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First week of the month and it’s changeover time at a lot of galleries. New Hampshire Art Association is no exception. On Tuesday, I joined about 6 other artists to hang Prints of the Year and also repaint and rehang the Small Works Gallery. (OK. I didn’t help with the painting, but I helped with the rest.)

Because of the rather nasty winter weather, the reception has been postponed until next Friday. When you go to the gallery, you’ll find the main galleries filled with prints from some of the best print makers in the state. Parker Potter’s Prints of the Year includes all manner of the printmakers art – wood cuts, silk screens, monoprints, etchings, and various combinations. You’ll find work by Don Gorvett, William Scolere, Kate Higley, Victoria Ellbroch, Scott Schnepf, and many others.

The East Gallery is full of lovely black and white photos by the Seacoast Photo Group. And the South Gallery will have Carol Van Loon’s black and white photos of Barns.

The Small Works Gallery is now repainted and rehung with new work! So check it out.

You’ll find two small pieces of mine on the very far wall of the Small Works Gallery. (That is unless they moved them after I left on Tuesday.)

These are two pieces from my Shelter Series. This series started years ago with some very small paintings with a stylized house image. Some of these initial paintings turned into hand painted cards that were sold to benefit the York County Shelter Program. Hence the name – Shelter Series. Through an event that I ran for years at the Notre Dame Spiritual Center in Alfred, ME, I began a relationship with the shelter program and helped to raise money for their food pantry.

 

 

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The different framework of these pieces is causing me to rethink how I’ll structure these paintings. What I was doing on the earlier pieces doesn’t seem like it will work on these, so I’m looking for other ideas. For this reason, the process is going a bit slower than I would like.

I miss the rhythm from those other pieces, but I like the more focused and colorful look of these. I’m hoping this will all work out. Time will tell.

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It’s time to get my 6 x 6 panels ready for our annual 6 x 6 exhibition and sale. The exhibit starts the first of November, but the work needs to be delivered shortly.

I thought you might like a sneak peek at the process. We all use the same panels – 6″ x 6″ MDF with a key-hole slot on the back. After prepping the surface, I painted the panels with a couple of coats of white acrylic paint.

And then I start to glue on pieces of paper – newspaper, phone book pages, pieces torn from damaged books, along with my normal selection of bits & pieces of discarded painting pieces.

To continue with the social media idea and to keep in mind the shape of the panel, I started with cutouts shaped like a generic icon (of a woman’s head) similar to what you sometimes see displayed when a user hasn’t provided a profile picture. These were glued onto a rectangular shaped colored background.

The initial pieces look like this –

I’ll be adding more Work-In-Progress shots as these paintings develop.

 

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Abstractions 2015 is the next exhibit at the Arts League of Lowell, ALL. This is an open juried show.

I have a soft spot for this exhibit, because this is how I came to know ALL. I think I’ve been in this exhibit 2 or maybe even 3 times in the past. Hopefully, at least one of my pieces will make the cut. (I wish I had 3 of the new series to submit, but I didn’t get them completed in time to be framed. )

These are the pieces. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

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My current “What If” assignment is to take the very simple and tiny farm paintings and make them bigger. I must admit to having mixed results with this.

My first attempt started with MDF panels that are 6″ x 6″. I thought I might try just going slightly larger. These pieces are only about 4 times the size of the original tiny paintings.

The painting on the left is one of the tiny paintings I started with. The one on the right is the slightly larger version done in acrylic & collage painted on an MDF panel. I think this worked well. The feel of the piece is similar, which is surprising considering the differences in materials.

My second attempt wasn’t as successful.

Again, the piece on the left a sample of the mini paintings. These were done on watercolor paper, with just watercolor and pencil as embellishment. The piece on the right was my attempt to scale this up – just a bit. I really don’t care for the new version. A large part of the problem is the medium. I just couldn’t get that light, almost sketch like feel, using acrylic on panel. Maybe I should say that I didn’t get that feel. Perhaps if I tried again, I’d be more successful.

Right now, I’m going to view it as unsuccessful and move forward. I may try again at a later date, but I think the difference in both medium and support is the real challenge here.

 

I’ve been working on a couple of other ideas which I’ll be sharing with you over the next few weeks.

 

 

 

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As I explore the house theme for my “Shelter’ series, I don’t seem to be on a linear path. The work keeps bouncing around from idea to idea, back and forth from funky to sophisticated.

I’ve looked at this piece a lot and have finally decided to declare it done. Even though it’s very different from the other pieces that were started at the same time, I like it and appreciate its relative simplicity. It has no collage added, but the interest is in the shapes and the subtleties of texture within the shapes.

It’ll be interesting to see if there are more of these by the end of the series.

 

Ethel Hills - Shelter #11 - Acrylic on Panel - 7" x 5"

Ethel Hills – Shelter #11 – Acrylic on Panel – 7″ x 5″

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Here’s the latest in my Shelter Series. This one was a bit of a struggle, but I’m pleased with the way it turned out. I wish that I had the foresight to take pictures of some of these paintings as they changed. This one has at least two complete paintings underneath the final version.

Each of these 7″ x 5″ paintings started out as a relatively straight forward line drawing filled in with acrylic paint. Each time, something was missing. Most of them have ended up with either a little bit or a lot of collage added. It’s been interesting watching these evolve. I must admit that these have taken way longer than they should have. (At least it seems that way.)

Ethel Hills - Shelter #12 - Mixed Media on Panel - 7" x 5"

Ethel Hills – Shelter #12 – Mixed Media on Panel – 7″ x 5″

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