Collector's Corner 19MAR2017

This week's selections include a work of art which was also chosen last week. Since we are working from a pool of artwork with the hashtag #heydidi from Instagram, selecting the same work more than once by different collectors is possible. There are over 640 images on Instagram with the #heydidi tag and from those many are not finished works or not art related posts.  Our collectors scour through the works each week and yes some will stand out more than others and be chosen by more than one collector because the work is very good. Remember that our stream and brand is mostly figurative although you may find an occasional golden lemon. See last week's selections. 

We have a new collector to the list this week; #5.  A power couple.

Since everyone is intrigued with the artwork by Dianne Gall (see previous Collector's Corner), I asked the artist about titling her work "Everybody Knows" and others. 

I never title my paintings until they are completely finished. I have a concept and a message behind my work, so I go looking through my bookshelf, music collection, do some internet searches on poetry etc go for a walk, write some notes, eventually the right one makes itself known. I try not to be literal with the titles, I want people to make up their own minds about the work, not be dictated by what I have called it. There has to be a relate with the image but not a dictate. - Dianne Gall

I asked the community how important is finding the right title for an artwork. Here are some responses.

Trust me I can tell you a bad title will or can kill a sale of a painting. This has happened a number of times over the years. If a title has an unfortunate connotation that I feel will hurt it's salability I always tell the artist and give them the chance to consider. Usually the artists go with their instincts. But from years of experience I can tell you I have been presenting a painting to a interested customer and have had certain titles kill the sale. Also I have seen works that have been titled "untitled " have an adverse effect on buyers. Clever titles, ambiguous titles, titles with references in it, poetic titles, all these add a bit more to the work add another layer to it. if you hit something that neither adds or detracts you can play it safe as for how it is received, but you must consider if you add a title that is willfully problematic. In all the various guises that problematic may be, if it is willfully problematic you are hurting your chances of both connecting with your audience and making sales. - Tim Smith, Sirona Fine Art


The title of an artwork is a impacting as the title of as a work of literature. Titles frame the theme, the focus, the subject-- all the particulars causing the artist / writer to create in the first place. For me, that holds true for any creative work - including all forms of art, writing, music, film... - Sam Rasnake


I've seen paintings with good titles that make paintings excellent. A lot of paintings are really good but don't hit home for me, but a title would hint in on a subtle concept, which is something I can admire no matter the quality of the painting. - Victorious Faith McLeod


It is very important to me for my work, though the meaning is often inaccessible to viewers unless they know something about the genesis of the works. I tend to write a paragraph or two about each piece that may help make connections.- Jan Nelson


I love the rare moment when you stand in front of a piece that's new to you; mesmerized, connecting, lavishing in the work, emotional and then you read the title and it brings you to tears or to your knees. Sometimes the work conveys the feeling/sensation but then the title runs it home like a dagger. - Victoria Selbach


Collector's Choices

Painting of the little girl in the hayfield by Pamela Wilson.

Pamela Wilson is the queen of edgy and creepy. She is masterful in her depictions. The young girl painted in monotone colors with piercing eyes is super macabre. (Effective use of gold leaf to contribute to this effect.) We wouldn’t want to run into her in the dark!!!!
 Swallowing Dull Moons | Oil & 24k gold leaf | 10x8 | 2017

Swallowing Dull Moons | Oil & 24k gold leaf | 10x8 | 2017

“Everybody Knows” by Dianne Gall (2017)

Dianne Gall is a modern day Hopper with her extraordinary use of light in an art deco interior. It is very interesting how the lines of the model are reflected in the lines of the lamp.
Painting of shoe store by Mark Tennant

The mix of color and monotone captures the mundane nature of shoe shopping perfectly, especially in the 1950s. The complexity of the background and detail in the figures enhance the impact of this painting. The focal point appears to be the woman’s leg and her nylons. This focus invokes all of the iconography that is associated with females and hosiery drawing one into the painting. I could be in the third seat waiting to be served.

#painting #figure #figures #fineart #composition #contemporaryart #figurepainting #figurativeart #heydidi

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Shane Scribner, Jessica in Blue.

Still a realist work in its minimalism. I’m awed by the expressiveness achieved by the use of shading and subtle color to completely capture the girl’s attitude.
Milan Hrnjazovic, Red Cliffs.

An otherwise romanticized scene is transformed by whorls and mutation into a surrealistic landscape, re-shaping the ordinary into a new, breathtaking world.

#redcliffs #Mediterranean #woman #murder #sunset #contemporaryart #contemporarypainting #milanhrnjazovic #heydidi

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Natalie Holland, Talk to the Cat

A portrait of a woman and what could be her familiar makes striking use of color and contrasts – an expanse of green, a red-striped dress, the black and white of the cat. Who has caught the cat’s attention, that hasn’t caught the woman’s?

Video of Everybody Knows

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