Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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 ways now to send an invitation; I won’t bore you or confuse myself by listing them. I don’t know if it’s too early for this particular way (the blog way). But I’m excited so I’m doing it!

Susan Harlan, Topper Williams, Mike Martino, Janet Garner and I are having an art show and sale. It’s a one day affair in Susan’s historic barn behind her lovely house.

Our show is Saturday, September 30th from 10 in the morning to 8 in the evening. 

The address is 1312 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin, Tennessee.

We think the show will be especially interesting because our art is so diverse. We are all two dimensional artists, but that’s where similarities end. We use different mediums, work in different sizes and often tackle different subjects.

This is your invitation to join us on the 30th. You'll see art, hear music and have drinks and munchies to keep hunger away. 

Please fit us into your Saturday plans if you can. We’d love to see you sometime during that last day of September.

And by the way, the barn inside is just the greatest. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Bare Naked Ladies


Iris with Flowers - oil - 18x14 - by Shirley Fachilla

The band Barenaked Ladies made it big; but bare naked ladies in art have a more checkered past.

Sometimes they’re in; sometimes they’re out. Medieval artists almost never saw the unclothed so almost never painted them; later Renaissance painters joyously celebrated bareness, reprising myths galore to lavishly illustrate.

Today bare naked ladies, and to a lesser degree bare naked gentlemen, are the way artists learn their craft. Drawing and painting the nude not only teaches human anatomy but also how to really see and reproduce what we see on canvas and paper.

Sadly the products of all that study, drawings and paintings of the nude, are not a staple of art galleries or shows. Occasionally they find a place on the walls, but it’s a hard-won place.

So I was truly surprised and delighted to learn my latest bare naked lady did find such a spot in one of my favorite juried shows, the Laumeister National Exhibition at the Bennington Center for the Arts.  It makes me especially happy and honored to know noted artist Calvin Laing was the judge of selection and will be the awards judge as well.  

To see all the paintings in the show click on this link. (And by the way she’s the only bare naked lady around.)

P.S. Please if you can save the date of September 30th.  I'm having a show with friends. More later.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Feeling Important...


Queen Anne's Lace (detail)


That’s how I’m feeling because NOAPS (National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society) interviewed me for a post in the official NOAPS blog. Called Figures with a Story, it concerns my process but it’s mostly about my paintings.

What artist doesn’t like to talk about painting in general and their paintings in particular! In my case, Patricia Tribastone made the talking easy. She’s the blog director and author. Because she’s also an artist, she brings a special understanding to her articles. I enjoyed the interview and getting to know Patricia a bit.  

If you've got a second, do read about me and my paintings.

Thanks so much, Patricia and NOAPS. 


Monday, July 17, 2017

Crooked or the Charm of Imperfection



It was raining, very hard. We were outside with our easels, palettes, hats and assorted paraphernalia. Thankfully there was also a porch otherwise we could have never delivered on our given assignment: to produce a “concept” painting.  

This was the last day of a Marc Hanson workshop, and this was to be our last painting. Marc is a landscapist who produces gorgeous poetic paintings chock full of concept. He was trying very hard to help us do the same.  

My concept? The title tells it all. Everything in and of this little shed (with the exception of the cylindrical birdfeeder hanging from a hook on the left) is crooked. This is both its charm and its imperfection.

Sometimes I can start with a concept and sometimes the concept, the real point of the painting, only shows itself midway through. Sigh.


P.S. According to marketing people, one should never apologize for failing to post on a regular basis. I have not posted for more than a year on this blog. I think that deserves a mention and an apology. I hope to do better. 

P.P.S. The upper left corner of the painting caught all sorts of reflection. Photographing paintings can be maddeningly difficult. 

The painting: Crooked or the Charm of Imperfection is an 11x14 oil done in plein air by me, Shirley Fachilla.

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 ...