Here are some pictures of how the walls were set up at last weekends “From Within” exhibition at Fort Mason Herbst Pavilion.
Shilo Ratner Presents:
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 http://www.hdsa.org.
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.
Attached are some finished oil paintings. One of which I had finished but decided to rework because I was called to. Many years ago, I had the opportunity to meet Raimond Strapran at his retrospective art show and book signing. While at the gallery, I had a brief chat with him and asked him if he ever reworks pieces even after putting the stamp of completion on it. He told me he has had pieces that are several years old that he went back into and reworked. The conversation struck a cord with me and has stuck with me ever since.
Like most of my paintings this painting has a little bit of a story to it. The title was inspired by the meditation room in Abadiania, Brazil. There is a room called “The Current” which references connecting to the current of consciousness. It is hard to describe the feelings that take place in you when you walk into a room with 400 meditators. It’s awe inspiring and really beautiful to have strangers pray with love and healing.
Connecting to Current, 24″ x 24″, Oil on Panel (work in progress)
In this painting the two figures in the background symbolize our physical connection to humanity. The dark blue horizontal line represent the sea of consciousness that connects us.