Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Zanesville Museum 69th Ohio Exhibition

My painting 'Tea Time' has been accepted in the Zanesville Museum 69th Annual Ohio Exhibition.
Tea Time, 20 x 16, oil on line, 2008, ©copyright Richard Luschek 2013
September 14 – November 16, 2013
Opening Reception Saturday, Sept. 14, 2 – 4 p.m.; Awards announced at 3 p.m.
 Phone:  740.452.0741
Address:  620 Military Road, Zanesville, OH, 43701, United States
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  This annual juried exhibition at the Zanesville Museum of Art is open to all Ohio artists and artisans. Seventy-five works by 68 artists (from 45 towns and cities around Ohio) were chosen for this exhibition.

Already 5 years old, this painting was a turning point for me. I was very happy with the results and the over all design of the painting. The general light effect of the painting was set in a higher key. It was not the typical, light objects set in a dark background. This was grouping of white object in front of a window on a sunny day. The white objects are silhouetted in front of the bright window light. It was a definite challenge and I came out of the experience a better painter. At least that is my view of the situation.
Most painters have that "pain = gain" experience. These difficult problems can show that painting is not a formula as much as it is a reaction or experience. It is not a race to a finish in a step by step process. It is a series of studies during which the painter learns about his subject in visual terms.

Below is a shot of the painting next to the set up.There was actually only a period of a few hours during with the light was just right. I think this photo is shot just after the light changed. While I do have north light, a mostly unchanging light source, the window behind the scene was facing east, so it obviously was very much changing. The first few days I painted the entire day to see when the light was best. As it moved along I had to focus in on a particular light effect.