Each month we will feature a different artist/student. This month we are featuring Sue Peckman. On a family trip to the Pacific Northwest, she shot a photo of the Cowlitz River Bridge on I-5 in Washington State. She altered the colors to offer vivid contrast. Susan loves bridges, in both the utilitarian and metaphorical sense. They help us get where we are going and they signify unity.
Seeing the beauty in Life
Each month we will feature a different artist/student. This month we are featuring Terry Gross. Below are a few words she has written about her inspiring piece. It is important as artists for us always to be seeing and appreciating the world around us. We can share our point of view through our paintings.
It’s was a romantic getaway, Crystal Springs, minutes before sunset. My husband took a picture capturing nostalgia and the beauty of nature. Life is a beautiful. What a fun ride it is...
This week, we are highlighting some art supplies that we think are extremely useful that you may not have used before! All materials below can be purchased at our store in Freehold.
We think it makes all the difference!
We can frame anything at our studio! Just stop by anytime we are open and we can help you! It can be a painting you have created during an art class here or something you have at home! Learn more at our custom framing page.
There is no better way to display your photographs, paintings, drawings, memorabilia & more than with a custom frame. Our specialists will help you to choose a mat, frame or whatever else you need to accentuate the piece you are framing. We have a range of affordable to luxury frames to choose from...making sure we have something in your price range! Just let us know what you are looking for.
Painting Local New Jersey Barns
Each month we will feature a different artist/student. This month we are featuring Charlotte Levitan and her collection of original paintings.
Over her many years at our studio, Charlotte has painted some real masterpieces! Below are just a few of her recent works. Best of luck with the move & keep on creating!
From Photograph to Painting
Each month we will feature a different artist/student. This month we are featuring Joyce Wasserman's and her original painting titled Portland Head Light (pictured below, left).
While traveling on vacation to Fort Williams Park, Maine, Joyce photographed this lighthouse and translated it into a painting at her art class. Seen below is her photograph and painting. Can you spot the difference?! We can compare this work to Edward Hopper’s The Lighthouse at Two Lights (pictured below, right). He travelled throughout Maine and used his paintings to document the manmade landscape seen along the coast in particular. Both Joyce and Hopper’s works draw attention to the beauty that can be found in architecture built merely as a necessity, to warn boats of the shore.
What is modern painting?
Each month we will feature a different artist/student. This month we are featuring Esther Scholssberg's Girl with Curls (pictured below, right) inspired by artists Henri Matisse and Avi Ben-Simhon.
What is modern painting? Is it the ability to set a three dimensional scene onto a flattened space? In the purple robe, Matisse explored this question and painted a woman in a room titled Purple Robe (pictured below, left). The scene is projected onto a two dimensional canvas using different colors and designs. Girl with Curls reflects this. The human form becomes a series of stripes, squiggles, grids and flowers - all painted with vibrant colors. In both paintings, the colors do not seem to come from nature. However, if we really notice, this synthetic color palette is seen in our daily lives dotted across our present/modern landscape. (Written by: Miriam Solondz)
Painting Parties are the MOST fun!
We host painting parties every weekend, and we have the best prices in town! A two hour party for 10 is only $250!!!! Choose any painting on our website, in our studio OR that you find online! We will be happy to paint anything your child wants. Click here to learn about all our party options, and call us at 732-308-4666 to book your party today.
And... a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our artists!
Looking for an interesting watch on TV ...
As the wild ride of the 1960’s came to a close, Eva Hesse, a 34 year-old German-born American artist was cresting the wave of a swiftly rising career. One of the few women recognized as central to the New York art scene, she had over 20 group shows scheduled for 1970 in addition to being chosen for a cover article in ArtForum Magazine. Her work was finally receiving both the critical and commercial attention it deserved. When she died in May, 1970 from a brain tumor, the life of one of that decades’ most passionate and brilliant artists was tragically cut short. Eva Hesse deepens the understanding of this extraordinary artist, not only in terms of her ground-breaking work, but also the life that provided the fertile soil for her achievements. With dozens of new interviews, high quality footage of Hesse’s artwork and a wealth of newly discovered archival imagery, the documentary not only traces Eva’s path but engages in a lively investigation into the creative community of 1960’s New York and Germany. Directed and produced by Marcie Begleiter. (Taken from PBS website).
What is an American Home?
Each month we will feature a different artist/student. This month we are featuring Sandy Taffin, a longtime student here at Around the Corner. Her recently completed painting (pictured below, left) is titled Historic House in Trumbull, CT.
What is an American home? ‘Christina’s World’ by Andrew Wyeth (pictured below, right) captures our collective imagination because it asks this universal question (among other things). The seemingly decrepit barn in Christina’s World is really a home. Sandy Taffin’s Historic House in Trumbull, CT echoes this. Both paintings are homages to home and history. We don’t have to go to the Olson’s house in Maine or a Midwest farm to experience this idea of a home. We have it in our New Jersey suburbs. All we have to do is look. (Written by: Miriam Solondz).
Quick at-home Step-by-Step Art Tutorials!
Follow along with some simple art projects for the kids to try each week! Also see progress from our talented students and what we're up to every day!