Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tomato Tomato by Lisa W.B. Walker

They have finally arrived... TOMATOES!
The Food and Pottery Connection ~

Insalata Caprise
Prep time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 as a side dish, 2 as a veggie main course. Double, triple, quintuple as you like.

2 large, fresh tomatoes, or about 1 lb total
1 cup fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
Good olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cut the tomatoes into slices about 1/4 inch thick. Arrange tomato slices on a platter***. Top each with a piece of mozzarella, and some basil. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve. Gorgeous.

Served up by Tod Dimmick, 
AKA "The Foodie" at 1000radishes

My Lily of the Valley Platter *** will show off the red of the tomatoes and green of the basil and be just the right size for a side dish salad for 4.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Color, Pattern and Texture, The Guild

The gallery has a host of colors, patterns, textures. Stop by later this week and see if you can guess what are art these photographs are from. Using a Macro lens lets the camera capture these colors and patterns.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Avery Oak Rabbit by Cat Ciccolo Tucker

Remember this guy. He is completed several weeks ago and has a new home at the old Avery School. It is wonderful to drive down the street and see him. The colors are bright and really shine. He was installed last week by Jen Barsamian and her family. Jen is co-founder of Dedham Shines. His name is "Avery Oak"

A little bit on the Avery Oak here

This Rabbit is Sponsored by: Mother Brook Community Group and Oakdale Square Alliance
Location: Old Avery School, High Street

Stop by and see this wonderful Rabbit painted and designed by Cat Ciccolo Tucker

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Coming up - August Artist of the Month Barye Hall

Guild Member Barye Hall

Born and raised in Dedham, Barye was drawn to nature early on. Raising numerous birds and mammals left him with a strong connection to wild things and their beauty. Volunteering at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum, running a zoo for a summer camp in Maine, and most of all, having a renowned animal sculptress for a mother, all combined to pull Barye inexorably toward creating his own vision of nature.

The Yellow Warbler is from this spring's April migration in Galveston,  

The Red Fox is from Mass Audubon land in Canton, MA

Barye is currently working on more avian images including Puffins (Maine), as well as local macro images, and intentional blurs for future display.

A series of note cards is also in the works.

Coming up next for Barye's Photography Work

"Having traveled this spring to Galveston, Texas and Green Valley, Arizona for migrations, I am working on preparing images for hanging from these sites. Warblers, orioles, Mexican and grey jays, clapper rail, doves, and kingbirds."

"I am heading to down east Maine this month to photograph puffins nesting on East Machias Island."

"I am also going to introduce a series of greeting cards this fall using favorite images, and will include some from Yellowstone and Grand Canyon."

Join us for Barye's Opening August 2nd at the Guild from 5-8pm. Meet the artist behind these wonderful photos.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Anatomy of a Miniature - Part Two

by: Richard Humphrey
Dedham, MA
Dedham Guild Gallery Member since 2011
Continuing from Part One - Once the canvas board is cut and gesso primed, it's time to decide on a 
"grouind." For this piece, I've chosen a Cerulean Blue. This color is a blue-green, opaque pigment
that can display good undertones. I've thinned the paint down to a "wash" consistency and completely
covered the entire piece of canvas board. (See Photo 1)

Once the "wash" has dried, I take full strength Cerulean Blue and cover the canvas board. Picking up
some pure Titanium White on a #4 soft hair Filbert brush, I begin the cloud tops, allowing some of the
blue already on the canvas board to blend in for the cloud shadow areas. (See Photo 2)

In this next step, I've taken small amounts of Indigo and Cerulean Blue to create a dark mixture for the "blocking in" of my mountain tops. Utilizing a diamond shaped palette knife, I'm applying this paintver thinly. (See Photo 3) 

Once this paint is applied, allow the entire canvas board to dry.

You can see Richard's mini paintings at the Guild. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Anatomy of a Miniature - Part One

by: Richard Humphrey
Dedham, MA
Dedham Guild Gallery Member since 2011

All of the Miniatures in my Online Portfolio (www.facebook.com/Studio113) and those that are
currently in the Dedham Square Artist Guild Gallery started out following these guidelines.

Beginning with a 5 x 7 inch canvas board, or in some cases, an 8 x 10, I’ll cut the board to
the dimensions of 2 ¼” x 3 ¼” giving me four pieces of canvas board to work with. About the
size of a standard Business Card. (See Photo 1)

Continuing on, the canvas boards are pre-primed with an acrylic gesso, however, in some cases, 
I’ll want to re-prime them in black, grey or an additional coat of white. I’ll apply upwards to four 
coats of primer, depending on the smoothness I want to achieve. Tools that I use for this process 
include a palette knife, a two inch bristle brush, a foam brush, and / or a sea sponge. 

Once the gesso is dried (I usually allow 12 to 24 hours between coats), it’s time to decide whether
or not to apply a colored “ground”. Materials that you paint on – canvases, wood panels, paper,
even rocks – are referred to as “supports”. “Grounds” are usually thinned color, allowed to dry,
be it acrylic or oil paint, applied to the “ground”. It creates background color for your next layer
of paint to show throw. I’ll use reds, yellows, blues and browns, depending on the subject matter.

Moving forward, I’ll select my brushes. I have a range of brushes that I use from applying large
areas of colors to “drawing” pencil thin lines. My brushes for these Miniatures include:
                   #6 Flat Bristle Brush                                                #2 Flat Bristle Brush
              #2 Fan Bristle Brush                                                #6 Round Bristle Brush
                   #4 Round Bristle Brush                                            #5 Round Soft Hair Brush
              #4 Filbert Soft Hair Brush                                        1/4 inch Angle Shader Soft Hair
                   1/8 inch Angle Shader Soft Hair                                #1 Liner Brush
              #0 Liner Brush                                                       3/0 Liner Brush

Monday, July 23, 2012

Behind the Rabbits Part II, Guild Artists talk about the Rabbits

"Patch" by Guild Artist, Iris Sonnenschein

I'm a quilter who prefers "art" quilts to the traditional, a preference that began with my frustration with trying to make all those corners meet!  I'm often told my quilts look like paintings, so I thought it would be fun to paint something that looks like a quilt.  I decided on a somewhat traditional-quilt look (straight lines and yes, corners) so it could easily identify as a quilted bunny.  It was a LOT of work and a ton of fun.  I was surprised that some of the paints took 3 coats to cover while one - the gorgeous blue - took TEN. 

I wasn't very happy with the bunny until I began stenciling the "fabric" designs over the painted blocks.  All of a sudden what I had in my head when designing "Patch" started showing up on the sculpture in front of me! I started working on the bunny in my backyard, under a canopy; after a few days of torrential rain I moved him inside on top of my kitchen table.  Patch seemed happy enough, but my family and I spent a week eating in our family room....no space for meals and a 5' rabbit in the kitchen!  Now that he's done, I am happy with the final result - he's colorful, cute and even if you look closely, the corners match up!

"Patch"lives at St. Susanna's Triangle
Sponsored by: Dedham Junior Woman's Club

"Townie" by Guild Artist, Marietta Apollonio.

"After the 100 hours spent with "Townie", it was a sad day to see him leave the our dining room. Working on this rabbit helped strengthen my personal artistic process of not sketching out an idea first. Something I've been doing more and more lately. I love to stare at a canvas and just envision what I want the final image to be, then making that a reality with the brush and paint, creating a fluid motion.
This was such a wonderful and positive experience. The thought I drew from was the idea of a journey -- town to city to countryside to mountain and back again -- what you might encounter as you drive from town to town. The viewer gets to take a little trip of their own in an imaginary world, as they walk around the rabbit and explore the houses and environment."

He is located at Whole Foods in Dedham
Sponsored by: Whole Foods Market

The Rabbits are part of the Dedham Public Art Project under the umbrella of Dedham Shines. For a full list of area artists designing and painting rabbits, please go here. More to be placed soon.

Fun article by Caterpickles, Through the Lens of The Five-Year-Old: The Dedham Public Art Project

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Artist at Work, Cindy Mootz

One of the great things about the Gallery is our artists love to create while they are at the Guild. Artist and Guild Member, Cindy Mootz was gallery sitting on Saturday. She brought her paints and materials to paint a new work. She decided to experiment with paper called Yupo. More about Yupo here. A synthetic, waterproof, tree-free paper, that lets you wipe off your mistakes. Although, not a perfect medium to work with but it allows Cindy to be more free with her watercolors.

It is wonderful to see artist at their work and their inspirations.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Summer Collection by Lisa W.B. Walker

Lisa Walker is working on a summer collection of pottery.  The collection is functional - (dishwasher and microwave safe too).  She has chosen soft blues and yellows to work with the sunny days of summer. The images represented come from a piece of fabric in her daughter's room. Lisa has used surface embellishment that include stamping, slip trailing and stenciling.

The pottery will be in the Guild this Friday. Lisa is also be in the gallery from 3-6pm today. Stop by and see her wonderful collection and ask her about her work

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

New Work in the Gallery, July

The Gallery has a lot of new art. 

The top two photos are by Dennis Stein. They are matted and ready to frame. Dennis has lots of great abstracts and uses iphoneography to make these photographs.

These are pin hole and polaroid transfers by Leslie Bowen. they are limited addition prints. Many of her subjects are from her trips to Ireland. These are matted and framed and make a perfect way to decorate your home.

There are several new paintings by Guild Member, Kevin Bowen. This one reminds of summers long ago.

Rich Humphrey has brought in new work. Stop by and see Richard Humphrey's new landscapes. He also has mini versions.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Kenpo Inspired Pendants by Cristina Hurley

These pendants are inspired by Kenpo and are handcrafted by Jewelry Artist, Cristina Hurley. They are new to the Gallery. Each pendant comes with an 18 inch chain. The necklaces are from Cristina's Kenpo inspired collection.

"The Chinese characters I am engraving stand for the work "kenpo", which is the type of karate or martial art I am studying. I became inspired by the symbols used in the different types of martial arts, and made a nice combination of my 2 passions!"

Cristina has made a video on how to she works with the materials and engraves to make these pendants

These make a unusual and beautiful gift.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Behind the Rabbits, Guild Artists give their thoughts

 Lisa Houck's initial sketch and finished Rabbit for the Dedham Public Art Project

"Suffice it to say, it was amusing to have a huge bunny hanging out of the back of my car driving down the VFW Parkway on the way to my studio. I got lots of smiles and funny looks.  Then it was odd and amusing to have a huge bunny in my studio for over a month.  I painted it the way I paint everything: with color and pattern and energy and enthusiasm.  The ears were challenging...I had to walk around and around to get the spirals to work on the ears.The bumps and lumps of the bunny presented a few obstacles as I tried to get sinewy spirals to move all over the body.  I am still surprised every time I drive by the Community House in Dedham and I see my bunny contemplating a nibble of grass."

Sponsored by: Dedham Community House and Dedham Parent Time
Location: Dedham Community House, 671 High Street 

Gary Koeppel poses with his Rabbit

"I started thinking about rabbits in a field and the fantasy of Alice In Wonderland. Being a landscape painter I thought it appropriate that the rabbit should be in a landscape. With the sky and clouds in the upper part of the rabbit and the garden below the rabbit suddenly became a giant. The day lilies are from right out of my garden. Painting on a three dimensional object was a new challenge for me adding an additional element to the visual illusion of "Bunny In The Clouds".

Sponsored by: Launch Sponsors
Location: Petruzziello Plaza, corner of Washington and Bryant Street

"Leroy" also known as "Peace"
By Jill Barry
 and Mike Glowacki, Veteran, Iraq and Somalia

"When Mike and I applied for a rabbit, we talked about a lot of different designs that we could do, but kept coming back to the "real rabbit" idea.  We decided that we didn't want to change the rabbit, we just wanted to try to bring him to life.  Our main goal was to get the glass to look like fur, so we spent a lot of time thinking about the shape and size that we wanted the glass to be, and also the direction in which to place it.  We then hand cut and filed each piece, to avoid any sharp edges. That was a really tedious and time consuming process. We came up with a system and a timeline to help us, and constantly had to check our status to see what we needed to get done, to meet the 8 week deadline. We worked in piles of 100 in order to keep track of the number of glass pieces that is took to make him, which was 23,511. Teamwork was definitely an important part of our rabbit. While we both work with glass, our approach to HOW we work, is very different. There isn't one section of the rabbit that was completed without being discussed and decided upon ahead of time, and I think the combintion of our ideas is what really made our rabbit successful. We had a lot of fun making him, and are really happy with how he turned out. This was a great opportunity, and we are truly thankful to be part of it."

Sponsored by: Anonymous donor in memory of Joe Pagliuca, WWII Army Veteran
Location: Oakdale Square Common

For more information about the rabbits please go to Dedham Shines and check out thier other community projects

More Guild Artist Rabbits to come, stay tuned