Shards at the Salon

Triton Salon 2014

More than just another show, the Triton Statewide Competition and Exhibition (aka the Salon) is an annual highlight for me. Yes, it is a chance to win a coveted solo show at the Triton Musuem of Art (this year they are offering two) but just getting juried in is an official recognition that your work is taken seriously!

Shards at the Salon 2014

That’s why my heart gave a little flutter the first time I saw my piece, Shards – Point Alones, hanging in the exhibit.  It’s a large work too, at  64″ x 64″ it’s not a piece I can show just anywhere – but it makes for a great anchor piece for the expansive space of the Triton! Still, I can’t wait until the opening reception 6-8 pm this Friday when the the museum will be absolutely packed!

Shards at the Triton Salon 2014

For the story behind Shards – Point Alones check out these earlier posts of 3/31/14, 7/21/14 and my portfolio.

Marie Cameron - Shards - Triton -photo Jaya King 2014

Savoring the moment.

Shards Postcard



Painting on the Edge

Shards - Point Alones Marie Cameron 2014

Traditionally, the edge of a canvas is not painted. It was probably easier to roll up this way or maybe it was just because the edges wouldn’t show under a big heavy frame. Frames have been optional for a long time. Modern work required a modern way of thinking about exhibiting pieces and frames seemed old fashioned, fussy and pretentious.

Today anything goes as long as it is in keeping with the work. It should not take away or contradict the piece and if you’re savvy (or lucky) it can contribute and reinforce the work.

I do a painted edge,  I feel it finishes off the work in a slab o’ painting kind of way which looks great in a simple floating frame or on its own. I tried a solid grey for the edge of this painting, Shards – Point Alones (formerly know under the working title Point Alones Abalone) but it looked fake, like masking tape, too plain against the mass of detail on the painting. I knew I didn’t want to do more abalone as the scale was off but I was excited about employing the pottery shards again. It seemed to be the perfect accent for such a subtle focal point.

Shards - Point Alones  Marie Cameron


Shards - Point Alones Marie Cameron


Shards - Point Alones Marie Cameron


Shards - Point Alones  Marie Cameron

There are lots of ways to make a signature, and I’d like to think attention to details like this might be one of mine.