These three paintings are the latest additions to my collection. They are, in order of appearance, works done by Dawn Normali – Estes Park Colorado, Barbara Muir -Toronto Canada, and Josh Been – Salida Colorado.
Get up close to this one of Dawn’s and you’ll see some of the juiciest paint you can imagine. Thick, wet, imaginative brush strokes seem to be Dawn’s trademark. This is the second piece I’ve gotten from Dawn and the technique is much the same in each. What do I admire most about Dawn and the work she does? Dawn isn’t afraid to put it down and leave it down. No hesitation.
Dawn is in process of setting up her own Word Press Blog. I’ll post a link when it’s up.
Barbara Muir describes herself as a portrait artist. She is from Toronto, Canada and has been a good friend for quite a while now. Her subject matter, though, goes a long way beyond portraits as you’ll see when you visit her blog, Barbara Paints. Barbara’s use of color never ceases to amaze me. It’s pretty easy to get into one of Barbara’s pieces and feel what she’s saying about her subject. She also paints a lot of herself into her work. The result is simply a happy thing all around.
I got this piece from Josh Been this past summer when Debra and I took a mini vacation to Salida. Besides the use of grays in this painting I’m drawn to the brush work. The energy shown in the brush work indicates the painting was done rather quickly and a lot of attention was paid to edges. I’d love to just sit and watch Josh handle edges. Get in close and take a look, you’ll see what I mean. When you’re looking at edges look mostly where the light and the shadow meet.
And…what’d I do all week? Nothin! …..other than goof off and drink some really good wine from New Zealand with friends, go to bed early several times, take some naps, and purchase a tube of white paint. (Along with a bunch of small and trivial, sometimes totally boring, activities to numerous to mention. ) Say that three times fast. 🙂