During the month of September I have a dual art show with Karen Bowden (an accomplished painter and art teacher with lots of accolades) at the Lynchburg Art Club galleries in Lynchburg, Virginia. Thought I’d share a few of my how-to’s in putting together a cohesive collection for a show.
If one painting is an oil painting and another is an acrylic and yet another is a collage, the paintings won’t “speak” to each other as they hang on the gallery walls. All of my paintings in this show are watercolors.
The Color Palette
This one’s easy for me. Some artists have 20 different colors on their palette. As minimalist, I tend to use only six colors, but the resulting paintings can look quite different depending on if I lean towards more blues (the “cool” paintings) or more oranges (the “warm” paintings). Since all 6 colors are in all my paintings, no two paintings have a visual argument when they hang next to each other.
Well, I wouldn’t put a polar bear in the same show as a Virginia landscape. Just common sense.
Sometimes I produce more realistic images, especially when working on technique. Or painting polar bears. But in this show I took objects or vistas and experimented with them. The result is a collection of abstracted subjects. Autumn Leaves Falling is one example of an abstracted subject because, after all, there is not a single leaf shape in that painting! The featured image for this post is another example (a deconstructed, blue sunflower). I wouldn’t paint a bunch of abstracted subjects then pop in a more realistic image of a church door:
But I did put an abstracted dragonfly into the same show:
Make this day even better. Consider:
- As I type this, many, MANY people are suffering due to Hurricane Harvey. It’s hard to go about my daily routines and work and be creative when so many people are in desperate need. Dear Husband and I have a monthly giving fund in our budget. It’s not much, but it’s something we can use to help hurricane victims. I hope to boost our giving fund by shopping extra frugally for groceries this week and also (fingers crossed) selling some pieces at the art show. I know there are many wonderful organizations helping out, but in an interview Tuesday, Congressman Culberson from the Houston area suggested donations to the Red Cross. He is in the midst of things and thus would know, so that’s where our donations are going.