- July 17, 2021
-- As for so many, painter Lolette Guthrie
says she's found the past year both strange and difficult. "I coped by escaping to my studio and painting dreamscapes, memories of places I would rather be. While I sometimes look at photos to get a starting point, I find myself seeing and feeling what I want to paint in my mind's eye. Primarily memories of coastal North Carolina, these pieces begin with a general idea of time and place but soon the canvas dictates how I should proceed. I'm never sure of the end result because at some point each painting takes on a life of its own, an experience I find both exhilarating and, at times, confusing. Sometimes I translate an idea into an abstraction. I find that moving back and forth between realism and abstraction helps me to see each painting with fresh eyes."
Dreamscapes can be many things to photographer Eric Saunders
. "It can mean simply dreamy subject matter, or an illusion, or an artistic composition which allows the viewer to dream rather than merely look. I am usually inspired by unusual abstract patterns of light, color, and tone, found in nature and in human artifact. I then incorporate these patterns into an artistic composition, so that the resulting image is accessible and compelling to the viewer. I polish the picture from a technical standpoint using computer-assisted post-processing before printing." Says Saunders, "Digital art is my term for digital changes to an image which go beyond adjusting focus, contrast, density, and color balance, and actually change the elements of the image, in order to enhance the interest or the effectiveness of the compositional structure."
Glass artist Pringle Teetor
has been through two years of challenging health issues compounded by technical and supply issues. "When I returned to my studio this May, I felt like I was learning how to blow glass all over again. The strength in my left arm, which had been declining rapidly over the last 7 years has returned! Working in hot glass is all about muscle memory and suddenly, I had the use of muscles that I had been compensating for. By the last week before we shut down for the summer, everything was feeling normal again! Dreamscapes as a title is more about the work I was dreaming I would make when I was able to get back to work. I am back and it feels fantastic!"Dreamscapes
will be open both in the gallery and online at HillsboroughGallery.com from August 27 – September 19.
The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is owned by 21 artists, exhibiting contemporary fine art & craft. 121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278. More information, including current hours, can be found on the HGA website: http://www.HillsboroughGallery.com