plein air painting

Painting

Vignette: Celia Kelly

"Spencer County Farm Lane" by Celia Kelly, oil on canvas, 14x18in, 2017, $300

"Spencer County Farm Lane" by Celia Kelly, oil on canvas, 14x18in, 2017, $300

Celia Kelly is a landscape artist working primarily ‘en plein air’. Kelly enjoys the challenge of “navigating a variety of conditions” – discerning color, form, and space within the constantly changing natural light. Plein air might seem old-fashioned, but a better description might be ‘timeless’’, for many artists a nearly spiritual relationship with the mercurial personality of the environment. Temporality shows up on the list of media for many contemporary artists, yet it has always been a part of the plein air experience, a tradition for painters that dates back several hundred years.

"Springhill #3" by Celia Kelly, oil on panel, 11x9in, 2017, $100

"Springhill #3" by Celia Kelly, oil on panel, 11x9in, 2017, $100

“A few years ago, I switched my focus from painting urban scenes to rural landscapes,” Kelly tells us. “This has allowed me to leave the city, spend an entire day outside exploring vast open spaces. I have come to love the geometric compositions offered through open fields, hillsides, rows of trees, highways, and still waters. I also look at stagnant, standing structures (such as a barn) and see how it fits into this natural environment. One of my favorite subject matters are fields of grapevines, because of the symmetrical arrangement and cultivation is involved within the rows.” 

“I like to describe my painting style as one that straddles a divide between abstraction, representation and impressionism. There is a spiritual connection that occurs between landscape artist and the landscape. I attempt to capture this through the use of color, value, and expressive brushstroke. In other words, I don’t see the need to paint every leaf. When one travels, impressions are made, and I try to do justice to my own impressions of these landscapes through my work.”

Most recently, in August, Kelly participated in the notBIG group show at M.S. Rezny Gallery in Lexington, Kentucky.

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Education: BA, Centre College; University of Louisville, post-baccalaureate studies, Painting
Website: celiakelly.blogspot.com

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"Tobacco Storage" by Celia Kelly, oil on panel, 8x10in, 2017, $125

"Tobacco Storage" by Celia Kelly, oil on panel, 8x10in, 2017, $125

"Yellow Field Stripes" by Celia Kelly, oil on canvas, 18x14in, 2017, $300

"Yellow Field Stripes" by Celia Kelly, oil on canvas, 18x14in, 2017, $300

"Sunswept" Celia Kelly, oil on panel, 11x14in, 2017, NFS

"Sunswept" Celia Kelly, oil on panel, 11x14in, 2017, NFS

"Harper's View" by Celia Kelly, oil on canvas, 12x9in, 2017, NFS

"Harper's View" by Celia Kelly, oil on canvas, 12x9in, 2017, NFS

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Painting

Vignette: Jill Baker - Open Studio Weekend Artist

The Importance of Light

"Gondolas" by Jill Baker, oil, 30x20in, 2017, NFS/Prints available $200

"Gondolas" by Jill Baker, oil, 30x20in, 2017, NFS/Prints available $200

Jill Baker chooses many subjects, and her facility with a brush is informed by a lifetime of painting, but in the images captured when she is away from home we see a her most highly developed sense of composition. She travels to New York, France and Italy to paint and exhibit her work, and has exhibited her work throughout the world: Paris (Palais des Congres), Florence (Palazzo Strozzi), Seoul, South Korea (U.S. Embassy), New York (Goethe Haus, among others) and elsewhere.

In “Gondolas,” there is a confident exploration of the space, both expansive and intimate; a tight configuration of boats only one set of repetitious forms, nestled together in shadow, while the architecture fills out the frame with other shapes stacked up in the distinctive Italian sunlight.

"My Room In Arles" by Jill Baker, oil, 8x10in, 2017, $5000/Prints available $200

"My Room In Arles" by Jill Baker, oil, 8x10in, 2017, $5000/Prints available $200

“My Room in Arles,” despite the change in location, feels like it could be the inside of one of those windows. Perhaps the light is more diffuse, but she once again captures the pattern and relationship of shapes within the room.

Betraying the restless itch of creativity that is characteristic of so many artists, Baker is also a writer who has been a journalist, a travel writer (“Elba Journal”). a novelist (“My Turn”), and a poet (“Poems of Accord and Satisfaction”).

As an artist, Baker has done numerous illustrations for publishing houses and major magazines and has worked in production for newspapers and for Institutional Investor magazine on Madison Avenue, in New York. She has illustrated several books, including eight by Lee Pennington, including his “Appalachian Newground,” published in 2016.

Jill Baker will be participating in the 2017 Open Studio Weekend, sponsored by Louisville Visual Art and University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute. Her  studio in Middletown will be open the weekend of November 4 and 5. Tickets for Open Studio Weekend will go on sale October 16. Click here for more information.

"I am very proud of my new studio, which is a Department of Energy Net Zero building, the first one in Louisville, with 22 solar panels on the roof, radiant heated floors, all LED lights within, passive solar heating and cooling (I took inspiration from Bernheim Forest buildings), with huge windows on the north for indirect light. I designed it myself."

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Age: 74
Education: BA in Fine Arts, Baylor University (Waco, Texas); studied at the Academia di Belle Arti (Florence, Italy); MFA in Painting, Pratt Institute (New York City)
Gallery Representative: Manhattan Arts (New York City); Contemporary Arts Gallery (New Harmony, Indiana)
Website: http://www.jillbaker.com

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Jill Baker's studio

Jill Baker's studio

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 "Lavaski" by Jill Baker, Watercolor, 18X24in, 2017, $600

"Guitarist" by Jill Baker, oil, 20x24in, 2017, $750 

"Guitarist" by Jill Baker, oil, 20x24in, 2017, $750 

"Man Entangled" by Jill Baker, Pen & ink, 11X14in, 2017, $1000/Prints available $200

"Man Entangled" by Jill Baker, Pen & ink, 11X14in, 2017, $1000/Prints available $200


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Painting

Vignette: Richard Shu

 

"Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I can remember and I remember more than I can see" Let me help you "see" what you may not remember and "remember" what you may not see!” - Benjamin Disraeli

"Low Tide in Saint Michel" by Richard Shu, watercolor, 12x14in, 2017, $780

"Low Tide in Saint Michel" by Richard Shu, watercolor, 12x14in, 2017, $780

67 year-old Taiwan-born artist Richard Shu calls himself an “urban sketcher.” After a long and noted career as an architect, he documents his extensive travels in watercolor sketches executed with a sure eye for the fundamental design elements of a scene. As a medium, watercolor welcomes certainty in the choice of color and the placement of marks, and Shu’s careful study of his subjects is evident in the work, an almost naïve application that expresses a sophisticated sensibility.

Shu views his paintings as an ongoing document of his life experience “My art is part of my journey through watercolor, I travel, sketch and paint the image and space that I see.” The images have an immediacy about them that reinforces the idea of a sketchbook, or perhaps even closer to a diary, capturing impressions of a time and place with a brush instead of words.

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“I started my journey when I was 12 years old, when my parents sent me to Guayaquil, Ecuador from Taipei, Taiwan. It was in Ecuador that I started to study architecture, but finished my undergraduate study in Madrid, then was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania for my graduate studies. After graduating, I found work in Chicago with the international firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. I moved to Louisville in 1982, worked for a local architectural firm for 2 years, then started my own Design Build firm and practice till 1999.  In 2000 I transitioned into a total different career in the investment field. I am retired now and back on exploring the creative passion that I missed for so long.”

Name: Richard Shu
Age: 67
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Education: MA, Architecture, University of Pennsylvania.
Website: richardshuarts.com
Instagram: mistashu

"The Harbor" by Richard Shu, watercolor, 12x14in, 2017, $800

"The Harbor" by Richard Shu, watercolor, 12x14in, 2017, $800

"Low Country" by Richard Shu, watercolor, 12x14in, 2017, $780

"Low Country" by Richard Shu, watercolor, 12x14in, 2017, $780

"El Capitan" by Richard Shu, watercolor, 14x14in, 2017, $850

"El Capitan" by Richard Shu, watercolor, 14x14in, 2017, $850

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Painting, Photography, Drawing

Q&A: Jennifer Laura Palmer


“Sometimes it is a little better to travel than to arrive.”  Robert Pirsig


Location and maps are a crucial part of painter Jennifer Palmer’s work. “The first maps I collected were from my childhood and they were used on family trips. I loved that they were used on our trips and I could see my Dad’s handwritten notes and the highlighted route for each adventure. These memories have become even more precious since my Mother’s passing from cancer this past year.” Palmer is currently working on a new series involving plein air artworks created during road trips throughout Kentucky in a 1951 Chevy Pickup: http://palmertravelingartist.tumblr.com/

"Paintings of Maine (In Progress)" by Jennifer Palmer, mixed media on poplar (2016)

"Paintings of Maine (In Progress)" by Jennifer Palmer, mixed media on poplar (2016)

1951 Chevy - Barbara Jane (Name after my Mother)

1951 Chevy - Barbara Jane (Name after my Mother)

Are you still touring Kentucky in your 1951 Chevy pick-up?

I currently am and the project is still in the beginning stages. I have spent the summer working on organizing my trip and scouting out locations to complete my artwork.  This has allowed me the necessary time to come up with a more cohesive plan that has clear objectives and goals to make this a successful project. After my trip to Maine this summer I realized I wanted to challenge myself to something much larger than I had originally intended and to push myself creatively to use materials and process that I haven’t used before. This has slowed down the project, however, it has increased the drive to have a series that goes beyond what I had originally envisioned. 

How many different places have you been?

Only a handful of places at this point and mostly I have been cruising routes and making notes on good places to stop and make some art. I feel I haven’t even scratched the surface of all the places to explore in this beautiful state. I have toured a lot of backroads in Kentucky cruising and I started to realize that I need to also include more urban areas on my travels. 

"On site Traveling Drawing (Phippsburg, Maine)" by Jennifer Palmer, 9x12in, ink on paper (2016)

"On site Traveling Drawing (Phippsburg, Maine)" by Jennifer Palmer, 9x12in, ink on paper (2016)

What music do you listen to on the road?

I tend to just keep the windows down and listen to my surroundings and mostly the sound of the truck’s engine. 

Do you listen to music while you paint?

I do and tend to listen to the same music over and over until I finish a series.  You would most likely find Shovels and Rope and Roy Orbison in rotation in the studio.

What expectations did you have for the journey?

To stumble upon beauty in every place I visit. 

Tell us something about the people you have met?

I have found that everyone enjoys sharing a story if you are willing to slow down and ask some questions and be sincere in wanting to hear what they have to say. The people I have encountered are the greatest resources on learning more about the areas I am visiting. They know the area and give out the best suggestions for places to see and also to eat. I have experienced that people always love sharing stories about their animals and that is a great way to start a conversation. 

Also, I would like to add since I am still in the planning stages I would love to hear from people in Kentucky on places to go and more importantly why do they think I should visit there and document the space.

"Olsen House (Cushing Maine)" by Jennifer Palmer, photograph (2016)

"Olsen House (Cushing Maine)" by Jennifer Palmer, photograph (2016)

What's your favorite place to visit?

I will have to say Maine. I spent two weeks there this summer on an art road trip and I fell hard for the state. The landscape, the history, the people and the air were so inspiring.  What made the trip memorable was visiting the Farnsworth Museum and seeing Andrew Wyeth’s work in person. It literally brought tears to my eyes.  I was then able to make the journey to the Olsen House and spend time photographing the house and grounds.  I have never felt such a connection with a place.  

Honestly, this trip to Maine got me a little side tracked on the Traveling Artist Project here in Kentucky with the Chevy, however, it stirred a passion and desire to make it a more impactful series by slowing down and really taking time to plan out the project so I can create a wide range of pieces in various mediums. Kentucky holds the same charm and beauty and I want to explore the forgotten spaces to see the hidden gems myself and then be able to share these finds with an audience in a thoughtful manner.

"Olsen House (Hidden Stories)" by Jennifer Palmer, photograph (2016)

"Olsen House (Hidden Stories)" by Jennifer Palmer, photograph (2016)

So far, what is the longest you spent in any one location?

I crave the chance to be nomadic however, my heart always belongs to one place and that is wherever my horses are located. That is what brought me to Kentucky 10 years ago and what keeps me appreciating this amazing state is all the open land that is still available here. So my journeys tend to be short in nature, however, the list is extensive on places I want to visit, even if it is only short term. 

"Maine Summer" by Jennifer Palmer, 16x22.5in, mixed media on paper (2016), $300 | BUY NOW

"Maine Summer" by Jennifer Palmer, 16x22.5in, mixed media on paper (2016), $300 | BUY NOW

What's the most challenging part when starting on a piece of work?

To not worry about what the outcome will be and just create and be in the moment.

How long do you usually spend on a specific piece of art?

It varies and can be a few hours to months. Recently, I have been going over work I had in storage for a few years and remaking it into a new series. I strongly believe in including an element of history in my work and I am enjoying making something new out of pieces that I never felt were quite finished.  It is nice to see new life given to them and also to go back and relive the time period of when I was creating them. 

"Travel Drawing Series (Maine)" by Jennifer Palmer, 9x12in, ink on paper (2016)

"Travel Drawing Series (Maine)" by Jennifer Palmer, 9x12in, ink on paper (2016)

Has your style changed or evolved over the years? If so what do you think influenced this?

It has and it goes through cycles. Location and time of year influences it, also the events going on in my life. The most significant change came with the passing of my Mother from pancreatic cancer. She was the inspiration in starting to live my life to the fullest and to finally get my dream truck, and then for this journey to gather stories. I realized how significant stories and personal histories are after you lose someone and they take the stories with them. If you don’t take the time to gather and archive them you will end up losing them forever. And now my work is more about searching out those feelings and memories and I am seeing a shift of including more figurative elements into my work as a way of processing these shifts in life.

If you could meet any celebrity who would it be and what would you ask them?

Wendell Berry and I would love to ask him to show me his favorite location in
Kentucky and learn more about why he chose that spot. 

Name: Jennifer Palmer
Hometown: Simpsonville, Kentucky
Age: 35
Education: MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design; BA in Art and Political Science, Cedar Crest College (Allentown, Pennsylvania)
Website: http://jenniferpalmer.tumblr.com

"Summer Days (Finchville, KY) by Jennifer Palmer, photograph (2016)

"Summer Days (Finchville, KY) by Jennifer Palmer, photograph (2016)

"Maine Traveling Sketchbook" by Jennifer Palmer, ink on paper (2016)

"Maine Traveling Sketchbook" by Jennifer Palmer, ink on paper (2016)

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