Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Best of America

I was delighted when my painting Band of Brothers was accepted into the 2012 Best of America national juried show.
And now I’m even happier because it won an Award of Merit! You can see the other award winners and as well as the entire show by visiting the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS).  

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Divine Figure

It’s a different sort of show for me… a different sort of juried show. It’s all about the figure, my favorite subject; but it’s about the divine figure which puts my favorite subject in a very different light.
So I did the biggest representational painting I’ve ever done, and I did it largely from my imagination.
Imagining isn’t at all like working from life or even from photo references. 
If you’re near, the artists’ reception is Sunday, October 28th, from 3 to 5 at the Marnie Sheridan Gallery in The Harpeth Hall School, 3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville, Tennessee. If you can’t make the reception, the exhibit Saints, Goddesses and Bodhisattvas will be on view through December 14th.
I’ll post my painting for the show soon. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Just after Dark

Radnor After Dark is an 11x14 oil done in plein air by Shirley Fachilla.
I’ve found two contemporary painters who create nocturnes of great beauty, mystery and power. California painter, John Cosby and Maryland’s Hiu Lai Chong chose as their subjects, the landscapes of today’s America, and sometimes the landscapes are shown after dark. I read about both in the latest Plein Air issue and was very impressed by their work, especially the night landscapes.
I can’t say I was inspired to do my own night-time painting by either one of them. The Chestnut Group has been painting the moon over Radnor Lake for at least a couple of years. And I finally joined the group in the moonlight. But I can say I loved doing it…loved the speed I had to paint, loved being surrounded by the night. Didn’t love the mosquitoes but then I didn’t notice them while I was painting. Only heard their hum after I was done! 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Reluctant Tonalist...

Pearly Gray Morning is an 8x10 oil by Shirley Fachilla.

Reluctant is probably not the best adjective here. I’m really not reluctant at all; I like tonalism. Two of my favorite painters, George Inness and James McNeill Whistler, were in the main tonalists. 
It’s simply not my natural way to paint. My instinctive painting style tends to run the value gamut so it’s rather dramatic and to push color so its hues are not subdued.
But I also like to try things out, especially if I admire them; and I love the harmony, poetic feeling and atmospherics that tonalism can create.
My attempt at the tonal, Pearly Gray Morning, is a part of the Love the Lake show now on view from Friday, October 5, to Monday, October 8, at the Radnor Lake Nature Center, 116 Otter Creek Road, Nashville, Tennessee. Drop by the park and see the show. A big chunk of the proceeds benefits Radnor Lake.
[For definitions of value and tonalism, please visit the Artful Definitions page.]  

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 ...