Monday, March 26, 2012


Athena’s Toes is a 14x11 oil by Shirley Fachilla.
This rather elegant couple is fascinated by Nashville’s almost 42-foot statute of Athena. She lives in our replica of the Parthenon (yes, a copy of the original one in Athens, Greece). Our Parthenon is full-size but made primarily of concrete rather than marble and hasn’t been blown up.
I love both the original and our version as well as the gilded Athena made by sculptor Alan LeQuire for Nashville. The first Parthenon had a colossal Athena, too. She was also dressed in gold; in fact, her raiment comprised the city’s treasury.  It also may have been a large contributor to her total disappearance in ancient times.
You can see Athena’s Toes at Artesia, Thursday, March 29, from 5:30 to 7:30, 2905 Parthenon Avenue (get the connection!), Nashville. The art show at Artesia benefits Nashville’s Ronald McDonald House. There’s valet parking… and a real (not painted) view of Nashville’s Parthenon. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"The Parisian"

The Parisian is an 18x14 oil by Shirley Fachilla.
I thought of many possible titles for this canvas. But I finally settled on the straightforward. We were in Paris; he was in Paris, specifically on a Paris street corner in an elegant part of town. It was apparent that he was waiting on someone; and it was equally apparent that he was a resident of the city, not a tourist like us.
He was so beautiful. He might have stepped out of a Renaissance painting… after borrowing an overcoat and muffler to hide his wings.
We were inside at a restaurant; he was just outside the window. I took so many photos he noticed. He noticed and didn’t like it. He frowned; I gave a Gallic shrug and put on an “I’m sorry” expression. He paused, returned the shrug and then turned to wait some more.
The Parisian will be one of my paintings at The Artesia, 2905 Parthenon Ave., Nashville on March 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Art at the Artesia is a benefit for Nashville’s Ronald McDonald House. Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

At the Edge of the World is an 18x30 oil by Shirley Fachilla.

This is a big painting done from the small plein air I posted here. I wasn’t going to try for a larger work from my small seascape. I was chicken; I knew how hard I tried to capture that ever-changing tide!
Then I was looking through my digital photos and found one of the same scene but with a person in it. That figure made me remember how vast it was and how small it made me feel.  Small, in both a liberating way (think Leonardo and Kate at the prow of the Titanic) and in a daunting way (think Columbus looking for India).
So I painted it again with a very small person and a very big ocean. This work along with its little study will be in our August in Maine show. The reception is Saturday, April 7 from 6 to 9 at the Tennessee Art League, 808 Broadway in Nashville. My friends and I would love to see you there.
And yes, I have two shows very close together (see my last post) and yes, I’m getting a little anxious!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Stretched to the Limit...

Human Geometry is a 20x20 oil done by Shirley Fachilla in open studio. 
Though I’ve been painting for about eight years, I never stretched a canvas until last week. 
[Unclear about the definition of stretching? see Artful Definitions.
I didn’t even want to try it. I lacked the tools and the knowledge. I told myself I didn’t have the time or the strength.  And I knew I wouldn’t enjoy it.
Yes, I do need some additional tools. And if I painted as regularly as I should, I might not have the time.  (I do sometimes procrastinate!)
But my friend Jean McGuire gave me the knowledge and made it as painless as possible. In fact, she almost made it fun.
Though I surely won’t stretch all my canvases, it’s very good to know how. I feel much more professional and competent.
I decided to stretch my limits (so to speak) because many of my framed paintings were committed and I needed a slew of ready-to-hangs for Art at the Artesia on March 29.  Human Geometry, stretched by moi, will be one. I would love to have you join me and the other artists at the Artesia. To see more about it, click here

Is it too early to send an invitation?

Pieces by (clockwise from left to right) : Susan Harlan, Janet Garner, Shirley Fachilla, Mike Martino and Topper Williams. So many ...