Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sculpture and Drawing Show - 2014

Robert Tati

I've seen Robert many times in the drawing workshops -- but never knew he did this kind of stately, classical drawing.


I find these images so relaxing, enjoyable, and expressive.



Don Yang

 Helen Oh

James Hajicek

Larry Paulsen

Leonid Osseny

Leonid Osseny

Lothar Speer

Marina Nemtseva

Mary Palmer

Valerie Stanaszek

Misha Livshulz

Roger Akers


I guess I'm more impressed by P&C drawings than sculpture,
which isn't surprising.

The one is more difficult than the other. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Plein Air 2014

Tim Leeming

Another enjoyable plein air show !

So much variety -- so much sense of  place -- so much deft articulation.


It's not that I have anything against pretty colors and beautiful scenes -- but I especially enjoy how Tim makes Chicago's backside so attractive in a symphony of gray, black, and brown.

Miguel Malagon

This is a much more conventional landscape -- but it's too sharply, and economically,  done to feel ordinary.

It reminds me of when Richard Schmid paints alla prima - the energy is crackling.

Misha Livshulz

This pair of paintings,  dating  back to the 1990's, feels drenched with emotion -- of happy/goofy springtime shown above..........

................and of anxiety ridden autumn shown below

Rita Walker

This one reminds me of Frank Dudley, the Palette and Chisel member who specialized in depicting (and protecting) the Indiana Dunes a century ago.

Stephanie Weidner

Stephanie is not a doorway specialist --  but she could be.

Steve Puttrich

Lothar Speer

William Gram

It's impossible not to smile in front of this image - a banner for eternal, and completely irrational, optimism.

Barbara K. Herring

Dan Kolleng

Don Yang

Errol Jacobson

Kathleen Newman

Lee Radke

This is Six Corners.  I haven't been there for several years - but it's just how I remember it.

So many of the  close-ups in this show are so spacious and delightful - more than in any other P&C show (and many professional gallery shows as well)

Lynn Allen

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Exhibition: Walter Monastyretsky

Walter seems to have an old fashioned idea of painting as a job that -- like any other - should be done thoroughly and with great care to achieve total customer satisfaction.

But I like him best when, as in the above scene, his time on the job appears to have been  severely limited.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Once in a Blue Moon

Once in a blue moon -- actually, much less often -- a  Palette and Chisel member is given a solo show in a Chicago gallery.

Over the past 25 years, the only one that I can remember is Scott Tallman Powers at R.H. Love in 2007 - though that gallery was mostly about historic artists -- and Scott's paintings took less than 25% of their wall space.

But this month, Errol Jacobson is prominently featured at Zygman Voss, in the River North gallery district.

They've given him quite a display -- it even looks good from the street.