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The Art Comes From the Mind's Eye
Oil painter Chris Graebner, has continued her botanical series this year. These paintings are oil on cradled panel – a smooth flat surface that is perfect for detailed work and which allows the painting to extend right to the edge without the intervention of a frame. In the process of making them Graebner rediscovered her "magic brush," a Raphael Kolinski sable brush. My magic brush was made for watercolors, so I'd put it away. I decided to see how it would work with oils. Most brushes for oil paints are stiffer with much coarser bristles. But for the detailed work that I do, my little sable brushes are perfect!"
Many of Marcy Lansman's paintings are inspired by walks in the woods near her home. "On summer mornings I go straight from the woods into my studio. I put down an underpainting of patches of bright colors. Then, using a palette knife, I fill the painting with random strokes that together to create the illusion of light hitting trees." Speckles of color from the underpainting show through the random shapes created by the knife. The effect is to liven up the painting, mimicking splashes of light we see in nature. This technique is especially suited to painting trees since, from a distance, the leaves on a tree look like random patches that vary not only in brightness, but in color.
Glass blower Pringle Teetor really wanted to get back to working with cane so, a couple of weeks before shutting the glass furnace down for the summer, "I decided to concentrate on canework. I have had a few designs in my head for a long time that I wanted to try." One is called a "switched axis": after the cane is rolled up on the pipe, a hole is made in the side and a pipe is attached there. Then the original pipe is removed from the gather. This changes the direction of whatever was on the first pipe. It is a complicated procedure, but the results are stunning."
The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is operated by 21 artists exhibiting contemporary fine art and crafts. The Gallery's offerings include oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, metal and figurative sculpture, ceramics, photography, montage, digital art, jewelry, glass, and handcrafted furniture. 121 N. Churton St,, Hillsborough, NC 27278. Phone: (919) 732-5001. Hours: 10am-6pm Mon –Sat, 12-4pm Sun. More information can be found at http://www.HillsboroughGallery.com