Sunday, January 31, 2016

A New Spring Emissary

                                                 An original, acrylic painting, on gesso primed masonite
                                                 5 X 7", unframed
                                                 $115.00, - ( plus $10.00, pack and ship )

                                                          ( click on image to enlarge )

     Many of us across this country are now experiencing bouts of cabin fever, especially
so in those areas where the record-setting, winter storms have impacted so heavily on
lives and property.  Those storms have also kept many people snowbound in their homes,
often without electricity.
     I have full empathy for those folks.  A few years back, we had a similarly disastrous
snowstorm here, which destroyed many, ornamental trees and shrubs in the garden and
left me without power for a week or more.  ( I showed photos of that disaster March 11,
2013, in a posting called Snow-bound. )    And, as for this winter, this metropolitan area
is not out of the woods yet.  Our deepest snowfalls of record tend to hit us in March.

     But perhaps this little painting will help to serve as a reminder of the joys of the
spring and summer to come, after this winter too has passed.  In just a few months
we may be watching the magical, other-worldly creatures we call butterflies, fluttering
and drifting about, over our, sun-lit fields and gardens.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Christmas Dove

                                          An original acrylic painting, on a gesso primed masonite panel
                                          8 X 10", unframed
                                          $300.00, - (plus $10.00, pack and ship)

                                                     ( Click on image to enlarge )

     The gentle, white dove has served as a symbol of peace and love for thousands of
years, going back to the Old Testament, and before, in pagan mythology.  Over those
past centuries, artists have frequently chosen doves as the subjects of their work, right
up through the Renaissance and our contemporary painters.  Picasso was well known
for his rendition of a peace loving dove, carrying an olive branch, an image which was
hijacked by the Russians for political purposes.  Doves have often been associated
with the peaceful olive branch, ( most notably in the story of Noah and the flood ), but
since I decided to paint this dove for Christmas, I chose to have this gentle symbol of
the season of peace and love, perching in a holly tree.

     It would be quite a rarity to actually see one of these domesticated birds visiting
our holly trees.  The so-called "wedding doves", which are often released as a part of
wedding ceremonies, are actually white, homing pigeons, which travel back to their
home coops.  Doves evidently lack the homing instinct, so if a bird breeder released
a flock of doves at a wedding, they would probably fail to return home, and he would
be out of business.

     So, although we are unlikely to have one of these symbols of peace show up
outside our windows on a Christmas morning, I am presenting my version of the
Christmas Dove to the viewers of this blog, as a way of wishing us all a more
peaceful and loving world in 2016.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Art Exhibition Update

     I would like to say thank you, to all the gallery patrons who have viewed my recentt show, at All Souls, and who have expressed so many, kind comments on my work.  And I want to say a special thank you, to all those who who came to the opening night reception, when so many other things were going on in town on that Friday evening, which were competing for everyone's attention.  It was nice to see some old friends there again, and renew acquaintances, and make some new acquaintances as well.

     Gene McNerney

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Art Exhibition

     There will be a show of my work in the Gallery of the All Souls building,
in Kansas City, Mo., beginning on October Eighteenth and lasting until
November Nineteenth of this year.  The location is 4501 Walnut (across the
street from the Kemper Museum of Modern Art), with ample parking on the
south side of the building.
     It will be open six days a week, Sunday through Friday every week.
I would like to invite any of my blog viewers, from near or far, to stop by
and have a look, if they have the opportunity.

     Gene McNerney

Pomona, After The Rain

                                                      An original acrylic painting, on canvas panel
                                                      24" X 18". unframed
                                                      $1,800.00, - (plus $30.00, pack and ship)

                                                          (Click on image to enlarge)

     The subject of this painting is taken from another of the fountains in a well known
shopping district In Kansas City.  The sculptor of the life-size bronze was Donatello
Gabbrielli, and the figure he created represents Pomona, the Roman goddess and
protector of vineyards and orchards.  She is depicted as if having just been busily
sampling some of the produce of a bountiful harvest, because her hands are filled to
overflowing with grapes and other fruit.  She stands (or seemingly floats upon the
surface) of an elevated, stone bowl of flowing water, which is cascading over the
bowl's edge in a shimmering curtain, and falling into a wider pool below.
     The fountain was purchased in Italy, and installed in a Plaza courtyard in 1969,
far from Pomona's natural habitat of sunny Italian vineyards.  For nearly a half
century she has been presiding over a realm of conspicuous consumerism, rather
than overseeing the verdant fields of Tuscany.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

No Fish Today

                                                   An original acrylic painting, on stretched canvas
                                                   18 X 24", unframed
                                                   $1,800.00, - ( plus $45.00, pack and ship )

                                                         ( Click on image to enlarge )

     This painting, of a courtyard fountain scene, is one from a series of fountain paintings
I have done, which feature the fountains of a well-known shopping district in Kansas City.
I have shown other paintings from this series in previous postings, such as Neptune 
RisingA Sunrise Visitor, and Do The Mermaids Bring The Storms?, and I may show
more of them in future postings.
     Although the fountain itself features four little faun figures, which sit at the four corners
of a rectangular pool, I focused my composition on one end of the pool and two of the
figures.   The four fauns were purchased in Brindisi, Italy, in 1928, and there is some
evidence that they may have had a previous life as ornamental features of a Italian villa's
lighting fixtures. And, their years since their installation as a fountain have not been
uneventful.  The story is, that someone once managed to steal three of the fauns, but
the thief was unable to pry away the last one. It was that remaining faun which was used
to make a mold to cast the three, new replacements for the missing trio.
     Fauns, the mythological half-human, half-goat creatures, have been frequent subjects
for artists, writers and composers, from the time of the ancient Greeks right up through
the nineteenth century.  They were originally believed to be the manifestations of forest
and animal spirits, which could help or hinder humans, at their own whim.  The Romans
believed fauns inspired fear in men traveling in lonely, remote or wild places.  But fauns
were also believed to be capable of guiding humans in need, as in the case of the ancient,
well-known fable of The Faun and the Traveler ( later called, The Satyr and the 
Peasant).   That fable was a popular subject for European artists for centuries.
     In the case of this painting, it is the cat I added to the scene, rather than a traveling
human, which appears to find the fauns companionable.  The title of the painting suggests
that the cat may be stopping by regularly, to check on whether the pool has been stocked
with goldfish, but he never has any luck.  No doubt there are a great many cats living in
the large, high-rise apartments surrounding the district, but it is unlikely that any of them
get to leave their buildings.  A cat which could visit that fountain regularly, would truly
need to have nine lives, in order to survive the run through all the heavy traffic.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Mellow Autumn Mollusk

                                           An original acrylic painting, on a gesso primed, masonite panel
                                           5 X 7", unframed
                                           $135.00, ( plus $8.00, pack and ship )

                                                         ( Click on image to enlarge )

     This is one of a number of smaller paintings I have done, in which I used snails as
the subject, or in which I used snails in addition to the main subject.  Snails are of an
appropriate scale to fit well into smaller dimension paintings, and the wide variety of
their colorful, patterned shells is surprisingly beautiful.  
     I feel that I managed to pack enough different elements into this painting, that it
gives the impression of being larger than it is in reality, and yet I don't think I made it
too busy.  Other artists will recognize the composition device, of overlapping similar
shapes, which I used to provide depth and a feeling of movement in the painting.
The snail, extending from its shell, almost perfectly echoes the shape of the fallen pair,
even including the extended lines from the head of the snail and the stem of the pair.
Thus, by playing the two shapes against each other in reverse, a circular movement is
created, which helps to keep the eyes of the viewer focused within the painting, rather
than slipping away, out of the little story it is telling.

     This painting can also available ready-framed, as shown here, in a carefully selected
and well suited frame, for $185.00, ( Plus $15.00, pack and ship ).

                                                        ( Click on image to enlarge )