April is here in all its glory. Buds will soon be popping. This is the season of awe. Life moves so quickly from bare branches to full blown flowers and leaves, I have the desire to slow down time.
What about art at this time when nature is having its most profound exhibit?
Traveling on line I summoned up some artists to see if their work had anything to say to me about spring.
I first saw Agnes Martin’s work at the Pace Gallery in New York many years ago and was simply amazed at its profound ability to mesmerize. There is something so peaceful and awe inspiring about it that it never fails to put me in a calm space like no other.
This piece summons for me the very pristine beginnings of spring.
This painting by Bridget Riley feels like nature stirring herself just a bit more. Bridget and Agnes really have a lot in common. This work is called Zephr, a gentle wind.
Wayne Thiebaud using some of the same soft colors paints this amazingly soft bunny. There is always a bit of humor in his work.
Paul Klee one of my all time favorite artists has this to say about Spring Sun. There is a gradual change from gold to a slightly greener gold from top to bottom and some of his characteristic doodles along the way. He also has a good sense of fun.
Milton Avery, always an interesting painter, here says it all with his painting SPRING BROOK. Looks like Forsythia blooming on the hill. The trees are just beginning to show that sweet new green that is so lovely.
Charles Demuth, the great water color artist, paints tulips as if it were a romp. He makes what is really a very tricky business look like pure joy.
Here the delicate work of Katshiko Sakura’s THE CHERRY TREE speaks of centuries of devotion to a traditional form of painting that in practice by a master still fills the heart with joy.
Meanwhile here in Merion my painting from the Dream series, INTO THE LIGHT will be included in the Main Line Art Center’s show.
Spring Gala Exhibition
May 2, 2015 - Jun 7, 2015, Opening Reception: Preview Party: Friday, May 1, 6:30 - 10 pm; Artist Reception: Saturday, May 30, 1-3 pm
Here is a link to the DREAM video with all the paintings in that series.
As a nice bonus my work will be featured this month on the Dailypaintworks site where most of my small paintings can be seen. I am posting the Dream paintings there as well.
Thank you for reading this far. I wish you a glorious spring.