‘Unfiltered’ at Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC

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Fabulous opening at Touchstone Gallery of my “Unfiltered” exhibit.

Strictly Painting

Washington, DC Artist Leslie Nolan's "Corrected Vision"

Washington, DC Artist Leslie Nolan’s “Corrected Vision”

This painting, 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas, will be exhibited in “Strictly Painting” at McLean Project for the Arts June 18 – August 1, 2015.  Juror Vesela Sretenovic, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philliips Collection, selected artwork of 38 artists for the exhibition.  If you’re in the area, drop by and check it out.

Strictly Painting

June 18 – August 1 — Opening Reception June 30, 7-9 PM

McLean Project for the Arts

1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA 22101. Phone 703.790.1953. Hours T-F 10-4; Sat 1-5

Smart Isn’t Enough

Smart Isn't Enough By Contemporary Figurative Painter Leslie M. Nolan 36"x36" acrylic on canvas

Smart Isn’t Enough
By Contemporary Figurative Painter Leslie M. Nolan
36″x36″ acrylic on canvas

Making one’s way through life is tough.  Nikki Giovanni’s poem “Straight Talk” provided the feel and title for this new piece, because its words capture the image’s  idea of moving forward despite uncertainty.

Full disclosure, this photographic rendering fails to capture the nuance and richness of the original artwork.  I’m sure everyone on earth knows that computer monitors, as well as film, lighting, and digital manipulation all alter reality.  Despite photographers’ best efforts, an image can never duplicate 100% the original.  It can hint.  It can titillate.  It can encourage the viewer to go see the painting in a museum or gallery.  For artwork, there is no substitute for the real thing – the brushwork, hints of uncovered color, a deep teal hue blending into a rich gray, punctuated by cadmium orange.

In that sense a work of art reflects life.  A photo of Machu Picchu cannot begin to duplicate the feeling of being there in the mountains, the wind eratically bending grass, smells of foliage, tactile feel of rock work honed by the hands of citizens from an ancient, long gone civilization.

This one-of-a-kind painting will be at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in September 2015.

There’s A Limit

"There's A Limit" 36"x36" acrylic on canvas by Leslie M. Nolan

“There’s A Limit”
36″x36″ acrylic on canvas
by Washington, DC Artist Leslie M. Nolan

Dropped by Susan Calloway Fine Arts over the weekend and caught the lively action of the annual French Market, outdoors along the sidewalks of Georgetown’s Book Hill neighborhood.  Good food, shopping bargains, and musicians right at Susan’s doorstep.  Ran into friend and fabulous jazz bassist Bhagwan Khalsa who was playing with a group across Wisconsin Avenue.

I had just begun this artwork and was affected by the vibrancy of the street to return to the studio to crank up the color quotient.  The results speak volumes.  Neutrals always make  colors next to them stand out, and that’s the case here, although orange and magenta are pretty bold no matter what’s next to them.  Can you discern a fondness for orange…

This artwork will form part of my solo exhibit at Susan Calloway in September 2015.

“Getting Somewhere”

"Getting Somewhere"  48"x48" acrylic on canvas by Leslie Nolan, Washington, DC Artist

“Getting Somewhere”
48″x48″ acrylic on canvas by Leslie Nolan, Washington, DC Artist

I’ve been tweaking this artwork for a few days. I liked its drawing-like, graphic feeling and overall black and white simplicity.  Yet, it seemed almost too quiet for a “Nolan.”  I fiddled with the image a bit in a graphics program on line, and printed the basic image.  Then took felt tip pens in hand and experimented with some color for pop.  As soon as I drew in an orange tie, the “ah ha” moment arrived.  I grabbed my brush and added the tie into the painting.  It provides a feeling of movement and lightness and even light-heartedness that lifts the image into another plane, I think.

Yellow Alert

"Yellow Alert" by Washington, DC artist Leslie Nolan

“Yellow Alert” by Washington, DC artist Leslie Nolan

Just completed this artwork. Working on a couple of companion pieces. Inspired by spring, renewal, regrowth, possibilities, the affirmation of life.

A recent visit to Baltimore’s Walters Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art provided the inspiration for this piece.  Armor, strength, vision, and persistence all come to mind as attributes I tried to imbue into the painting as the figure evolved. The title links the color coded emergency status developed after 9/11 with the predominance of yellow in the painting.  And, I think the figure itself projects a feeling of alertness and confidence capable of taking on any unforeseen event.

Also, a reminder that I’ll be having a solo exhibit in September 2015 at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown.  Susan exclusively represents me in the Washington, DC regional area.  This artwork above will form part of that solo show.

Hisaoka Gallery Alchemical Vessels Exhibit

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Fun evening last Friday at the Joan Hisaoka Gallery in Washington, DC.  My donated artwork,  white and gray on a red background on the inside and black on the outside shares the gallery walls with another 124 artist’s vessels.  It’s amazing how each piece differentiates itself from the others.  We all began with a white ceramic bowl, and the end results celebrates the uniqueness and difference of individuals.  I ran into several artist friends at the opening reception, including David Alfuth, with his trademark silver hair above next to me.

Stop by and see the show:  1632 U St NW, Washington, DC.  Benefit event slated for Friday, May 1st 7-9 pm for ticket holders.  Artists’ closing reception is Friday May 22,  7-9 pm.  Please join me for the closing of this beautiful and special exhibit.