I spent my day making potholders to sell at the Bedlam Farm Open House, June 25th and 26th. (you can read and see more about the Open House here.) And while I was working I started thinking about the other artists who will be selling their work in my School House Gallery.
I don’t think I’ve ever exhibited any abstract art before. But this June I’m going to be showing and selling Carol Barrett’s Abstract Expressionist Paintings.
Carol taught watercolor painting at SUNY Adirondack College and was president of the Upper Hudson Valley Watercolor Society. But she also paints with acrylics and is interested in using color, texture, shape and movement to express herself in her paintings.
Carols paintings are as energetic as she is. Her lines create both movement and depth. I feel like I can see the paint dripping onto the canvas. It has that kind of freshness. And her use of color is rich and layered. I can’t help wondering what exactly is underneath those colors to give them their texture.
In “Smell the Coffee, I couldn’t help but see the remnants of and abstracted seated nude. And while the colors at first glance are soft the red drops of paint and frantic movement of the lines give an edge to the painting.
Both these paintings are big, 30″x 40”. Right now Carol is working on a few smaller ones for the show. I have the feeling the smaller pieces will have the same energy as these two.
Since I don’t make abstract art myself, people wouldn’t be used to seeing it here. So I’m interested in what you think about Carols work. In terms of it being abstract or just as paintings.