Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wolf Kahn - Color!

Faint Pink in the Sky, 2004
oil on canvas
28 x 30 inches

I fell in love with Wolf Kahn's work from the time I saw it. Color, color, color!!! Subtle colors, brilliant colors, muted colors, I love them all. In this painting, there are no hard edges, which is probably one of the things that most draws me to Kahn's work. Even with all the color he uses, there is a harmony, a feeling of subtle strength, with no brash tricks needed.

Wolf Kahn

Monday, March 9, 2009

Editorial - Hire Me!

“Hire Me”

“Unemployment rates for artists have risen more rapidly than for U.S. workers as a whole.”

This according to new research by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA website). Among the findings:

“The unemployment rate for artists climbed 2.4 percentage points between the fourth quarters of 2007 and 2008, compared to a one-point increase for professional workers as a whole, and a 1.9 point increase for the overall workforce.”

“The contraction of the arts workforce has implications for the overall economy. A May 2008 NEA study revealed there are two million full-time artists representing 1.4 percent of the U.S. labor force, only slightly smaller than the number of active-duty and reserve personnel in the military (2.2 million)."

"More recently, a National Governors Association report recognized that the arts directly benefit states and communities through job creation, tax revenues, attracting investments, invigorating local economies, and enhancing quality of life. There are 100,000 nonprofit arts organizations that support 5.7 million jobs and return nearly $30 billion in government revenue every year, according to a study by Americans for the Arts.”

Please support the Arts where and when you can… buy artwork, visit museums, go to the theatre, attend concerts, films and lectures, take art classes, donate your time and talents to non-profits. There are many delightful ways you can make a difference.

Gail Sauter – Journal: A Painter On Painting

Monday, March 2, 2009

Redfield - The Richness and Beauty of Grey

RedfieldThe Grey Veil (1930) – private collection

Edward Redfield was a hearty soul, and it seems to have paid off in a long life (1869 – 1965). He painted his paintings alla prima, en plein air. That's artspeak in Italian and French meaning ‘all at once’ and ‘on location’. His paintings are huge – often 6 feet in diameter and he is known to have started them in them morning and to have kept on painting until the whole thing was finished late in the evening. He lived and worked in the New Hope area of Pennsylvania (not far from Philadelphia) and always managed to capture that Pennsylvania air – plus a wonderful depth of space.

What I so especially enjoy about his work is the way he often divides his canvas up into areas of color. You can see that here -all the golds are in the middle and all the blues ae saved for the upper and lower horizontal bands with those deep dark evergreens serving as bridges between the two.

Gail Sauter – Journal: A Painter On Painting