Thursday, September 27, 2012

McLaren Art Centre

Teresa Cullen & Me in front of our paintings at the MacLaren Art Centre.

Without knowing it, the curator of this group exhibition from the MacLaren Art Centre's permanent collection, placed my partner's (Teresa Cullen) painting next to mine.  I guess there was "something" about the two pieces that made them want to be hung side by side.

September 13, 2012 - November 4, 2012
Jennifer Withrow
MacLaren Art Centre, Janice Laking Gallery and Gallery 3
Select contemporary works from the Permanent Collection

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Palm

Quartet Panel 1, oil/panel. 12"x12", (Click to enlarge)
Here is the first of four small panels that will form a wall mounted series.  The idea is to get a sense of the the breeze in the palm fronds.  Each image was done rapidly with the brush inspired by watching the fronds move. Colours are southern and warm with pop contrast to suggest strong light.

Turku, oil/panel, 60"x36"
Teepa, oil/panel, 24"x48"

These paintings will be presented publicly at the Toronto International Art Fair in the Bau-Xi Galleries booth.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Willow Pond

Willow Pond, 40" x 48", oil/panel, (click to enlarge)

Summer is winding down, yet the air today is warm and humid.  These two paintings reflect some of my visual interests as the warm season drifts into cooler times.

Weeping willows are such beautiful trees!  They express a contemplative melancholy mood.  Since I usually see them near water, I decided to paint this one at the edge of a pond.  I like the way the fronds easily sway in even a gentle breeze.  The challenge of capturing movement in trees has led me to return to a series I did a few years back - wind in the palm trees.  I've just started 4 small studies on the subject and will report back here when they are done.

Gendel Bay, oil/panel, 20" x 60"
Living in Ontario I am surrounded by lakes and bays.  I continue to present this subject in a recent horizontal piece.