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The Ordinary: A Series of Objects

In the very early days of my artistic career back in the 1970s, I carried around a sketch book almost everywhere I went. Fascinated with the most mundane and ordinary objects, I would draw them. This would be things like eyeglasses, scissors, tools, gadgets, and instruments.

It started with my mother’s reading glasses sitting on the coffee table at home. She went to pick them up and wear them and I yelled something like, “Aaaaaaah WAIT, don’t move them yet. I’m not done.” She completely understood and let me finish.

Last year I created a series of eight large paintings, all 40 x 30 inches of ordinary objects. They are scissors, nail clipper, egg slicer, Swiss army knife, corkscrew, eyeglasses, can opener and pliers.

Enjoy looking https://www.singulart.com/en/artist/sue-graef-12789 . Once you click the link find the section called Objects: Larger Works and you’ll see them there.

Singulart: A French Online Gallery

About a year ago I received an email from one of the curators at Singulart (an online gallery based in Paris, France.)  It was explained to me how they showcase talented artists from around the world to a global audience, connecting the collector to the artist via the artworks on the platform.

The curator and I filled in an application together over the phone followed by a submission for approval. The next day there was an email answer saying they loved my artwork, and I was given a warm welcome.

I now have over 160 original paintings available online via their beautiful platform to collectors all over the world. My collectors have praised Singulart for their exceptional personal service and care. As the artist I praise them for the same treatment to me.

Disentangle from the stress of life and indulge in the vibrant colors and shapes of my work, each piece being a snip-it from my life with a story.  https://www.singulart.com/en/artist/sue-graef-12789

Published in Spotlight Magazine

This is not an April Fools Joke. I promise.

Spotlight Magazine presents their 22nd Issue with a unique selection of 148 remarkable contemporary artists (their words not mine) from around the world. This collection contains a wide variety of perspectives, techniques, styles, and approaches to visual art.  Take your time and flip through the magazine to discover artwork you enjoy.

The publication is organized in alphabetical order by the artist’s last name. My work, “Jacob Court 3” ended up on page 72 of 182.

Click her to view. 

Have a good time looking!

Marin Society of Artists: Artist’s Vision 2021

Artist’s Vision 2021 is an interesting national fine arts juried exhibition hosted by the Marin Society of Artists in San Rafael, CA. I am thrilled to announce the acceptance of my work onto the exhibit which will be available for viewing online until May 7, 2021. 

This diverse exhibit ranges from extreme realism to wildly abstract and everything in between so I’m sure you will find it very interesting. The works are in alphabetical order by the artist’s last name.

Interestingly enough, two of my New York City landscapes are shown in a California venue: “Driving Through the Lincoln Tunnel” and “Holland Tunnel Entrance”.

Enjoy browsing the show: Artist’s Vision 2021

Let the Music Play: An Interesting Review

A little while ago an email came into my inbox asking permission to use my artwork images in a blog. Of course, I gave permission as it was from an instructor at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead UK. 

A student, Betsy, was participating in a project called the Silver Arts Award and one of the requirements was to conduct a review of an artist’s work. Betsy came across my virtual exhibit called “Let the Music Play” and from there did a review of my work and posted it in a blog followed by sending me a link when completed.

The virtual exhibit is no longer available online to view but there is a link to my Singulart page in the article to view the work.

Here is the blog review from a promising young student of the arts: An Interesting Review .

Painting Through the Pandemic

I am pleased to announce The Rhode Island Watercolor Society selected my painting, “Holland Tunnel Entrance” for their virtual exhibit called Painting Through the Pandemic.

FYI the RIWS, located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and founded in 1896 is one of the oldest water media art organizations in America.

This show will be available for viewing online only until April 9, 2021:

Painting Through the Pandemic .

GREENPOINT GALLERY: Another Virtual Exhibition

Established in 2004 by artist and musician Shawn James, The Greenpoint Gallery is a non-profit arts organization in Brooklyn, New York. Since the pandemic started the gallery has been producing monthly online exhibits to help compensate for missing the normal live ones.

This exhibit features five of my latest landscape works including two from New York City, two from my hometown, Clearwater, Florida and one from an excursion to the mountains and farmlands of northern Georgia.

Although we are now in the month of March, the February exhibit will remain online for viewing:
GREENPOINT GALLERY EXHIBIT

Enjoy the view!

OBJECTS: Ordinary to Extraordinary

 

   

Since the very early days of my artistic career as a young teenager, I saw things through a looking glass of color, shape, line and composition. That is the way I looked at things then and the way I look at things now.  One day I saw my mother’s reading glasses sitting on the coffee table in the living room, the light reflecting on the lenses with a shadow cast on the magazine they were sitting on. I ran and got my box of oil pastels and sketchbook and started drawing. This began an entire series and style of artwork…….taking a relatively mundane object or scene and bringing it to life with vibrant color.  I am creating in that light today, almost five decades later.

A 60 piece virtual exhibit is now available for you to view and enjoy online from now until March 6, 2021.

Click the link:  OBJECTS: Ordinary to Extraordinary   And lose yourself in the colorful re-creations of kitchen gadgets, shoes, glasses, tools and other familiar things.

Musical Instruments

Musical Instruments as Subject Matter

Over the course of my life and painting career, I’ve been inspired by the musicians I’ve met and the beautiful instruments they play. These instruments are works of art in themselves and I cherish the intricate details of carved scrolls, knobs, strings, buttons and all the other details.

Each work is a daring but playful experiment in color, a challenge making the colors dance on the canvas. I’m so excited by it all that I get an adrenalin rush painting when the colors react a certain way.

I’ve had the time of my life painting the first 10 of the Musical Instrument Collection.  Stay tuned for the next 10 or so.

Places

Places

The idea of painting places I’ve been all started a couple of years ago when I was standing on the 12th floor in the Clearwater Tower building in downtown Clearwater, Florida. It was a beautiful scene with the bridge going from mainland Clearwater to the causeway leading to the beach. 

I did my usual playful experimentation with color and painted the scene with vibrant shades of blue, red, pink, orange, and green. This continues with a series of 6 or 7 other bridge paintings and then expanded to street scenes, cars, intersections, tunnels, and other places that intrigued me with the space, perspective, and patterns.

Jumping back and forth between subjects and sizes of canvas keeps me fresh and on my toes. I never get bored or stale this way. Each painting must pose its own new challenge to keep me excited and anxious about how to create a certain effect. And so, it goes…. trying new color combinations and compositions for each new work.