Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Done with Taxes! Back to Art


Last month we had our annual Professional Art Quilters Alliance retreat in Racine WI, where most of our members enjoyed a workshop or demo, and spent the two days sewing, quilting or doing surface design stuff.
The girlfriends, Frieda, Tommy, Gayle, Sylvia Whitesides and I went into Milwaukee (Yarn store) to the Milwaukee Art Museum and gallery district. The next day we went to the Racine Art Museum and the art gallery district of Racine, which is bigger and better than the Milwaukee section!
We have all blogged about this before, but I have to show you these paintings that were in the two different cities galleries. This is the work of Jeff Condon. I was NOT allowed to take these pictures.


Oil Pastels framed under glass.






What particularly impressed me about this work, is that it is abstracted landscape. Mostly large areas of pattern next to large areas of less pattern. Color is not all that realistic, yet referential. Gravity is irrelevant! The sky could be eliminated and it would be even less pictorial and more pure design.

The compostion and layout of these drawings is just wonderful, imho. We usually don't think in terms of design in drawings, but it is evident here that this is more about the division of space using shape and color, than it is concerned with reproducing reality. I find these very much like really good quilt design. and it reminds me of my new fave quilt from Deb Boschert.

(The glass is making that reflection.)

I am going to study these landscapes and glean the lessons of shape, line and color, and find a way to add it to my work. I rarely make a landscape quilt, so there is no attraction in that for me. It is the shapes and lines that I want to emulate.

8 comments:

  1. Oh I love those three at the top. Especially because they are such strong verticles when we usually think of landscapes as horizontals. And the colors... yum!

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  2. these paintings have a quilt-like feeling! so bright and happy! you did a great job considering you were sneaking a peek:) ~L.

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  3. I think the artist is Jeff Condon, Melody. I've seen his work at the summer fairs in Ann Arbor. Wonderful, aren't they? The flat planes and saturated color...yum.

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  4. The first thing that I really noticed about these works, is how the artist uses a road to carry the eye back through all the layers. Wonderful work with lots to think about.

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  5. OMG! You know that I am in love with these. Yes, yes, yes!!

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  6. The thing that strikes me about these is the use of red and warm colors. Usually a landscape is going toward a blue scale to show distance, but none of that here. The red and orange just call out to me.

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