Confessions of a Florentine Pet Sitter

Expressions West 2015, Coos Art Museum

Orbetello Dalmatian by Win Jolley

I am tooting my horn today for the acceptance of my painting into a biennial exhibit at the Coos Bay Art Museum called Expressions West 2015. It’s a fairly big show on the central Oregon coast. This is the first time my work has been accepted since I’ve been in Oregon. And I think it’s all because I served my painting of the bridge structure upside down!

One other local artist, Win Jolley, also got his work accepted. Needless to say, we are both pretty pleased. An elite crowd of two! I am including my image called “Up-Ended” (below) and Win’s image, called “Orbetello Dalmatian” (above) in this blog.

The two are far apart in subject and style and colors, which may be indicative of the juror’s flavor for the show. Win’s is a realistic watercolor rendition of a beautiful Dalmatian dog set in an Italian village, maybe Orbetello? It is crisp, clear, warm colors and superbly designed with excellent draftsmanship.  The color and collage of the repetitive motif on the left, the spots on the dog, and the geometric patterns of bricks together provide a unity of textures and colors.


Up-Ended by Susan Canavarro

My painting of the local Siuslaw River Bridge structure is abstract based on a flipped version of reality.  The  dark values and rusty colors of the structure set off the blues of nature’s sky; the sky with its soft morning light near the horizon and it’s cool cobalt at its zenith, in turn, acts as a foil or backdrop for the human-made structure. But I was looking for something more abstract, something that didn’t say “bridge,” but said Hey what? It becomes a simple relationship between positive/negative shapes, between natural and human-made, and between what’s up and what’s down. Doing one tiny thing like turning a painting upside down can change it from being a realistic rendition to an abstract design.

The official Press Release is below:

Two local Florence artists, Win Jolley and SusanCanavarro, have had their work juried into the Expressions West 2015 painting competition at the Coos Art Museum. Win’s watercolor “Orbetello Dalmatian” and Susan’s acrylic painting “Up-Ended” were two of sixty-one paintings selected.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception for Expressions West 2015  on April 24 from 5 to 7 pm. Many participating artists will be in attendance. An awards ceremony begins at 6 PM and Juror Brian Hoover will present the prize awards for the competition.​

The Expressions West 2015 painting exhibit runs from April 24 to June 27, 2015. Artists from thirteen western states were invited to compete in this biennial event. Juror Brian Hoover selected sixty-one paintings by forty-four artists residing in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

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Hi Susan. Returning your awesome after seeing that you went to About Satori. TY.

Comment by Jack Remick

I think I saw your link to Satori on FB and it took me to your blog. And there was that old goodie – the Like button! Couldn’t resist.

Comment by Susan

First time I ever replied to a ‘blog’, but your work is breathtaking in its emotional impact. Love it, Susan.

Comment by Anonymous

Hey Chris! How are you? Thank you for your beautiful comment. Are you in town for a visit?

Comment by Susan

Wish I lived closer — I’d be there! Such an honor, congratulations! And I do love (and remember from a previous post) your painting of the bridge — very lovely! Enjoy your special evening, :)

Comment by Deb

What a wonderful thing to say. I wish you could be there too. It would be good to meet you. I love that kind of appreciation or applause. Yes I have shown it before on my blog. I am thrilled it has gotten recognition in this way. But equally thrilling is hearing words like yours. Thank you Deb. I haven’t known your first name. Good to meet you!

Comment by Susan

I love the bridge, it reminds me that we view our surroundings upside down but our brains turn them right side up. That leads me to ponder more deeper things……

Comment by absolutelypositiveithink

Yeah. We need to ponder more deeply about things sometimes! Thanks for looking at my post.

Comment by Susan

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