Crystal Encrusted Seascapes

These crystal encrusted seascapes are my latest works. They will be on display in the heart of the Berkshires Valentine’s Day through Memorial Day at Laurie Donovan Designs at 81 Church St., Lenox, MA 01201. img_9494img_9495img_9498img_9493img_9490img_9488img_9485img_9483img_9481img_9479img_9437img_9435

Blue Velvet Barnacles

Going deep! I call this piece Blue Velvet Barnacles. Creating a sphere with a balloon, burlap, plaster, sea shells, and star fishes, I boiled 20 gallons of filtered water, used a deep blue dye, and crystallized it for 24 hrs. It didn’t come out with chunky crystals like I wanted but the texture looks like soft blue Velvet! I loved the way it turned out!!  This one was definitely worth the hours it took to conceive and produce.

Crystal Sculptures

My new art is about parts of my spirit that have shed from my being. They are parts of me that will never be the same because I have changed so drastically that I can never return to the naivety or innocence that I once to subscribed to.

These pieces are called Spiritual Sarcophagus I-IV.

Initially these pieces might look a bit startling, but up close like ancient Egyptian remnants hanging from a lintel, they are dazzling, sparkling, crystalized, burlap tendrils that are indicative of the fragility and vulnerability that I have relinquinshed.

Master Artist Class Studies John Singer Sargent

Master Artist Class has studied John Singer Sargent at Sugar Hill, Devonshire Estates and Springside Skilled Care and Rehabilitation Center.

John Singer Sargent was born in 1856 to American parents in Florence, Italy. He spent most of his life traveling extensively throughout Europe as his parents never settled back in America. He went to America to claim his citizenship just before turning  21 years old.

His schooling was in France primarily and heavily influenced by the Impressionist movement, the Spanish Master Velazquez, the Dutch Master Frans Hals, and by Carolus-Duran his professor.

250px-madame_x_madame_pierre_gautreau_john_singer_sargent_1884_unfree_frame_cropIn 1884 in Paris, France he exhibited a painting called Madame X (Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau, the wife of a French banker who was an American that prided herself on her looks and was known for her infidelities) that was considered scandalous as she had her shoulders bared and the portrait was considered very risque´. It has been said that the portrait of Madame X was also considered one of Sargent’s finest portraitures.  Up to that event he was the darling of Paris, producing many high quality portraits. He was the finest portraiture artist of the times, however, discouraged by the rejection he considered leaving art at the age of 28. He left Paris and moved to England where he reached the height of his career.

Singer Sargent was an extraordinarily gifted artist and held respect for music and all other forms of art. He went out of his way to promote other artists and for this selfless characteristic was beloved by many.

He was a watercolorist and painted many landscapes and late in his life studied sculpture.

He is often gone unrecognized because he adhered to the classical style of painting rather than following the impressionist movement or creating more radical art, but he was well versed in impressionism and many other forms of painting. He painted from dawn til dusk seven days a week and produced over 900 oil paintings and over 2000 watercolors as well as many charcoal sketches and pencil drawings.

He painted two U.S. presidents, the aristocracy of Europe, Rockefeller, Sears, Vanderbilt, and gypsies, tramps, street children with equal passion.

Others kept journals, John Singer Sargent painted his and his life can easily be chronicled through his colorful paintings. He was never married or had children, but he was simply a good man and great artist.

In our studies at Master Artist Class we studied his legacy with a video of his works, a lecture about his life and painting style and a rendition of one of his works. Please enjoy some paintings by our resident students at Sugar Hill.

 

Nick Cave Exhibition At Mass MOCA

This was the most magical and beautiful exhibit! There were deeper meanings to this exhibition, including African American history and some of the emotions regarding recent violent and tragic occurrences. I was awestruck by what I saw! Mostly I saw an immense amount of work and creativity put into the show. There are no words that can describe the experience and I really hope you get a chance to bathe in this creative and colorful environment at Mass MOCA!!

 

Camille Pissarro at Springside Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where others see nothing.”-Camille Pissarro

Camille Pissarro was born in the Virgin Islands in 1830 to parents from the Dominican Republic and lived in St. Thomas, Virgin islands until the age of 12.

When he was 19 he met a Danish painter named Fritz Melbye, who came to St Thomas from Copenhagen to train to be a marine artist. Melbye became Pissarro’s teacher, travel companion, and close friend inspiring him to become a full-time professional artist.

Pissarro traveled to Paris in 1855 where he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-arts and Academy Suisse as well as under Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, and Charles-Francois Daubigny.

Pissarro married and with his wife fathered 8 children. One of the children died at birth and another daughter passed at the age of nine. The surviving children were all artistic painters.

The Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 caused Pissarro to leave his home. When he returned he found his home and many of his paintings destroyed by Prussian soldiers. The family took refuge in England at Westow Hill in Upper Norwood where a plaque now marks the site of the house he lived in. He enjoyed painting the views in Norwood and came to meet an art dealer by the name of Paul Durand-Ruel. Durand-Ruel became the most important art dealer of the new school of French Impressionism.

Pissarro painted rural and urban French life in Pontoise and Montmartre. He was a believer in anarchy and displayed a deep empathy for laborers and peasants. It is believed his interest in anarchy was due to his early years in St. Thomas. He was a mentor to Paul Cezanne, Edouard Manet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, and even inspired the young Californian Impressionist Lucy Bacon.

Pissarro exhibited in all eight Impressionist Salon Exhibitions and along with Claude Monet was a primary developer of the Impressionist style of painting. He had a profound influence on the Impressionistic theory and maintained friendships with Pointillism painters Georges Seurat and Paul Signac and was an admirer of Vincent Van Gogh’s work.

Please enjoy the paintings of the resident students at Springside Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center. Our rendition painting at Master Artist Class is called, Sunset Bazincourt Steeple, by Camille Pissarro.