Small paintings can make a big impact!

 

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.

Paintings on View at the Greenwich Arts Council @ 299 Greenwich Ave. Greenwich, CT. To Purchase  either of these 8 x 8″ paintings Contact: Greenwich Arts Council: 203-862-6750

Mystic Museum of Art Exhibition

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:
    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:
    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

 

"Mindfulness of Tea", 48" x 36", Oil Paint on Panel
“Mindfulness of Tea”, 48″ x 36″, Oil Paint on Panel

“From Within”, October 24th-25th at Fort Mason Herbst Pavillion

Shilo Ratner Presents:
“From Within”
October 24th & 25th, 2015
Fort Mason Herbst Pavillion

Shilo Ratner Presents:
“From Within”

Booth 133
October 24th & 25th, 2015
Fort Mason Herbst Pavillion
2 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94123

Special Reception: Friday, October 23 from 6-8:30pm

Images from left to right:
My Zen, 20″x20″, Oil on Panel, 2015
Waiting to Dance, 10″ x 10″, Oil on Panel, 2015
Relaxed, 12″ x 12″, Oil on Panel, 2015

Percentage of art sales will be donated to Huntington’s Disease Society of America. To volunteer locally or for more information visit www.hdsa.org.

Comfort in Tea, 48″x36″ , Oil Painting in Progress

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.

Artist Shilo Ratner,Comfort in Tea, 48inx36in, oil on canvas
Artist Shilo Ratner, Comfort in Tea, 48inx36in, oil on canvas