What is ‘Varnishing Day’? ‘Varnishing Day’ was a special event that took place at the Royal Academy of Art in London. Officially it was the day in which artists could varnish their paintings before the official opening of the Summer Exhibition. In reality, it was also a private viewing of the exhibition, in which artists, journalists and celebrities could meet and discuss the paintings before the exhibition opened to the public. According to reports, the famous William Turner, watercolorist and oil painter, not only used Varnishing Day to varnish or put finishing touches to his works but also to significantly alter or even finish incomplete paintings. The Summer Exhibition has run every year since 1769. During the 1800s, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition was a fashionable event in which many people attended to be seen by others, rather than to study and enjoy the artwork. Art critics such as Ruskin would then publish their opinions on the paintings which, at the time, were hugely influential in swaying public opinion.
My daughter inspecting the Varnish work on the Mars series which is heading to Portland Maine, this summer.
At Bad Art I was able to paint the “Princess Liea without Lightsaber” painting. “This was the formal weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. More skill than simple sight was required for its use. An elegant weapon. It was a symbol as well. Anyone can use a blaster or a fusioncutter—but to use a lightsaber well was a mark of someone a cut above the ordinary.“―Obi-Wan Kenobi. However Leia never touched a lightsaber. She others do her dirty work, although she was a friend of the blaister.
At the Bad Art Gallery located in Littleton, NH. The Star Wars portrait advocate, Matt Bassat has a large amount of Storm Trouper and Darth Vador paintings for sale. This gallery has been the only extensive hide away for the 80′s Star Wars graffiti like art. Pictures were taken by the talented Jason Tors of Sugar Hill, NH.
The Currier Museum has some wonderful paintings donated by a patrons such as Gruber and Groko. In fact
the Rothko painting at the museum was donated by Doctor Groko who was Rothko’s personal physician during Rothko’s life. However, my personal favorite was the large colorful free stroke genius of Joan Mitchell a female painter who gives the viewer a tactile experience. The thick globs of paint is a an homage to Pollack’s action painting. Joan’s color sense is a fantastic balance of somber colors and bold bright greens. In between her many layers of bold brush strokes, (something only a forty dollar paint brush can achieve), are the small magical speckles of color that float around the edges of the painting.
The Stella painting at this museum is one of the finest representations of his Compass series. I knew Stella’s girlfriend, she was an artist too, a graduate from Yale. He appeared to be a difficult man, one can see this with his devotion to a perfect painted line while keeping a difficult unyielding composition. As a painter I can tell you that his circular canvas is almost impossible to paint. His color sense is wonderful here, the sage color is the neutral color holder and the Marigold along with the bold red are the color highlights. He is really is a master.
Other wonders at the Museum are -Hans Hoffman, the wizard teacher for ALL of the New York Abstract painters.
-Hibbard, a rare painter who painted large painting in the snow’s of New England
- Michael Mazur, has a springtime painting of dreamy spring yellows.
Please go sees these treasure at the Currier Museum.
How to entice youth to the merits of studying art history can be elevated by intergrading excitement into the lives of both the painting and the teenagers. These photos are fine examples of teenager’s appreciation by throwing an abstract painting off the roof top shows both initiative and courage for the sake of art. There is nothing more exciting than changing where and how the context of art can be seen.
In the mountains of Littleton, NH there is a small miracle residing tucked away from most foot traffic, it is the gallery called Bad Art. Among the strong graphic graffiti and abstract paintings you will find Hunteress Thompson hanging by Darth Vadar- masters of darkness. The collaboration of fellow artist also have band practice for Hot Mess in the space.
The atmosphere is as if you stepped into the East Village gallery scene of 1985, the creative ground for the like of William S. Boroughs, Blondie, Pattie Smith, Nan Goldin, and other unknown masters. There is grit on the wall CBGB’s thick, and layers of wonderful eclectic and affordable art for the masses.
These photos are of, Jason Tor one of the owners, as he was doing an abstract painting and gallery sitting- as you can see he is not afraid to use pink (a good sign.)
New white walls for our non wall gallery made of snow- at the foothill of Mt Washington, NH. More snow, more paintings, more snow. Flute playing by Rebecca Klementovich and Uke by Ben Klementovich. Dress by Joan Vass and Micheal Cunningham from NYC. Live Free or Die………………
such a place? I cant tell you. I can tell you that the JUDY CHICAGO show is wild. I won’t add more to that
because you must experience it for yourself. So if you have a female friend, daughter, wife or transvestite bring
them to the Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art.
Lunar frame is made of shadows, tape and string to build up a frame that is about movement. The mars series goes into again the exploring of the 99% of unseen comparing with the 1% of matter that we are in the habit of. Perhaps it is habit which keeps us all here?
These frames are of course for the Mars paintings. This particular painting is called the Curvature of Mars
By Robert Frost 1874–1963 Robert Frost
subtle energies that float around paintings? The last photo shows the reflective
quality of a kitty and her favorite abstract painting along with her army guy tied in
pink yarn toy.