It’s been like a merry-go-round over at the gallery lately with all the new work that’s being delivered for our newest show, Works on Paper.
We’re really looking forward to this one – partly because it’s the first dedicated paper show we’ve ever done – but also because it’s been fun watching our gallery artists paint for it. The artists who primarily paint on canvas or board are stretching their creative boundaries – and the results are exciting.
For example, take Andrea Costa. She’s a dynamic artist who’s well-known for her atmospheric and moody landscapes and waterscapes, like this one:
But give Andrea some paper and mixed media and see what happens – a glorious little abstract full of energy and life. Andrea actually created nine of these little beauties that will hang beautifully in a grid.
Representational, plein-air artist and instructor, Bethanne Cople, who usually paints her exquisite landscapes and seascapes on board, took easily to paper and oil and presented us with this beauty:
Melissa Payne Baker, who likes to paint big and on canvas, presented us with several lovely smaller works on paper that work well in pairs or fours:
And those painters, like Pascal Bouterin, Amy Dixon, Mel Rea, Debra Stewart, Judith Williams, Tricia Strickfaden, Charles Ross and Augusta Wilson, who regularly love to work on paper are producing all kinds of jewels. Here’s a sneak peek to whet your appetite:
And we’re delighted to make a formal introduction to a new artist here at the gallery: Kelley Ogburn. We fell in love with Kelley’s evocative and sketchy figures, like this one:
Kelley just dropped off a bundle of new paintings for the show and we can’t wait to share them with you.
Speaking of works on paper, we get questions all the time about how to frame and hang them such as: do they need to go behind glass? How do I frame them? What about mats and liners? And how do I work them into my existing collection?
- when in doubt, put it behind glass! (we usually use glass unless the paper is completely covered in a tough medium like oil or mixed media which can act as a protective layer.)
- keep the framing simple: we like a nice mat in cream or white with a clean frame in silver or gold. We also like to “weight” the mat, which means the bottom is slightly thicker than the top and sides.
- you don’t always have to use a mat. Sometime, we’ll just float the painting inside the frame, especially if the edges of the paper are textured.
For us, hanging art is always about the mix: we like oils next to watercolors, next to abstracts next to a nice landscape. It keeps a collection organic and spontaneous and gives it depth and gravitas. So hang your works on paper where they please you and of course, where you can see and enjoy them every day.
We hope you’ll put Friday, April 21st from 6 to 8 p.m. on your calendar. The gallery will be hung with these and so many more works on paper and of course, we’ll have nibbles and plenty of wine to make for a festive evening. See you then.
P.S: and because there’s never a dull moment, we’re installing two spaces at the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles-sponsored Southeastern Designer Showhouse and Gardens. We’ve got a gallery (yes, we’ll be hanging some works on paper along with canvas pieces!) and a lovely veranda that overlooks the spectacular pool. You’ll definitely want to make a date to tour this house – it’s divine!