Friday, December 7, 2007



LITTLE THINGS
is the theme this week at Illustration Friday. Not a hard topic for me, since my mind tends to run on small matters, not least when I am in the studio. Night, sleep, death and the stars are all very good as topics for brain activity when you are a childless, unmarried, middle-aged, male poet but not such all-consuming topics when you are a married, middle-aged, female, painter with three children. Vive la différence, of course!

Speaking of little things I am currently in two different small works exhibits. They seem very popular these days, lots of galleries do them in December. Perhaps as a last gasp attempt to get a little of people's holiday spending money before the old year passes on? Anyway, this little piece is up at Artists' House Gallery and the opening reception I will be at (there are two) is this Sunday. I prefer this opening which features a classical guitarist, tea, coffee and cookies, as opposed to the Friday might opening which is wine and cheese and hordes of heavy-booted art students. Not that there is anything wrong with heavy-booted art students, I was one myself! Still have the boots as a matter of fact, they are very useful. Anyway, if you are in Philadelphia (PA, USA) on Sunday then do please stop by the gallery and introduce yourself!

SMALL WORKS
December 5 to December 23, 2007
Reception: Sunday, December 9, 1-4pm
Sunday Snow Date: December 16

Artists' House Gallery
57 North Second Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 923-8440
Hours: Wed - Sun 12-5 PM
or by appointment

Powdered Sugar Doughnut, oil on gessoed paper laid to wood, 4 x 6 inches

28 comments:

Christine said...

Your painting is luscious!

Cathie said...

makes me very hungry. looks so real. very nice

ValGalArt said...

if only i could come... both paintings are magnificent! From a doughnut to a boathouse beauty runs through both!

abrahambalcazar said...

Hehe yes make me hungry too, your painting is great!!!! thanks for the comment, bye.

Debra Kay said...

Quite often I think it's the small things that keep us sane. I'd rather contemplate the doughnut than the meaning of life anyway.

Teri C said...

This looks so good, I wanted to pick it up and eat it. Wonderful painting!

Kate said...

Mmmmmm........looks delectable! Congrats on your exhibits! Your artwork is so wonderful.

isay said...

yummy!

congratualtions all the best on your exhibits....

Mim said...

wonderful painting - I've also seen alot of small works art shows in new england this year. Wish I could come to phili and see your show.

Abigail said...

I really love this; there's a beauty in the everyday that you've captured so well.

Rrramone said...

yummers!

Random York said...

Nancy- your work is beautiful to my eye! I feel like my eyes ate that donut and long for more!

Thank you for thinking Edward Ardizzone when you looked at my post... I hope my stuff has a smidgeon of the soul his does!

rbaird said...

Simply delicious!

Bill Z said...

nice work, very edible! and good luck with the shows

my hermitude said...

"mmmmm....donut..."
Powdery. Poufy. Just right. I could almost eat the paint to get at it. What a feast for the eyes.

enigma said...

your painting makes me want to grab it and eat it! it looks so real!

Alicia Padrón said...

Congratulations on your exhibits!! This one looks sooooo yummi :o)

nina seven said...

your work always amazes me! so lifelike, I thought it was a photo at first!

imwithsully said...

This is exquisite! I really like the color combinations.

Michael said...

Dearest, Are you going to wear your boots this evening? Maybe there is some magic in them, mojo and all that stuff. :-)

I wish I could be in Philly tonight. I would love to see you and your work in person.

(xo)

alex said...

OOPS! That comment was from me! I am using Snape's machine. :-)

studio lolo said...

You turn a doughnut into such a wonderful work of art. I can truly feel the powderyness(sp) of this and I can smell the jelly inside. I haven't eaten a doughnut in at least ten years, but this painting makes me want to change my ways! If I was in the area I'd walk right in and buy this. I'm such a fan!

neilornstein said...

This painting is an absolute gem. I love the concept of improbable subjects being painted so well that they trancend their humility. If Chardin was alive he'd be painting Krispy Cremes.

Regards, Neil

my hermitude said...

I agree with everything "what Neil said." Although, Chardin's bouteous tables aside, Bea's donuts make me think they would have been favorite studies for Vermeer.

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Wow, really spectacular!

Gorillustrator said...

Great painting. You've really captured the texture of the powdered sugar coating - looks so real.

Laura said...

I love your paintings, your blog, what you do, and the way you say it.
I have visited your cooking space, paint exhibits ... and enjoyed the visit.
I share many of your interests and understand the search of all these different ways to express yourself.
Laura

Karin said...

You have such a wonderful, rich painting style!