Homage to Degas from the bronze “La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans”
28”x 38” on TerraSkin paper 2015
I decided to paint La Petite Danseuse from an 1881 sculpture by Edgar Degas of a young student of the Paris Opera Ballet dance school which I saw at the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
The exact relationship between Marie van Goethem and Edgar Degas is a matter of debate. It was common in 1880 for the "Petits Rats" of the Paris Opera to seek protectors from among the wealthy visitors at the back door of the opera.
One critic, Paul Mantz, called her the "flower of precocious depravity," with a face "marked by the hateful promise of every vice" and "bearing the signs of a profoundly heinous character."
I, on the other hand, have given her an air of determination and grace in her bronze stance.
I have used acrylics, oil pastels, gloss medium/varnish and collaged her classical bell tutu using newspaper from a late 19th century copy of Le Petit Parisien that I acquired on my travels.
J’espère que vous apprécierez cette peinture!
Andrea Pottyondy, SCA
I am honoured to be included in this beautiful art book created by the Hungarian Visual Artists of Canada to celebrate their 15th anniversary. May this art group continue to grow and prosper! http://www.huvac.ca/ I have donated a copy of this book to the Halifax Central Library and the Library of Parliament in Ottawa.
"Dharavi: The Used, Refused and Recycled #4 has won an Award of Merit in the SCA 46th Open Juried Exhibition in Salmon Arm, BC (Sept 5th to 27th).
A trip to India in 2012 and visit to one of the world's largest slums was my inspiration for painting a series of nine artworks. You can view the artworks in this exhibit on-line at www.societyofcanadianartists.com
Had a fabulous, successful weekend at Paint the Town in Annapolis Royal. This fundraiser for ARCAC is so well organized that artists just need to paint Annapolis Royal's beautiful scenery en plein air ("in the open air"). Runners picked up paintings in pizza boxes and pre-ordered lunches were delivered! We (me and three art buddies) stayed at the King George Inn where our colourful host Faith made sure we were comfortable and instructed us on the finer points of Victorian etiquette. It was quite amusing! We decided to paint in the Historic Gardens which gave us lots of creative inspiration. In two days I managed to paint 18 smaller canvasses from 4"x4" up to 6"x16" and I only took four home. It was great meeting old and new artist friends, watching the silent auction in action and enjoying great times with friends. We'll be back!
I am thrilled to be one of the winners of the AcrylicArtworks 2: Radical Breakthroughs contest. My work along with 115 artworks by other artists,out of over 1200 submissions, will be published in a book in the coming year. I enjoy the challenge of acrylics with other mediums to express my artworks. Here is the link for the AcrylicWorks 1: The Best of Acrylic Painting is now available in the North Light Shop, Amazon and other retailers!
I am delighted to participate in "Spring Fresh", a group exhibit at the Carroll's County Arts Centre in Westminster, Maryland. Susan Williamson, CCAC Visual Arts Coordinator, jewelry artist, Fine Arts Professor at Carroll Community College and traveller extraordinaire, invited me to participate in an exhibit featuring Karen Peacock, Minad Konsolas, Leah Spencer, Claudia Olivos, Sergio Olivos and Lesley Giles. Spring Fresh opens on March 4th and runs until April 5th.
I said yes when Katherine J. Barrett, editor Understorey Magazine, contacted me about featuring "Rooted" with one of the short stories published in its first edition. Here is the link to "On My Dining Room Table" written by Sylvia D. Hamilton. I think the art complements the story.....enjoy.
Dancing With Trees - Swoon Fine Art Gallery
opening on Saturday, November 9th at 2pm.
My small childhood home was canopied by a gigantic backyard elm tree. The sun shining behind its leaves through my bedroom window left a deep impression. It had a life of its own, always dancing and changing with the wind and weather.
This exhibit is all about my deep desire to anthropomorphize trees, (we all do it) and to share these expressions of art with the viewer.
“Tangled Up in You” is about new love and a first dance, do you remember how it made you tremble.
“Dancing After Midnight” connotes the sensual moonlit hours when nocturnal escapades are not seen with clarity.
“Anniversary Waltz” speaks of soul mates, a little worn out and rusted but the heart and soul connection is the “key” to a long relationship. Another key in the painting is about the lustful connections of youth.
“Tree-O” is pure exhilaration and a joyous hallelujah…..while “Gnarly Pine” is flippin you the bird!
Every tree painting tells a story.......my story, perhaps your story.
I am happy to say that my four entries placed well in the American Art Awards 2013. Twenty five galleries across the United States jury this competition and I am glad they felt my artwork was deserving of the awards. Now to get back to work or should I say play?
I was told that the Southwest was a fantastic holiday destination for artists, art lovers and collectors and it turned out to be true. The New Mexico state motto is "land of enchantment" because of its scenic beauty, rich history and wonderful people. I finally understand why Georgia O'Keeffe travelled there and stayed. The museum with her namesake is in Santa Fe and a docent gave us a great presentation of the artist and exhibit. I took a very interesting printmaking workshop with Carrie Quade at New Mexico Artspa (what a coincidence). Using terracotta clay as our matrix, we layered and embedded coloured slip into the clay and created wonderful monoprints. Hiking at Tent Rocks and Bandelier Monument was inspiring and I know future artworks will come from the views. Canyon Road is an art lover/collector's dream...over one hundred galleries, boutiques and restaurants in one half mile. A feast for the eyes, soul and stomach! We ended our holiday with a drive to Monument Valley with its world famous red buttes and mesas on the Utah-Arizona border. Then on to the Grand Canyon where the views are breathtaking...I wish everyone could see it as it is impossible to describe! 1400 photos in 12 days and all the images in my brain that are still being processed will inspire new artworks! Stay tuned.