You know, it’s always sweeter to be juried into a show by an artist whose work you think is simply fabulous and I just heard that not one, but two, of my portraits (Forte Pink and Dahlia Days) were selected by Gordon Smedt for the Los Gatos Art Association’s Fall Members Show! We really lucked out when he agreed to do it!
I actually met Gordon Smedt last fall at the Eco Feast at Love Apple Farms in support of the Museums of Los Gatos. As serendipity would have it, the artists ended up sitting next to each other and got to talk studios!
I’ve been happy to check out Gordon’s webiste from time to time to see what’s new and I’ve been excited to see him represented downtown at JCO’s which is a great place to feature his large, colorful, pop-icon driven imagery. Did you you know the romance novelist, Danielle Steel is one of his patrons? I understand she’s a fan of his super-sized cast-off condom wrapper painting! I adore his work – it’s colorful and playful, the scale is fantastic (big, big, big!) and I love how he handles paint!
Vintage bathing suits paintings by Los Gatos artist Gordon Smedt at JCO’s Happy Show.
Dahlia Days may be half a year away but today I was able apply the finishing touches to a portrait whose lovely expression remained elusive for so long!
I love starting the week with a new painting and I’ve been eager to work on this one ever since I did that photo shoot at Bunches last summer! It’s part of my Los Gatos Shop Girl Series – (or least that’s what I’m calling it for now, there are only two so far). There are a lot of good things going for this image to begin with. My subject, for instance, is as beautiful as the dahlias are – her lips are even the same color and shape as the petals! I love the texture, color and pattern that give this piece so much exuberance but which is tempered and grounded by the broad swathes of black and taupe. I’ve laid down all my paint thick and loose and I feel like a sculptor as I try to paint the light and shadow that play throughout the scene. Can’t wait for tomorrow!
So I found I was only spinning my wheels, painting her face over and over, ironically laboring over the freshness in her expression. I hid her away over the holidays and was able to come back to her this week. While she may have lost some of the freshness of the first approach, she has gained a poignancy to her expression and a radiance I’m thrilled with.