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Cheerful and Colorful Paintings in Oil, Acrylic, Mixed Media and Collage

Saturday, July 11, 2009

"Searching for Paradise" Art Entry and Saladino Class

"Searching for Paradise"
18" x 24" Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
This figurative work is for sale at the exhibit in the September 11-26, 09, 7th annual art show and sale, Preservation is the Art of the City, Fort Worth, located in the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. Each of the 50 selected artists will have a 36" x 72" space and can place as many works as will fit within this space. (4 pieces max.) The artists can have another 4 pieces, max. 14", in the miniature section and 1 work associated with Fort Worth preservation and not to exceed 30". A portion of the sales to to help fund preservation programming. The turquoise pattern to the left of the figure is a little too dominant so it may get a little tweaking.

Tony Saladino Critique Class July 9
I took the painting above and another I'll post later and below is a slide show of others' work from the class. Mouse over for captions.
One of the perks of attending the critique class is to sit surrounded by Tony's beautiful abstracts and see his newest works. You can view some of his fabulous work at this current show at the B. Deemer Gallery.
Tony talked to us in this class about simplify and combine parts of a painting that is not working and about it being O.K. to be all over the place before we develop a "thrust" and settle in. Similar to me taking so many workshops and I get asked about getting mixed up in techniques. I don't and guess I've been all over the board and probably still am, but if nothing else I learn I don't want to paint like that and that is a good lesson. I would love to learn some of Tony's painting methods.
He says "The painting has to have
interest to grab your attention. If it's pleasing to your eye, it will be pleasing to others." One of his comments on Thursday kept focusing on how many paintings we might find in our one painting. He would take a mat and show us and then ask us to think about simplifying some of the areas and combining colors.
We had to laugh when Paula said "I hate to show my work after the simplify discussion. I'm the "Queen of Dull" and I decided to loosen up since Tony's one day workshop." We loved her busy and colorful wheels and clocks painting and especially her abstract. Check out the slide show and see the other interesting paintings from the critique. Yes, we had a good Mexican lunch together at the "Tequila Rain" restaurant. I think that would make a great painting title.


Margie Whittington said...

Nice post. Thanks so much for sharing your critique groups work and Tony's. Really beautiful works.

Margie Whittington said...

Thanks for sharing the groups work and Tony's too. Your painting is lovely and will go fast in the Preservation show.

Nancy Standlee said...

Margie, hello again. I've really learned a lot at the critique group and love discussing art and we continue during lunch. I like your positive attitude..

Ginny Stiles said...

Tequila Rain looked yummy and fun! I loved the slide show and I have book marked "slide" for future perusal. I have never used it but see it on several blogs and find it quite nice. Especially the way you used it...I felt like I was right there in the gallery! Your painting is so intriguing and I am not finding the turquoise in it disturbing in any way...but I know photos are not always what one really sees on the canvas. I am getting antsy to take another class now.

Nancy Standlee said...

Hi, Ginny is easy to use and what I like about it the most you don't have to resize your photos. You download and they resize and you can rearrange them and caption them..just remember to click on blogger on the left because I think the default may be MySpace and you'll get errors.. glad the turq. doesn't overwhelm.

JudyMackeyart said...

Hi Nancy - I take Tony's Saturday Critique class and get so much out of them!! What a great post and love your slide show!! Tony is a very giving artist and I've learned a lot!! Hey you and I are both on the Texas Daily Painters!!

Nancy Standlee said...

Hello, Judy
Thanks for your comments. I agree with you about Tony and will look you up at DPOT.

Eva said...

I don't think your workshops are hurting you at all. Each of your women paintings seem to evolve to a new wonderful level. I love all your work... this one is special!

Nancy Standlee said...

Thanks Eva.. I always learn so much in workshops and it's a time to just paint and not think about other distractions.

Megan Hoover said...

i adore your work... I could look at it all day!!!

Nancy Standlee said...

Megan thank you so much.. I need to clone you dear lady.