Getting Ready for Solo Show “For the Love of Color”

For the last several months I have been preparing for my solo show “For the Love of Color.” The image here is one of the paintings that will be exhibited, Mosaic Floral #2.

Mosaic Floral #2
Mary Ellen Mogee

Here are the details:

“For the Love of Color,” a solo art exhibit by Mary Ellen Mogee
February 7 – March 5, 2017
Opening reception, Friday, February 10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Jo Ann Rose Gallery,
Reston Community Center — Lake Anne
1609-A Washington Plaza • Reston, VA 20190
Gallery hours are: Monday – Saturday 9 am-9pm, Sunday 9am-8pm, except during events/classes. Call 703-476-4500 x3000 to check if the gallery is open before you go.

I’ve been painting up a storm to prepare new paintings for the exhibit, and I’m really pleased with how it is coming together. Along the way, I’ve taken a look back at my earlier work, examined how my art has grown and changed through the years, and found several common threads and themes that still ring true for me. As installation day approaches, I feel as if I’ve rounded the curve, and it’s a wild, exhilarating sprint to the finish line!

I am being assisted by fellow artist and curator Andrea Cybyk in decisions like which paintings should be in the show and how they should be arranged on the walls. Together we are working to make “For the Love of Color” a WOW show. I can’t wait to share my LOVE OF COLOR with you!

Taping Off Squares and Other Shapes

Today I spent a lot of studio time taping off squares and other shapes to make sharp edges. The edges are turning out well, thanks to a comment from JW Harrington that led me to try it with heavy body acrylic paint rather than the fluid acrylics I have been using. Thank you JW!

Spring Joy – Navy -in process 40″ x 16″

The first layer I painted rough shapes in navy, a variety of tints of navy (navy mixed with various amounts of white) and these tints mixed with other colors. In the second layer, I began to group some of the shapes together by painting over them with transparent and translucent paint. In the third layer, I painted hard edged shapes as mentioned above. These shapes will function like little frames in which I will paint abstract flowers. These shapes are in a variety of colors, most of which are unsaturated (think of them as mixed with gray). My purpose in using unsaturated colors for the little “frames” is to make a more gradual transition from the very dark navy to what I intend to be very bright and happy flowers.

At some point when the new direction of my work is clear, I will have to give it a new series name. The Spring Joy series was inspired by work of the contemporary Philadelphia artist Bill Scott. Now I am trying to take the idea further. I’m excited; I don’t know where it will go. Here is where I am/it is right now.