A FEAST FOR THE EYES
Small works show
“I t’s sort of like 40 shades of green,” says artist Del-Bourree Bach with a laugh, describing his charming acrylic Shewville Summer, which will hang as part of the Annual Holiday Show at Susan Powell Fine Art. “There’s some subtle blues, ultramarine, cerulean and then there’s always titanium white,” he adds. The painting features the quintessential red barn surrounded by vibrant greenery, inspired by a barn about 5 miles from the artist’s home in Mystic, Connecticut.
More than 30 esteemed artists will be showcased in the exhibition, which runs from December 1 to 29, including Vincent Giarrano, Kathy Anderson, Jeanne Rosier Smith, Grace DeVito and Dennis Sheehan. The subject matter depicted throughout the show is diverse as well, from seascapes and city scenes to florals and still lifes.
“This painting started as a demo for the Scottsdale Artists’ School,” Anderson explains of how her oil Rosa Americana initially came to be. “I always teach there at the end of January with Valentine’s Day around the corner, and I love to paint red and white color themes...I brought it home, where I finished it with new roses in my studio and [a] photo reference to remind me of my original concept.”
Smith brings about 10 seascapes to the show, including All That Glitters, a pastel depicting the minute details of a small wave crashing into the ocean. “A seascape painting should make the viewer hear, smell and feel the ocean, capturing light and movement in a single image,” says Smith. “All That Glitters brings the viewer right into the water. Early morning light, early in the summer season, glitters on the back waves, glows through the wave’s crest and shines on the rolling water. Subtle diagonals convey the ocean’s constant motion and converge at the crashing wave.”
“I’ve long admired the floral paintings of Henri Fantin-Latour. This piece was an homage to his beautiful work in the genre,” says Carlo Russo of his painting White Roses and Carnations. The work features rich shades of cream and ivory against a stark black background. “The subtle offwhite roses and pale yellow of the carnations kept the color palette fairly simple,” says Russo. “The strong light and shadow added some drama to this little piece and really draws you into the complex forms of the blooms.”
The Annual Holiday Show will feature as many as 75 new works.
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