Friday, September 12, 2008

"4 Artists 1 Subject" (September) 6x6 times 4

"White Rabbits" M Collier 6" x 6" oil on hardboard pane

"Wonderland" - Jelaine Faunce - 6" x 6" oil on hardboard panel

"Candy Goblet" - Neil Hollingsworth - 6" x 6" oil on hardboard panel

"Multiplication" - Otto Lange - 6" x 6" oil on hardboard panel

4 Artists - 1 Subject (September) 6x6 times 4

Back in July, I was approached by Jelaine Faunce to participate in an artist challenge with her and fellow artists Otto Lange and Neil Hollingsworth .
The challenge goes like this (excerpt from Jelaine's Blog):

“Once a month, one of us picks an object to be the central focus of a painting. As we are scattered across the country, M and I being on the West Coast, Neil and Otto being in the Atlanta area, we'd need to either obtain four of one object and ship it out to the other three, or we'd need to pick an object which all four of us could obtain from our local national chain stores. How we choose to arrange that object for painting is entirely up to the individual and will remain a secret to us all until the month is up and we exchange jpeg's of our completed paintings. Because we are all realists and all lean toward strong dark/light contrast, the challenge will be in how we choose to portray the object, what we pair it with, how we arrange the setup, what story each of us wants to tell with our paintings. “

The idea here is to stay “personal and fun”. We are all working artists and sometimes it is a nice to take a break and do a painting just because.

Thank you Jelaine for coordinating everything and getting us all on the same page for the challenge.


Blogger Terry said...

Wonderfully fun, and what a great idea. Waiting to see the results of each project will be like having Christmas come every month! Thanks to all four of you :-)

6:39 PM  
Blogger Cara said...

Wonderful idea - I really enjoyed this -

8:32 PM  
Blogger Alvin Richard said...

What a great concept. At first glance I recognized all four artists for their respective style and content. Even though they are so well matched that you could easily think they were all done by the same artist.

The white rabbit from ''Alice in Wonderland''might have been an influence for two of the paintings. In Jelaine, because of the Queen of Heart....and one cannot dismiss the white rabbit's foot as a good luck charm when playing card games. For Neil...his classic silver goblet recurring in this piece always reminds me on a surreal interior one might see in Tom Petty's ''Don't come around here no more'', based in the fable story.

As for M, her signature long shadows return as a haunting silhouette of the white rabbit. Here it reminded me of the movie poster for the 1950 James Stewart film, ''Harvey''....

And for Otto, the stillness of the floating rabbit has a zen quality of one of the animals of the Chinese Horoscope.

This may not be the year of the Hare....but as a foursome, it is a winning combination that seem to have some mystery lingering beyond the imagery. BRILLIANT!!!

9:54 PM  
Blogger Todd Bonita said...

very exciting project from 4 powerhouse talents!

5:58 PM  

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