Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Best of Show: 2007




Is this selection really the best ?

I'm not even sure myself.

Sometimes the photo didn't turn out so well,
sometimes the photo looks better than the painting,
sometimes I remember that I didn't like the painting,
sometimes I don't remember the painting at all,
sometimes I don't want to show too much from the same person,
sometimes I just want to show a new person who surprises me,
sometimes I realize that I'm picking painting X
because it nicely follows
painting Y

So......


this job of selection was done very quickly,
although I remain confident that spending more time on it
would not necessarily have made it any better.

And as always -- comments are invited.





Stephan Giannini

A simple little self-portrait head,
but the volume is so strong,
it commands a space
even when,
frameless,
it casually leans against the wall


Stephan Giannini


Perhaps the P&C
should open a cabin in Amsterstam
(like we used to have on Fox Lake)

What clear, sweet
sense of beauty



Stephan Giannini


The idea of the urban environment as
translucently beautiful,
how strange for those who live in Chicago


Marci Oleszkiewicz

Such a simple, quick,
and effective characterization.
This is why Marci
was born to paint




Doug Wilke


I love these self-portraits
of the Palette and Chisel,
this one looking out through
the door of the second floor studio.

(and that's the portrait of Jerry Warshaw
hanging in the hallway)


Stuart Fullerton


What a fine, Summer day in Chicago,
and there always seems to be a story
in Stuart's cityscapes,
it's never just about the streets and buildings.




Lenin Del Sol


Another strongly modeled head,
this one presenting
the playful personality
of a favorite model


Mary Qian


A different,
more dramatic,
view of the same model



Mary Qian


Did Mary study in Munich ?

This one seems
so much like the Duvenecks
I remember from home



Barb Lockhart

Maybe it's all those
empty windows and doors
that make this scene feel so lonely



Fred Wackerle


Well, someone has to be
a post-Impressionist at the Palette and Chisel


Brian Minder


I love these strange
arrangements of space
that I think only come
from painting on site



Stuart Fullerton

Again, People are the focus
in Stuart's landscape,
and they're doing something.

Isn't this young couple talking
about their future ?



Keith Raub


A very nice portrait
of the artist's wife
(herself an artist),
and I'm thinking
15th C. Dutch painting.


Susan Gredell "Sunrise"


I like paintings that give me
a sense of being somewhere, some time


Alison Finnegan


And I like the light-hearted,
playful



David Becker: Portrait of Alison Finnegan


This is quite a portrait of an artist
--- as a crouching tiger







Marci Oleszkiewicz

This one feels like people working
(I hate to work, myself,
but am glad others do)





Tim Leeming

For whatever reason,
this is just how Chicago's alleys
feel to me,
as I'm biking down them
on a Saturday afternoon






Michael Van Zeyl

It's kind of scary
how good Michael has gotten
over the past few years.





Michael Van Zeyl



Michael Van Zeyl

Yes, it's very scary.

Has he been channeling
William Merritt Chase ?

(I think there's something about Chase
visiting a P&C exhibition,
but, of course, that was before
we moved to North Dearborn)




Michael Van Zeyl


A delight in the colors and textures of the world.
Well... what a novel (pre-cubist)
idea for a still life !



Romel De La Torre


Another P&C member who was born to paint.
The portrait is statuesque,
and the flowers are worthy of
being a still-life on their own




Tom Francesconi


And what medium is better than watercolor
to express the feeling of a very wet day ?

With the rain falling, the sun shining,
and the people hurrying,
this moment feels so transitory




Michael Van Zeyl


Gosh dad, do I still have to hold still ?





Michael Van Zeyl




Marci Oleszkiewicz


The artist as hero.
I like it.

(this is a portrait of
Moissei Liangleben)




Scott Powers


This is one of those frozen moment paintings,
when you expect the spell to be broken,
and people to suddenly start moving again



Diane Rath

I think Diane does the Club's best florals.
Her blooms have personality,
a mature personality,
confident in their sensuality
(and just on the brink
of wilting)





Marci Oleszkiewicz


This isn't a "male gaze" is it ?

It belongs in a larger painting with
a coming-of-age theme

or

maybe to illustrate
that kind of novel



Stuart Fullerton


Yes!

Adam - stricken with shame,
driven from the Garden

I can' t remember anyone else in the club
who puts their nudes
into a moral crisis

Leslie Dinelli


Are those little wings on her back ?

I can't remember - but I hope so.

What greater sign of the supernatural
than this large figure getting airborne
on those tiny wings.



Lois Raub

Worthy of Roman portraiture.
(note: Lois is depicted by husband,
earlier in this post)




Rich Bloomfield



Why must every nude be sensual ?

There's not much angst at the P&C
(except perhaps in the board meetings)



Larry Paulsen


This would be a nice detail
in the margins of an illustrated
manuscript
recording the history of the Palette and Chisel




Janel Rouge






Chris Miller





Audrey Cramblitt


I guess I'm tongue tied
regarding me
and my fellow sculptors




Pablo Deleon

It's only some dry leaves and a pot,
but it seems to inhabit a mysterious world
that's different from all the other
still-lifes at the club




Marci Oleszkiewicz

Showing that Marci
can paint religious pictures
if the opportunity arrives






Jim Kujaca

A cheerful little bedroom
(but I'd like to see the figure on the bed!)








Jack Bair


This has the kind of rough, half-wild feeling
of Midwestern landscape paintings
from about 1870



Diane Rath

I always feel that Diane's flowers are elegant ladies,
and here they are
chattering with other
outside a church after a wedding






Dominic Vignola


A meticulous self-portrait
done by the paints and brushes themselves
(and the brushes are quite proud of themselves)






Cynthia Johnson

Who would have thought
to paint something like this
(whatever it is)










1 Comments:

Blogger Jack Bair said...

Just stumbled on this blog post Jan. 2016. Delightful comments Chris. Brought a lot of laughs.

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