Thursday, May 21, 2009

This Week's Featured Art Work - May 24, 2009

May 24, 2009

This week I'd like to say a few words about a really beautiful piece in the Still Point I show - Trees Full of Birds, a painting by Mary Brooking of Westbrook, Maine.

This painting of trees is simple, yet remarkably alluring. The colors are just right. The blues and grays are perfect with the hint of green in the trees and the tans of the earth below. The row of trees are silhouetted against a light blue sky. The impressionistic quality of the painting creates a sweet, soft, and peaceful scene.

In a way this might be just another lovely painting of trees set against a blue sky if it were not for the birds. At first you might not see the birds. But once you realize that the small black figures in the trees are birds, the painting takes on an entirely different quality. The birds somehow elevate this painting to something of greater interest and appeal. The birds capture your attention. You find yourself focusing on the birds. You begin to see the birds jump around in the trees, as birds do. You begin to hear the birds chirp and twitter. You might even begin to sense the experience of the outdoors. But everything is still, because Mary has caught a moment in time and brought it to stillness. Trees Full of Birds is a perfect piece for this show - Still Point I.

Trees Full of Birds is an acrylic painting, 18" by 24", available from Still Point Art Gallery for $500. Contact Christine Cote by email or by phone 207.837.5760.

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Christine Brooks Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
May 24, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

This Week's Featured Art Work - May 17, 2009

Starting today I plan to take one piece each week from the current show and write a brief review of it. Comments are welcome!

This week I would like to draw your attention to Wacker Drive #2, a photograph by John Luesing of Chicago.

Many people know that Wacker Drive is in Chicago, and so will instantly recognize that this photograph is about Chicago. I was so thrilled to receive this entry for the Still Point I show because, though I now live in Maine, I love the city of Chicago! This piece beautifully shows the city at night, with its lights, tall buildings, vehicles, and people on the move.

Furthermore, it is a masterful photograph and fits the theme of the current show perfectly - Still Point I - artists capturing something and holding it still. Here John Luesing caught a moment of time in Chicago's nightlife and holds it still and steady in this photograph. The amber glow at street level against the dark black of the distant buildings and nighttime sky make a perfect contrast. The established, unmoving, and in-focus buildings serve as a sturdy background for the cars and people, which come and go, dart around, and are mostly out-of-focus. The cars and people seem to be heading out of the scene at a rapid pace, but the buildings will never move. They are solid, steady, established...yet another contrast. Buildings create a structure for what happens in a city. In this case, these fabulous buildings happen to be the structure of the wonderful city of Chicago.

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Christine Cote
Still Point Art Gallery

May 17, 2009