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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
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.