“Paint the Town”
Watercolor Townscapes by Abbey Prevot
August 3rd through August 27th
Ignition Studios and Gallery
17630 Vashon Hwy SW
Vashon Island, WA
OPENING RECEPTION: AUGUST 3RD, 6-9 P.M.
On August 3rd, there is the opening for my most recent show, “Townscapes”, on Vashon Island, just west of Seattle in the Puget Sound. It takes a ferry to get there, but it is worth the visit! Vashon is a rural paradise surrounded by water that separates one from the metropolis of Seattle and Tacoma.
I have been working on a series of 14 paintings for that past three months, which has been a challenge with a move, being seven months pregnant, and work! It was well worth it though, and I am very satisfied with the outcome. Below is a sample of the watercolors I have been working on. If you want to see the rest, go to Watercolors on the Menu Bar, and I should have a few more new ones posted there, labeled 2012.
I have a watercolor workshop at Ignition Studios the last weekend of August as well: http://www.ignitionartists.com/classes.html
- Burnside View, 2012
Antlers Hotel, 2012
South of Broad, 2012
Fremont Theater, 2012
Market Perspectives, 2012
A couple more paintings inspired by Seattle imagery. These two were from two well known coffee shops in Seattle.
The Emerald Market, 2011
It’s been almost six months since I have moved to the Seattle area. Since I have been here, I have tried to soak in the different imagery, sites, colors, and moods of this varied west coast city, and from those inspirations, paint. So far I have produced three paintings that I am fairly happy with. They are three different scenes from the downtown area, esp. Pikes Market, where I often take a walk on my lunch breaks during work.
One year ago a growing interest in iconography started when I attended a lecture at my parish by a local iconographer. I decided to look into what I could do to take a summer class, and before June came around, I was enrolled in a week long retreat in Mount Angel at the monestery to learn how to paint icons.
I have been a practicing Catholic for six years now, and with an art background, the field of religious painting has always been a growing interest to me. However, because the tradition of the Icon and its use is widely misunderstood and looked over in the Western world, my own knowledge and exposure to icons has been very minimal.
This traditional practice is done with egg tempera on panels of birchwood layered with gesso. The process of painting an icon is a prayerful one, as icons have been expressed as “visual prayers.”
For the past seven months I have been studying and painting icons, and I had the opportunity to observe and help contruct three huge icons being painted for my parish. It is a much longer process than regular painting, but I hope to continue with this to see where it may lead. I have added a new page on this blog to show some of the icons I have been working on this past fall. https://abbeyart.wordpress.com/icons/
Two new paintings. The Oil Max Blues was finished last December. It’s from a sketch I’ve been messing with for over a year. The watercolor Oak Street is from a NW downtown shot that is really close to where I work. I love that outdoor sign, passing it at least two to three times a week when I’m walking from the max station.
Oak Street, 2010
Max Blues, 2009
Roseburg Commission, 2010, NFS
Stumptown, Acrylic, 2009
These are two paintings new to the site. The watercolor is a commission I just finished for a friend. I used an acrylic flow medium with the watercolor to get a blotchy texture found in the trees and sky. It is a new technique I am getting used to, and I still have to gain a little more control with it, but I do like the results in this painting.
The second painting is one I finished last Fall. It is from a sketch I did at Stumptown while having coffee there on a lunch break. I love the old brick wall in that building. The sketch I worked from was pretty rough, and I took some liberties with colors and the people posed in the picture. There wasn’t a girl sitting in front of me, but the picture was missing something in that place, and I’ve always liked to make the viewer of my work feel more included as part of the picture, as if he’s really there. Hence, if I were in a coffee shop, I’d probably be sitting across from a close friend.
To be honest, I’ve not done as much painting as I’d hoped to these past couple months. I’ve started about 5 or 6 paintings, but they usually have ended in half painted canvases or torn up paper. I think I’m okay with this. Inspiration is hard to come by, and sometimes you just have to wait a bit and keep trying. I am planning on taking an icon painting class this summer, which I am so excited about. I’ve bought a book on the history of icons, and everywhere I look and go, I seem to see one. I’ve been going to daily Mass at the Downtown Chapel on Burnside during my lunch breaks when I work in Portland. They have only one piece of artwork there, which is Christ the Healer. It is an image that has lately popped up in my life, and it is beautiful.
I finished the above painting last week just hours before I was suppose to display it in a show of mine at my friend’s yoga studio. It is an image that has always been nostalgic for me – I shot the image on my camera last year of some old home videos I was watching on TV. This image is of my third grade classroom with my teacher, Mrs. Zaccone. Some of my close classmates are running around the room with winter gear on for a relay race we had during our Christmas party. The snow outside the window is built up in piles that block any decent view, but the sun was shining so brightly off of the snow, it reflected white light into the room.