Sunday, May 17, 2009

OPA, Chicago Jaunt and other stuff...

'Hunter, Gatherers'........oil on panel........19x24 inches

Greetings Blogsketeers!
Another fun-filled span of time has passed since my last blog, let's call this a blogparsec, which would be equivalent to one thirteenth of the rotation of our Earth around the star known to us as the Sun. Much has happened in this artist's life, nay cosmology, during this blogparsec: entire microbiological civilizations having grown, warred, learned to accept each other, and subsequently perished beneath the crumbling cinderblock of my art studio windows. Other, more immediately pertinent artistic occurrences of the blogparsec include my painting 'Hunter Gatherers' being accepted into the OPA's '18th National Juried Exhibition' held at Sage Creek Gallery in Santa Fe, NM. This boldly painted portrayal of three men of easy virtue, street walking in Times Square, clad only in bright fluorescent orange garb, diligently working with the trash of New York's grimy underbelly. They are the neo-hunter gatherers of today's urban society. Thus the title.
‘Hunter, Gatherers’ will be on display at the Sage Creek Gallery throughout the month May.

**NOTEWORTHY NEWS AND NEWSWORTHY NOTES!**

Also of note to the macro-consciously aware beings during the last blogparsec I was honorably awarded an ‘Honorable Mention’ on my ‘Subway Siesta’ whilst participating in the Greenhouse Gallery's 'Salon International 2009' by the venerable judge Mr. Daniel E. Greene. In addition, I also made the ‘Jury’s Top 50’ list.
(to view 'Subway Siesta' go to previous post)

~ TRAIPSING THROUGH CHICAGO ~

Finally, at the conclusion of the blogparsec, I'd just like to mention what a ‘scream’ it was to see the Edvard Munch exhibition, ‘Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety, and Myth’ at the Art Institute of Chicago during my brief and adventurous sojourn to Chicago last month.
Below are two of my favorite Munch paintings from the exhibition. Enjoy!

'Night at St. Cloud'........1890

'Self Portrait With Cigarette'.........1895

~ A few memorable Chicago tid bits ~


Ben in front of historical Chicago Theater










Why I love Chicago architecture










Hustle and Bustle!










The Silver Bean at Millenium Park

35 comments:

rahina qh said...

You have been busy! Love the new painting, the colours despite beening so soft are full of energy and light... beautiful protrayal of an everyday scene.

Theresa Rankin said...

Bravo...I saw the Hunter, Gatherers and as always, by your work, was immediately impressed! Fantastic painting and concept...such a clever title!...The pics of Chicago are wonderful ...and make me a little homesick...my family was from there before moving to California. Hmmm...I think I need a trip to Chicago. Much deserved honors to you Jennifer...you are an artists artist!

Paintopolis said...

Beautiful painting ....great color -James

David Lobenberg said...

Day painting or night painting, that red under painting works very well. Your brush/color work sings! I have used up my allotment of the word "painting" in this comment, so I will await to comment on your next piece.

Jane Hunt said...

I've been enjoying your work for a while but "Hunter, gatherers" is one of my new favorites!

rob ijbema said...

must have seen this before on your website,never the less a fantastic painting,it really captures the nitty gritty of the big city,it is dirty!

Cooper Dragonette said...

"Hunter, Gatherers" has to be one of your best!! Dynamite! Congratulations on the OPA--that's terrific. Way to go!

Frank Gardner said...

Hunter Gatherers has a great feel to it. It will be a stand out at the show for sure.

mckelveystudio said...

Wow! Hunter, Gatherers is fantastic. Your brushwork is so good. I love how loose the buildings and that lamp are yet so believeable. It's really fun to look at.

Sally Shisler......... said...

This is truly a masterpiece Jennifer! I too have known of your art for a long time, just didn't realize you had an active blog. Saw you on Chris Greco's blog list, so thought I'd have a visit here.

Your paintings are beyond your years, I would imagine (you look so young). They are an essential part of the outstanding group you paint with. You give the good ol' boys a run for their money girl!!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Rahina, thank you for your generous comment! I appreciate the visit :)

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Theresa!
I had a lot fun coming up with a title for this piece.
Glad you liked my vacation pics.
Hope you make it out to Chicago soon!

Cheers!
J

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks James!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks David!

I'll be waiting...;-)

Jennifer McChristian said...

Jane,
Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate the kudos!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Rob!
Yes, dirty it is, which gives it so much character, nit and grit!
Gotta love the big nasty apple ;-)

Jennifer McChristian said...

Frank, Cooper,
Thank you! It's always a treat to have you drop by.

Jennifer McChristian said...

Hi Shawn,

Thanks for the warm comments!
The lamp was actually one of my favorite things to paint!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Hi Sally,

So glad you dropped by and many thanks for the kind words!
I've seen your work before and am extremely taken and inspired by your expressive and truly remarkable palette knife technique! Your paintings are full of life and movement! A feast for the eyes!

PS - and yes, I love to give the good ol' boys a run for their money ;-)

susan hong-sammons said...

great to see something new on your blog and what an excellent example of your wonderful art. Next time you're in Chicago perhaps you can paint with us, Plein Air Painters of Chicago &/or give a workshop.

Robin Weiss said...

Jen, you have captured the light at night in the city with flare and confidence. The group of figures in hunter orange look ready to prepare for action.

Very truthful painting executed masterfully!

Gulzar said...

I'M SPEECHLESS.....

really! You are work is truly inspirational!
Thank you so much for sharing with us!

I came into your blog via Robh's blog...and am so glad I did ma'am...

Keep in touch please and am always gonna come here now...

big warm hearty hug from the magical land of India

Respect
Gulzar

Joseph Sapulich said...

Great painting. Your sense of color is top notch. Thank you for sharing your work.

Jennifer McChristian said...

Hi Susan,

Thanks for stopping by.
Yes, I will check out the Plein Air Painters of Chicago.
I would be delighted to paint with you and/or teach a workshop!

Cheers!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thank you Robin!
...it's great to hear from you :)

Jennifer McChristian said...

Hi Gulzar,

Thank you for your generous comment and the big, warm hearty hug (those are always welcome :)

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Joseph!
...and you're welcome.

LSaeta said...

I love reading your posts because it is nice to see when great artwork is rewarded! So many wonderful things have happened to you and all of them are expected. Congrats on all of your awardsa. You have an amazing gift and thanks for sharing it with us!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks so much Leslie for your encouraging, supportive and generous comment :)

mckelveystudio said...

Hey Jennifer,
Congrats on your award in the Less is More Show. Both of your little paintings were beautiful, so simple and bold!

Daniel Peci said...

Damn, you nailed the hunters in their own space/time framework.

Jennifer McChristian said...

Hi Shawn,

Thanks for visiting a second time around and I appreciate the kudos!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thank you Daniel!

Jack said...

The colours despite beening so soft are full of energy and light...That great to see this post..Keep it going..
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Jack
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