A Beautiful Sunday

Judy Feldman at "Art at the Royal Plams"
paintings shown: Teapots (left) and Chloe and the Red Chair (Right)

Royal Palms with Judy Feldman art
My exhibit last Sunday at the Royal Palms Resort was really nice. Many friends came, and I met some new art collectors who attended the event as well. The courtyard setting was a perfect backdrop for my paintings, and several guests said they thought the resort should buy "Under the Red Umbrella," since it looked so nice there. I told them to speak to the manager!

Temptation oil on canvas 30"x40"
by Judy Feldman

Admiring a painting
A view of the exhibit

Art at the Palms

Under the Red Umbrella oil on canvas 36"x48"
Every Sunday, the beautiful Royal Palms Resort invites an artist to show his or her work in the courtyard during the brunch hours, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. I’m very excited to be one of the featured artists! I’ll be at the Royal Palms on Sunday, Jan. 22. I’ll display about 12 paintings on easels, and show some nice small paintings as well. (I became enamored of the small format after I wrote about the Gem Show.)

Here is a preview of some of the art that will be on display: 

Breakfast at Marianne's oil on canvas 10"x10"
Garden Series II, oil on canvas 12"x9"
by Judy Feldman
These paintings and others will be available at Wilde Meyer Gallery.  You can see more art at Wilde Meyer's website: http://www.wildemeyer.com/judy-feldman.php

Brutus and the Crazy Chair oil on canvas

So please come! And, if you want to have brunch, you can make a reservation by calling the Royal Palms: 602-808-0766.

Royal Palms Resort
5200 E Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018

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It Takes a Collector to Collage!

Collage from Judy Feldman's collection
The other day, when I went into our guest bedroom, I noticed two of my mother’s collage pieces on the wall. She was a painter, but she also loved collage. Aside from several works of art, she also left me bags of her raw materials: colorful papers, some ribbon, a piece of corrugated paper from the inside of a cookie box, a gold envelope, magazine images, and even a pair of old eyeglasses!

According to an essay from the Guggenheim Museum's online art glossary, the glued-on patches that Braque and Picasso added to their canvases offered a new perspective on painting when the patches "collided with the surface plane of the painting." From this perspective, collage examined the relationship between painting and sculpture, and these new works "gave each medium some of the characteristics of the other." The Guggenheim essay also noted that the use of bits of newspaper was a reference to current events, and to popular culture. This juxtaposition of signifiers, "at once serious and tongue-in-cheek," was fundamental to the inspiration behind collage.

Number 3, 10"x10"
by Bill Colt
 I googled the word "collage," and found some interesting information from Wikipedia. It said that collage is defined as an art form in which various materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabric are arranged and adhered to a backing. The word collage is from the French word "coller," which means "to glue." This term was coined by both Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art.

There are several artists at Wilde Meyer who use collage in their artwork. I spoke with two of them.

Desert Caddy,  24"x30"
by Bill Colt
Bill Colt is following the tradition of Braque and Picasso, using pages from old magazines he finds in antique stores to inspire him

"I have some Colliers magazines from 1947 and Life magazines from 1952," he said. His painting, entitled "Desert Caddy,"has some of those 1952 clippings which he paired with his image of the old Cadillac. He said that he recently "scored" a stock of 1970s TV Guides, so he plans to do a series of muscle cars from that decade.

Pacific, 1943 mixed media 24"x48"
by Bill Colt

Bill is a corporate pilot, and his airplane paintings include pieces of aviation maps, old Pan Am ads and aviation engineering manuals. His collage technique is pretty methodical at first.
Roadmaster mixed media 24"x48"
by Bill Colt

To start, he creates texture on his canvas with joint compound and bits of things like cheesecloth. Then, he collages pieces of his printed materials on the canvas with gel medium. As the creative process takes over, he draws his image in charcoal, and then paints with acrylics, covering some of the collage work. To finish, Bill glazes his painting with a product that deepens and enriches his colors.

Backroad Boys 36"x36"
by Charles Davison

Charles Davison considers himself a multi-media artist. He takes the collage concept even further, using beads, buttons and other items, in addition to paper and fabric, to create his artwork.

Charles has been in Arizona since 1978, but even when he lived in New York, he said he was interested in southwestern themes. He said that his work has evolved from a non-representational style with neutral tones, to his current focus on horses and Native Americans, all painted in bright colors and enhanced with his collage work.

Me-Maw's Quilt 30"x30"
by Charles Davison
For example, in "Me-Maw’s Quilt," he uses fabric to create the clothes and the hanging quilt. "Magic Sky" is heavily collaged with pieces of turquoise, buttons and coins. Rusted bottle caps create a frame around this painting.
Magic Sky 28.5"x22.5"
by Charles Davison
Like all multi-media and collage artists, Charles is a collector. He gets his materials from the desert, antique stores and thrift shops. His large, colorful fabric collection inspires him, as do his other found objects. They all enable him to work in multiple layers, adding materials as his paintings evolve.

Jonah's Tale 20"x20"
by Charles Davison
By adding a third dimension to what is normally a two-dimensional art form, multi-media paintings with collage have a tactile, textural quality that is very appealing. I think we react with surprise and wonder when we examine these paintings and see the bits and pieces of things that have been incorporated by the artist.