Not to worry. You can take these gallery tours from your couch. Many venues are putting up online shows free to the public to enjoy. I currently have work in the following two online art exhibitions.
National Collage Society’s 23rd Annual Small Format Exhibition
This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the National Collage Society Small Format Exhibit. This Postcard Exhibit is an invitational exhibition comprised of small format 4″ x 6″ postcard-sized collages. The Society defines collage is any artwork created with another layer glued onto the surface.
Long Island City Artists’ Spring National Collage Exhibition
One hundred eight of our artists are represented here, in LiC-A’s first online Members’ Exhibition. Our regular exhibition venues, including the Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City, are shut down temporarily due to the current health situation. So we are using our website to provide a public space in which both artists and visitors can share in the appreciation of these incredibly exceptional and diverse talents of Queens artists.
I was approached with the opportunity to license my work through Wild Apple Publishing. They picked out a couple of paintings they liked the best and ask me to make companion paintings to go with them (kind of like a matched set). I’ve been working on the companion painting to Hide and Seek Orange. I’ve included some in process pictures so you can see my layering process. Here’s Hide and Seek Red, mixed media, 48″ x 48″.
I started by washing in an ocean background, then I painted in some distance kelp. Next I collaged in hand-painted paper kelp:
I initially used yellow fish but I didn’t think there was enough contrast, so I switched to red instead, and added some last kelp strands:
Here are the two Hide and Seek paintings side by side:
Many of you are experiencing the same cold snap as I am in New York City (expected low of 3 degrees F tonight). It has me dreaming of warmer weather. Wouldn’t it be nice to “play hooky” and skip out to Florida for an extended weekend? That’s what I had in mind while creating this new painting. The title is a play on words (some fish trying to sneak out of “school” for the day).