I’m enthralled with large paintings but there is something to be said for smaller works of art. I recall walking into a museum show where Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with the Pearl” was on loan from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis. I was really excited to see this iconic piece in person and was a little taken back on the dimensions of the painting. This little oil painting was breadth taking and that experience shifted my perspective on small paintings and their impact on the viewer. It was then that I started embracing the creation of small paintings.
I’ve updated my Figure Painting page to reflect these two new 8 x 8″ pieces. Here is a preview of what you can find there.
Just received an Award of Excellence for the “2016 Healing Power of ART” Manhattan Arts International online juried competition for painting “Grateful for the Rain”, 48″x48″, Oil on Canvas #art#painting
Last week was the opening of the CAFA exhibition at the Mystic Museum of Art. My painting “Mindfulness of Tea” was awarded second place. It’s flattering and an honor to have my work chosen for this exhibition as well as given an award.
Jurors of Selection and Awards
Darby Cardonsky is Assistant Professor in the Art Department at Western Connecticut State University and Coordinator of the MFA in Visual Arts program. She currently teaches graduate courses in art colloquium, art history, practicum internship, and thesis exhibition. Prior to her work at WCSU, Ms. Cardonsky was co-owner and director of the Bachelier Cardonsky Gallery in Kent, CT.
Will Lustenader is an accomplished artist and currently teaches at Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT. After majoring in art history and receiving his Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in 1979, he went on to earn his Master of Arts degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London in 1981. He then became a full-time artist in 1982. Website: http://wlustenader.com/home.html
All of my paintings have a special place in my heart. However, every once in a while there is a painting that brings a bit of nostalgia with it. This 48″x36″, oil painting in progress is one of them. Lately, I have been thinking a lot about my late grandmother. I have a fond memories of visiting her house and sitting with her in her kitchen drinking tea. Reflecting back on those memories brings me a sense of comfort.
I tried to capture that same peaceful comfort in this painting.