Light Effects Exhibition

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Light Effects | Tracy Everly, Mare McClellan, Christine Lafuente

Morpeth Contemporary
43 West Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ 08525
September 7 – 30, 2021
Open House, Meet the Artists: Sunday, September 26, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Light is a key subject in the work of these three artists. Everly’s paintings are grounded in an intuitive response to observation. Light gives shape and texture to the structures in her landscapes. Inspired by years of painting en plein air, Lafuente captures the play of light across her floral still lifes like late afternoon sun across a landscape. McClellan, a … Read more ...

Online Class in July: Simplified Forms: Methods for Oil Painting

It’s never simple to keep things simple- especially when you are talking about painting complex forms. Translating your ideas into paint and getting them down on canvas simply requires mastery of skills and materials. It also requires focus and good painting habits.

In this weekly class, we will discuss limits and how they offer a way to organize your paintings and thought process. The focus will be on direct painting and specific methods to help you short-circuit the overthinking brain. For more information or to register, please visit the Penn Studio School website. … Read more ...

Layered Moments: Painting the Still Life

I’m happy to share that my first video course, Layered Moments: Painting the Still Life, is available! This was a labor of love and I did my best to share some of the ways in which I work to create a painting. Filmed in my own studio, this offers a glimpse into my process as I work from life to paint two different floral arrangements. When the course launches in June, I’ll be offering comments and feedback in a private Facebook group. I hope some of you will join me.

For more information, please visit the Kara Bullock Art SchoolRead more ...

exhibition news

Secret Place Featured in The Woodmere Annual:
79th Juried Exhibition Seeing the Story

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secret place, 10×10″ (NFS)

Stories are a staple of life; they let us see ourselves. They unfold over time, from the briefest moment to the fullness of a lifetime.​

– David Wiesner

Woodmere’s annual juried exhibition, Seeing the Story, highlights contemporary work in a wide variety of media by artists living within fifty miles of the museum. This year’s juror, David Wiesner, has selected works of visual, narrative art.

The exhibition will be on view June 5, 2021 through August 29, 2021. For more information, please … Read more ...

do it anyway

In the midst of the pandemic we are all experiencing together, I notice that I am having a lot of negative thoughts about art making. Thoughts like, “What you’re doing is not important,” or “You’re not saving lives here, ” or perhaps the most negative of all- “No one cares about art at a time like this, so stop sharing.” Does any of this sound familiar? I hope most of you hold more positive thoughts, but if not, know that you are not alone.

So I’ve been waiting. Waiting for these thoughts to turn positive or to go away before … Read more ...

exhibition news

oil painting of pink geranium in antique bottle

I am pleased to share that “Pink geranium,” 8×10″, was given the Award in Memory of Gus, Grace and Ty in the Phillips’ Mill 90th Annual Art Exhibition in New Hope, PA. Open daily 1-5 p.m. Sept. 21 – Oct. 27. I will be the visiting artist at Phillips’ Mill on Saturday, Sept. 21, 1 – 3 p.m.

The Phillips’ Mill juried art exhibition, long-recognized as the most prestigious art show in the Delaware Valley, holds its exhibit each year in the fall. First held in 1929, the show attracts the best work of hundreds of artists living within a … Read more ...

what do you love?

In my last blog post, I focused on the importance of figuring out what we do well as painters. Another important part of the equation, it seems to me, is what do you love? Painting is about what you love to look at and what kind of art you want to create. As much as I believe that some of it is decided for us, I believe that intent also plays a big part.

flowers bring me joy. “Ladies in milk glass,” 6×8″

a forever painting

A favorite teacher of mine says that you need to paint the painting … Read more ...

what do you do well?

A painter I know asked me one simple question a few months ago that I couldn’t adequately answer. He asked me if I knew what I did well.

This was the first painting I did after circling back to reacquaint myself with the importance of values. I was consciously aware of separating my light and shadow families when I painted this.

It’s a great question and one that I’m still trying to answer for myself. Because I had come to work in a way that was largely intuitive, I couldn’t necessarily break down the parts, so to speak. I knew … Read more ...