Jan 30, 2011

Ridgefield Guild Of Artists Opening Reception in January 2011

My second Juried Group Show was in Ridgefield, CT. Despite the recent stormy and cold weather there was a big turn out of "art lovers". I usually do not go to see my paintings where they were placed on the wall before the show, but as I walked in, to be part of  this opening reception, I was surprised to see one of my paintings "greet" people upon their entering the gallery. There I saw my piece of art along with another painting, and I was happy how both of them actually compliment each other.

Couple of people took a notice of my painting - in a positive way, which made me pretty happy.

I proceeded to see all of the art at the gallery. Beside my "Blue Green Abstract" there were several other abstract paintings, but mine was the smallest one. As I walked along the walls looking at every painting in the room I was truly surprised, that my other painting "Brown No. 1" made it to the show, and understood why my third painting, "Yellow Red Abstract", didn't. It was too bright and it would not work with any of the paintings at this show, while even that "Brown No. 1" looked quite different from the rest of the art chosen by Lee Weber, still its different shades of brown color had something in common with surrounding paintings and photographs. I must say that "Ridgefield Guild of Artists" knows how to make paintings work together - how to place different styles next to each other so they look great.

I enjoyed all other paintings very much. It felt great to be surrounded by such a diversity of styles. I finished my outing to the gallery at a cafe with couple of other friend artists, and my husband and daughter. Then it was time to go back home to my painting.

If you haven't seen the show - go and have a nice time, there are really nice pieces of art in the gallery. This show will end on February 25th, 2011.

Jan 27, 2011

No. 37 - "Checkers" and No. 38 - "Sphere"

A little switch from "Hairstyles" to my pastel colors and geometric abstracts, just like I planned it about half a year ago.

Dimensions: 24" x 24" x 1.5"
Acrylic on canvas

Dimensions: 30" x 24" x 1.5"
Acrylic on canvas

© 2011 Bronislava Slagle, All Rights Reserved

Jan 25, 2011

Invitation To An Art Show - Mark Your Calendars

If anyone is around in CT in Ridgefield area this Saturday, Jan. 29th, escape the snow and come to warm yourself up inside the gallery while looking at  the art show. Hope to see you there.

No. 35 - "Silver" and No. 36 - "Nikki"

Lately, I do not have much time for my blogs because I've been painting "away" for my upcoming shows.

I am proud to present to you two new hairstyle paintings:

Dimensions: 20" x 16" x 13/16"
Acrylic on canvas

Dimensions: 20" x 16" x 13/16"
Acrylic on canvas

© 2011 Bronislava Slagle, All Rights Reserved

Jan 24, 2011

Upcoming Show in Ridgefield CT

I submitted three works for the upcoming show in Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Two of them were accepted. And one of them is my brand new painting - "Brown No. 1". The other painting is my "Blue Green Abstract".

The Opening Reception will be on January 29, 2011 from 2pm until 4pm. If you are in the neighborhood, please come see this group show curated by a well-known gallery owner, Lee Weber who has owned and operated the Weber Fine Art galleries located in Scarsdale, New York and Greenwich, Connecticut.

Nearly 50 artists will be exhibiting 70 paintings. I expect this to be a great show.

Jan 17, 2011

No. 34 - "Brown No. 1"

I am getting ready for my solo exhibition in Danbury, CT, which will be in March 2011. Couple of my paintings (that I have submitted for this event) are geometric abstracts. My submitted paintings are fairly big (48x36), and they need some "friends", ie. a smaller version of same style paintings. On the left you can see the latest addition to my geometric abstraction.

I need to visit the premises, also. I hear that fifty paintings can fit in there. If that is true, then I need to be a very focused and productive individual for several weeks. No day dreaming about writing and illustrating a children book.

"Brown No. 1"
Dimensions: 18" x 18" x 1.5"
Acrylic on canvas

© 2010 Bronislava Slagle, All Rights Reserved

Jan 12, 2011

Daily "Draw365" - Story of A Scary Cross

I found out about "daily drawings" from a friend and other people who talk about #draw365 on Twitter all the time. I do not draw on a daily basis, but I did draw in the past here and there. Like, for example, when my daughter was little. We would draw or paint together all the time. So, I thought that who ever came up with this idea of a "daily drawing" trend for artists is a wonderful and clever person. I made a decision to commit myself to daily drawing and yesterday I posted my first artistic expression on Twitter. After all, this exercise makes any artist create something every day, he or she uses his/her imagination and eye-hand coordination (great art practice), and a benefit for me would be to keep myself out of trouble.Hmmm, out of trouble? Really? Oh boy, oh boy. Did I get in trouble today without my knowing how!

After I posted my drawing to my TwitPic Account and tweeted the link, I went to look for my friend's #draw365 creation on FB (for people who do not know what FB means - it is an abbreviation for Face Book). As usual her drawing was "fab". After I commented on it, I decided to make a photo album on my FB's Bronislava Art Page and upload my daily drawing every day there as well (besides my new TwitPic page). My FB album would be there for my friends who do not have Twitter and TwitPic accounts. Otherwise, how could they tell me how wonderful (or not so wonderful) my daily art is, right?

Few minutes later I got a message from my friend, asking me "please do not post your images on people's FB pages that you do not know. It is not ethical." And she also mentioned that my cross scared her friend.

Whoa! I did WHAT? I wrote back to my friend that I do not understand what she is talking about. I did not recall posting my FIRST fabulous drawing on any one's page, only to my TwitPix account and to my new album called "365 - Daily Draw" that I just created on FB, and which automatically gots posted only on my fan's pages, because they are my fans. Our messages went back and forth for a while. We were trying to figure out what happened.

I had to run some errand in one of the neighboring cities and had time to think about the whole situation and different possibilities how it could have happened. While I was driving and thinking about "this crisis", I had to laugh. The situation, in my humble opinion, was ridiculous. And quite funny.
First of all, my so called "scary cross" actually really represents an intersection. What is so scary about that? The arrows are sort of like "one way" road signs. Each "one way" is different from the three others. If a person takes one way, what awaits him/her at the end will be different from the other paths. The brown color represents earth - path on the road. Besides, I love browns. In all different shades. And I think that the darkness of my color in this particular drawing represents the drama of the lifel, not only the earth we walk upon. Too bad I could not tell my friend's friend not to be scared of my drawing; that it doesn't have any dark meaning.
And second of all, I had to think how could the image possibly get onto my friend's friend's FB page. I guess that FB, like other interactive pages, might have a glitch and by this weird accident when I opened my new album after I just left my friends page (who is a friend with the other lady) and after I pushed "the publish button" after the scary cross was uploaded, the image just landed in her profile - even that she was not a fan on my art page. If we think of it - Google is always fixing some errors in their algorithms, and so is Twitter, when their pages do not open properly. Programming is after all such a young profession that people who work for these companies still have to learn a lot.

Oh well, it would not be my life if it would not be dramatic. I must say that I do not get bored. Also, I would never imagine that my beautiful, meaningful art will scare someone. I guess, I will have to rethink how I draw/paint my ideas. Perhaps, I should name my drawing "Scary Cross-Roads". Hmmm, I like that.


PS. I know, I know - my English is not perfect. But I am trying my best.


January 31st, 2011 - this must have been the culprit: http://www.techspot.com/news/42193-identity-of-zuckerbergs-hacker-unknown-facebook-fixes-bug.html