Art Update July 2021

JULY 7 to August 7

Art Opening Reception – July 10

Join me. Bring family and friends…or come by yourself.

Location: 36 Elm Street Plaza, Damariscotta, Maine.

Date: July 10, 2021

Time: 1PM – 4 PM.

Join me at the newly relocated River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta, Maine.I’ll be happy to show you around the gallery.

“Sunset at Curtis Light” 12 x 16″ oil on canvas.

I am so excited! Due to Covid-19 Pandemic, this is my first group art exhibition since 2019!

My fascination with marine landscape, light and historical man-made structures and sailing vessels are represented in most of my work.

Living and viewing the ocean each day from my studio in Owls Head evokes a need to record, invent, describe that unpredictably powerful living, moving body of water and all of its interactions with the sky, the land, the people. Leave a comment about my painting.

The exhibition will run from July 7, 2021 to August 7, 2021.

Support our local artists. Buy an original artwork from the River Arts exhibition. Don’t miss the matted and unframed original paintings available for sale in two art bins. Buy for yourself or for another.

See you there.

Can’t make the Opening Reception? Visit any time between July 7 – August 7.

Hours:
Tuesdays – Saturday 10 – 4PM     –     Sundays 11 – 3 PM

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Art Update: Aug. 16 – Sept. 14, 2019

“Wild Things”

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Nature Speaks – Endurance, by: Jo M. Orise – oil on canvas, gallery wrap 18×24″

Art Opening and Reception

Where: River Arts Gallery, Route 1, Damariscotta, ME
When:  Opening reception: August 16 –  5 to 7 pm
Public view and purchase: August 16 – September 14, 2019
Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 4 pm
Sunday 11:00-3:00 pm

Contact: 207-563-1507
email: info@riveratsme.org

Having submitted an artwork to be juried for the “Wild Things” show, I learned 208 paintings were submitted, and 80 were selected by the jurying process.

I was one of the lucky 80! That sounds like the title of a book or at least a movie.

I am so pleased. So many paintings. And a theme show to boot!

I usually avoided “Theme” shows—until this year. I was accepted at the last show and now this show. Two theme shows in a row! How great is that?

Why do I avoid “Themes”? Well…my brain doesn’t work that way. Suggest a theme, my mind is blank.

I literally interpret the message…then it gets complicated in my little head. It feels like I don’t fit in my head. Nor do I fit in the group who is part the whole event.

They get it. I don’t.

My examples draw a lot of blank stares and gaping mouths.

Hmmm.

I go home and have coffee. I stare at my easel. Whiteness. That is what I see. Well, lately it is grayness—I tint my canvas prior to painting. Gray can make paint “zing” or can depress you. Like sitting in a little corner asking “why don’t I think that way?”

But this time, upon examining available paintings hanging in my studio, I forced myself to think beyond the painted subject. It worked—twice in two months!

However, I fear my time as a theme painter is limited.

But then…

Join us.

Have a glass of wine, a few goodies and let’s chat about art—everyone’s art. Most participating artists attend the opening.

We artists will be happy to speak with anyone interested in art.

Give a holler, leave a comment and a like.

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JMO

Honorable Mention Award – Maine Lobster Festival 2019

Wow! I am excited. 

Last year I earned two awards.

This year, I received the “Honorable Mention Award” for the painting “Morning at the Docks”.

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Morning at the Docks, by: Jo M. Orise

Looking at it, I remember its creation.

I began with a photograph I had taken of the Port Clyde, Maine dock. 

I was, at the time, interested in sunrises and sunsets. How best to represent them. On the ocean seemed best—all that reflection and color glow.

Having gotten married on a schooner, I became smitten with a love for tall ships.

Here I imposed, for my personal pleasure, a schooner in the distance, waiting for morning to be off into the sunrise. But then, why not two ships? They often anchor in a harbor together. Why not in my little harbor scene?

Now we had two schooners.

Then I thought, there’s room for one more alongside those little boats waiting for the fishermen and captains of ships who slept ashore with their loved ones.

Three schooners now lie in wait in the harbor at Port Clyde. The dock depicts fishermen, having arrived from shore and from the sea, beginning the day’s work. Young men, older men, young women, older women, all beguiled by the sea.

The gulls greet the day, announcing a new beginning.

Life on the sea begins anew with the rising sun.

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Love to hear from you.

JMO

Jo M. Orise Art Update – June 2019

Jo’s New Event

Group art opening this week.

WHERE: River Arts Gallery, Route 1, Damariscotta, ME.
On the North side of route 1. Can’t miss it.
WHEN:  Friday, June 7, 2019
TIME:    5-7 p.m.

The opening will have hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and wine.

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River Arts Gallery, Damariscotta, ME

Regular Gallery Hours:
Tuesdays – Saturdays 10-4, Sundays 11-3
207-563-1507

This is my sixth year with the group. Shouldn’t there be a celbration here for me? 😉

Join us. Have fun. Chat with the artists and art lovers. Look at the artwork. Bring one or more home.

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Return to Port by Rockland Light – by: Jo M. Orise

Return to Port by Rockland Light, an oil painting, took several weeks to complete. I love schooners and actually live near Rockland Light, visible from my studio.

It is 12×16″ oil on canvas, framed.

There are mountains beyond from this view. Seagulls roam from Rockland Light to our home, searching for another serving of whatever they can swallow, all the while crying out, “Mine! Mine!”

Or are they saying “Maine?”

If  you are interested in this artwork or any other works from my studio https://www.jomorise.com, send me a message at jo@jomorise.com.

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Thanks,

Jo
“Smile in your mirror every day.” JM Orise

My Muse Drinks Coffee

Promoting yourself with words is a creative process as is art. Your goal: people will find, read and remember you.

 
Important too: the writer remembers what was written!
 

A couple visited my studio early this morning. After reviewing some of my work and chatting with the woman, also an artist, about her art work and what she hoped to learn and master, she and her partner then smiled, both acknowledging a quote,

“My muse drinks coffee.” They nodded as if that is truly what was part of my creative process.

“Where did you read that?”

“On your blog.”

“Really. Are you sure?”

They looked a little confused. “Yes.”

“Oh. Perhaps.
I write so many things, I may have forgotten.”

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After the couple left, I went to my art blog and queried: “My muse drinks coffee.”

Nothing.

Hmm.

Shorten the query.

Nothing.

Examine the site more closely.

Ahh! Here it is. Part of a description of Jo M. Orise, the artist, on my blogger’s home page: Painterly Comments.

What about Jo?

My photo

Maine, Florida, United States
Welcome back. Click on the blog link below to see what’s up on Painterly Comments blog. I paint. I write. Love it. Ain’t it great to do what you love? My muse drinks coffee—I will never stop creating.

How would I forget that? That is who I am. And I do drink coffee which obviously now affects my muse more than it affects me.

I sit down to one more cup. Black. As usual. Hopefully, enough to stir up those sleepy, little grey cells.

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Jo

Jo M. Orise – Art Update – August 2018 – 2 Awards!

71st Maine Lobster Festival Open Juried Art Show.

Sponsored by Camden National Bank, Rockland, ME

Woo Hoo! August 2, 2018 I was awarded two ribbons for my entries at the art show.

 

3rd Place ribbon
“Entering Deep Cove on the Maine Coast”  by Jo M. Orise
18×24″ oil on canvas, framed 
 


Honorable Mention ribbon
“The Grace Bailey Anchored at Curtis Light”  by Jo M. Orise
24×18″ oil on canvas, framed 
I’ve come close, so I have been told, earlier in my art career. So this is great to be recognized for two painting in one show. Thank you jurors. It feels great!
 
View the paintings at my virtual studio jomorise.com 
 
or
 
visit Orise Studio-Gallery here in Owls Head, Maine.
 
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Jo M. Orise – Art Update

My art signature. Changed it for clarity.

Okay. I have been painting – all year long between other obligations.
The number of finished pieces eludes me at the moment. Water colors and oils. Ah, and lots of gestures sketches of people, places. Perhaps I’ll place those in my virtual gallery someday.

Subject: marine art.

My signature was not working well for me. The upper-case J with an exaggerated, extended top next to the o and middle initial had a strange effect of being read as “Tom.”

Viewers ignored the space between the o and the M. They also ignored the period after M. Therefore, “Morise” evolved in the conversation.

So, I modified the J into an exaggerated lower case j where I have since decided to dot it as well. That will make the reader pay attention a little bit more.

Modified further. I like this effect.

While away for the winter, I produced four 12 X 16″oil paintings!
I just special ordered floater-frames (love those fames 💕 ). The outside edges of the paintings are visible and the painting travels around the edges for you to see.

Keep visiting my virtual gallery http://www.jomorise.com to see my newest pieces. I will put them up soon!

What else am I doing?

I am in the throes of tax work.

Hubby peeked around the door to my desk, “Please look through these, Hon. Check for errors. I get tired and bored.”

Oh. Really?

I revved up Turbo-Tax, and with my wonderful see-thru ruler, I follow the lines of data and numbers and check off boxes and type in descriptions and delete errors and on and on… .

Don’t you just love doing this busy work? Uncle Sam wants to know what we have been doing all year.

Dear Uncle Sam,
Regarding your concern about our finances, let me impressed upon you that I have been literally working my butt off. 😩 Does that count? What form shall I use?
Please answer ASAP as I too am getting tired of this task.

Regards,
Your loyal tax paying citizen.

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Jo M. Orise – October 14 – November 10, 2016 — Art Update

Prep work for the oil painting. oil by Jo M. Orise

 Yeah! River Arts Gallery Art Show going on right now.

  • River Arts Gallery,  241 US Route 1 (North), Damariscotta, Maine.

Theme of the group show is Artist Choice. 

Exhibition Opening Fri. Oct 14, 5-7PM.

The showing will be on display until until November 10, 2016

This is the featured artwork from my collection that is on display at River Arts Gallery:

Gulls Are Free – Oil by Jo M. Orise

 

Gulls Are Free 

The gulls float above as the wind creates whitecaps below.

8″ x 10″ oil with floater frame

I love gulls and the ocean. They represent freedom and daring.

To the right, you see my preparation for the painting. The subject is simple and was such fun to create—and a challenge.

Lots of observation, quick sketches, photo references and imagination. I had to determine how the bird would look like as it hovered in air and looked below.

Have you ever watched seagulls float in the updraft of the wind? They just spread their wings and let it happen. Amazing. They don’t flap to stay up. When the air has a strong current, it holds the gulls up there. We would drop whether we flapped or not.
They are like a living kite.

If you get to Damariscotta, do drop in and take a look at all the wonderful paintings on display.

Leave a comment and like the River Arts Gallery page on FaceBook with this link.

Click here to visit my website jomorise.com

Jo M. Orise – Portrait Update

As you may know I was commissioned to create a portrait.

The work was completed in August.

The owners are pleased by the outcome, as am I.

Here is the portrait which can be found on my website.

Boy With Conch – 14 x 11″
Water color by Jo M. Orise

To view the versions of the work prior to the final piece, go to:

http://jomorise.com/portraits.htm   Scroll down the page to see the different  versions.

Let me know what you think.

Cheers,

Jo

Jo M. Orise – July, 2016 Art Update

Lincolnville Beach – the Lincolnville Fine Art Gallery

UMaine Belfast Center art show ended a few weeks ago. On my way home from retrieving my painting, I decided to visit the Lincolnville Fine Art Gallery
at Lincolnville Beach. It is on the route to Belfast.

My previous attempt to visit the gallery proved futile—closed. This time I was in luck and I happily viewed lovely works of art and craft.

I complimented the owner, Dwight, at his art and craft selection and gallery display. 

Dwight has on display his own creations of wood sculptures and wall hangings, which I found very charming and tastefully executed. (One of his large pieces is hanging on the right side of the gallery as seen in this photo.) He is an artist/ owner/curator/realtor! And I thought I was the busy one.

Grace Bailey Anchored at Curtis Light
by: Jo M. Orise

 Dwight invited me to fetch my painting from the car.

“You painted this?” he chuckled.

“Yes.”

“How about leaving it here. I have room for it.”

So, after discussing the terms and reaching agreement, I now have my painting hanging in the Lincolnville Fine Art Gallery.

I am happy about this opportunity to be represented in Lincolnville. Hopefully someone will see my work and decide they can’t go home without it.

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For more info about the painting, visit my website http://www.jomorise.com

Visit the gallery. Say hello to Dwight.
 http://www.lincolnvillefineartgallery.com