Hello Everyone,
Instinct by Tricia Cherrington Ratliff 24x18
I'm so excited about the exhibit opening this Saturday! My work is taking a new turn which shows up most obviously in some of the recent pieces I've delivered to this exhibit of over 30 paintings! A few sold but during my drawing demonstration at 3:00, I'll talk about the ones that are still available and on display.

Saturday November 12th 
"Back to Nature, Paintings from Life" 
Broadway Gallery
5641-B General Washington Drive Alexandria Virginia 22312 (google map )

works by Tricia Cherrington Ratliff and Christine Lashley

Demonstrations: 3:00-4:30
Reception: 4:00 - 7:00pm
Wine Tasting 4:00 - 7:00pm (by Paradise Springs)
Show continues Nov 12th - Dec 15th

On a more personal note, I've been surprised by the two different directions my work is taking simultaneously. First, recent life events have caused me to work on paintings that are more personally meaningful. But some (not all) of these paintings take many weeks or months to complete with time to dry between layers. Between layers, I enjoy painting quick sketch "alla prima" works inspired simply by a beautiful or interesting object that captures the light before me. The result: a small set of slow, carefully rendered emotional paintings juxtaposed by many light hearted little oil sketches for each slow painting. Read more about my themes on my website here.

For example, the painting above "Instinct" expresses what my husband tells me it is like to be a man today. Inspired by the wild but solid adventurer, the bronze elk sculpture stands as a symbol of the passionate heart hidden inside many men. Even in our modern world, my husband feels an obligation to provide a nest and protection (the feather) for their families. This feather was given to me by my father during a camping trip the year before he passed away so it has a particularly strong masculine connection for me. My husband is a writer so the ink well with no ink reminds us of the evolution of the writing tradition and how so many things including roles and expectations have changed or not changed over time. It along with the marble transfer a bright light from their environment onto the table which is my standard symbol for a person hoping or trying to leave something positive in the world. Notice finally, the closed journal which calls us ideas of privacy and quiet wisdom for me. This painting is dedicated to my loving and supportive husband Walter - a man I adore and respect deeply.

The Official Invitation:


Invites You to the Opening of
 Back to Nature~Paintings from Life
and a Special Wine Tasting Event with
Paradise Springs Winery
on Saturday, Nov. 12th,  3 - 7 pm
Dear Tricia,

Please join us on November 12th for free Art Demonstrations and an Opening Reception for artists,
Tricia Ratliff and Christine Lashley.

Painting and Drawing 
Demonstrations:   3:00 - 4:30 pm

Opening Reception:  4:00 - 7:00 pm
Wine Tasting: 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Local artists and instructors, Christine Lashley andTricia Cherrington Ratliff, return to their love of nature with an exhibition of still life and landscape paintings that range from displays of fresh fruit and flowers to beautiful landscapes of Virginia and the Potomac River.  

Join us for an afternoon of art demonstrations followed by a reception to meet the artists. Wines from Paradise Springs Winery located in Clifton, Virginia will be featured during our reception.
Broadway Gallery is family owned and operated.
We have provided original fine art and quality custom framing to the metro area since 1978. Other services include art and frame restoration, art appraisals, delivery and installation.  
Conveniently located inside the capital beltway off
I-395 at Edsall Road in Alexandria.

5641-B General Washington Drive
Alexandria, VA  22312

Phone:  703-354-2905

Visit us online at www.BroadwayGalleries.net 
Caron Broadway
Broadway Gallery
Gallery Hours:

Monday - Friday     9:00-5:30Saturday                10:00-5:00
Sunday                   12:00-5:00

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