. Nick Williams says he is "Inspired by his time in, on and around the water of Newport." He creates paintings in acrylic and epoxy depicting naturalistic scenes and the frames he makes to complement each piece. CC Wolf states that "Life is a story and interpreting that story is our journey; I allow my paint to walk me through a private landscape which is always full of surprises." Capturing the spirit of nature in wood, Shawndavid Berry feels the "organic movement seen from a Surreal lens, exposed through subtractive removal." With joy in mind, the artwork of Virginia Fishburne Stone always brings a smile. She is inspired in this particular show by the sketch books she found of her grandmother and namesake, Virginia Ritchie Fishburne. " I worked from my grandmother's sketches, riffing off of them with my contemporary vision and sensibility... Enjoy!"
Inspired by his time in, on and around the water, local Newport artist Nick Williams created paintings in acrylic and epoxy depicting naturalist scenes. Each frame is custom made to complement each piece by Nick.
Life is a story and interpreting that story is our journey. I allow my paint to walk me through a private landscape which is always full of surprises. Color has been a path to my inner vision. Its impact carries me into and through that private space. I see the natural world in symbolic terms - bridging the eternity of nature and the individual self. The answer is the journey.
Organic movement seen from a Surreal lens, exposed through subtractive removal. I adjust the image as the piece demands, accommodating and eliminating future movement. Touch, feel, explore and most of all I hope my work is enjoyed.
you ever wanted to place your hand right over a Lascaux cave
hand stencil painting?
I feel like I got that gift when going through some family papers two years ago. I found a little sketch pad filled with these pencil studies by my grandmother. Her name was Virginia Ritchie Fishburne and she died when I was two years old, about 1952, so I never really knew her. I am named after Grandmother Virginia and have often heard that she and I share many similar interests. As soon as I saw these studies I knew I needed to do some drawing from them. I connected with them instantly and recognized that they demonstrated a skilled and studied hand. They relied on line as I often do. I think that they were done in her late teens or very early twenties. I own two of her teen diaries and two of her “Art Education Drawing Book Course: Art principals, Graphic expression and Manual Expressions” workbooks. The workbooks seem to predate than these studies.
I worked from my grandmother's sketches, riffing off them with my contemporary vision and sensibility, to make unique expressions of my own. I related to her refined lines. I related to her humor. These drawings have been a special experience for me. Enjoy!
We headed to Paris July 3-7, 2021 as soon as covid restrictions lightened up. Paris was half empty itself, but shows and some restaurants were open. We stayed near the l'Ecole de Beaux Art, so students packed into the Cafe Buci and other ancient haunts of the Lost Generation and the Existentialists. The students smoked, drank, cell-phoned, talked and were intense.(and effortlessly beautiful).
We ate at a 2-star restaurant - Rostang. A family of 4 were behind us. The kids were on their best behavior. They tried to look cool when strange food was served. The boy, who was ramrod straight, was "served like a Prince" by the tuxedoed waiter. With great aplomb he poured the sauce on the boy's dessert. I sketched it from memory next day.
Atelier des lumieres (basically a wonderful light and sound show) First was the work of Salvador Dali (and later Antoni Gaudi). Dali's work was moving on all walls, ceilings and floors to Pink Floyd's "The Wall" and the Doors' "Riders on the Storm". It is powerful immersing yourself into Dali's work; I gained a renewed appreciation. These "immersion shows" are appearing all over.
This piece is from a show at Musee d'Orsay entitled "L'invention de la nature au xix siecle." i.e. how depictions of the origins of the world in Art were shown from Adam/Eve/Paradise/Noah/Ark and animals to Darwin with some monkey satire. Archaeological discoveries revealed a much older world. I copied the oil on canvas: "La Fruite devant le Mammouths", 1885 by Paul Jamin. Did Jamin know what a mammouth looked like?