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The Singularly Sensational Erin Cone

28 Nov

To take a simple, singular subject and explore all its possibilities can be a challenge for any artist.  But it is an exercise in observation, composition and creativity that results in heightened awareness and the elevation of a simple idea into sophisticated conceptualism.  Santa Fe artist Erin Cone takes a simple female figure in a red dress and using a keen eye for design and composition, transforms it over and over into visually striking and emotionally compelling work.

Discourse 1, acrylic, 21x21

Her use of negative space and positioning of the figure so that the face is obstructed allows the viewer to wonder who this woman is, what is her story?  She seems to be searching or waiting.. but for what or whom?

Etiquette, acrylic, 48x60

The artist’s use of hard edged squares in her compositions creates an almost jarring, interesting tension between the linear quality of the squares vs. the soft, supple shapes of the female form and dress.

Assemblage, acrylic, 60x60

Adieu, acrylic, 56x44

Erin’s work seems to be a study in quiet contemplation.  The stillness of form, tranquility of space and design, the reposed manner, all lead the viewer into a sense of calm, but the use of the red dress leads us to believe that perhaps there is a storm brewing just below the surface..

Repartee 1, acrylic, 21x21

To see more of Erin Cone’s work, please visit her website. Be sure to check it out and see her other series, just as wonderful as the red dresses!  I found Erin through the amazing Lanoue Fine Art in Boston.

Featured image is Debutante, acrylic, 72×48.  All images are via the artist’s website.

Abstractions of Atmosphere

22 Nov

This year, autumn has been a completely new experience for me.  Having never experienced a full autumn outside of my home in northeast Florida ( short trips north don’t really count ), one of the things I was most looking forward to this year was enjoying a cool and brightly colored Fall.  And Southern Oregon did not disappoint!

For me, there is just something about this autumnal time of year that makes the natural world more evident and magical.  Things slow down, trees and animals prepare for the long winter ahead.  Blazing sun is replaced with fog and clouds, making the amber colored leaves that much more striking.  California artist Susan Goldsmith captures the essence of the natural beauty of autumn in her mixed media work.  I want to buy one so that I can gaze at it in the middle of summer, dreaming of the return of cool days and warm colors.

Brandy Creek Falls I, oil, oil pastel and resin on panel, 20.5x20.5 ( via Davis & Cline )

In her work, Susan uses digital photographic prints as the base layer of her paintings, applying them to the surface then enhancing them with paints and/or pastels, so that the resulting effect is not one of merely an embellished photograph, but rather the impressionistic reinterpretation of the original composition.

Redbud, oil, oil pastel and resin on panel, 40x20 ( diptych, 20x20 each, via Davis & Cline )

What the viewer is left with is a lovely sense of atmospheric abstraction, light and mood, that bursting forth of vibrant color against grey skies which is so characteristic of autumn.

Hachiya Persimmons II, mixed media and resin on panel, 17x17 ( via Lanoue Fine Art )

No. 153, mixed media and resin on panel, 24x24 ( via Lanoue Fine Art )

I first caught glimpse of Susan’s work at Davis & Cline in Ashland, OR, but have sense discovered her connection to another favorite gallery resource, Lanoue Fine Art in Boston.  Of course, you can also see her work on her own website.

Featured image is Brandy Creek I, silver leaf with pigment print, oil, oil pastel and resin on panel, 61.5×21.5 ( overall size ).  Images are via Susan Goldsmith’s representing galleries, as noted.

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