|Thomas Cole. Study for Catskill Creek. Oil on Wood. 1844/45. National Gallery of Art. Avalon Fund.|
Monday, December 20, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
|Whistler. Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Valparaiso. 1867/74. Freer Gallery.|
When you live on the west coast, far from the world's great museums, you end up learning a lot about art from books. For instance, Whistler. While I'd probably seen paintings by him in museums in years past I'd only become truly interested in his work in the past two years.
Last week I had the opportunity to take a trip to Washington DC and spend several days in the museums. The first one we went to was the Freer Gallery to see the Whistlers. In person, his nocturnes were not what I expected them to be. They were more layered, more painterly on the surface than I'd read. So below are closeups shots of the above painting.
Friday, December 3, 2010
|Red Mountain Altar. ©2010 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen Panel. 9" x 12"|
|Another view of above.|
I created this special piece for the December show at Smith & Vallee Gallery, opening tomorrow in Edison, Washington - objectifications 3.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
|Clouds Above the Snake. Oil on Linen Panel. 12" x 12".|
|Crab Creek. Oil on Linen Panel. 9" x 12".|
The Little Gallery is a lovely small space at 1220 Bay Street that's new to the Bellingham art scene this year. It's owned and operated by an exceptional local artist, Lanny Little.
I'm very fond of the space for two reasons: first, it was the site of my very first show a year ago - Babes and Byways, held by fifth on sixth (thank you Marisa Papetti!) and second, it was one of the offices we rented for a campaign in 2008.