Tricia Ratliff Events - Exhibit / Demo (Save the Date!)

Hello Everyone,
My schedule has recently changed and I'd like to invite you to the following events this fall.

EXHIBIT OPENING Saturday November 12th 2011: In "Back to Nature - Painting from Life" Artists Tricia Cherrington Ratliff and Christine Lashley will be exhibiting fresh new still life and landscape oil paintings together at Broadway Gallery in Alexandria Virginia from Saturday November 12th - December 10th 2011. 5641 B General Washington Drive - Alexandria, Virginia 22312 Ph: 703-354-2905In addition to the exhibit opening reception on November 12th from 4:00 - 7:00, the artists will share a gallery talk with drawing and painting demonstrations.

DEMONSTRATION November 2011: Artist Tricia Cherrington Ratliff will be giving a drawing demonstration hosted by Manassas Art Guild in November  at Sudley Elementary School 9744 Copeland Drive Manassas Va 20109. More information will eventually be available at http://www.manassasartguild.com/ Ms. Ratliff will introduce a classical approach to drawing with graphite or charcoal on grey paper and explain how to translate these skills to painting. Packed with useful information about everything from materials to thought process, all who attend are invited to bring drawing materials and sketch along. 


Tricia Cherrington Ratliff is a professional artist in Northern Virginia who specializes in still life oil paintings. By combining antiques or discarded objects with organic items, her work celebrates the phases of life as well as the important reality of what is left behind after the end of life. Therefore, her painting approach employs both traditional methods and contemporary realist techniques to capture the intended mood for each subject.


Sadie J. Valeri

Take a look at this beautiful work by artist Sadie Valeri. Her work is peaceful and has a contemplative but fresh quality. She has taken these paintings with wax paper to a whole new level and done an outstanding job of not only highlighting the value of classical realist techniques but she has also brought attention to some outstanding painters through her women painting women blog.

Undersea 15.75x20" oil on panel by Sadie Valari
This "Undersea" oil painting above (posted with permission of Sadie Valari) is one of my favorites because it is not only skillful and full of motion but also captures one of my favorite personal themes of something that was lost and forgotten but now found. Bravo!

Recently, I finally found the time to read back through blog posts that she published years before I encountered her work (I only saw her work for the first time about a year and a half or maybe two years ago). Her blog is a real encouragement to me. Specifically because she is so wonderfully candid about sharing what she learns as she has grown. You can also see the seeds of inspiration for her current work in her early paintings and how that has evolved.  I'd go so far as to call this recommended reading for all emerging realist painters looking to find their own voice because it's such a beautiful illustration of how one's visual voice can unfold beautifully with time.


N.C. Wyath - 100 year anniversary of the building of his studio

We've been having a great holiday weekend. Yesterday, I took a little side trip from a family outing to tour N.C. Wyeth's home and studio built 100 years ago. Newell Convers Wyeth, one of the top illustrators just after the turn of the last century created the beautiful painted images for the book Treasure Island.

His paintings are so much more beautiful in person - and can be seen at Brandywine Museum in Chadd's Ford Pennsylvania.

Proceeds from the Treasure Island book illustrations allowed N.C. to purchase this property where he built his studio and home in the Chadds Ford area of Pennsylvania where he studied with his mentor Howard Pyle years earlier.

public domain images

His studio, flooded with natural north light through a palladian window (which opens!) also includes a large mural studio and prop room. An extended studio intended for his daughter Carolyn Wyeth was also used by his youngest son Andrew Wyeth (who passed away last year) when Andrew was painting the Helga pictures. Someone had the presence of mind to protect N.C.'s things on the day after his death and take photos so that the studio can be seen today much in the way it looked on the day he died - right down to the painting on his easel. As I looked at his palette and worn brushes, I was struck to see that there was a scar in his painting jacket right at the point where his palette would have crossed his arm ... with paint piled high right above the distinguishable mark that painters who work with a hand held palette would recognize on their own clothes. Somehow that served as a reminder that while this 100 year old studio represents recent history, we are lucky that many painting traditions have survived through hundreds of years of change.

photo by Tricia Ratliff
My interest in (and appreciation of) these early illustrators was born only recently of a tour last summer of Norman Rockwell's work at the National Portrait Gallery in DC. Previously, I had thought of Rockwell's work as kind of "kitch" but when I saw the brilliant paintings in person with beautiful light handling, action and his ability to capture a story in these full sized paintings, I was both impressed and humbled over my earlier attitude. I have a new appreciation for that fleeting time in artistic history before current technology but just after printed material was becoming broadly available. N.C. Wyeth, like Norman Rockwell, Andrew Loomis, Maxfield Parrish, Harvey Dunn and Howard Pyle employed classical realist techniques and modified them for the challenges of print in order to create these visual stories.

The last photo here is the morning "commute" along the path between N.C. Wyeth's house (below) to his studio.

N.C.'s great grandson Jamie Wyeth's still paints and exhibits. His artwork is on view at the Brandywine gallery this month. Although this post was about his grandfather, Jamie's paintings ... and even individual pieces like his marvelous paint eating pig are deserving of their own posts.


Trisha Adams Workshop

Study with Trisha Adams
2-day weekend workshop
at ArtSpace Herndon
October 29th & 30th 2011 (Saturday and Sunday)
750 Center Street, Herndon Va 20170
10am-5pm each day

Register HERE

Three Ways to Strengthen Your Paintings.
In it, students work on the 3 Cs to becoming a better painter -- Color, Contrast and Composition.
You'll learn how to create compelling designs with shapes, how contrast is key to the painting's center of interest and how to use color to excite the viewer. The workshop features demos, critiques and easel-side instruction. Emphasis is on learning ideas over creating completed paintings. Come join the fun and advance your painting skills!