Friday, May 13, 2011

Rooms with a View

Cleo in the Garden Room  oil on canvas 36"x48"
by Judy Feldman
In the Red Room, (2007) 30"x30"
by Judy Feldman
I have always been attracted to scenes that include a window or patio – I love showing the foliage outside and contrasting the view with an interior setting. You can see this idea in my painting, “Cleo in the Garden Room."
Recently, I visited New York City to get my culture “fix.” I saw some wonderful museum exhibits, including one at the Metropolitan Museum of Art entitled “Rooms with a View: The Open Window in the 19th Century.”

During the Romantic era, the open window appeared in many paintings of interiors. For the first time, the window is actually the focal point, often showing views from the artist’s studio. In addition to the effects of light on the interior room, you get the impression of a painting within a painting, as some of the window scenes are quite detailed.

Cleo and the Red Chair 36"x36"
by Judy Feldman
 This theme of rooms with a view has continued to attract many painters ever since. I’m thinking of the wonderful paintings of Matisse who used the theme of an open window throughout his long career. In Open Window, Collioure, (National Gallery of Art), he painted the view out the window of his apartment on the Southern coast of France. He used the theme of the open window in Paris and especially during the years in Nice, Grand Interieur (Art Institute of Chicago) and Etretat, and in his final years, particularly during the late 1940s.

Pierre Bonnard also painted from his home, favoring interior scenes of his family and daily life. In “The Green Blouse,” (Metropolitan Museum) the window is a prominent part of the background; in the “Dining Room Overlooking the Garden,” (MoMA) the view outside is even larger than the table setting inside.

 Here at Wilde Meyer, you can see several artists who have been influenced by this theme of Rooms with a View.
 
 
My Real Life Big Screen TV acrylic on panel  18" x 20"
by Lori Faye Bock

  Lori Faye Bock
In her painting entitled “My Real Life Big Screen TV,” Lori Faye Bock shows a fantasy view outside a dining room window. It’s very decorative – a painting within a painting.
Doesn't Get Much Better Than This!
acrylic on panel
by Lori Faye Bock

 
Breakfast on the Portal
acrylic on panel in handmade frame 22" x 26"
by Fran Larsen


Fran Larsen
The view of a large red mountain and lush foliage is the focal point of Fran Larsen’s “Breakfast on the Portal” painting. Her vivid colors take us outside, beyond the vignette of the purple chair and oddly sloped table.

Living Room, Our House
28"x32"
by Fran Larsen

 Mermaid reverse glass painting on reclaimed window 27" x 30"
by Melinda Curtin

Melinda Curtin takes the window theme to another level. She actually paints on vintage windows in a reverse glass process. The window frame becomes the painting frame, and sometimes she paints an additional frame inside, as in this image, “Mermaid.” 

Horse at Night 27"x30"
by Melinda Curtin
So the next time you see a beautiful scene outside a window, think of all the artists who have been inspired by this visual act to create some amazing works of art!

Monday, May 2, 2011

7 Things Mom Would Love

Looking for a wonderful, creative gift for Mom? Colores, Wilde Meyer’s gallery on Main Street, has many items from which to choose, most priced under $200. Each piece is handmade – way better than a gift certificate to a department store! You can order from the online site ColoresAZ.com, order by email; call 480-945-2323 or stop in the gallery.

Here are some ideas:
A colorful fused glass horse by Scottsdale artist Sue Goldsand
"Horse" by Sue Goldsand, fused glass  9"x9"x305"

Sue Bee bracelets, priced from $23
Sue Bee, silver plated bracelet

A stunning turquoise and silver ring by Shonto Canyon
Shonto Canyon  sterling silver ring with turquoise

Small giclees prints by Linda Carter Holman, including one entitled “Love Bird”
"Love Bird" by Linda Carter Holman, giclee on paper 5"x4"

Limited edition prints on canvas by animal artist Mitch Henderson.
"Big Smile" by Mitch Henderson, 8"x8"

An original oil painting on paper by Alix Stefan
"Splendor in Spring" by Alix Stefan, acrylic on paper 22.5" x 22.5"


A charming small painting of a winsome hound dog by Elizabeth Cheche in a beautiful frame (my personal favorite – so hurry up before I buy it!).
"Briar Patch" by Elizabeth Cheche 4.25"x4.25"