Amy Lancaster from Missouri City, Texas will share her raku fired ceramic pieces July 1st – 2nd.
Barb, how would you describe your work?
I like representational work, sometimes on the edge of abstraction. Some people say contemporary impressionism.
Can you describe your process?
Process – an interesting word. I’ll try. It’s step-by-step work, but interestingly, work that you cannot rush -– which describes a lot of life I guess. I usually start with reference photos I have taken of the area, people, birds, the ocean etc. I’m liking a tinted birch panel, seems to work well with acrylic paint. The tint rather sets the tone of the painting, sometimes the tint is a neutral that colors pop from, sometimes I reverse the layers.
So how do you begin then?
The approach is rather direct –- extremely direct if I paint en plein air — starting with a rough composition on the support. I know I am ”supposed to sketch on paper”, but this has never worked for me. I can adjust and make changes as I paint. Sometimes the painting begins to tell a story of its own, which I must investigate, of course.
What about the particular way you build up your final image?
Okay, applying paint. I guess I break down the composition into bits and pieces, but not so much as to become tedious, putting it back together with light and color in a harmonious fashion. I usually use flat and bright brushes which give a bolder stroke with heavy body acrylics. Charles Movalli said, “It can’t look like you’ve worked hard and long, even if you have. A painting should be done quickly, with both your intellect and your nerves. When they give out, stop.”
I stop often.
Barb is represented by Estelle Stair Gallery in Rockport as well as the Port Aransas Art Center. Her Poster Artist solo exhibition will run from June 17 to July 29, 2017. A reception and gallery talk with the artist is scheduled June 17 at 4:30 PM. On June 30, during the Art Auction Party, the original work of her poster piece will be auctioned live.
May-n-Ais Jewelry and other artful objects are designed with a mix of many owner’s Chrissy Doolen’s influences – her Southern upbringing in New Orleans, finding her way to Colorado to living an eclectic style life now in Texas. Check her out @ #RockportArtFest this July 1-2, 2017!
2001 Poster Artist James Offeman has numerous awards and exhibition credits including The Audubon Society of Houston naming him Conservation Artist of the Year twice. He is widely known for his mastery of pastel painting and has exhibited in the prestigious Birds in Art. His work, American Flamingo (32” x 21”), is a captivating, one-of-a kind piece with an outstanding level of detail, and will be submitted for auction tomorrow night under the big top, air conditioned tent at the Rockport Art Fest Art Auction.