Thursday, June 24, 2010

July Critique Session for Artists

Temecula Valley Art League July Feedback Forum for artists is Tuesday, July 27th at 7:00 p.m. It is open to all artists and does not require membership in TVAL. Meet with other artists to critique work, network and exchange ideas. The first meeting is Tuesday, June 22th, at 7:00 p.m. The forum will continue to meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Bring a finished painting or a work in progress. The Feedback Forum is the fourth Tuesday of every month.

I was at the June critique forum. All levels of artist and media were represented. Several excellent artists and teachers assisted with the critiques. It was friendly and helpful and would be beneficial to any artist working to take their art to the next level.

TVAL Gallery is located at 41789 Nicole Lane, across from the Costco entrance on Overland. The gallery is in the Creekside Plaza along with Frankie's Steakhouse and Seau's.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Impressionism at the De Young

June 3, 2010, The Week Magazine

De Young Museum, San Francisco, through Sept. 6

"Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee d'Orsay"

While the Musée d’Orsay undergoes renovations, two exhibitions assembled from its collection of impressionist paintings will travel the world. The De Young Museum in San Francisco is the only musuem that will host both.

While its historic building undergoes renovations, Paris’ Musée d’Orsay “is taking its act on the road,” said Charlie McCullom in the San Jose Mercury News. The world’s most important collection of impressionist and other 19th-century French art “has packed up its Monets and Manets, its Cézannes and Renoirs, even that painting of Whistler’s mom.” Two exhibitions assembled from the collection will be crisscrossing the globe this year, “but only one museum in the world will host both”: San Francisco’s de Young Museum. The first show to visit the de Young attempts to trace the creation of the impressionist movement by showing some of its finest exemplars alongside lesser-known contemporaries.

“Rather than presenting a mere hit parade,” the show illuminates what was truly so different about the impressionists, said Janos Gereben in the San Francisco Examiner. The then-dominant art style, academic painting, rendered historical and mythological scenes in a polished but often lifeless style. The impressionists introduced an appreciation of “visible brush strokes, an emphasis on changing light and movement, and a focus on everyday people.” Paintings such as Édouard Manet’s The Fifer and Gustave Caillebotte’s The Floor-Scrapers challenged viewers by showing them humble subjects from the real world. Likewise, artists such as Paul Cézanne confronted them with a style that seemed almost primitive, said Jennifer Modenessi in the Contra Costa, Calif., Times. The indistinct forms and rough surfaces of his Gulf of Marseille Seen From L’Estaque “must have looked very strange to people accustomed to slick, highly finished paintings.” It can be hard for today’s museumgoers, long accustomed to the impressionists’ innovations, to “look at these famous works of art with fresh eyes.”

It may be even harder for us to give the impressionists’ predecessors a fair shake, said Kenneth Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle. Take Adolphe-William Bouguereau’s Birth of Venus—an airy mythological scene that has all the “calculated false feeling, historical irrelevance,” and other qualities that the impressionists hated. Even if you agree with their judgments, however, you “must admire the technical dexterity” of such a work. This exhibition defines the fault lines between traditionalists and innovators, but also points out the complex connections among, say, mythologists like Bouguereau, symbolists like Gustave Courbet, and impressionists like Pierre Auguste Renoir. “Forget nomenclature for a while, and look hard at the rich range and variety of physical detail in the paintings.” Unless you travel to Paris, you’ll never see their likes again.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Len Chmiel - Part 2

Len Chmiel, the more I see, the more I am in awe. Composition, abstract design, paint quality, quality of the light.

Len says, "A successful painting for me must satisfy my intent to convey beauty, however obvious, subtle, or ambiguous, while pushing the boundaries of reality rather than merely depicting it. "

All of these images are from Len Chmiel's website.

Shawn McKelvey at the Merc

The new art exhibit at the Merc in Old Town Temecula is landscapes by Temecula artist, Shawn McKelvey. Shawn was the Best of Show winner at the 2009 Ralph Love Plein Air event. The reception is this Friday, June 4th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. You can also see Shawn's paintings on his blog.

The Merc is at 42051 Main Street in Old Town Temecula. Click on the image above to see a larger version.