Art lovers can go to Gallery One in August to see how the artists make use of the wonderful world of color.
Pat Riordan uses the primaries — red, yellow and blue — to fill her canvas with a bouquet of garden flowers. “Nature’s color wheel — harmony and beauty transcend in a ruby vase,” she said.
“Sea Grass” is the title of Peggy Warfield’s acrylic. In her piece she uses three colors — Perylene Maroon, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold and Anthraquinone Blue — basically, red, yellow and blue, plus Titanium White.
Sonia Hunt travels. She especially loves Italy, she noted. Her color study this month is a watercolor titled “Orvieto, Italy” in which she uses the complements of violet and yellow to interpret the ancient houses and the light and shadows of the narrow street.
If observers look carefully at Lesley McCaskill’s acrylic painting “Find Your Spot at the Beach,” they’ll notice one of the umbrellas is the color wheel. Then they can let their eyes circle around the beach landscape and notice how the colors are repeated in beach chairs, towels, bathing suits, hats, Boogie Boards and backpacks.
Laura Hickman celebrated the flowers of spring in Bethany. “Every spring the medians and planters are filled with gorgeous tulips. This year they were particularly bright, with lots of primary and secondary colors. They were like a giant color wheel,” she said. “Tulips in Bethany” was painted with acrylics in vibrant yellows, reds and purples.
The complementary colors of orange and blue define Joyce Condry’s watercolor/collage abstract. “I believe that colors are as important as words in describing things: like a person’s mood or an event or place,” she said. “For example, blue/green tones remind me of the beach; pastels are Florida or an island paradise; and yellow and blue are definitely France. To me, nothing describes America’s southwest like shades of orange and burnt sienna, as I have interpreted in my painting, ‘Sierra Sunset.’”
Inspired by exhibitions at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Fla., Dale Sheldon created her graphic piece “The Bandwagon.” Using variations of the complements blue and orange, she created an effect reminiscent of wood block prints. “What is more colorful than circus wagon wheels or a clown’s bicycle wheels? Irresistible!”
This is a sampling of the work to be seen this month at Gallery One. The public is being invited to view these pieces and more work by each of the gallery artists, as well as to visit the display of handmade art by local artisans who specialize in pottery, jewelry, blown glass, weaving, wood-work, metal/glass pieces and felted wool scarves.
Gallery One is always staffed by one of the artists and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit Gallery One’s website at www.galleryonede.com for more information and the opportunity to sign up for monthly e-blasts, or call (302) 537-5055. The Gallery is located at 32 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26) in Ocean View.