Nature Restores Vicki Smith
April 30 - May 27
When working in plein air I try to convey the sense of peace that I feel when working outside, surrounded by the light that I attempt to capture. Interacting with nature is an invigorating force and landscape painting is a timeless art form that reflects our past, and our future. The changing seasons of New Jersey echo the rhythms of our lives. The interplay between a tree and the sky or light and shadow represent the essence of our natural world that should be cherished.
Most of my pastel paintings are completed on site with some tweaks in the studio. I use a portable easel and start with an underpainting to establish values. I try to find a private spot that is in the shade and away from traffic so that I can focus on the work. The basics of a piece need to be completed relatively quickly before a cloud alters the lighting or a swarm of gnats moves in.
STEEP: A National Teapot Exhibition
STEEP: A National Teapot Exhibition showcases ceramic work that explores the infinite possibilities of the idea of a teapot, juried by Adam Welch, ceramic artist and ACP Executive Director. Exhibiting Artists: Juliet Bacchas Sam Briegel Nolan Baumgartner Casey Beck Marysia Bohrer Laurie Caffery Sue S. Chiu Rod Dugal Stuart Gair Rebecca Graham Tyler Gulden Eric Hoefer Samuel Johnson Jim Kearns Emma Kohn Cindy Laliwala Liz Lurie Mathew McConnell Mariah McLaughlin Yelena Mijares Peter Pincus Debbie Reichard Eric Rempe Josh Scott Yoko Sekino-Bove Sandra Daulton Shaughnessy …
COMMUNICATION BETWEEN FORMS
My work has been evolving recently to include more layers, more color and more depth. I’ve been continuing the push to step away from the usual process, which was: draw a shape and fill in the shape. Instead, I’ve been creating organic forms, activating the negative spaces, layering and mixing paints all while continuing to think as if the forms were communicating with each other. For a long time I was compelled to create very crisp and clean lines in my work. The “graphic designer” …