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My exhibition of paintings focusing on the forests and rivers of Arizona, Colorado, and Washington, Nature's Passages, is now up at Carillon Point in Kirkland, WA. The exhibition runs through July 30, 2018, with the exhibit in five locations throughout Carillon Point.

 

The pieces in the current exhibition are about passages. Each painting depicts how the light passes across the landscape, creating a unique combination of lit and shadowed areas. Each tree, branch, or rock is like a sundial, which helps you to feel how the passage of light is coupled with the passage of time. You can read the time of day from shadow patterns. The passage of time also creates marks and changes to the landscape – a patch of grass blanched by the sun, aspen trees covered with gold by fall’s magic... There are also passages of physical materials, objects, and creatures through the landscape – the river running on our tree farm, a trail left by deer in the brush, a kaleidoscope of fallen leaves carried through the forest by a gust of wind ... I use trails, rivers, valleys, and light patterns that exist in nature, as well as my painting techniques and added effects, to direct your eye. I try to encourage you to make your own, personal passage through the landscape, which I once encountered and now present to you in this exhibit.

 

  

 

The exhibition is installed throughout Carillon Point in the following locations:

    •       In the elevator lobbies of buildings 2000, 3000, 4000, and 5000

    •       The Carillon Post Office

 

For purchase inquiries, contact the exhibition curators: Gormally Art Services

 

About Carillon Point

 

Carillon Point is recognized for its world class office space and restaurants as well as a 4-star hotel, day spa and marina - all on the beautiful shores of Lake Washington in Kirkland, WA.
4100 Carillon Pt

Kirkland, Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 


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An excert from my artist statement:

 

My current work explores aspen groves. An aspen grove is made up of one or several clones. Within each clone, all trees are genetically identical and share the same root system. They have the same general structure and the same leaf and bark characteristics. But time and the elements have left unique, individual marks on each tree. Light and shadow also touch each tree in a different way. I am drawn to capturing these individual differences while still depicting the aspen grove as a cohesive colony, as a brotherhood.

Aspens are a key element in my work. Their beauty is mesmerizing. But they are also an amazing organism - each grove a single, massive organism. Mesmerizing indeed! And like many things, aspens are under environmental pressure.

 

In honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day, I am donating 15% of the sale proceeds on a selection of my aspen paintings to Western Aspen Alliance (through April 29). 

 

View the collection and purchase here.

 

Or cut and paste this link into your browser https://www.artworkarchive.com/profile/nancy-romanovsky/collection/aspens-for-western-aspen-alliance

 

Western Aspen Alliance is a joint venture between Utah State University’s College of Natural Resources, USDI Bureau of Land Management, and the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and National Forest Systems, whose purpose is to facilitate and coordinate research issues related to quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) communities of the west.

 

Read this fascinating article about the Pando clone, which inspired me to donate to Western Aspen Alliancehttps://www.inthemesh.com/archive/pando-aspen-grove/…


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On January 30th I painted in a live painting tournament called ArtBattle.  There are two rounds with six artists who have 20 minutes to create the best work they can. As they work, patrons move around the easels, closely watching the creative process. At the end of the round, the audience votes for their favorite painting. The top two from each round continues onto the final round.

 

Well I didn't make it to the final round. I would have needed to bring a voting entourage with me, and perhaps paint a better painting. All the works were up for silent auction during and the evening. 

 

To prepare myself for this war of paint and brushes, I did some sketches on canvas paper and also two 18 x 24s (which is the size of the canvas for the event). I've listed all my practice pieces for auction. The small 12 x 9s are listed on DailyPaintworks for $10 start bids and the large pieces are on Ebay

 

Here are some pics of the evening!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 



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I cannot believe it, I have agreed to participate in a ... battle! Phoenix's first Art Battle! It is a live "painting" competition: 12 artists (probably all tatooed, pierced, and stoned) create whatever they can on a canvas using acrylics within a 20-minute round of public humiliation. Six artists compete in Round 1, another six in Round 2, and the top two artists, one from each round, go into the third and final fight to beat each other to death -- not really, just to spoil another canvas. The crowd throws tomatoes at the competitors and votes for the winners. The third round determines the grand champion. Oh my, I already need a drink. Please come and cheer for this gladiator!

 

When: January 30, 2018

Where: Cactus Jack's, 4747 E. Elliot Road Phoenix, AZ
Time: 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Price: $25; Early bird $20; Student $15

For tickets, call (602) 670-1109 or visit here

 


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Ideas often come late at night. Over the summer I visited a neighboring farm and asked to take photos of their horses. When you're out on a photo shoot, there is not necessarily a composition you are specifically trying to acheive. And with live subjects, such as horses, you basically just take as many photos as possible and hope you get something you can use later. 

 

I was lucky to get all three horses in this intimate pose, and knew when I was reviewing my shots that I wanted to eventually paint them in this position. I also liked the field patterns in the scene. It was daylight when I took these shots, but a few days ago I started pondering creating a nocturn out of this reference (three different photos actually). So with this idea in mind, I did a quick oil sketch using colors I imagined would exist in the night. If I decide to enlarge this into a studio piece, I think a title such as Midnight Meeting might be fun.

 

I also experimented with a time lapse video. Here is the link to my FB page with the 3 minute video:

 

https://www.facebook.com/nancyaspenpainter/videos/1524376877642171/

 

Enjoy!


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