Wednesday, August 9, 2017

On the Road :: Stage 1 Gallery, Albany NY



I'm back with another episode of "On the Road" 






This time we travelled to Albany NY to attend the Upstate Artists Guild Member Art Show!   


As many communities do, Albany holds a First Friday event. They have a nice lineup of events including visits to galleries and shops, great restaurants plus a wine bar. There are even after-events, like swing dancing! If you like you can ride the free shuttle bus!


We took the one and a half hour trip down to attend the opening reception of the  Upstate Artists Guild’s member art show at Stage 1 Gallery .  




46 N Swan St. Albany NY


Stage 1 Gallery, located on North Swan Street,
is owned by the Albany Barn; they sponsor
First Friday events and generously hosted the UAG art show in their gallery.

I am a new member of UAG and this was my first show in the Albany area. I brought down two of my recent abstracts to include in the member show. 

"The Eyes Have It"  (2017)
by Shelley Graham Turner
20x20 mixed media on Canvas






You’ve seen “The Eyes Have It”. I entered it into Munson-Williams-Proctor’s annual Sidewalk Art Show last month. Since it won an award I figured I should show it in the Albany area as well.  



"State of the ARTist" (2017)
by Shelley Graham Turner
12x12 acrylic on canvas




 My second piece, “State of the ARTist”.  




Both works are available. I am also working on offering prints. Contact me directly if you are interested in either piece. 

Beyond my e-mails with UAG Vice President, Rebecca Schoonmaker, I had never met any of the UAG members. I wish we could have stayed longer because I know I would have enjoyed  hanging out afterwards with them.

They are a VERY talented bunch. Here is just a selection of their work - 

1 "Pretty Broken Flowers" by Rebecca Schoonmaker  2 "the more you give the more you have" by Thomasa Nielsen
5 "The New Plague" by Matt Ramsey 6 "Imperfection Study 1" by Tom Corrado
7 "Night Sweats" by Ward Capeci  8 "Angel II" by Valarie Wolf
9 "Darkness" by Christoph Speenburgh 10 "Forest Formal" by Gary Masline

  1. "Pretty Broken Flowers" by Rebecca Schoonmaker
  2. "the more you give the more you have" by Thomasa Nielsen
  3. "Loki" by Margo Singer
  4. "Matching Pink" by Timothy Reidy
  5. "The New Plague" by Matt Ramsey
  6. "Imperfection Study 1" by Tom Corrado
  7. "Night Sweats" by Ward Capeci
  8. "Angel II" by Valarie Wolf
  9. "Darkness" by Christoph Speenburgh
  10. "Forest Formal" by Gary Masline




The show is on exhibit until September 21st so if you get a chance to go by the gallery, GO! I promise it will be well worth the trip! 















Sunday, August 6, 2017

On the Road :: Skaneateles, NY









This past week I met up with my good friend, Betsy. She was visiting New York State and had a free morning!








Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Study in Black and White Mark Making CONTINUES


Last week I shared with my readers the story behind my study in black and white mark making.

Like my favorite artist, Franz Kline, I love large gestural marks, especially simple black on white. Unfortunately for me, they aren’t as easy to execute as they might look. It seems I am too much in my own head and I need to loosen up.

I did a bit of research and I found a possible solution. It seems if I practice making larger, looser strokes I will build muscle memory. According to Wikipedia, “…when a movement is repeated over time, a long-term muscle memory is created for that task, eventually allowing it to be performed without conscious effort.”

So I began a study in black and white mark making.


After working at it about two weeks I have seen an improvement. In addition, I now have a good supply of interesting marks on watercolor paper. I've decided to add layers of color to a few of them. I am loving the results.







The one I am sharing with you today started as just four marks of black india ink. At first I just added a bit of watery acrylic paint.








After looking at it for a couple more days I decided to try making marks using some highlighters I had laying around. 














It went through a few different stages before I was completely happy with it. A bit of distressing happened here...











More black ink, graphite and marker.

Finally I decided to add a few more colors, and a bit more white.

I finished it by adding some random marks using my favorite art supply, Neocolor II water-soluble wax oil pastels by Caran d’Ache. I love the look of their strokes over paint. 


Here is the finished piece.


"Ombi-oynce" (2017) © SGTurner Art


As always I love to share a few detail photos as well.
(I love how they look together!)


Prints of "Ombi-onyce" detail photos



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Prints and some originals in this series are available for purchase.

Contact me if you are interested - sales@sgturnerart.com

Sunday, July 30, 2017

On the Road :: Michigan - Part Three


Recently I travelled to Holland, Michigan to visit with my best friend from high school, Ellen. Wherever I go I am always on the lookout for art and this trip was no exception. As usual I took a zillion photos! I decided I'd shared my visit with you. This is part three, the final installation.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Study in Black and White Mark Making Begins


Back in the beginning of this year I began my search to find my own painting style.

I spent many hours on Pinterest, introducing myself to all styles of art. I found I was drawn to abstract art, especially that of artists from the Abstract Expressionism movement.
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