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. 

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 ...