By joannearnold, Nov 5 2012 12:54AM
November’s First Friday was a soggy & chilly one in Binghamton, but it did not stop people from visiting my exhibit “New Work” at Cooperative Gallery 213. With a steady flow of people throughout the evening, it was a nice social gathering with art as the focus.
The response was great. People were talking about the paintings & spending time viewing the work. It was nice to see so many people looking close-up & stepping back with almost every piece. They were noticing the depth & layering of lines that create an intentional visual energy. Being the artist, it was a response I can truly appreciate.
Many individuals familiar with my paintings past and present were able to express a connection of today’s work with yesterday’s work. To better say it, it’s a convergence of technique, composition and color that I have been exploring for many years. The work has evolved and has grown to what it is today.
In 2011, I spent 2 months traveling Europe. I was certain when I returned home I was going to start painting a series of roof tops architecturally unique in most European cities. I have an affinity for the landscape repetition of houses and roof tops. I did work on a few canvases for a brief period of time and I can’t say why I stopped but shortly afterwards I started painting what I’m doing now.
The area where I live has the most beautiful natural landscape there is. I feel like Dorothy having clicked her heels with “there’s no place like home”. I have always specialized in color but now I’m connected and committed to capturing the seasons, the light, the rolling hills, the ever changing skies and the beauty of my own backyard.
The exhibit runs until November 24, 2012 at Cooperative Gallery 213, 213 State Street in Binghamton, New York. Gallery hours are Fridays, 3-6pm and Saturdays, noon-4pm.