"Fall River" - Greg Heil
The other day I was talking with a gallery visitor who, without any prompting, mentioned how if someone put a painting such as Heil’s “Fall River” (to which she pointed) in a dark part of a room, it would serve to brighten it up immediately! She was so right about that!
There are many types of paintings which either actually use very bright colors such as a brilliant red, pink, orange or yellow. But the word “bright” doesn’t necessarily mean red, orange, pink or yellow. Sometimes the object or scenery painted has been given a special “glow” by the artist which isn’t necessarily the same as using a bright color. Also a lightened version of any color, such as Heil’s sky, creates a brighter feeling. And when a dark room or space has a painting such as Heil’s “Fall River” hanging in it….it automatically becomes more alive. The painting called “Flyin’ Home” by Cary Henrie, , really demonstrats what more muted colors in the hand of a painting master can create in the way of aliveness in a painting.
"Flying Home" - Cary Henrie
"Radiant Afternoon" - Judy Choate
The very vivid use of color in Judy Choate’s painting called “Radiant Afternoon” really seems to appeal to many people who relate to these stirring colors. This type of color usage can bring any darkened space to life and when the light of the day changes, her colors really also do a remarkable journey through the range of colors with which she endows her work.
Joseph Bellacera whose paintings are often very abstract still creates a magnificent glow with his understanding and use of color. In the painting called “Genesis #1”, even though much of the coloration is fairly dark, what is light in color really serves to bring a glow to the entire artwork and serves the painting title very well.
"Genesis #1" - Joseph Bellacera