I just laid down my brushes and photographed the 6×6 plaques that I am painting for the upcoming Women’s Caucus for Art exhibit. I “previewed” this project back in September and that was the last blog entry I was able to upload using my old iWeb program, so I’m feeling a little nervous about approaching the 6×6 subject matter again. But I’m not superstitious, am I? No. Not at all. So here goes:
WHERE AND WHEN: The exhibit is to take place in the Chimera Gallery in the Picker Building at 99 Factory Street, Nashua. It opens Saturday, November 5, at noon. Saturday hours are noon to 5 o’clock. It closes the next day, Sunday, at 4 o’clock. The Sunday hours are noon to 4 o’clock. The reception will take place Sunday, between 2 and 5.
These are unusual hours. In years past, we have left the exhibit up for about a month, thinking to accommodate Christmas shoppers. But almost all sales occurred during the reception, and people seem to be shopping for Christmas earlier and earlier each year. (Pavlov’s dog experiment comes to mind as an explanation of this phenomenon.)
The exhibit is unusual in another respect: Not only 2011 plaques will be exhibited and offered for sale ($66 each), but also plaques from years past–a retrospective of sorts. This being my third year as a member of the organization, I will be exhibiting 12 plaques. My 2009 four consisted of Lotus Studies, which has become a stand-alone piece, as I discussed in the September blog. You can revisit the earlier blog here. You can also inspect the condition of the new pieces as works in progress. Today they may still be works in progress, but progress has been made, and only a few tinkering details remain. I hope! But first, I will show you the three brand new images, then follow up with three from before, as improved.
I met Noodles last week in Bartlett. He belongs to Sami, the innkeepers’ daughter. Noodles is still a puppy. A sweeter dog cannot be imagined.
Why this title? Impulse, inspired by the expressive face, which seems to be regarding a beloved. I painted this portrait from the same photograph that I am using to insert an alpaca close-up in my Alpaca Ranch painting. (See last week’s blog.) I painted this on a plaque from 2010, on top of the original painting. You can see a ghost of the 2010 image in the shadows. Obviously, I didn’t like the 2010 painting and am very glad of the opportunity to obliterate it.
This is our Great Dane, Honey, getting comfy on the sofa. The strong desire of Great Danes to seek comfort is well-known. The white spots in the photo are light reflecting off globs of wet paint. This image also conceals an old one that I will not miss. (Two more of the 2010 reborn plaques are shown in the September blog.)
The Plover was featured in the previous blog. I made refinements, not changes: The canopy on which he stands sinks a little more under his weight, which I hope explains what kind of a surface it is. The red reflection on his breast is a little more intense. The feathers have been touched up. A light reflection has been added to his eye.
Another one from the previous post, with no changes to the Snowy Egret’s persona, but I did insert the words taken from a Wallace Stevens poem “. . . the feathers flare And bluster in the wind. . .” because they describe what is happening. I wouldn’t want anyone to think the bird looks like this all the time. I’m thinking I should add to the blustering plumage on the right side of the image.
This is Sundance, a former resident of my household. Despire his appropriation of my bed in this picture, he now prefers to be on his own. Of the works in progress, this painting received the most of my attention. His posture was unexplained before. Now that you can see he is slumbering away, sunken in pillows, I think this image is very appealing. I am betting that if any of my plaques sell, this will be the first one to go. (Going by my own weakness for cat images.)
Aline Lotter is currently exhibiting:
at the Gallery at 100 Market Street in Portsmouth; at the Sage Gallery in Manchester; at the Manchester Artists Association Gallery in Manchester; at the Bartlett Inn in Bartlett; at the Rockport Art Association Gallery in Rockport, Massachusetts.
Link to website: www.paintingsbyaline.com