We are excited to share that “Carolyn’s Flowers” by Jane Ramsey was juried into the Philadelphia Watercolor Society’s 118th Anniversary International Exhibition of Works on Paper. For a limited time, this original painting will be on exhibit and you may purchase limited edition prints at Simons Fine Art Gallery. Congratulations Jane!
Jane Ramsey has been a favorite artist and customer of ours since the first day we met her. She graciously accepted our request to share some insight into what inspires her to pick up a paint brush. If you feel like us when you look at her amazing paintings, you may appreciate some of these tidbits!
See more at www.JaneRamsey.com
You are a prolific Bucks County painter with a professional discipline and effortless style. What things are important to you to be able to produce so much work?
I am so blessed to be warmly welcomed by the farming community in Bedminster Township. I have two farms in particular that I spend a lot of time at. Having these “go-to” places is wonderful because I don’t have to spend extra time looking for places to paint. Like old friends, there’s a comfort and familiarity in returning to these farms to paint — I know I can always find inspiration and set up to paint quickly. Often, while painting one scene, I discover another view or see the light from a different time of day and then I remember that for my next visit.
What motivates you to pick a subject?
I am inspired by light and color. Shadows and the play of light capture my attention and that is often what draws me to pick a subject.
Did you always work in watercolor as your primary medium?
Yes, watercolor is my true passion. I love the spontaneity of the medium – there is always an element of surprise in how the paint behaves. I love it! It’s so portable and easy to take anywhere.
Who are the artists that inspire you from the past? And present?
Past artists – Andrew Wyeth, Sargeant, Vuillard, Ranulph Bye.
Present artists – Aaron Cordell, Marc Hanson, Ian Ramsay, Dean Mitchell
If you weren’t an artist, what other work would you pursue?
Most likely early education – I love working with children and both my parents were teachers.
What do you dream of painting that you haven’t painted yet?
On my bucket list is a trip to paint on Monhegan Island – I have always been inspired by work I have seen from artists who paint there.
Simon Fine Art Gallery’s 3rd annual “Sketch George” Community Art Exhibit opens February 25. The public votes for their favorite artwork and voting will continue through March 10. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners receive a gift certificate to our gallery/boutique. We hold this exhibit in the spirit of nurturing fun and creativity! It’s a gentle reminder that creative expression holds an important role in individual and community well-being. There is an artist in all of us, all you have to do is get out of your own way, have some fun creating and let that artist out! For more information, contact us at 215-249-9155 or drop by the gallery! See the design brief that follows if you would like to participate:
Design Brief for “Sketch George” Event
*A community art event for all ages!
*Gift certificate prizes awarded for 1st place $200, 2nd place $100 and 3rd place $50.
*We will accept one submission per person.
*All abilities, any medium and style accepted.
*You may use any photos of George from our Facebook page, or come by the Gallery and take your own photos or sketch from life. Subject matter is George, of course!
*Maximum image size 11 x 14 inches.
*Art needs to be matted or framed. All paint should be dry please!
*All entries are due by Feb 18, 2017.
Jeff Charlesworth brings his own impressions of local landscape colors and nature to the canvas. His oil paintings done directly outdoors (plein air) or in the studio create immediate impressions of light, color, shadow and space. He finds inspiration in landscapes in the Delaware Valley in all seasons: from farm fields, woodland creeks or scenes from in his own garden. His work has been shown at the Phillips Mill in New Hope, Pennsylvania; at the Stover Mill Gallery in Erwinna, Pennsylvania; The Philadelphia Sketch Club, and at the Lambertville Historic Society Plein Air Silent Auctions.
A landscape architect by profession and a partner in his own practice Charlesworth Fleischacker Landscape Architects, Jeff translates his eye for color and design into lush four-season gardens. Their practice specializes in sustainable and regenerative landscape that integrate landscape, nature, and architecture. His design work in residential, school and commercial landscapes has received state and regional awards for landscape architecture, planting and environmental design. Recent projects have involved designs at a range of scales from an award-winning café in Reading, Pennsylvania, a restored and planted lake slope in eastern Pennsylvania, a lake-edge residence in Nantucket, Veterans Park in Plumstead Township, to a landscape plan for a 300-acre abandoned quarry in northern New Jersey.
Jeff has been active in the local arts community. He has served on the board of directors and is currently president of Artsbridge, a Delaware Valley artists group. He also leads New Jersey Urban Sketchers, a group of architects, landscape architects, graphic designers and artistic professionals, in plein air drawing events.
Jeff’s drawings, renderings and sketches illustrate design work for clients, books and magazines. In addition to professional work as a landscape architect, Jeff teaches design, graphics and planting design at Delaware Valley University and has given a workshop on garden sketching at the Barnes Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Artist’s website: www.jeffcharlesworth.com
Charlesworth Fleischacker LLC Landscape Architects: www.cfland.com
Returning once again and paired with Mark McCoy, we are excited to share new works by both artists. Please join us for an opening reception on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 1-4pm. The exhibit “Vibrant Seasons” runs through October 29.
We do the designing for you but here is the basic formula: Always design the frame and mat to compliment your picture. Consider the style of the print or painting i.e. formal, rustic, modern, traditional, etc. as well as the color and style of your room. Remember the framing and matting are around the picture, so the artwork (not your furniture) is your first consideration when choosing a style of moulding.
Look at the colors in the painting and select mat colors that will allow the picture to be the focal point. Almost never use the brightest color to be the top mat as this can overpower the artwork itself. Often neutral colors are your best bet. Use brighter colors underneath as long as they don’t distract your eye from the picture. This allows the finished framing style of your picture to coordinate nicely with the room . Done!
If you love color and texture in a painted landscape, you will certainly appreciate Mark McCoy’s plein air style. He is not afraid to manipulate paint on a canvas. His blending of color is dynamic, using a style that ranges from a square touch brush stroke (popular in the 1930’s with the New England Painters), to bordering the edge of impasto, to impressionistic strokes of undulating movement reminiscent of Van Gogh. Scratched and smeared, layers of paint are deliberately placed, but not overworked, with an instinctual reaction to the medium. Resembling glazed fragments in a mosaic, transformed into multifaceted depth once lit by the light of the gallery, he achieves the desired mood of the landscape.
Mark has shared some quotes from painters that articulate his sentiment in his approach to plein air painting. From John Folinsbee: “Art is something seen and felt…interpreted through the painter’s aesthetic sense, along with his technical knowledge to make this understandable…so that the observer’s reaction is what the painter intends.” From A.T. Hibbard: “Avoid using Nature photographically. Many adjustments are usually necessary. And they should make the painting more successful as a work of art.”
In his own words, it is the craft of painting that Mark would like the viewer to understand more and to know that painting is not a mystery but a calculated decision, each painter interpreting a scene of nature, poetically, sharing a mood using the paint. Certainly capturing moods of nature is Mark McCoy’s specialty.
We are excited to share the news that Mark McCoy has been 1 of 10 selected Bucks County artists to participate in the First Annual Bucks County Plein Air Art Festival. Congratulations Mark!
We make framing easy for you. We know many of you are overwhelmed by the prospect of getting your art framed because you don’t know where to start. But that is why we are here, to guide you step by step through the design process. All you have to do is say whether you like it, or not, to the choices we provide for you. On the other hand, if you know exactly what you want, we will help you reach that goal to the best of our ability. Bring all your ideas. We promise there will not be any hassles! Our goal is to create exactly what you want.
Here are a few observations we have distilled over our many years in business regarding what to expect:
We design to your tastes not ours, so we will ask you questions regarding your décor, ideas, etc. Feel free to bring in photos or samples to match color. If you want to borrow samples of mat colors and moulding samples, we can provide you with those. And if you want to place an order on hold, to think about it, please do.
If you would like an estimate, we will gladly do one at no charge. Keep in mind that the value of a piece of art has no relationship to the cost of framing. But we assure you that our prices are hard to beat. Additionally, please don’t feel embarrassed about a piece of art that you want to frame. Though we do frame expensive artwork to archival standards (Cezanne, Warhol, Picasso, Audubon…) we guarantee your special piece of art will be treated like and look like a masterpiece!
Frankly, our customer service is hard to beat. Give us a try! You will be glad you did!
Simon Fine Art Gallery’s 2nd annual “Sketch George” Community Art Exhibit opens February 13. The public is invited to vote for their favorite artwork and voting will continue through the end of February. We hold this exhibit in the spirit of nurturing fun and creativity! Its a gentle reminder that creative expression holds an important role in individual and community well-being. There is an artist in all of us, all you have to do is get out of your own way and let that artist out!
One thing for certain is that painters Mark McCoy and Kay King are not afraid to use color. There is something very primal in our brains that is awakened by color as current research in neuroscience will explain to you (not me!) Perhaps it is simply the rods and cones in our eyeballs that are exercised but the effect on our brains is healthy and positive. It anchors us to the earth and expands our visual awareness of where we want to be in this world: surrounded by nature, even if its only in our imagination.
“Fields to Forest’ is will be on exhibit for a few more weeks at our gallery. Don’t miss it!