Heading to SCOPE Miami Beach

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Selecting and packing artwork bound for SCOPE Art Pavilion Miami Beach this week.  Drop by and see the show at JanKossen Contemporary, Booth H35, at 8th St and Ocean Drive in the heart of lively South Beach. Dates: December 4-9.  https://scope-art.com

http://www.jankossen.com

Glen

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Glen, 48 x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas by Washington DC artist Leslie M. Nolan

Starting from a pose by my husband, I placed the figure in the rectangle to best advantage.  The pose not only radiates strength, but also wistfulness, characteristic of young men coming into their own.  Wanting to convey yearning, youth and energy, my color selections and brushwork express excitement and vibrancy to achieve those goals.

I very much like the raw feel of the piece. Doing more would give it a polished, slick look — the exact opposite for a young man with his whole life in front of him!

LA Invitational

Excited to have Corrected Vision 5, far right, selected for the LA Invitational at George Billis Gallery LA. A great art city, Los Angeles celebrates contemporary art  with a ton of top notch galleries and first rate museums.  Kudos to gallery director Tressa Williams for organizing and curating this super show.IMG_20180729_170227_934

The Making of a Painting – Leon

 

An artwork starts with an idea – what to convey.  Since I strive for ambiguity, I think Leon (above) achieved that goal.

Then decisions about how best to convey that idea.  In my case, it comes down to paint on canvas, color choices, close up or full body image of the figure, placement in the rectangle, whether tools will be brush or palette knife, shiny or matte finish…

All decisions affect the outcome and feel of the artwork.  These choices – i.e., the process – become mere means to an end.  The critical issue remains, “What is the goal?”

I always start with a quick cartoon on blank canvas. Expanding on that, I then add background color on the figure to integrate the figure with its surroundings, and spend the rest of my efforts working on an overall unified piece that results in a stand-alone, wow image never seen before.  In between sessions there is time to dry.  But, I find that overworking can kill an artwork, so less is more.