Russell Baldwin’s newest pastels reflect his discovery of a horizontal format that suits his style and compositions very well. Many of these expressive landscapes measure 9″ by 27″ or more widthwise, and feature dramatic skies and mountain horizions. All are uniformly presented with a two and one half inch off-white mat and narrow black wood frame. Russell has produced almost twenty new pieces in this format, and will continute painting more.
Jay’s emphasis has been creating fine-art images, mostly of flowers that he finds in his yard as well as in the adjacent neighborhood. Jay’s photos range from extreme close-ups to overall views of the flower. He generates abstracts from some of the images and presents others in a minimalist way showing only a portion of the flower in a gradient background that can be black to white, black to gold, gold to dark brown, etc. In some cases, especially with blue flowers, he blends a small amount of another color in with the black (i.e., red) and grade that to white. He has also found that striking images can sometimes be made using a single petal or sepal.
Turquoise doors remind Mohini of New Mexico. Doors are intriguing to her. A closed door makes her wonder about the treasures that could be behind that door — maybe happy families enjoying each other’s company. The pale blue colored or trimmed doors is a New Mexico tradition, brought by the Spanish, originating in the Middle East, India or further abroad. It’s meant to keep the home free of evil spirits as a protection device or talisman. If nothing else, the milky hues provide the eye with a cooling respite from the earthen adobe walls.
The Independent Artists Gallery Co-op is open for business as usual. We have said a fond farewell to Fourth World Cottage Industries who closed their West San Francisco store in early January. The co-op gallery is the place to go for your Valentine cards and gifts. We have wonderful photographs, paintings and jewelry to please your loved one. Stop by and visit us on your next trip to the downtown area.
The Independent Artists Gallery is celebrating December with a wide selection of Affordable Art. The Gallery is the perfect place to complete your Christmas shopping — either for gifts or for that fabulous piece of art for your home. It’s worth the walk upstairs (only 27 steps — a great cardio workout) to see the wonderful art (and great prices). Visit The Independent Artists Gallery on your trip to the plaza — you will be surprised at the great selection and affordable prices.