I typically don't paint animals. So when the challenge came for the Vendue's group show, Lions and Tigers and Bears, I was a little stumped. What evolved from a little brainstorming was a timely take off on the Grimm fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood and features the Big Bad Wolf.
don't be afraid, dear.18x14"oil on 3 acrylic panels
TWELVE! 12 | Oct
"Joy Full Throughout" is a 12" high by 12" wide by 12" deep by 12-panel painting that's complete for the TWELVE group show!I played with the opacity of the layers to allow you to look through this perpendicular painting. It's tough to capture the depth with one shot, so here are a few photos from different angles. Enjoy!
coming soon! 28 | Sep
Michelle Jader is working on a 12 panel piece for our upcoming exhibit TWELVE. Excited to see the finished piece.
perpendicular paintings 11 | Jun
Walking down the streets of San Francisco can be brilliant and beautiful. And it can also feel a bit mysterious. That's the feeling I tried to capture in this series of 5-panel paintings. I've continued to push how I use acrylic panels and really use the benefits of the semi-transparency by making these paintings viewable from 3 sides. They are mounted to the wall perpendicularly (in a beautiful frame that took months of collaboration with a master carpenter to develop!) so you can see the people on the street both walking toward you and away from you. The light shifts as it passes through the painting and continues to change as you walk around it. The depth I was able to achieve takes the perpendicular paintings in an exciting direction.
street of shadows - finding the light 18"x10"x5" perpendicular paintings oil and archival print on 5 acrylic panels
familiar strangers 31 | May
This next group of paintings explores that moment of transition when you step outside and into your new surroundings. I'm drawing on this series based on my move to San Francisco 10 years ago. When I arrived, my new world seemedout of focus. Simple everyday actions likewalking down the street went by like ablur. But little by little and step bystep, my foggy world came into focus. With time, the streets I traveled startedto become familiar and people I initially met turned into friends. Painting groups of people on the streets is a new direction for me and has allowed me to continue to work with several layers of acrylic panels, bring figures in and out of focus, and play with motion in a new way.
familiar strangers 22"x44" oil on 3 acrylic panels
beginnings 24 | May
Here's the final, completed painting that's en route to Charleston for next month's show! beginnings 34"x42" oil on 2 acrylic panels
desiring 16 | May
This is the third of 3 paintings for my upcoming solo show in June that explored the desire for clarity in an unfocused new world and the yearning for connection. It’s painted on 2 acrylic panels with the shadowing on the second/background panel and the figure painted on the first/front panel.
desiring 17″x28″ oil on 2 acrylic panels
Michelle in American Art Collector 14 | May
searching 12 | May
This is the second of 3 paintings that I explored the feelings associated with the search for clarity and the yearning for connection when we find ourselves in some place new. It's painted on 2 acrylic panels with the shadowing on the second/background panel and the figure painted on the first/front panel. All three paintings will be on display beginning in June at RLS.
searching 24"x24" oil on 2 acrylic panels
longing 11 | May
I moved to San Francisco without any friends or family in the city. I didn't know the town and everything around me was unfamiliar and new. When I arrived in that new world, I felt both the immense possibilities and the anxiety of the unknown. Things felt out of focus and unclear. Three of the paintings for the upcoming show explore the feelings associated with that search for clarity and the yearning for connection when we find ourselves in some place new. Here's the first of the three.
I almost didn’t think this day would come when looking over my bank of images that I wanted to execute for the show in April, but time always passes (thankfully with no headaches this time) and I’m happy to be finishing the last painting. See you soon, “low country”! -Brett