Think this piece, 48″x48″, is finished. I like the mono-colored look and the horizontal strokes used for the background. Something different.
They say it takes two people to make an artwork: one to paint and the other to say when to stop. The process can be an interesting conundrum. It’s easy to constantly tweak, fix and improve, but the risk entails overworking an artwork to the point of weariness that was meant to be fresh and vital. Much better overall to try something new. Just go for it. Just own it.
Working on some new pieces for upcoming solo exhibits in September at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Washington, DC’s Georgetown and at Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick, MD. While still pondering on an appropriately ambiguous title for the Calloway exhibit, the title for Delaplaine is “Mixed Messages.” I think it apt, because we send out the message we want people to receive, yet our body language or tone can communicate a completely different message. The recipient must draw his or her own interpretation of those sometimes “mixed messages.”
In the final analysis, aren’t we all a little confused from time to time?
“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” 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.
Leslie Nolan Solo Exhibit at The Art League Gallery
Just delivered and unpacked artwork for this exciting solo appearance at the venerable Art League Gallery. Opening tomorrow, Oct 9, 6-8 pm. Free and open to the public. Drop by and join in on the festivities. Wine, cheese, and sparkling conversation!
Many thanks to Gallery Director Rose O’Donnell and Assistant Director Katie Andril (and her predecessor Katie Scharma) for their top-notch support throughout the two-year process of submission, jurying, acceptance, selection of artwork, and installation. It’s an honor to be there.
Artist Leslie Nolan with her artwork “Pulled By What Would Be”
Regular readers may have noticed that all blog posts from 2011 through June 2014 have disappeared. The service provider discontinued servicing the blog product without sufficient notice, so, alas, all previous posts are lost. We begin anew.
There is a lot going for the remainder of 2014: exciting artworks in progress, upcoming new gallery opportunity, representing Touchstone Gallery at the (e)merge art fair in DC, plus solo exhibits at The Art League Gallery and Arts Club of Washington.