Local Color – Opening at the Canvas, March 2, 2012

I signed up for a show at the Canvas Gallery quite a long time ago.  More than a year ago.  Way more than a year ago.  Well, anyway, my month is finally here, and I am quite excited. 

The Opening will be on the First Friday in March,

March 2, 2012

at the Canvas Arts Gallery on Seward Street from  4:30 to 7 ish.

This show is titled "Local Color" as a tribute to the Juneau-centric focus of this work.  I hope that viewers will enjoy seeing paintings inspired by the richness of our special place, including:

The Folk Festival  Jazz in Complementary Colors 6 x 6 acrylicFolk-Festival-Violins-5-x-7

Juneau Jazz and Classics


Celebration Smile 8 x 10 acrylicA&P coffee regulars 

Dogs and Cats

some special people and places

I followed my nose on this one, looking for challenges, new approaches, anything that excited me.  I have a lot of small pieces, inspired by the daily painting movement.  These small paintings are 6" x 6" or 5" x 7" and I try to get them done in a day.  Or even in half a day.  Sometimes they are just warm-ups and some times they help me figure out problems that I couldn't get to in bigger pieces.  Lots of times they are just right.  A good exercise in composition, colors and simplification.

I have a couple of big ones too, a 30" x 30" painting of some red bell peppers that I rather casually photographed on my kitchen counter, and then blew up into the biggest still life I've ever done.  And another 30" x 30" of two matriarchs in regalia, drumming as they marched down Willoughby in Celebration 2010.

I have a couple of older works that I am sharing.  My good friend Ella Fortin agreed to share a portrait that I painted of her a few years ago, and I have to put up a 12 x 12 that I painted of Madame Palin several years ago.  Since it is an homage to Matisse, it has great bones.

Please come by if you can, or any time during the month.  You can see the paintings in this show in the gallery entitled "Local Color" on the left of this post.

Thanks so much!


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