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Holiday Small Works Show – Wednesday, December 4th, 6-8pm – Gallery Mack

Please join me at Gallery Mack for the 1st annual Small Works Show! This exhibition features 15 Northwest artists and a variety of mediums including: glass, wood, paintings, and ceramics. Stop by for bubbly, good conversation and live music! http://www.gallerymack.com.

Here are a few of my painting in the show:

Across the Bay, 12×18
Safe Harbor, 12×18
snow, winter, landscape, oil painting, representational art, snow, shed, evergreen tree, contemporary realism,
Snow Day, 12 x 12

I came across this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson the other day. It’s a really great interpretation of how I view my art making.

“The production of a work of art throws a light upon the mystery of humanity. A work of art is an abstract or epitome of the world. It is the result or expression of nature, in miniature… a leaf, a sun beam, a landscape, the ocean, make an analogous impression on the mind… The poet, the sculptor, the painter, the musician, the architect, seek each to concentrate the radiance of the world on the point, and each in his several work to satisfy the love of beauty which stimulates him (her) to produce. This is Art, a nature passed through the alembic of man filled with the beauty of her first works. The world thus exists to the soul to satisfy the desire of the beauty.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

You’re Invited to a Summer Soiree!

Please join me at Gallery Mack on June 22nd for a Summer Soiree! Meet the artists! Jewelry! Sculpture! Woodworks! Paintings! I have several new small works at the gallery, ranging in size from 8×10 to 7×14. Do you have a space for a tiny painting? Think about where you’d like to hang a painting in your house and measure the space before you come. I have been very busy in the studio this spring. Talk with me about your interest in art. What kind of paintings do you like? Summer soirees are fun. You can meet others with the same interests as you. Gallery Mack has some fabulous artists and they will be there to talk with you about their work. Drink a little wine and enjoy the evening! Gallery Mack is located at 2100 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA, one block north of Pike Place Market on Western Avenue. See my painting on the card below? It’s the top left corner and it’s called, Spring’s Green. Hope to see you on Saturday, June 22nd!

Artist Reception – Gallery Mack – Lolly Shera – Fine Artist

Please join me for an Artist Reception at Gallery Mack on Saturday, April 6th, 2-4 pm. I will be giving an Artist Talk to discuss my paintings at 2pm. Gallery Mack is located at 2100 Western Ave., Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98121. I hope to see you there!

Magic hour light glowing through the forest, nocturne of forest and pond
Secluded Forest, 16 x 20
nocturne with curvy tree and full moon on the lake, blue nocturne, full moon
Symphony of Night, 20 x 20
flock of birds takes flight from a field during sunrise
Taking Flight, 16 x 30

Fine Art River Painting – Contemporary Tonalism

Inspiration abounds in the tall green trees of this fine art river painting!  From the thick foliage of the understory up through the canopy, I look for a variety of greens and yellows in nature.  These colors help to convey a calming mood in this painting. The trees are why I live and paint in the Pacific Northwest!

My greatest influences are the artists of the American Tonalist movement. Their goal was to capture the moods and allure of the landscape.  My work is similar, in that I respond to nature on an emotional level, striving to find the spiritual qualities, or poetry, in the land.

Being outside in nature is an awe inspiring experience.  How does one respond to the beauty of the universe?  Experiencing each moment builds up a series of impressions.  Many impressions create an experience as a whole.  After visiting a scene, I  recall upon the memory of a place.  The memory filters out the most poignant elements and leaves the rest behind.   Designing a good composition for a painting is the key to success.  What I leave out is just as important as what remains. It’s an abstract step in the process, to design a painting, and I may not do an exact rendering of a scene.  As a result, my paintings become more about a feeling, and a sense of place.  How do you feel when you view this painting?

Read more about Tonalism:

If you’re interested in learning more about the American Tonalism Movement please visit: https://www.amazon.com/History-American-Tonalism-Crucible…/dp/0988902222 

The size of River Song is: 45″ x30″.  This contemporary composition is a “stand out” oil painting for any room of your home or office!

If interested in purchasing this fine art river painting please email me at the following email address:

Email : lolly@lollyshera.com

 

Fine art river landscape, fine art river painting, evergreen trees near a river, moody river landscape, river reflections, river song

River Song, 40 x 25

 

Snoqualmie River Arts Tour – October 15 & 16, 2016

Please join us this Saturday and Sunday for the Snoqualmie River Arts Tour!  My studio is open and ready for visitors!  My good friend and jewelry artist, Inga Rouches, will be sharing the studio with me;  I can’t wait to see her latest creations.  Please find below all the information you need to make your way to my studio.    Hope to see you soon! – Lolly

RiverArtsTour Color Poster 2016 Final

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Lolly’s Treehouse Studio

Treehouse in the snow built by Pete Nelson

 

Here’s a picture of my Fall City studio in the winter.   I walk out here every day to work, drawing and painting fifteen feet off the ground.  During a windstorm it feels like I’m in a boat that’s moored, rocking and swaying against the dock.  When it’s not breezy it’s only noticeable that I’m in a tree if I’m conscious of how special it is – which is pretty much all of the time.

What I’m struggling with is the light inside.  I designed it after a fire lookout, with wrap around windows.  The light comes inside from three directions, the east, north and west –  and that’s not necessarily good.  For painting, northern light is best, so I’m designing window coverings that help me control the high degree of reflective light going on.   Each window covering is a panel that attaches to the interior of the window pane with a spring-loaded curtain rod.  With rods at the top and the bottom of each panel to hold them in place, I can adjust from the top or the bottom, depending on where I want the light entering.  The question of the week is which fabric to use?  I’d love to find a thick linen-colored fabric that blocks the light but is still aesthetically pleasing.  Another option is using black-out fabric – not great to look and kind of plastic-like, but it does the trick.

By the way, if I haven’t mentioned this, my treehouse was built by Pete Nelson, Treehouse Master (as seen on the second season of “Treehouse Master”, the  TV show on Animal Planet).  Pete built this structure as his first Treehouse Workshop in 2002.   His students came from all over the world to take his class; together, they built the platform, the walls, the roof, etc., all in less than a week!  Look in Pete’s book, “Treehouses of the World”, for “Lolly’s Treehouse”, p. 42.   It’s pretty great to make fine art paintings in a rustic tree house!