Art of the Week: Red Iris

Vivian Ripley
Central Ohio Branch
“Red Iris”
Pastel
www.vivianripleyart.com

 

 

Vivian Ripley developed her unique “water method” using a large flat damp watercolor brush to move the pastel in a free manner to form the basis and much of the painting. Details are added to end the work. This method must be done on one of many pastel papers that will accept liquid treatment. Ripley finds continued interest in the many possibilities with pastel of which she says, “it is endless!”

 

“Red Iris,” created using Ripley’s “water method,” recently took best of show at an exhibit at the McConnell Arts Center In Columbus, Ohio. Her special watercolor technique is spotlighted in a chapter in “The Watercolor Landscape Techniques of 23 International Artists”. Her paintings are in collections in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, France, and Japan.

 

Art of the Week: Here I come ready or not

Judith (Judi) Polivka Betts
Batton Rouge – New Orleans Louisiana Chapter
“Here I Come, Ready or Not”
Transparent Watercolor
judibettsaws.com

 

Judi Betts paintings are meant to illuminate life and stimulate discussion about subjects and scenes found every day. She wants viewers to be awakened to see something old or new in a different way.

Betts utilizes flat area shapes to weave positive and negative shapes together. These are not “thing” shapes – such as a tree, they are usually patterns of light against a mid-tone or darker value. In her paintings they’ve become known as ‘magical shapes’. They are edited and redesigned. Shape become visual arrows to help direct the eye, to add visual vibration to the painting’s surface, or to combine several small shapes to make a more interesting pattern. Often shapes are used to create intrigue, orchestrate color, and create rhythm. She uses patterning to create vibration, direction, balance and mood.

Among many other honors, Judi is a signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies. She is listed in WHO’S WHO IN AMERICAN ART. Her paintings are included in corporate, university, museum and private collections. When you visit her website, go to her biography to learn more about her achievements.

judibettsaws.com

 

Art of the Week: Seasons

Anne Price Yates
Portland Oregon Branch
Seasons
20 x 16 Acrylic
www.annepriceyates.com
(also see Facebook.com/Anne Price Yates)

This landscape represents the seasons in a clockwise direction. Fall is upper left, then winter upper right followed by spring and summer. Initially an oil painter of figures and landscapes, Anne Price Yates now paints more frequently with acrylic. In the Portland cold, rainy winters ventilation is not as easy as opening a couple of windows so acrylic paint is a safer medium.

Be sure to visit www.annepriceyeats.com to see more of Anne’s work.
Also see Facebook.com/Anne Price Yates.

Art of the Week: Sunny Sunflowers

Kay Duffy
Santa Clara Branch, CA
“Sunny Sunflowers”
Watercolor
www.kayduffywatercolors.com

 

 

The freedom, spontaneity and speed, the “wet and loose” of watercolor, suits Kay Duffy’s temperament.  She says her approach is “juicy”, incorporating bright colors, broad strokes, and strong shapes to depict feelings and impressions of the natural landscape, flowers and trees, buildings, foreign lands and exotic places.  Duffy finds the freedom of painting on location, en plein air, to be the most enjoyable way to paint. Inspiration for studio work comes from sketches and slides taken while walking in the community, working in her garden, hiking in the wilderness or traveling in foreign lands.

 

Duffy’s recent, more experimental work utilizes an original technique of texturing oriental papers with watercolor pigments. These papers are torn, arranged and collaged to create interesting abstract images.  Metallic foil, pastel and opaque media are also utilized to enhance the image. To see more of her work visit her website.

 

 

Art of the Week: Bug-Eyed Beetle

Elizabeth J. Parrish
Stockton-Lodi Branch, California
“Bug-Eyed Beetle”
Digitally Enhanced Photograph
www.tomorrowsimagestoday.com

 

Driving down a country road, Elizabeth Parrish was initially drawn to a rusty truck on a property in Lodi. After handing a business card to the woman there to let her know that Parrish was a photographer, she graciously let Parrish wander around while she was busy on a project in the barn. The color of a VW car was Parrish’s favorite, opera pink. Intrigued by the headlight overtaken by nature, noticing the sand in its curvature, and seeing how the spider thought it a perfect place to spin its web, Parrish composed the shot. With a little help from Photoshop™, the rest became a magical experience.

 

Art of the Week: Myth, Magic and Metaphor

Patricia Daly-Lipe
Washington, D.C. Branch
“Myth, Magic and Metaphor,” Oil
www.patricialipe.com/paintings

 

 

Patricia Daly-Lipe’s paintings come from the heart. Most are unplanned and develop as the paint goes on the canvas. Such was the case with this painting. It was a result of wiping leftover paint with a palette knife onto an empty canvas.  The Princess and the unicorn found their ways in the paint. Daly-Lipe then added the dragon. This painting represents good and evil with the Princess asking the unicorn (who represents creativity/good) to look in the mirror so he won’t see the dragon (who represents evil).

 

Art of the Week: Beauty Veiled

Beatrice Doone-Merena
Boca Raton Branch NLAPW
“Beauty Veiled”
Oil on Canvas

 

Beatrice Doone-Merena is a contemporary realist artist who has mastered Renaissance oil painting techniques to which she adds her unique contemporary perspective, lively sense of color, and bold compositions.

 

Doone-Merena was inspired to create a relaxed version of beauty with “Beauty Veiled” by a love of portraits. She wanted to break away and create a fun interpretation of the traditional portrait.

 

See more of her work at: www.beadoone-merena.com

 

Art of the Week: Hampton Shores

Lisa Rose
Vero Beach Branch
“Hampton Shores”
Soft Pastel, 18 x 24

 

After completing her professional training for Interior Design at Cornell University, Lisa Rose served her apprenticeship in all phases of interior design and planning at Braswell-Willougby Inc.

 

Ms. Rose spent three years there, developing the “studied casual opulence” that is now her trademark. During this period she worked on such projects as the interiors of private jets and yachts, which were subsequently published in Architectural Digest and House and Garden.

 

In 1978 Lisa Rose founded Aubergine Interiors. Aubergine Interiors has gained national attention with features in prestigious publications including House Beautiful, House Beautiful Home Decorating, Florida Design, Interior Design, Maison Francaise, Home, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, The New York Times, Professional Office Design, The New York Post, The Daily News, and Ladies Home Journal.

 

Now retired, Ms. Rose spends her time managing her real estate properties in Vero Beach Florida and Sag Harbor, New York and volunteering at the Environmental Learning Center and the Vero Beach Museum of Art.

 

She has just taken up Pastel painting and has set up her studio and web site. https://lisarose22.wixsite.com/lisa-rose-pastel

 

Art of the Week: Jeweled Koi

Diane L. Lawrence
Topeka, Kansas Branch
Watercolor
www.dlawrence.faso.com

 

Diane’s focus as an artist has always been color. She tries to achieve colors so intense that the viewer is drawn to the artwork like a moth to a flame. Nature is her inspiration because of so many surprises in color and pattern. The purpose of her paintings is to make us more aware of the beauty of our surroundings.

 

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Diane graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a B.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking. After the Art Institute she went on to earn a teaching certification from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Her teaching experience began in the public school system of Independence, Missouri. After moving to Kansas in 1975 Diane continued teaching in her studio as well as other venues. She has taught workshops and given demonstrations in Kansas and Missouri in Silk Painting and Watercolor. Because of her experience, Diane was selected as an instructor for Silk Painters International Conferences in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018.

 

Art of the Week: Insomnia

Rachael Ikins
Central New York Branch (Art and Letters)
Insomnia
Torn Tissue Collage

Most often, Rachael Ikins is inspired by nature and the faces and eyes of animals. This piece, however, was a self-portrait. Drawing is usually Ikins go-to medium for enjoyment, but tearing up tissue paper proved to be extremely therapeutic, fun, and speaking to her need to be impressionistic.

 

Insomnia was juried into the 2017 New York State Fair Fine Arts competition. After that exhibit, it hung on Ikins studio wall looking at her. “One day as I walked past, I realized the title is ‘Insomnia’. It juried into another show some months ago and a judge mentioned how well the title fit, appreciating the humor. I guess most of us have been there, staring in the dark unable to escape the conscious mind.”