View from my Studio
By Barbara Waterman-Peters
View from my Studio 15
Gray skies and icy streets today in a winter season marked by strange temperature extremes and woefully inadequate moisture produce an even light for painting. Coming across my canvas from the right side, it generates very little shadow from my hand and brush. Most of the “shadow” is in my soul caused by recent events.
However, I am cheered by having the opportunity to paint, to spend time with other artists and to be fortunate enough to have my studio in NOTO.
My current project is another addition to my women series. Three young women are playing bridge in this painting which relates to a piece called “The Card Players” in my men series. Using the setting of games allows me to explore many situations in the human condition and seems to present endless possibilities. A new theme for me is Theater of the Absurd which seems timely. I am working on the first painting in that series, too. I am eager to see where that takes me and my work!
“Looking Back” continues at STUDIO 831 in March, featuring the work of Michael Bradley and Hi Stockwell. A range of ceramic pieces from the last number of years is paired with an early, unfinished painting and more recent ones. It is a chance to see how artists progress in the development and exploration of their work. And the two artists’ creations display beautifully together.