Category: Abstract art


I was a little hesitant when Fifth Avenue Art Gallery invited me to participate in their ‘What a Difference a Day Makes” 24 hour art challenge but I simply can not resist a good challenge.  Especially one that benefits a good cause.  24 artists were instructed to create an original work of art in a 24 hour period that was based on our selection of 3 out of 7 prompts that were revealed to us early in the morning of our assigned painting day.  A film crew visited us in our studio at some point during the day and captured us working on our creations.  For details about the challenge go to http://www.fifthavenueartgallery.com    The works are to benefit Very Special Arts Brevard and info about that organization can be found at http://www.vsabrevard.org   Our day started at 6 am when we received our prompts and I painted well into the evening.  The result is “Choices” a 24″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas which incorporates the prompts “Just Passing Through”,  “Metamorphosis”,  and “Horizon Line” from a list that included “Shattered”, “Rare”, “Song in Action”, and “Flourish”  It is currently hanging at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery and I’m looking forward to the film premiere and gala reception on the 15th of this month.  I’d love to know what you think about this piece and the concept of the challenge.  Please leave me a comment.

Choices

Choices

For quite a while now I’ve been working to bring my art to a new place.  My abstracts have been very successful but the next step I wanted to reach was to incorporate some figures into them.  I’ve been taking life drawing lessons and sketching figures to get comfortable with the body’s shapes and proportions The Beachcombersand I finally put the two together in my latest painting “The Beachcombers”   This painting has already won the Mayor’s Award and a Merit Award at Central Brevard Art Association’s 11th Annual Cape Canaveral show.  When I posted it on my fb page I got more responses than ever!  I hope you like it.  Feel free to comment.  I am currently working on a follow-up piece so we’ll see how that one does.  I hope this is not just a one hit wonder but you never know.

“The Beachcombers” is a 30″ x 30″ acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas.

This month I am honored to be the Artist of the Month in Citywide Arts & Entertainment (Space Coast, June 2012) magazine.  My painting “Night Tide” is on the cover and inside there is a two page spread with photos of  two other paintings, “Symbolism” & “Harbor Lights”.  Pick up your free copy at Art Gallery of Viera, at The Avenue, Viera.

Also, a picture of my painting “Awaiting the Storm” can be found on page 38 of On View Magazine.  You can check it out at

http://issuu.com/onview/docs/on_view_06-07.2012/39#share

Award winning acrylic painting

Night Tide

I’m so excited!  My copy of Journeys to Abstraction has finally arrived and it is beautiful!  Two of my paintings are featured in this book along with an explanation of the painting process.  I am honored to be included among artists that I respect and admire.  I will definitely be ordering the following issues.  This book is published by North Light Books.  There are so many intriguing paintings and all have a description of how there were executed.  It is a treasure trove of tips and techniques that would cost a fortune to learn through workshops.  Great job, Sue St. John!  Thanks for my copy.  I love it!

Book by Sue St. John

New Book!

I’m so excited!  I finished my first picture book of my paintings and I’m expecting it to arrive on the 20th.  It’s titled “Driven to Abstraction”, subtitle “A Voyage of Discovery”.  I can’t wait to see how it turned out!  It’s full of pictures of my recent abstract paintings.  If you’d like to check it out, here’s the link.   www.blurb.com/books/2886765   Hope you like it.  Let me know what you think.

Abstract Artist Gallery

A collection of abstract artists

If you haven’t checked out the Abstract Artist Gallery yet, I recommend you do.  The gallery represents about 100 abstract artists’ works (including mine) along with some info about them.  These artists are from all over the world and the site will translate their information for you.  If you like abstract art and would like to see a truly awesome collection, check it out.  You can find it at www.abstractartistgallery.org

Acrylic on illustration board

Night Tide

acrylic on paper
Masquerade Ball

My latest series of paintings is on display now at Art Gallery of Viera, located at The Avenue, Viera.

The Celebration Series includes “Masquerade Ball” (at right), “Opening Night”, and “Bon Voyage”.  Mingled in with these larger paintings are some of my smaller acrylic abstracts including my latest works, “Humanity Sea”, “The Crossing”, and “Awaiting the Storm”.
Last weekend, one of my small abstracts, “Night Tide” above left, received a Merit Award at Strawbridge Art League’s juried show, Water.  It can be seen at the Henegar Center for the Arts, located at 625 E. New Haven Ave. in Melbourne, Florida through January 22nd, 2012.
This weekend, I am exhibiting with the Central Brevard Art Association at their 6th annual Heritage Isle Holiday Art Show.  The show is at the Heritage Isle Community Clubhouse, (a beautiful ballroom setting) at 6800 Legacy Boulevard, Viera, Florida. To get there, take the Wickham Rd. exit from I-95 and go west past the traffic circle. Continue west and you’ll find the Heritage Isle community on the right side of Wickham. The show will be open Saturday, November 12th from 10:00 am till 5:00 pm and on Sunday the 13th from noon till 4:00 pm. 
 
 
Calling it a Day

Masquerade Ball

 
Finally, after many, many long hours, layer after layer of paint, I’m finally ready to call this one done.  It’s a fun painting, full of bright colors, and a feeling of jubilation.  Can you feel the excitement, the beat of the music?  I always feel like celebrating after completing a new piece.  Especially one that challenged my imagination as much as this one has.  Why is it that the creativity simply flows some days (or weeks) and other times you have to dig so deep to get it down on paper?  Perhaps it was the difficulty of changing gears.  The abstract acrylics I have been doing have been more spontaneous, less labored.  Working on this piece, while using the bright colors was fun, I found capturing the feeling, the movement and euphoria of a party was, well, exhausting.  After all that, I sure hope you like it.  Feel free to leave a comment and let me know if you’ve encountered such difficulty and how you overcame it. 
Abstract acrylic painting

Tempest

 
 
I’m so excited!  I have applied and been accepted to the Abstract Artist Gallery.
This gallery features the finest abstract artists’ work from all over the world.
Check out the website at www.abstractartistgallery.org    You’ll find a broad selection of abstract works that are exciting and unique.  I am so honored to be included among them.  When they sent my acceptance, they said my work is expressive, spontaneous, and executed with passion.  I agree!  What do you think?