My triptych is currently at the Willow in downtown Exeter. I feel a need to revisit these colors.
You can definitely make a day of it at our annual spring open studios this May. Leave your obligations at home for a few hours. Take in a breakfast somewhere in Exeter. Stop by the studio and see what the artists have been up to this winter. Lots of color, prints, originals, different mediums, wonderful ideas for your home and heart. Talk to an artist... see all the studios. Drop your name in the hat for a free Rose Bryant Original. Have a glass or two. Take a walk and find a lovely late day dining spot in Exeter. Sounds like an excellent Mother's Day weekend.
Posted by Rose at 4:21 PM
One of my favorite things to do is to start a painting. I was recently asked how the process begins for me with an abstract image. Good question. Really... where do you start? Sometimes if you don't have "concrete thought" of what the result might look like, you could feel lost. So I break it down into parts that I love to think about first. Of course all thoughts could change, but generally, a sense of color is how I first begin. My chosen colors may be inspired by other color I have seen... on fabric, on my dinner plate, or in my garden. Then I grab a canvas that "feels" right for the day. Am I ready for a large horizontal?... or a small square canvas. Sometimes I feel best when I just go ahead and enjoy the big canvas... if for nothing else than knowing the freedom I will have when I paint with my entire arm. I have painted a few images on walls in the past... and that large movement is satisfying to me. After the color and size are "sort-of" settled on, I think of the gesture of the painting... do I want to make broad marks, round smooth forms, landscape-ish forms, or maybe short brush marks? A lot of that depends on what energy I need to let out. Once I make a few decisions... then I start. And of course, all things may change as the color leaves my brush... because then the organic process happens and the entertainment before me takes over. Sounds vague. Yes. And I am good with that. I have learned that I can not force a mark to be sincere. So I love it for what it is. Does it always mean I like the result of everything I paint? Not really... but I guess that is what makes a favorite so special. I just love the process of "the start".
Posted by Rose at 4:01 PM
The evenings come early now. It is easy to see someone working in the front gallery. You may have driven by and seen this flash of color. I still have some decisions to make... but this is "mid-stream-brush-thought". Taking a break from it... waiting for it to tell me what is next.
Posted by Rose at 11:47 AM
Thank you for coming to our first fall open studios. It is always so great to see you. We saw old friends and met new. Our "place" is just over a year old.... with the first artists (Gaby Grossman, Deb Wheeler Bean, Dawn Amey and myself) having moved in during very early 2017. A few months later, we welcomed Anne Kenny and Wo Schiffman. And now we have other artist applicants in progress. Our goal is to stay a little out-of-the-box while we create "stuff" and nurture our artist selves. Thank you for your words and your show of support for us and local art.... it means everything.
Posted by Rose at 4:51 AM