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Date:  07/31/2014
Title:  Dream In Color Final Weekend

"Dream in Color"
a 2-person show with Joe Kazimierczyk and Gail Bracegirdle
Final Weekend
Closing Reception: Sunday, August 3, 2014, 2-5 pm

"Dream in Color", my show with Gail Bracegirdle at Artists' Gallery, is coming to an end and this is the final weekend for the show. I have to say, I think this is one of the best looking shows I've ever done. It's the first time I've had such a strong theme to my work and I think that Gail's floral themed paintings work really well with my sky theme, and overall, I think the show looks really great.

Dream in Color, Joe Kazimierczyk
part of Joe Kazimierczyk's wall at "Dream in Color"


We are having a closing reception on the final day, Sunday, Aug 3, from 2-5 pm. Gail and I will both be at the gallery, and we hope that you can join us for some for some refreshments to close out our show.

The show is running at:
Artists' Gallery
18 Bridge Street
Lambertville, NJ
[map & directions]
Gallery hours: Thursday through Sunday 11am-6pm

Imagined Sky #17
Joe Kazimierczyk
"Imagined Sky #17"
8x10 oil on linen


To explain my "Imagined Sky" paintings better, I put a little background information up on my wall. In case you can't make it to the show, here is that explanation:
Imagine Sky

I paint on location quite a bit, and when working this way, one has to paint fast because things can change very quickly - the sun moves, shadows shift, and the scene can look very different minute by minute.  This is true when painting landscapes with trees or buildings, but it's especially true when paintings skies.  Clouds can move very fast, and sunsets can change dramatically second by second.  So even when I paint on location, I'm usually painting the skies from how I remember they looked at a certain point in time.   When memory isn't serving me, I imagine what the sky looked like at that certain moment.

With this in mind, I did a series of "Imagined Skies" painted entirely from memory and imagination..  This gave me the freedom to create works with a certain color scheme in mind, a certain mood, a feeling of quiet stillness, or nature at it's most dramatic...  I had the freedom to try anything I could imagine but I always strove for a strong sense of realism, or heightened realism.

Working on this series, I spent every opportunity I had just looking at skies - the artist's life is a tough one!   Some of these paintings were inspired by sky colors or cloud shapes from memory, some were totally imagined.  I suspect that my own memory is half imagined anyway!

Some of the foregrounds are memories of places that I'm very familiar with - a park I visit often, the field across the street from my home.   And when I now compare those paintings to the actual place, it's not the match one would expect.  Yet the painting feels like the place to me, more so than a photograph would, and this is causing me to reexamine how I define realism - a visually accurate rendition of a place verses an artwork that invokes the spirit of a place - which is more 'real'?

I'll probably continue this series for a while, and hope to use some of the lessons learned in exploring other subjects as well.

Thanks for looking,

Joe Kazimierczyk

Imagined Sky #12
Joe Kazimierczyk
"Imagined Sky #12"
6x8 oil on linen

I hope to see you on Sunday, and a big thanks to everyone who helped make this a successful show. After "Dream in Color" I will always have some work on display at Artists' Gallery, but this is the most work I'll have up until my next show here, sometime in 2015.

Dream in Color, Gail Bracegirdle
part of Gail Bracegirdle's wall at "Dream in Color"

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