Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Call for Pink

Greetings all y'all, on this final day of 2010. I will be posting the PINK works of art that you have sent sometime during the first week of January... so for those of you who have not yet gotten around to sending an image, there's still time.

OK...here's a call for art that has as its dominant color PINK
Send a low res (72 dpi/1900) image of a painting, drawing, sculpture, photo, digital image, performance, video still, print, mixed media, collage, etc., along with a label, and a ONE SENTENCE statement describing the significance of the use of PINK. I will also include a link to your blog or website.Please send it to pfarrell13@comcast.net with PINK in the subject line.

Here's one to get us started... This was from the Little Red Squares post back in April. Philadelphia artist Harold Venable was seeing pink, which is one of those color grey areas for me...I was looking for red paintings and he sent pink, which I always saw as one of those colors that had it's own category, sort of, rather than being a color like blue, which when lightened with white becomes LIGHT BLUE. But I loved that he had a more flexible conceptualization of the idea of red.

Looking forward to seeing your images! 

NB: I've already gotten some great images...keep 'em coming. There's no real deadline, but I intend to post the images in early January. 

Harold Venable
18 x 18"
acrylic on panel

Monday, November 8, 2010

new pics

Roots, bound.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

solitude falls dam

Pics taken along the top of Lake Solitude dam in High Bridge NJ

gorgeous fall day: bright blue sky; intense sunshine;
green, yellow, and orange leaves reflected in the water.

The top of the dam was made of iron by the Taylor Forge Ironworks, which was the main industry in the area at the turn of the last century.

The iron had ridges on it, creating little channels for the water. Moving water, sunlight, reflected color, textured surface all conspired to produce these intense random patterns in the rippled surface of the water.

Unlike with some of my digital work, these images were treated with next to no post-camera editing.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

recent work...and source/reference photo images

These are some of the photo images that led me to (b)ramble on... In one way or another they were in my thoughts. I did not work directly from the photos. I was painting from the experience of them; what they told me, how they oriented me without my even knowing.





(b)ramble on
oil on canvas
48 x 72"

Soft Parade is a series of paintings and monoprints. The making of them was informed, I think, by the experience of the water, from the feel of it while I'm standing under the tow path bridge getting lightly soaked by the spray.

soft parade (ochre)
oil on canvas
44 x 48"

More photo images and another Soft Parade...

soft parade (sanctuary)
oil on canvas
60 x 60"

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

not the end of the world...

Yeah, my little macbook had a meltdown over the weekend. It was the "not if but when" thing.

It's not the end of the world. I had to remind myself this as I recovered from a simultaneous sinking feeling and rise in my blood pressure along with a sense of derealization and a shot of adrenaline.

I won't bore you with the details.  After 2 hours on the phone with 2 Apple tech guys who had the patience of saints and made valiant efforts to rescue me and my macbook and helped resolve the problem so it won't happen again, I was still left with the problem of missing data, mostly my emails, and email addresses--all million of them or so--and my Itunes library, including many songs bought and paid for on Itunes, and bookmarks, preferences, and settings.

So, I spent about 10 or so hours scanning my computer and recovering data using a software program that I downloaded...excellent program by the way. Well actually, I spent some of this time in the studio, the computer did the work.

I now have many many many emails to wade through and organize and this will take me some time. If you would like to be on my mailing list to receive blog posts or notices about upcoming shows, I'm hoping that you'll help me rebuild my email address book by sending me an email to pfarrell13@comcast.net. Thanks....

Thursday, August 19, 2010

the road to hell...

Oy. Good intentions will not get you anywhere except well, you know.

I had every intention of posting the collection of "detail" sent by readers of this blog in response to my "Call for Details." Really, I did. But I've turned into a full-fledged procrastinator. I still intend to post the Details. At some point. In the fall. I swear. Really.

For now I'm going to excuse myself til after Labor Day. I'll be spending time at work and in the studio trying to get caught up on some stuff, get some work photographed, finish a painting, start another.

In the spirit of hell and the waning summer, here's a new painting:

soft parade (red)
oil on panel

12 x 12"

See you in September......

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010


The opening for RSVP was lovely...well attended, with lots of the artists present.
Here is an installation shot of my pigment prints (Suspension 3848 on the left and Suspension 3855 on the right) hanging in the front room of the gallery. When I shot the photo, the space was flooded with wonderful late afternoon natural light, which made the colors of the works luminous.

RSVP, the LGTripp Gallery Summer Group Show, will be up through August 20, with a First Friday reception on August 6.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

call for...details

I was taking some pics in the studio today and shot some details of paintings in progress and thought how much I love doing that. Just some little piece of the work that stands out for whatever reason. I figure if I like that, maybe others do too, and thought it might make a nice online exhibit for the blog.

I posted this detail from an oil on canvas as my profile pic on Facebook earlier. The color is a little less saturated than the painting itself, but I like it just fine. This stood out for me as just one area of texture that bridged a color border. The painting is 5 x 5 ft, and still untitled.

If you would like to have a detail from one of your works posted here, send it to me at pfarrell13@comcast.net (one per person please, and low res 72 dpi only). Feel free to include a link to the work it's from or your blog/website, where the detail image is from, and a few words on why you chose this detail or what stood out for you about it.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Monday, May 31, 2010

new works on paper...

No. 3 
oil on mulberry paper

No. 2
oil on mulberry paper

No. 1
oil on mulberry paper

Thursday, May 6, 2010

new digital images...

Three from the Suspension Series....

Thursday, April 29, 2010

seeing red/little red squares

Today's color: RED

OK...I'm a copy cat, and happily so.
This post was inspired, in part, by (everyone's favorite angry hillbilly) Joanne Mattera's blog post on Spring Greens  and her recent post on "Red"  as well as Kate Beck's post on Orange. There are others, such as the annual Red exhibit at Cheryl Hazan...
I love the idea and look forward to offering up my version of Seeing Red/Little Red Squares.
Thanks to the artists who sent their splendid red!

I'm happy to expand this as I find other pieces. 
I'll add to the top...

Ian MacLeod
Composition #194 (detail)
acrylic on canvas

Stephanie Clayton
Outside Break
acrylic on panel 
16 x 16 x 2"

Catherine Carter
acrylic on canvas
16 x 16

Gwen Plunkett
el grande rouge (cropped)
encaustic on panel

Michelle Marcuse
Far Sight
image transfer print to wax, oil on luan
36" x 48"

Harold Venable
18 x 18"
acrylic on panel

Diane McGregor 
Suma (detail)

Lisa Pressman 
red painting 
46 x 46 
oil on canvas 

Tamar Zinn
Arabesque 47
18 x 18
oil on paper

Paul Behnke
Poets' Mouths
30 x 30
acrylic on canvas

Joanne Mattera
Uttar 238

Kate Beck 
Constant (Red.White) 
46 x 46 oil on canvas (poured)
 Sue Katz
Dumpster Red 16 Square
found object

Rebecca Crowell
Stripes #2 e

Tremain Smith
Seeing Red
oil, wax & collage on panel

Steven Alexander 
acrylic on panel

Cora Jane Glasser
Query in Red and White

Nancy Natale 
Sticky Situation
oil, cold wax & oil stick on panel
24 x 24

Deborah Barlow
Dar Jeele
30 x 30”
Mixed media on canvas

David Foss 
Black Cross
Acrylic on Canvas

Pam Farrell 
Red Ophelia 
36 x 36 
encaustic on panel 

Tim Mcfarlane 
Image 2567: macro photo of the red side
of the fuzzy top of one of our cat scratching toys

Charyl Weissbach 
Botanical Red 
10 x 10"  
evergreen and encaustic mixed media on linen over panel 

Ken Weathersby
LRS color study 3
digital image study

 ...and because it's my party, I get to have 2 images. 
This is a detail from 
"My Favorite Flavor, Cherry Red" 
8 x 10 
oil on paper