Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Local Artist Julia Zimmerman

Let me introduce Julia Zimmerman. I first met Julia through one of Rob Shaw's pallet knife painting classes here in Columbia. Julia is a school teacher and part-time artist. For information about this painting or other works by Julia, email her at jzusc07@aol.com, she's also on Facebook.

National Rivers Month Art Show at 300 Senate Street

National Rivers Month Show

The opening reception for our National Rivers Month show will be Wednesday June 2nd 5:30-7:30pm at 300 Senate Street in Columbia. 300 Senate is the address and the name of the restuarant lacated at this address. It is literally the last building on the lower end of Senate Street literally on the banks of the river in The Vista. Stop by as you leave work for a cocktail (cash bar) and a view of all the wonderful art on display depicting rivers and chat with South Carolina artists. For more information contact me via email: corleymark1973@aol.com

Above: "The Vista" by Andrew Corley 20x24 inches Oil

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Framing: What Works & Doesn't

Framing Your Painting

You know, the frame for a work of art is the finishing touch and the last addition that can complement and even improve your work. However poor choices in framing can absolutely ruin a piece of art or diminish the chances for selling. Although framing a work of art is no complicated task, it is a decision that deserves some consideration. Below I’ve organized a few good pieces of framing advice from different sources:

Some paintings will need no frame. Many artists in oils and acrylics who work on wrap- around canvases literally carry their paintings around the edge of the canvas and choose to not frame. Be careful though because when the canvas is not wrapped around to the back of the piece there may be staples showing around the edges. Most of the store bought canvases (as well as panels or paper) will need a frame. Having staples or ratty edges on a canvas being displayed is a huge NO-NO. If you are lucky enough to stretch your own canvases, this is something you’ll want to consider.
What style of frame to choose: The basic rule of thumb is that the painting itself directs the selection of its frame. Period paintings or paintings with classical subject matter are best displayed in attractive gold frames, or a handsome dark wood such as walnut or oak. There are some really elegant hand-carved frames out there but beware they can be pricey. More modern, light-hearted or even abstract paintings deserve simpler frames. Sometimes a thin metallic frame with a color that works well with the painting (not clashing or distracting) will be a winner. Metallic colors also work well. Some galleries, especially in juried shows will require a very simple/neutral frame intended not to detract from the work of art or compete for attention.

And don’t get caught up on framing a painting to match a room. (Although some rooms decorated around the themes and colors of a finished painting can turn out really impressive) Again the key is that the frame should work well with the painting. And for those in doubt, a contemporary painting hanging in a traditional room doesn’t necessarily need a traditional frame - and vice versa. Generally, larger paintings will need larger frames (with wider molding).

Texture is another issue: Choose a finish that doesn’t compete with the art in color or texture. (For example a painting with many shades of blue would not look good in a frame with orange tones .) Fussy frames with busy finishes won’t work well with a painting containing busy images.

Some frame shops will have walls and walls of frame samples on display. This sometimes makes the process of choosing your frame more difficult. In these cases, I try choose three frames that seem to come close to what I’m looking for. Then I make my decision between those three. When in doubt, ask a framing specialist or someone with experience in art.

Another Tip- Beware of frames with linen liners (in-lay). No matter how often you dust, the linen portion of the frame will collect debris and become yellowed or discolored with time. I recently had to retire an old frame with a linen in-set and hated to see it go. Money down the drain! Not to mention I have to go pay for it to be re-framed.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Watercolorist Rachel Parker

Everyone, it is a pleasure to call your attention to another local artist who recently caught my eye. Rachel Parker is a self taught artist who works primarily in watercolors. As a child, she was raised going to art lessons and watching her mother paint. She has been drawing since she was old enough to hold a pencil, and began painting in 2000.

Rachel works watercolor because she loves the sense of light this medium conveys. In all her paintings, she tries to make light the central theme. “Dramatic lighting can make a potato sack beautiful. Light is a life-giving force, and this is true in a painting as well – it breathes vitality and a sense of awe into the every day,” says Rachel.

Rachel's favorite subjects include horses, dogs, people, cats, wildlife and landscape. Her favorite project is an online photo contest she hosts on Facebook. Members of her group submit photos, and once a month they are allowed to vote on the best submissions. The winner gets their photo painted and a free print of the original. "This allows me to interact with my patrons in a more intimate way", says Rachel. "My patrons become part of my process in a very real way, and that adds so much to my art and my own enjoyment of painting". Prints of Rachel’s work and links to her Facebook group are available on www.rachelsstudio.com.

A Couple May Creations

Just got this one back from the frame shop. Wanted to share!
"Ashepoo River" Framed/Oil

This one is still wet and I may add some more to it. Not sure.
"King Street Charleston" Unframed/Oil