show. 

The show at the Forum closes on March 20. I will move the show to my home "gallery" late in March and will host an Art Open House for friends, family, and collectors on April 28 and 29. 


Christiane Kingsley said...

Wow! Mary, what an exciting time for you. Your solo show will be terrific. I wish I lived closer and could attend. I hope that you will post lots and lots of pictures.
Congratulations and wishing you all the best.

jyothisethu said...

all the best for the show

CrimsonLeaves said...

I am so proud of you, Mary! You are having a solo show!!! The framed and matted pieces all look so beautiful!!

hw (hallie) farber said...

"Rockport Headlands" is a beautiful painting.

Framing is a tough but essential part of art. Forty pieces--wow. I know the Art and Place Show will be wonderful.

(Aleve works well on shoulder pain.)

Mary Paquet said...

Christiane, I wish you could see the show. I will share pictures.

Jyothisethu, I appreciate your visit. I love to see how you showcase art by your son and husband.

Sherri, your visits are always a pleasure.

Hallie, I'm going to need the Aleve for sure. I am now up to 44 paintings, and the metal frames can be deadly on the hands. Bandaids are a necessity. Once I had 7 stitches in my knee -- I was framing a large piece on the floor and the glass fell out. I managed to kneel on it. I've been more injured framing than riding my bicycle.

Barbra Joan said...

Mary, I've watched your work progress so much through the past years, and I am so impressed how far you've come.. I like what I see, and I wish you all the very best in the coming weeks with your receptions and exhibits..
hugs, Barbra Joan

janice said...

Lovely, Mary. Your interpretation of his photo captures the silence and peacefulness of the scene. You definitely have those layered planes down!

Mary Paquet said...

Barbra Joan, you are always so encouraging. Having a blog helps me see my progress, and friends like you motivate me to keep painting.

Janice, thanks -- that workshop in Provence helped me take a step forward in my art.