New wall sculptures-in situ

These wall sculptures are in-situ.  The are actually small, 4×9 inches.  This is an idea of what they will look like when created to scale.

 

Autumn, River Road II installed in private collector’s home

Thrilled to see my latest painting, Autumn, River Road II, installed in the home of the private collector. Thank you to the The Art of Framing for the beautiful presentation of this painting. #megblackstudios

Dear Claude Monet, you won’t believe what your painting just sold for!

Claude Monet, Meules, 1890.

Claude Monet is famous for painting many subjects, water lilies, cathedral facades, footbridges, and of course, hay stacks. It is his hay stack painting, Meules,  that captured a huge sum of money at auction recently 110 million dollars to be exact.   What makes these paintings so captivating?  Two ideas: they are all painted in multiples, and the the subject is light as metaphor.  Monet captures the light as it plays off of natural objects.  In fact, he is more interested in light than the subject itself.  Think about it: Monet is at his most prolific during the height of the industrial revolution when change is constant-much like our world today. Light changes at great speed, thus his focus on light as a metaphor for constant change.  By painting in multiples, he revisits the same subject but in a different light.  Years later, Hollywood directs such as Martin Scorsese will create similar effects using film and stage lighting.

I have been thinking of Monet as I have been painting this series of River Road, Topsfield.  To be sure, it is a beautiful place-tree lined winding road, open fields, wild flowers, gorgeous architecture. But, much like the great Impressionist artist himself, I have been focusing on the natural sunlight as it moves through the day, through the seasons, and through all sorts of weather conditions-something New England is famous for!  And, in keeping with his idea of multiples, I am painting in a series, five paintings to be exact, two of which are featured here.

 

 

Meg Black, Morning light, River Road, Topsfield. 2019. In progress.

Two River Road paintings in progress, showing different light effects.

 

Chiaroscuro, River Road, and Caravaggio: a painterly connection.

This is a photo I took of River Road, Topsfield in the early morning. The light coming in from the left creates a strong shadow on the road.

I was lucky to see the original painting by Caravaggio in Rome this past spring. It is still in its original location in the Contarelli Chapel in San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome.

Early morning, River Road, Topsfield. The light in this photo has a dramatic quality that reminds me of one of my favorite artists, Caravaggio. Caravaggio placed light colors against dark to create a dramatic effect in his work, known as chiaroscuro in Latin. The early morning light plays against the dark shadows giving off a similar quality. Caravaggio does this in his painting of The Calling of Mathew.

Wave of Motion: wall sculptures in progress in my studio, March 2019.

A History of Public Art: Stories of Contemplation and Inspiration. Lecture and discussion. Topsfield Town Library Meeting Room, Saturday May 4, 2019 at 3:00 PM.

Piero della Francesca, The Resurrection, c. 1463-5, fresco, 225 x 200 cm (Museo Civico, Sansepolcro, Italy).

Public art has been a source of civic pride, government marketing, and economic renewal since the Roman Emperor Diocletian built the great baths of Rome filled with mosaics and sculptures to Fearless Girl, who has became a main attraction on Wall Street.  From courthouses to libraries to town halls to busy harbors, public art has graced, and at times been the source of controversy, for the general public to contemplate.

In this one hour lecture, Meg Black will examine some of the most famous landmarks of public art.  Come hear the stories . . . conspiracies . . . and tales of woo. . . my tax dollars were spent on that!  Free and open to the public (of course). 

Recent commission completed: Wall sculptures installed, Westport, CT.

First floor, 30 x 120 inches.

Second floor, 24 x 75 inches.

Two will sculptures recently installed, Westport, CT.

A special message from a dedicated patron.

Every so often I get a lovely email from a patron who reaches out to tell me how much they appreciate their Meg Black painting. The other day I received such a message from Lisa, a vice president at Decor Furnishings.  Here is what she had to say:
Hi Meg, it’s Lisa T! I had to show you this piece that I bought from you so many years ago 20 or 24 years ago. I’ve just had it re-framed and it is absolutely spectacular. I had to send it to you. I hope you have a great day.
It’s from Business Art and Frame my friend Maryanne did the framing of it. She framed a Tuscany painting that a local person had commissioned you to create for her  a few years ago.
It is still one of my all-time favorite pieces of artwork, Meg. You are an absolute gifted artist, it is evident to me you put so much love behind your work that it oozes out of each piece you make.
I am so glad that I have more than one of your pieces. It totally anchors each and every room I have them in. Many blessings to you, thank you for sharing your talent with all of us. Hope to see you soon. Lisa

I want to thank Lisa for taking the time to contact me and for Maryanne at Business Art and Frame for doing such a plum job on the frame.  #Grateful

Seascape inspired wall sculptures in the dead of winter

After reviewing several samples I made for this project, the clients have chosen these for their redesigned office building. Very excited to work with seascape inspired colors during these bleak winter months. www.megblack.com

Sale of Autumn, River Road prints raises 1,000 for Tri Town Council

I am happy to announce that sales of the River Road prints has raised 1,000 for the Tri-town council.