Thursday, September 21, 2017

Plein Air Painters of Chicago - 2017

 Albert York (1928-2009)

Regretfully, Albert York was not a member of the PAPC -- but this painting  certainly exemplifies the qualities that many of them pursue.

A freshness - and a wonderful density of balance.

This small painting came to Art  Expo Chicago this year.

Wilson Irvine (1869-1936)

Wilson Irvine was long gone when the PAPC first began -- but he was just in time to join the fledging Palette and Chisel Club.  This painting was done on a field trip to the Smokies.

 Caitlyn Hwang

A wonderfully different sense of color and design.

Don Yang

 Don Yang

Errol Jacobson

This feels like a very hot day.

 Laurie Kennard

Mary Longe

 Stephanie  Weidner

 Stephanie  Weidner

 Steve Johnson, "Pancake Breakfast"

A piece that crosses over into the territory of "American Scene" painting.

It certainly brings back happy memories.

My favorite painting in the show.

Steve Puttrich

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Exhibit: sculpture and Drawing

James Hajicek

A nice little nature study - and the only well-lit sculpture in the exhibit.

Misha Livshulz

There isn't really much sense in showing sculpture but not lighting it.

Roger Akers

I guess there's supposed to be a joke here somewhere.    It's got a sharply modeled miniature bust of DJT however.

Ed Wentz

One of  Ed's best pieces --possibly displayed here before

Andrew Conklin

Another wonderful drawing from Andrew - with the ghostly image of yours truly taking the photograph.

George Clark

"The Return of Odysseus" -- or --- just two pair models in the third floor studio ?

Helen Oh

I despair for the quality of our shows without Andrew and Helen.

Leon  Osseny

Margaret Small

Margaret showed a portrait of Mary Qian painting in last year's exhibit as well.

Nancie King Mertz

A  nice scene done as a demo

Larry Paulsen

The intrepid man from Minsk -- where would the sculpture studio be without him?

Steve Puttrich

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Palette and Chisel at Woman as Warrior

 Debra Balchen

Michael Van Zeyl

Two Palette and Chisel artists are included in the exhibit "Woman as Warrior" now showing at the Zhou B. Art Center in Bridgeport.

The show is associated with Poets and Artists , which will  be sponsoring another show of figurative art next April on the theme of "Visions of Venus".  Applications will be accepted until mid January, 2018 -  and no entrance fee is required.

There are several very good paintings in this exhibit.

If it took itself more seriously as an academy, this is the kind of national show that the Palette and Chisel should be hosting.

Exhibit: Randall Mattheis

Randall Mattheis is an architect who specializes in designing retail showrooms --
so as one might expect, he likes to make his pictorial spaces lively and exciting.

He appears to be channeling early 20th C. Modernism.

The computer images loose the surface of the painting - but capture the sense of space.

They look better than the actual pieces which were done a bit loosely.

Maurice de Vlaminck