There is safety in numbers.
Meade's favorite medium is pastel, landscape his favorite subject matter. This one titled "Killbear Trail Sentry" is a 13 1/4"x 10" pastel on matboard.
A PASTEL PAINTING is surely one very difficult customer; it requires immediate and careful attention. The pigment is rich, dry powder that is rubbed in to the surface of the support (paper, board, fabric etc.) If not handled with extreme care it will smudge or shed. Environmental changes could be lethal: vibration, heat and humidity can cause the paper to expand or shrink, forcing the pigment particles to separate from the ground. Not for sissies.
They are bright, they are happy. They simply glow with joy.
"Seen Better Days" 16"x20" pastel on matboard. Meade loves derelict old buildings , wonky architecture and varying reflections. Sunlight so bright that it makes you dizzy.
Charlotte Brown is a young painter with a bright artistic future. Here she is with some of her self portraits. This is a fun exercise that this group decided to engage together: Every member painted/drew a self-portrait and then some portraits of each other. The results yielded an interesting spectrum of studies, some serious, some tongue-in-the-cheeckish, some detailed and some barely suggestive. The exercise turned out to be a meditative observation: how do I see myself, how do I see you?
Last year the group did a similar joined project: every member produced an independent original of the same subject matter: an abandoned old pickup-truck in an over grown landscape.
Every single piece of work delivered a different story, every artist revealing different elements of the subject matter. The viewer could compare the results to the resource material (photographs of the actual scenery) and get involved with the project : What do I see? How would I paint/draw this? What would I include/omit? What is my mark/ my story?
A buttery detail of one of Charlotte's landscape paintings. Don't you just love the way she uses the paint?! These confident strokes let the viewers eye to do the blending. This is colour that talks!
The other two members of the group are Joseph Stellato and Jeff Dryden. These gentlemen will be featured on a later blog entry..I got so caught up in talking to so old friends that I totally missed some works and have no photos to post. Joseph Stellato has a unique approach to a multimedia, three dimentional painting and Jeff Dryden follows in the footsteps of his mother Coral with uncounted hours invested in drawing.