Friday, May 24, 2013

It's Show Time!

Frist’s Art Deco Eagle is an 8x10 plein air oil by Shirley Fachilla.
The very stylized eagle is one of four flanking the two main entrances to the Frist which began its life as the downtown U.S. Post Office for Nashville.

Frist’s Art Deco Eagle will be on view and for sale in the
Nashville Open Air Show at the Tennessee Art League
on Fifth Ave of the Arts in Nashville, Tennessee
Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, from 11 to 5
also Saturday evening 6 to 9.
The Art League gallery will house many paintings done by the Chestnut Group to benefit the Frist Visual Art Center.

I have a couple of other shows I’d like to mention as well. I have a painting in the NOAPS Online Show. You have to work a bit to see the painting; scroll to my name on the right and click on the number next to my name.  Tanya Bone’s beautiful Best of Show is worth the visit.

I’m also represented in the Butler Institute of America Art’s Midyear Show by my painting, A Long Lunch. This is an annual juried show held by the Butler. The Butler was the first ever museum dedicated to American art. Located in Youngstown, Ohio, its building, designed by McKim, Mead and White, is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Midyear Exhibit will open on June 30th

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Those Rules about 3's

Esprit de Corps is an 11x14 done from life by Shirley Fachilla.
Artists know about the rules of three, mostly because they’re so simple. Divide the canvas into thirds horizontally and vertically to find perfect places for focal points. (The intersections are the focal point possibilities.)
Artists are often also advised to paint threesomes rather than even numbered objects. Rules of three, so simple but…
They really shouldn’t be called rules at all. They are guidelines that work sometimes. For instance, dividing your canvas into three parts vertically and horizontally works when the canvas is a horizontal rectangle (with the longest dimension the horizontal one). It doesn’t work very well with square canvases or portrait rectangles (ones with the longest dimension a vertical). 
Our eyes do find an odd number of objects more pleasing but…
If two objects are grouped so that they form one mass, twosomes can be just as pleasing.
And it’s quite liberating to paint couples. Afterall, three is supposedly a crowd!  

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Blue Ballerina

Blue Ballerina is a 24x15 oil done from life by Shirley Fachilla.

Ballerinas, like women in hats and people under umbrellas, are subjects that painters love. Why you might ask? Believe it or not, I’ve actually thought about this question and even written about it in the two links above!
There is, of course, the obvious: ballerinas are usually beautiful and elegant in form, women in hats are often romantic and sometimes mysterious, and those umbrellas? Well, they can be colorful as well as great sources of reflected light in marvelous and unexpected hues.
But I think the main reason painters love umbrellas, hats and ballerinas are the shapes. At least, for me, their shapes are what I love. Those curves and swoops, oh my, such fun to paint. And with ballerinas, you not only have a beautiful human form in a leotard, you also have tutus and tulle!
[My painting is an unusual size because it literally grew as I painted it. However, I do not recommend painting in unusual sizes because it makes framing more difficult and expensive.]      

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 ...