Thursday, March 06, 2014
Well, after much work and anxiety over weather conditions, it looks like it will be a good evening for an art show.
The Blue Jay is on watch outside my studio window.
The good news is that I have already sold three pieces!
The gallery is hung with panache by Theresa Hupp and it is a colorful open armed welcome to the visitor. I am so pleased to have witnessed it yesterday before the party tonight.
I am looking forward to a very pleasant evening with friends new and old alike!
Monday, March 03, 2014
Really? This guy has about had it with the snow, so he is still foraging as it comes down.
He hopes to greet people on Thursday evening but the forecast is "iffy" at best. But the work is there at Stewart Gallery until the end of March, so if the show is a bust, you can come by day later on.
Stay safe and warm, y'all.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Ranunculus copyright 2014 C.L.Burgess
Simple steps to an art gallery show:
Step one: start creating
Step two: keep it up for an insanely long time
Step three: turn everything to the wall, keep creating
Step four: remember to hug your loved ones, kiss your supportive spouse, play a little
Step five: return to studio and yes, keep creating, edit your work while listening to soothing music
Step six : get out of the studio! talk to anybody who is willing to listen to you about what you do
Step seven: treat as jewels those friends are, who listen, support and still like you
Step eight : Find a local gallery to look at your work and , most importantly, want to show your work
Step nine: Frame your work and deliver promptly after much organization and attention to detail
Step ten: Dress up, show up and smile. The spotlight is on you!
Were it all that easy, huh?
So, ah, I abbreviated some blood sweat and tears.
But the point is this: you can make it happen.
I hope many of you can join me on the night of March 6th 6-9p.m.at Stewart Gallery, Richmond Va
More peeks later this week!
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Regal Red©2014 C.L.Burgess 8x8 available Feb 26th through Stewart Gallery
This big Regal Red cardinal will join me on my opening reception on March 6th at Stewart Gallery.
Till then…try to stay sane and keep warm.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Plein air at pause in storm today.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Sunday Morning ©2014 C.L.Burgess 12 x 12
"If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint" said Edward Hopper.
If that is true then why must we insist on Artist's statements, I wonder.
I do have an interest in the person who creates the work, but it is the work that speaks eloquently or at least it should. I find most tedious, the ramblings of some artists and their long winded, convoluted and confusing statements when going to a show. Was this custom born with the Modern movement and Abstraction? I should do some research on it.
While I clearly find it somewhat redundant, I must still comply lest I give an snooty elitist and aloof impression to my audience, and I certainly do not want to do that.
This is what I want to tell you. I can't not paint. How do I explain as I walk down a street or drive in a car and observe what is before me, that in my mind I am painting?
I think about how I would describe the sky is in late afternoon as it illuminates the angles on an alley. Or, as I passed my window, I think about how that intense dash of vermilion popping out in the grayness of the trees in winter would convey the most handsome cardinal.
So this will be my statement:
I am just fascinated with the colors, moods and sounds of my immediate environment.
The ordinary, quiet moments of daily living are often filled with common things that I find quite lovely; food, teapots, flowers, and birds. Raising this simple and abundant life to the sacred, which is evident to me, is what my painting is "about". I want the viewer to breathe a sigh of joy or relief when viewing my work or living with it. I believe that this fast and often violent world needs more of the beautiful and this is what I offer: my sense of wonder at the beauty in each day that I live. I want to share the things that delight me with you. It is that simple.
Monday, February 10, 2014
The Invitations are being mailed. So save the date if you are in town!
The paintings will be delivered on time and I am proud of my efforts. About 40 in all.
Hope to see you at the opening reception.
Now for a little r n r. Phew!
Saturday, February 01, 2014
available at Stewart Gallery beginning February 26th through March 29th
Ah, the joys of being an artist.
The roar of the sander, the smell of the turp.
Screwballs,screwdrivers and screw eyes. Whatta mix!
After "being in the zone", harmonious notes of color flowing with ease and grace, I find myself up to my elbows in lists, artist's statements, inventory charts, marketing initiatives, and the ultimate finale:
framing the works.
I have to say that a great frame adds to the beauty of the painted or drawn image, but with tastes being as broad as they are, it is so hard for the artist to make the "right" choice to entice a buyer beyond that of the glorious work produced, so the best thing left is the plain jane of the presentation frame.
So, that is where I am at this point in getting ready for my show in March. I have begun assembly of some simple but classy frames I bought from ASW. It is the "costco" for artists.
The 40 pieces of varying sizes are strewn gently about the floor of my studio, waiting to be photographed, framed, catalogued and boxed for delivery.
I wish I could count the hours spent doing those mundane chores. But it is all part of the work. Hence the 'work' in creating art. This in addtion to the continuous studying of history, technique, experimenting with newer media and tools to articulate our most personal experience of living, that
which we gladly and tenderly share with the world.
Someone has said a "most useless necessity"of the arts and philosophy.
But I couldn't live any other way.
The painting above will be available at the show. Dates are last week of February through the end of March at Stewart Gallery.
If you might like to party with the artist, the reception will be Thursday March 6, 2014 6-9
Monday, January 27, 2014
Dancing to some of the Grammy sounds while painting and framing work for my show in March.
I must confess to watching some of last night's Grammy awards, which I hardly ever do, but hey…sometimes you just need to get hip. Right?
Now, Ms Bey was quite, ahem, provocative….but I hung in there to see one of my favorite pops songs performed call "Royals".
I then had to get to Downtown Abbey, so enough said.
The Washington Post told me that I did not miss much, except a few weddings?! Really?
And, I really like Chicago a whole lot better without Robin Thicke, thank you. Let him blur his own lines.
While much of my work is impressionistically rendered, as I paint, more energy is generated and things start to get a little more abstract after hours standing at the easels, shifting to and fro as I work on more than one at a time. This is what was born this evening as I was winding down for the day.
I called it Gardener's Blues.
I hope to include it in my show. We shall see.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Snow Day ©2014C.L.Burgess 9x 12 oil on canvas panel
Recently a friend of mine, who, imho is an excellent painter, was criticized on line in Pinterest by way of her work pinned under something entitled poor use of values. It has been removed after being addressed by the artist privately via email to the offender.
When my friend posed the question on FB, many of us rallied to her side.
It is not so much that we are averse to having our work addressed, as it is the way in which we have come to believe that free speech via the Internet or otherwise permits our "poor use of values"regarding our human interaction and common courtesy. When and are we ever going to start recognizing once more basic human compassion? There are forums for all sorts of criticism concerning artistic performance. As I understand it, Pinterest is a place for most things that people enjoy and want to share.
But apparently it also has been sullied by the careless and ignorant.
My two cents worth anyway.
On a related note…values are an important visual component to successful image making. One way of checking out your performance before you post, might be to try looking at your work through fresh eyes via the assorted available software provided by your camera and the computer.
How many of us do this regularly, I wonder. It is such a useful tool.
I use my recent plein air work above as an example. So simple.
Consider the value of time expended doing this one little check. Hmmm.
Consider before criticizing.