The above 2 paintings were accepted to the South Brunswick Art Gallery. the Show is called "The Roads We Travel."
April 5, 2011- June21, 2011
“The Roads We Travel”
South Brunswick Municipal Gallery
540 route 522/Ridge Road ...Monmouth Junction, New Jersey
Artist Reception: April 5, 2011 6:30 -8:00PM
A photo I took when in Newport, Rhode Island was the source for this painting. It was early in the morning in May walking on the Cliff Walk as an exercise walk, with my camera in my pocket, I saw the raging ocean against the rocks. It made for many a great photo, which in turn became the source for many paintings that I did.
THE FLORAL ROAD
When I lived in Staten Island, I visited the Richmond Town area several times. The homes are restored from the 17th and 18th century. I photographed different areas of the restoration, then combined the photos to create this painting. Also, added a few extra flowers from my imagination.
Is there really a "how to" to title a painting a possible topic? Assigning a name (title) to a painting is a personal matter that is between the artist and the artist (redundant?).
There seems to be a criteria that I follow to assign a title to a painting. Through my eyes and mind I decide:
1. What is the painting about?
2. What did I set out to do when I decided to paint the canvas?
3. What did I want to say in the painting?
4. What was my mind set when I started the painting?
5. When did the idea of the title come to me- before, during or after the painting?
A BLEND OF WORLDS
In the above painting, A BLEND OF WORLDS, I set out to make a fantasy world combined with the real world. The woman in the room is standing in front of a painting in her room that contains a Sprite in her own world. The plants in the real world work themselves up into the painting to become part of the painting. I have several paintings in the Mystical World with Sprites (see "mystical" on my web site: )http://www.PaintingsbyLinda.net.
Titles are important for the viewer, so they can understand what they are looking at, but let's face it: the viewer is going to be led to look at the painting a different way, than if they did not know what the title was.
Ttitles are most important for the artist.
I had a blog posting a while ago on your personality going into a title- and it certainly goes into the subject matter you choose. Ultimately then, the title is for the artist to express what they want to say.
When I travel, I love to photograph what I see the turn them into paintings. There is a tremendous source of material, right in your own neighborhood, or your own backyard...if you keep your eyes open.
The above paintings were done from a walk I took in my neighborhood- in fact, the painting with the birds was a scene right from my own backyard!
So don't fret, if you run out of material to paint. Just take a walk and observe your surroundings. In fact, take a look in your house and think what you can put together to make an interesting Still Life. You will be amazed!
Go to my web site: www.PaintingsbyLinda.net.
View my paintings in each category- can you guess which ones were taken from "my own backyard?"...or at least from my own neighborhood?
My most recent little painting (6 X 8). Title: The Pink flower.
I have recently done a series of smaller paintings that contain flowers and a Spring like feeling. I guess after a winter like we had (a feeling of living in the North Pole, even though this is Central Jersey), I am looking forward to some nice Spring like weather.
I went through my photo collection of which I have a nice stash, and pulled out many of my photos that I took during the Spring months, and composed this particular painting. It is actually a combo of two different photos taken while on a walk in the beautiful town of Cranbury. My imagination always kicks in tweaking the picture to suit my mood.