"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Boston International Fine Art Show and Portrait of Dutch

Dutch / oil on gessoed cardboard / 12x9
Finally a portrait I am pleased with after several weeks of struggling for a likeness and a painterly result.

I got a big surprise in my email this week when I learned that the Roux & Cyr Gallery has taken a booth at the Boston International Fine Art Show November 13 - 16th at The Boston Center for the Arts. Susan Roux and Paul Cyr have included some of my ballerina paintings in their display along with the work of the other exceptional artists in the gallery. I am thrilled to have this opportunity and to be included in this group of extraordinary artists. And congratulations to Martine Alison whose lyrical figurative work is also included in this show and whose work many of you may recognize. Here is a link to her site: Ma dollhouse joue un grand air du peinture.

Thank you Susan and thank you Paul! If anyone who follows my blog has the chance to attend, I would love to hear your thoughts.


26 comments:

  1. Congratulations & good luck, Susan !

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    1. Thanks, Martine. I have never been to one of these international art fairs - how I wish I could go to this one!

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  2. Congratulations Susan! Awesome news!! and you should be VERY pleased with this portrait. It's very well painted...very realistic and YET painterly...

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    1. Your comment means a great deal to me, Hilda, as I admire your breathtaking portraits so much.

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  3. Bonjour ma chère Susan,

    Je ne sais pas par où commencer ! Je pense que je vais immédiatement te remercier pour la gentille attention que tu me fais (je tutoie !) en faisant un lien vers mon blog. Cela me touche beaucoup.
    Je suis très honorée de partager la scène avec toi... Tes oeuvres sont si fabuleuses et fantastiques.
    Susan et Paul sont très volontaires dans ce qu'ils entreprennent et je les remercie du fond du coeur.

    J'admire le portrait que tu nous offres aujourd'hui... Je ne peins jamais d'homme. Enfin j'ai peint une seule fois un homme mais je trouve cela difficile. Est-ce par manque d'expérience ou tout simplement parce que peindre des femmes signifie que je me connais mieux et que cela me semble plus aisé ?!... Une réflexion à développer !
    Serait-ce pour cela que je n'ai toujours pas achevé la grande toile que j'ai entrepris de la scène du mariage ?!... Oh la la !!... Il va falloir que je secoue mon cocotier ! sourire...

    J'aime la manière que tu as peint la peau de ce portrait. Les nuances de couleurs sont très subtiles. On reconnait parfaitement ton illustre travail. Bravo !

    Gros bisous ☂

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    1. Oh, Martine! had to laugh at the fact that you rarely paint males and that you state: "Oh la la !!... Il va falloir que je secoue mon cocotier !" I never considered the fact that women might be easier to paint than men - I am usually confronted with the personality of the person - the little bit that I can glean by meeting them right before they model and by the nature of their demeanor as they pose. I don't think I have a preference - but I do admit to liking people that present a challenge to me. I like trying to catch in paint the nuances of individuality! Thank you for your wonderful comment. It is an honor to share gallery space with you in the Roux and Cyr Gallery and at the Art Fair. Perhaps one day we will meet, my friend, and that will be a great pleasure!

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  4. Congratulations! I am so pleased for both you and Martine, who I have also followed for a long time. I love her work! And your painting is amazing :0)

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    1. Many thanks, Sandra - I love her work as well!

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  5. Veel succes met je ballerina's Susan, het portret is ook heel goed gemaakt.
    groetjes van Simonne

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    1. Thank you, Simonne - I really love your recent sunflower painting. It does remind me of Van Gogh!

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  6. Congratulations to you and Martine Alison. Both of you are extraordinary painters. Inspirational. Break a leg! Also glad you broke the spell. This painterly portrait, like all your work, is so refreshing to these Venetian eyes.

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    1. Many thanks, Linda - I am excited to have one of my ballerinas (or maybe two - I am not sure) at the Boston Art Fair. The Roux and Cyr Gallery has been so wonderful to me!
      I greatly admire your patience with the Venetian method. I would be tearing my hair out as I seem to need , not instant, but pretty quick gratification these days.

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  7. Big congradulations to you, Susan!!! I know the Boston Art Fair will be successful for you! And the portrait - the model has such an interesting face, and you certainly rendered him in a most painterly fashion!!
    Kathryn

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    1. I fell in love with him, Kathryn. He was such a classic gentleman, totally self confident in his carriage and demeanor. I loved painting him.

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  8. Okay Susan! The Universe is certainly working the way it should be today! I am so off the charts happy your work will be displayed in BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS! I am so going to be there!!!!! I can't stand the excitement! Imagine me getting to see your wonderful work in person! Life doesn't get much better than that! (Oh I almost forgot to congratulate you!!!!! Congratulations Buddy! Only thinking of myself and this opportunity to see your art in person!!!!!!) Too much to dream for but will you be there?!!!
    I am so psyched. Now to notify family and friends!!!!
    Yippee!!!!
    I also love this portrait! Too excited to write more! Now I need to read details of show!!!!!!!!! May have to mediate now to calm down!
    Take care Susan!
    From Your So Excited And So Very Happy Soon To Be Seeing Your Work In Person Art Buddy!
    Michael

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    1. Yipee, yipee, yipee!!! Oh, Michael, as soon as I heard one of my paintings would be at the Boston Art Fair, I immediately thought of you and am so happy to hear that you will attend! I wish I could go but it all happened so quickly - perhaps next time, if there ever is a next time! I can't wait to hear your thoughts and if you have a chance to meet Susan Roux, please say hello for me and tell her how much I appreciate everything she has done for me! Thank you, thank you, Michael - you make my heart sing!

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  9. Exciting news! And a wonderful portrait study, too.

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    1. Thanks, Diana - he was a great model.

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  10. It's a wonderful portrait with great skin colors and love the expression , so realistic ! And congratulations for the Art Show !

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    1. Hi, Jane and thank you so much. I am nervous about the show and hope I get good feedback!

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  11. Susan, Absolutely Brilliant. Full marks here. All the best.
    Vic.

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    1. Thanks, Vic - I really admire your recent figurative work!

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  12. Congratulations on having your beautiful and lively work in the Boston Art Show Susan - how exciting for you! Have just seen a great photo of your work on Michael Perchard's blog!

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    1. Hi, Wendy and welcome to my blog. The Boston show was a surprise and a thrill for sure. Michael is the best!

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