Archive for February, 2011

Women’s Nature at Ceres Gallery, NYC

February 1, 2011

I exhibited an abstract painting “Thunder” in Women’s Nature, a group show at the Ceres Gallery in NYC this January 4-29, 2011.  The Ceres artists and other artists contributed work that explored nature as seen through the eyes of women, and the relationship that women have with nature. I felt that the show was beautifully hung in the intimate space of the smaller affiliate gallery of Ceres.

"Thunder" mixed media acrylic painting 36" x 12" ©2011 Marian Osher

On my way to the gallery to see the show last week, I was fascinated by the “snow car sculptures” created when mother nature chose to put on her own show!

Make an Adjustable Cropper/Slider/Viewer

February 1, 2011

I often suggest that students view their subject matter through a simple viewer to isolate composition options. To make an adjustable viewer, use an exacto knife to cut out a 2″ x 2″ window in the center of a 6″ square piece of mat board.  I like this size because it is large enough to hold comfortably and the window is small enough to look through at a comfortable distance from the subject.

To make the window adjustable, cut a vertical piece of mat board 6″ long by 2.5″ wide to use as a slider. Place a rubber band over the window and the slider.  Then you can adjust the slider to change the proportions of the opening.