Monday, November 15, 2010

New Exhibition

On Saturday November 13, I hung twenty five acrylic paints at the New Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center's building. Website: http://www.veaa.org/oppprtunity.html

It is an excellent facility in Lexington, Virginia for exhibiting art work. The theme of the show is: Impressions, and includes both landscape and Floral paintings. All paintings are for sale and lower in price since it is not an official gallery. If you are in the area, please drop in.
Fawns Open Hiding Place

Strolling Down Old Rapidan Road Series





Tuesday, November 9, 2010

What's in store for 2011

View Of The
Blue Ridge
New Impressionist Landscape paintings will be the main focus for 2011. Various seasons will be represented.

 I will experiment with different impasto techniques. For example; modeling paste, tissue paper, and heavy paint pigments.

I will experiment with various tools for modeling and creating textures.
The Colour Shaper, for example, appears to be an interesting tool for manipulating paint. There are several different points: the cup chisel for adjusting contours and edges, the taper point for applying and carving paint, the flat chisel for mixing paint on the canvas, the cup round for controlling thick paint and creating soft edge strokes, and the angel chisel for creating expressive, precise strokes as it works from thick to thin.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Latest Paintings on exhibition

New paintings, fresh from the palette are on exhibition at the Art Upstairs Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia for the month of May. See the website: http://www.artupstairsgallery.com/  They should be online in the next few days.
Nixon's 16 x 20 Acrylic painting  (Strolling Down Rapidan Road Series)

Nixon's 16 x 20 Acrylic painting (Roses - The Beauty of Life)

Nixon's 8 x 10 Acrylic painting ( Announcement of Spring)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A Theme For Artists - The Stars of the Earth

Flowers - The Stars of the Earth

A bouquet of flowers can make the heart sing, can brighten up a gloomy day, lift up a depressed heart, and even cause friendship and romance to sprout and flourish.

A Glow of Happiness

Men have referred to them as 'the stars of the earth'. They are more than just creations of decorative beauty. The fragile shapes, the many fragrances, and infinite glorious colors reveal intrinsic qualities which inspires us.

A  Trilogy of Happiness


I will continue to explore and render the stars of the earth through intricate patterns, brilliant colors, and exciting textures.
A Splash of Spring



Daisy - A Circular Splendor of Summer
  

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Inspiration In The Natural World

Paintings by  Lee J. Nixon
 I am inspired by the skill and imagination abounding in the natural world. So, I have re-created the exquisite patterns found on trees, the intricate pattern of flowers and rolling hills with bundles of hay.

Several paintings were inspired by the application of natural elements such as: gravel and sand for 'actual' textures. Also, I have experimented with tissue paper to simulate the rugged textures of trees, to the solid mass of smooth rocks and stones.

By utilizing the science of optics, I often apply strokes of pure contrasting complementary colors to excite the viewer's eye so that the color appears to leap off the canvas.


Golden Nuggets of Orange

Youth Contemplating The Future



Colorful Winter Garden


Scenic View Alongside a Gravel Road

Sunday, March 7, 2010

NEW PAINTINGS AND IDEAS

Showy Pink Peonies

“Double Take” is a series of Floral paintings. Each Flower is painted twice to capture a different perspective. Double Take is an artistic journey of several years to capture the aesthetical beauty, both extrinsic and intrinsic, of a variety of flowers common to Orange County and the state of Virginia. Many of the inspirations came from my home, gardens and parks in the town of Orange, and Mrs. Robinson floral garden on Mill Street.



Each floral design denotes an aesthetical experience.


                                                               Showy Pink Peonies
Peony -represents a soft radiant feeling of love, purity and compassion. It is very delicate, as rain will wash away its blossoms. It is strong and fragile at the same time in that the ‘Peony’ will return year after year with hardly any assistance. Although it is fragile, its wide open petals share its beauty and harmony with others. Its fragrance relaxes. The ‘Peony’ bursts forth in a spectacular array of reddish hues!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

NEW PAINTINGS AND IDEAS

Double Take

“Double Take” is a series of Floral paintings. Each Flower is painted twice to capture a different perspective. Double Take is an artistic journey of several years to capture the aesthetical beauty, both extrinsic and intrinsic, of a variety of flowers common to Orange County and the state of Virginia. Many of the inspirations came from my home, gardens and parks in the town of Orange, and Mrs. Robinson floral garden on Mill Street.                                                 
                                                                                                               Peony Trilogy                                                                                                                     
                                                                                          


What started this? I pondered over the expression; ‘ You can not see the trees for looking at the forest’, and how true that is!!! I realized that I was missing so much of the beauty all around me. I have always loved flowers: the intricate pattern of the petals, the exquisite coloration, and of course the fragrance! However, I like many others have taken this for granted! Now is a moment of reflection, a time to reminisce about the beauty of life, the joy of living and focus on the many blessings that I have taken for granted. A meditative look at creation reveals that it speaks volumes about the beauty and delicacy of life.

And it excites so many of our senses!!!

Monday, March 1, 2010

NEW LANDSCAPES FROM LOCAL SCENES

Strolling Down Old Rapidan Road
An original framed 16 x 20 acrylic painting on stretched canvas.
Memory Lane:
...as a teenager working for a neighbor (sheep farmer) who lived here
...holding sheep as the wool was sheared
...taking down an old railed fence
...removing rocks from the pasture
...cleaning and removing grass and debris from a clogged stream
riding on the back of the neighbor's tractor returning home
...jogging down memory lane

Painting techniques:
...usage of tissue paper for texture
...impasto
...complementary colors for simultaneous contrasts
...high contrasting lights and darks

On exhibition at  Art Upstairs, 112 w. Main Street Charlottesville, Virginia throughout the month of March.
Reception on Friday, March 5th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm

I welcome your comments

Sunday, February 28, 2010

NEW LANDSCAPES FROM LOCAL SCENES

Radiant View Of Hollow Creek

An original framed 16 x 20 acrylic painting on
stretched canvas.

I was inspired by this radiant view in Dyke, Virginia on a narrow country road, named Mutton Hollow Creek. It was a bright sunny day in the fall, serenaded by brilliant light bathing the countryside.

The flowing stream invited my eager eyes into this splendid scene. Complementary greens and reds enhanced the dazzling harmonious arrangement of colors.

Textural surfaces patterns, and complementary colors reveal the beauty, permanence, and serenity of the planet earth.

Exhibition at the Upstairs Gallery
112 W. Main Street
Charlottesville, Virginia
Month of March
Reception on Friday, March 5th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

I'm looking forward to reading your comments.
Lee J. Nixon

NEW LANDSCAPES FROM LOCAL SCENES

Colorful Memorandum Of The Past


An Original framed 18 x 24 acrylic painting on stretched canvas.

I was inspired by a view of an old, deserted shed in Dyke Virginia, on a narrow country road named, Mutton Hollow Creek. It was a crisp clear day in the fall, with the shed serenaded by light bathing the countryside.

It made me yearn for yesterday... and wonder about the family that used to live near that location. A place of serenity and peace.

Textural surfaces (impasto, feel the thickly applied acrylics) and complementary colors reveal the beauty, permanence, and serenity of the planet earth!!!

This work will be on display at Art Upstairs at 112 W. Main Street in Charlottesville, Virginia throughout the month of March. The gallery will host a reception on Friday, March 5th from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

I invite all to comment, click on the comment/pencil icon, and thanks.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

NEW IMPASTO PAINTING

Running Rapids Near Natural Bridge
An original 26 x 34 acrylic painting on stretched canvas 
Actual surface textures created with modeling paste reflect soft pastels generated by brilliant sunlight. Numerous glazes were used for its completion.

Exhibition in March at the Art Upstairs Gallery at 112 W.Main Street in Charlottesville, Virginia throughout the month of March. The gallery will host an Art reception  on Friday, March 5th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

Reflections from youth:
..slippery rocks as I strolled across the Rapidan River while fishing
...flowing rapids would drag the fishing line down stream
...high banks that I slid down to reach the river
dark shadows in the under brush where day became night
Such fun!!!

Contact the artist at: nix123_22960@juno.com

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

BEAUTY IS EVERYWHERE - PAINTING A LOCAL SCENE

View On Old Rapidan Road
Original 8 x 10 Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
One of a series of paintings that feature decorative swirling lines, textures, and patterns found on Old Rapidan Road.
Painting techniques: impasto, tissue paper, spattering, and numerous glazes.
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Exhibition
Art Upstairs Gallery
March 5 - 30
Reception Friiday, March 5, from 5:00p - 9:00p
112 W. Main St.,Charlottesville, Va
Theme: Creating New Vision

The sun's radiant heat brings back old memories
Reflections:
....at age 14 - 15 assisting farmers during hay season
.....extreme heat intensified while gathering each bale of hay and tossing it onto a wagon that never stopped moving
....heat, dust, sweat, parch, and twine..
....cold water ,then a summer breeze, how refreshing!!!
...all is good!!!
....the early 60's

Contact the artist at:nix123_22960@juno.com