June 10 – 25, 2022 | Annex Gallery
RECEPTION JUNE 10, FROM 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
Summer Heat is an exhibition of work by the represented artists of Salem Art Association’s Bush Barn Art Center. Our very talented represented artists, working in a variety of styles and mediums, were asked to create work that epitomises the hot, lazy, bright days of summer. These are a selection of the many responses we received from our talented artists. To see more, get out of the heat of summer and come into the cool spaces in the Bush Barn Art Center!
The artwork I will be presenting depicts animals.
The inspiration for two of the pieces came from gardening in my yard where birds and butterflies visit. One day I saw a swallowtail butterfly with only one antenna, a moth, a monarch butterfly, birds, a caterpillar and a cocoon. On another day I saw a meadowlark, violet-green backed swallow, bluebirds and a wood duck. I painted them surrounded by shapes and flowers from the garden. The work with all red animals was inspired by a red fox I saw in Glacier National Park. They are all just improvised images that retell a storyline from my thoughts.
I drew the images on Arches watercolor paper and then painted them with tempera paints using acrylic brushes. The paintings are then photographed and professionally printed with protective coating on archival paper.
These hot little summer florals were created with the intent to make “Bold” loose marks with “Bright” hues, to achieve “Vivid” expressive works. Created as a warm up exercise to loosen up, I found inspiration beyond that, and view them with new eyes each time I visit them. Fresh picked colorful Zinnias and Golden Rudbeckia from my garden were the reference for these soft pastel paintings.
In Summer and Spring Meadows I selected elements related to the seasons such as flowers, flower petals and leaves to make composite photos that would capture moods of those warm, colorful times. Parts of some elements show through others or emerge from behind, creating a synthesis of images celebrating my favorite seasons.
These pieces were inspired by the beautiful surroundings in the Willamette Valley. Each piece was created using recent handmade collage papers, Yupo paper, transparent and opaque acrylic layers. I am captivated by the act of creating and the unpredictability of where each painting will take me.