Aquamarine

June Stratton, August 2017


August 4, 5-8pm


Artist(s):

June Stratton

About the Exhibit

Where I live I’m pretty much surrounded by water. Inevitably my dreams often incorporate water. As dreams go I can seemingly float from one scenario to another however impossible in real life. It’s difficult to capture my dreams exactly so I’m letting my models portray a thought/feeling using natural surroundings the theater.

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  • WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION BEHIND THIS PARTICULAR SERIES OR COLLECTION

Title: Aquamarine

Where I live I’m pretty much surrounded by water. Inevitably my dreams often incorporate water. As dreams go I can seemingly float from one scenario to another however impossible in real life. It’s difficult to capture my dreams exactly so I’m letting my models portray a thought/feeling using natural surroundings the theater. In some ways like an old-fashioned pantomime, only modern. 

  • WHY IS THIS SUBJECT MATTER IMPORTANT TO YOU?

There’s an underlying narrative in a lot of my work that is not always obvious which is my appreciation for our environment. Water rise is particularly important to me and apparently my subconscious as well…as I’m living at the high tide line between a river on one side and a tidal marsh on the other.

Sometimes though, a model will strike a pose that I know I must paint it and then I’ll do anything to incorporate the image in my work.

  • WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE OF ARTWORK IN THE COLLECTION SO FAR AND WHY?

As usual I have more than one.

“Rainfall” is one because of the free-floating nature of the models pose and the silver droplets are very dream like. This also captures the pantomime feel I was referring to earlier. I placed a photo reference from an expedition my husband and I took to Jack’s river in north Georgia in the back ground that I think archives the pantomime effect well. The water in this river was extremely beautiful.

Other favorites are:

“The Wall” which captures the frustration you might feel in a dream of not being able to get from one level to another in a dream. This is somewhat an analogy of artist angst. My model in this is Sarah, who was lying on the ground when I photographed her. I was standing on my tip toes on a stool trying to get high enough to get the right angle and I kept getting mostly the wall in my photos. Looking at the photos later I though “How cool is that narrative?”. So, had to paint her like that.

Also, “Nautilus” the largest piece which incorporates three figures within the painting…an awesome challenge for me.

  • WHO ARE SOME OF THE ARTISTS YOU’VE BEEN INFLUENCED BY OR INSPIRED BY?

Raphael. Rembrandt. Rubens. Frederick Leighton. John Everett Millais. John Waterhouse. Maxfield Parrish. M. C. Wyeth. Julio Reyes. Julie Heffernan. Bo Bartlett. Brad Kunkle. Gerhart Richter. Marc Chagall’s work for his floaty compositions. I could go on here…

  • ANY NOTABLE STORIES ABOUT THE SUBJECTS OF YOUR PAINTINGS?

I’ve been painting twins Sarah Iocovozzi and Nelle Iocovozzi for over a year now and It’s been a very happy collaboration. They are both amazingly beautiful naturally. I’ve learned there is a big advantage and creative learning that happens when you paint the same subjects repeatedly. (ala Monet painting the same haystack etc.)

There are other models represented in this show I like a lot. Notably my new find is Savannah Stiles. With her waif frame, striking eyes and beautiful red hair she’s a pleasure to paint as well.

  • DOES THIS BODY OF WORK CORRELATE WITH ANYTHING HAPPENING IN YOUR LIFE?

I probably covered this in the first couple questions : )                 

  • HOW DO YOU CHALLENGE YOURSELF AS AN ARTIST IN ORDER TO KEEP GROWING?

I do not consciously think about challenging myself. My head is always filled with ideas and I always think I can do better. I may be hyper critical of my own work. There is not a painting I’ve done that I think couldn’t be improved in some way. This doesn’t mean I don’t like my own work. There are plenty of paintings I wish I hadn’t sold.

  • WHAT SURFACE DO YOU PREFER? WHICH PAINT COMPANIES? WHICH BRUSHES? DO YOU USE A LIMITED OR EXPANSIVE PALETTE?

Surface:

Over the past year or so I’ve been goldilocks in the land of paint of paint surfaces. My new discovery and now my preference is Arches Oil Paper which is just right for me. It’s made for oil paint and completely archival. I apply it to an aluminum composite panel for rigidity and durability. The paper is a very pleasing surface for me to paint on because of combination of the light texture and the way the oil paint ever so slightly soaks in. This adds a softness to my paintings that I enjoy a lot.

Paint:

I start with about 14 what I would call essential colors. Maybe an additional 6 for special circumstances and glazing. My latest discovery in the later section is Perylene Black (a transparent green-black).

Two brands I use most in order: Williamsburg and Gamblin. There’s a sprinkling of other brands for various colors that I’m attached to as well.

 

 

 

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Opening Night

ROBERT LANGE STUDIOS

TWO QUEEN ST, CHARLESTON

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