Shirley Paul installs her exhibit at Random Row Brewery May 2 - June 30. Her technique is called “Intuitive” or “process” painting. This is a practice of meditating with brush in hand. It requires the suspension of fear, expectations and the analytical brain. She allows the painting to evolve based on her vision, love of play and experimentation. Currently, one of her interests is conveying the look of the geological formations in the Southwest US. Located: 608 Preston Ave., Charlottesville, VA 22903. Hrs: M-Th 4:30-11, F 4:30-12, Sa 12-12, Sun 12-9
Julia Lesnichy grew up in Russia studying science and music. At age 26, a sunlit sky inspired her to paint for the first time. Taking private lessons and workshops, she has developed her own style. As she paints, she reveals the way the light creates beauty in landscapes and animals. Julia now lives with her family in Crozet, VA where she finds inspiration among the tree tops and mountains. She admires Monet’s skill to observe the effects of nature and depict them loosely with a thick application of color. She also enjoys works by Childe Hassam, Theodore Robinson and Henry Hensche.
My calligraphic work, begun four decades ago, predates my working in watercolor, oil, and acrylic. Over time my painting has been influenced by the graceful lines of calligraphy which in turn has been influenced by the vibrancy of watercolors, oils and acrylics. The dramatic flow of calligraphy within the discipline and grace of the letterform literally permeates my thinking when applying a brush stroke, creating a composition, or experimenting with new materials as I have done most recently with textured acrylics.
When I sit down to work at a drafting table or stand at an easel, the process begins. The planning, the warm up, the mixing of colors (my favorite part) is a standard routine. When I get stuck, when inspiration fails, I try to remember that so much of art is simply “showing up.” Frida Kahlo said, and this I believe, “The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to.”