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Figure Paintings at Modern Villa Gallery, OR

A selection of figure paintings exhibiting at the Modern Villa Gallery, OR

Looking Up | 12×12 | Oil on Canvas                      Red | 12×12 | Oil on Canvas

Humble Pose | 12×12 | Oil on Canvas | SOLD     Confused | 12×12 | Oil on  Canvas

The Modern Villa is a contemporary art gallery resting on the rocky shores of Cannon Beach, Oregon.

A mere hour and a half from Portland, Modern Villa’s exhibitions embody the region’s rustic coastline appeal. We showcase two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of a variety of different mediums, while some of our highlights include expressionist lifestyle, seascape and landscape paintings. Our exhibited works can be purchased on location. Alternatively, we offer in-home and office previews to interested patrons by appointment in the Portland/Vancouver region. Awaken your imagination with a visit to Modern Villa Gallery, located at “The Landing” and open daily from 10-5pm.

Modern Villa Gallery | 224 N. Hemlock #6 Cannon Beach, OR 97110 | tel:503-436-2428

Claire J KendrickFigure, Oil PaintingAugust 28, 20150 comments
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Exhibition of Figure Paintings by CJK

Figuratively Speaking

Photos from the opening exhibition at the Cultural Center Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

“Figuratively Speaking”. — The beauty of being figurative while conversing or writing is that it creates a subtle, special meaning. The nuances of figurative language create associations and suggestions in the listener’s mind that have not been stated implicitly.
When painting the viewer uniquely observes and they in turn have their own private reaction, based on their views, life experience, feeling towards the work.

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Figure Paintings by Claire J Kendrick at the CCPVB

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Figure Paintings by Claire J Kendrick at the CCPVB

 

The paintings capture the private moment between a model and the artist. It’s a non-objective beginning — I never quite know what energy will come across the paintings. I sometimes capture the mood of the model or conversely it’s my reaction to the pose. Of course there is always a part of me in the work but the best paintings have something unintended — an element of surprise and mystery. They are works of art that can never be repeated because of the complex layering of paint.

 

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Figure Paintings by Claire J Kendrick at the CCPVB

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Figure Paintings by Claire J Kendrick at the CCPVB

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Figure Paintings by Claire J Kendrick at the CCPVB

“This is an exciting exhibition of contemporary figure paintings. It has taken over two years for the series exhibiting at the Cultural Center, to become reality and I’m very excited as it marks an important milestone in my career as an artist. Visiting Cape Cod and working with Anne Packard and her daughter Cynthia Packard in 2012 was pivotal in initiating the series.” – CJK

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Figure Paintings by Claire J Kendrick at the CCPVB

Thanks to all who made it for the opening night the exhibition runs until April 17th, 2015

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Figure Paintings by Claire J Kendrick at the CCPVB

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Figure Paintings by Claire J Kendrick at the CCPVB

 

Thanks to Anna Birtles and Leigh Rodante at the Cultural Center Ponte Vedra for all their help – please contact them if your are interested in any of the paintings. Tel (904) 280-0614

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Cultural Center Ponte Vedra Beach – Anna Birtles and Leigh Rodante

 

 

 

Claire J KendrickExhibition, Figure, Installation, Oil Painting, PublicityMarch 15, 20151 comment
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Figure Exhibition | Cultural Center Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

March 6th – April 17th, 2015

“Figuratively Speaking”

Beautiful | 10x8 | Oil

Beautiful | 10×8 | Oil

The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach will open a unique exhibition featuring artist Claire Kendrick, March 6 – April 17th. “Figuratively Speaking” is a series of oil paintings and sketches which studies the human figure. Each year the curatorial committee select artists to exhibit and as study of the nude figure has long been at the heart of traditional education in the arts, it is an important exhibition and shows a real commitment to painting.
This is a contemporary body of work that brings a fresh, modern approach to figure painting. There is a freedom and energy in the way she applies paint and builds the paintings in this series as she pushes the boundaries towards abstract.

“The dialogue is something I strive for–what is spoken and what is left unspoken–it’s the tension and energy between the painting and the private dialogue–the interpretation of the viewer(s)–their need to fill in the gaps. Body language is the unspoken dialogue.” – Claire Kendrick

Shadow Side | 7x5 |Oil

Shadow Side | 7×5 |Oil

Artists Notes

“Figuratively Speaking”. — The beauty of being figurative while conversing or writing is that it creates a subtle, special meaning. The nuances of figurative language create associations and suggestions in the listener’s mind that have not been stated implicitly.
When painting the viewer uniquely observes and they in turn have their own private reaction, based on their views, life experience, feeling towards the work.
The paintings capture the private moment between a model and the artist. It’s a non-objective beginning — I never quite know what energy will come across the paintings. I sometimes capture the mood of the model or conversely it’s my reaction to the pose. Of course there is always a part of me in the work but the best paintings have something unintended — an element of surprise and mystery. They are works of art that can never be repeated because of the complex layering of paint.

 

“This is an exciting exhibition of contemporary figure paintings. It has taken over two years for the series exhibiting at the Cultural Center, to become reality and I’m very excited as it marks an important milestone in my career as a professional artist. Visiting Cape Cod and working with Anne Packard and her daughter Cynthia Packard in 2012 was pivotal in initiating the series.” – CJK

Opening Night Friday March 6th (5.30pm – 8pm)

Claire J KendrickDrawing, Exhibition, Figure, Installation, Oil PaintingFebruary 17, 20150 comments
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Park Life – Figurative Studies – Inspired by Peggi Kroll Roberts.

For a few years I have been inspired by the painter Peggi Kroll Roberts. She’s lives and works in California and when I heard she was teaching here in Florida I jumped at the chance to join one of her workshops.

It’s good to get out of the studio and to work with professional full time artist is always valuable. Peggi shared great painting tips and it was interesting to learn what life is like on the road, as she travels taking part in professional plein air events across the United States.

Observation is the key and as you work those muscles – seeing, mixing, and using value and color becomes a way of defining an object or shape. She calls it “Pattern painting” – You have to put the millage in! I valued her advice on painting casual everyday set ups around your home or studio. Making quick sketches of people in the park or on the beach or at home.

Demos were quick – not too long – enough to get the fundamentals in. She stresses the importance of developing your own voice, I enjoy the way she applies paint in a confident buttery way and really observes color and value fantastically. Needless to say I’m a fan of her work. We had a couple of models for plein air work in the park and also plenty of still life studio time.

Click on Peggi’s name at the top to be directed to her website.

Below a few of my paintings –

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Park Life, Acid Tones | 6″ x 10″ | Oil | CJK

Park Life |Chit Chat | 7" x 9" | Oil

Park Life, Chit Chat | 7″ x 9″ | Oil | CJK

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Park Life, Pink Blanket | 6″ x 8″ | Oil | CJK

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Park Life, Red Shorts | 6″ x 8″ | Oil | CJK

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Park Life, Sport Chic | 6″ x 9″ | Oil | CJK

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Park Life, Waiting | 9″ x 6″ | Oil | CJK

To see other artists whom I have studied with or have been influenced by, check out the section of my website – Artists who Inspire!

Peggi spoke about being inspired by the late “David Park” and “Elmer Bischoffe” amongst many others but these are two artists from the abstract expressionist movement that I also resonate with.

Claire J KendrickFigure, Oil Painting, Plein AirSeptember 15, 20140 comments
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Hosting an open studio event.

Opening your studio can be a fun way to share new work with collectors and friends. This is a unique opportunity for people to get an inside look at the nuts and bolts of life in the studio.

During my pregnancy its been hard to stay away from painting – but this was a great event to plan. Its worth giving yourself a few weeks to organized inventory and display. Design and print invitations and gather a collector list!

Its time consuming and for most artists its a herculean effort to tidy their studio space. I wanted to open my home studio to a few close friends and collectors so as the nesting instinct kicked in I embarked on cleaning my house from top to bottom and basically having rooms open for guest to see my paintings hanging throughout. Most artists have their open studios in the lead up to the holidays, as our baby is due early October 2014, this wasn’t going to work for me. It was a great way to get organized and work is ready to send to gallery’s for the fourth quarter sales period.

Its worth mentioning that all works are gallery ready and there is no discounting or undercutting gallery prices, I rely heavily on my gallery’s for support and sales throughout the year. For collectors this an opportunity to visit, see whats coming up and hear first hand what challenges and successes have been happening. Gallery’s are showroom ready year round….and I am always happy to meet clients should you request this. Some collectors like to meet the artist, some don’t. In the same way some artists are sociable – and some like to be reclusive. I’m a big advocate of being a recluse especially in the phase of developing a new body of work…its the only way for me to get stuff done and its important to have my own space, free of criticism, opinion or interruption.

An open studio is not a public event! Its important to keep the guest list, invitation only. My invitation gave guests a preview of Landscape, Seascape and Botanical paintings and a special preview of some works planed for my 2015 Figurative Show (March 6th, 2015 – save the date, more details to follow).

For more information on how to host an open studio?

Listen to this great interview with artist Melinda Cootsona. Melinda is author of the book “Open Your Studio: Nine Steps to A Successful Art Event”.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/artistshelpingartists/2013/04/18/how-to-host-a-successful-open-studio-event

Email for price information on any of the photographed works of art.

claire@cjk-studio.com

Claire J KendrickBotanical Series, Exhibition, Figure, Installation, Interview, landscape, Newsletter, Oil Painting, Plein Air, Publicity, SeascapeAugust 30, 20144 comments
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Mix it up!

Getting back into Figure Drawing after a bit of a break…. so back and mixing it up!

Using some old panels I painted in Oil and Oil Pastel….zoom in — zoom out…..some new perspectives! Switch it up and mix it up, never a predictable outcome, but keeps ya thinking!

Have you a favorite… let me know!

 

I love my iPhone | 8″ x 8″ | Oil & Oil Pastel on Board

Robot Wars | 8″ x 10″ | Oil on Board

Abstract Marks | 8″ x 8″ | Oil & Oil Pastel on Board

 

Top Tip – I use Sennelier Oil Pastels Standard – Portrait Colors and Landscape Colors

“Sennelier Oil Pastels are made from the highest quality pigments, an extremely pure synthetic binding medium, and neutral pH mineral wax. The non-siccative nature of the binding medium ensures it will not oxidize and has no effect on film stability, while the mineral wax gives the pastels their creamy, buttery texture not unlike that of lipstick. The high pigment load in Sennelier Oil Pastels provides them with an opacity and covering power.”  –  ASW

Claire J KendrickFigure, Oil PaintingOctober 15, 20130 comments
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New Painting in the Figure Series

12″ x 12″ | Looking Up | Oil | CJK

If you are interested in Figure Drawing or Painting consider attending –

One Day Figure Workshop at St Augustine Art Association.

It’s an open studio session, no tuition.

Live Model Session
Intermediate / Advanced artist’s

Date: Monday August 19th, 2013
Cost: $35

Time: 10.30am – 4.00pm Lunch Break (12.30 – 1.30)

The model ( Rebecca ) will be in a sitting / lying position with backdrop and props offering textural and color interest. The session intends to offer artists the opportunity to work on large scale or detailed paintings or drawings. Pose offers interesting front or back study’s.

– Maximum of 10 people in the workshop.
Easels / Tables provided – please arrive at 10am to set up as session will start at 10.30am sharp.

Please sign up by contacting Elyse Brady
Phone: (904) 824-2310
St Augustine Art Association
22 Marine St, St Augustine, FL 32084

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Claire J. Kendrick presents  a contemporary body of work that brings a fresh, personal, unique, and modern approach to figure painting. There is a freedom and energy, not only in the way she applies paint, but in the way she sees the figure that pushes the boundaries toward the abstract. “The dialogue is something I strive for. What is spoken and what is left unspoken. It is the tension and energy between the painting and the viewer’s interpretation of the work.”Claire paints landscape, still-life, and figurative paintings. Collectors respond to the unique contemporary style and the expressive way in which she paints.

Claire J KendrickDrawing, Exhibition, Figure, Oil PaintingJuly 29, 20130 comments
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Gestural Drawings

Gestural Drawing brings a freedom a spontaneity to a painting. It is for the artist, a chance to respond to a pose with expression,  it can be an emotional response.

“The rapidity of execution suggests an aesthetic which is most concerned with the essence of the pose, and an economy of means in its representation, rather than a careful study of modeling of light on the form. You’re letting the pencil roam freely and quickly in order to capture the model’s movement

For some artists, there is a calisthenic logic: just as an athlete warms up before exercising or participating in sports, artists use gesture drawing to prepare themselves mentally and physically for a figure drawing session. The fast pace of gesture poses help an artist “loosen up” to avoid a stiff drawing style.

The artist who undertakes gesture drawing also receives the benefits of self-training their drawing ability. This kind of very rapid drawing of the figure builds (through the act of frequent repetition) an instinctive understanding of human proportions which may aid the artist when executing more extended works.”  – Wikipedia

 

Pragmatic | 9" x 12" | Oil Sketch

Pragmatic | 9″ x 12″ | Oil Sketch

 

Female Form | 9 x 12 | Oil Sketch

Female Form | 9″ x 12″ | Oil Sketch

Write it down | 9 x 12 | Oil Sketch

Write it down | 9″ x 12″ | Oil Sketch

Free Form | 9 x 12 | Oil Sketch

Free | 9″ x 12″ | Oil Sketch

 

These are  lively, paintings with spontaneity and an aliveness that is often a challenge and more physically demanding to the artist in a larger format.

Elation | 9" x 12 | Oil Sketch

Elation | 9″ x 12″ | Oil Sketch

 

Claire J KendrickDrawing, Figure, Oil PaintingJune 20, 20130 comments
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Remembering to focus on the acts of kindness, rather than the acts of terror.

Lean on me | 8″ x 6″ | Oil | CJK

In the course of the recent tragedy in Boston, I was struck by the story of a young girl helped from the blast. She later appealed to the stranger, a young man to come forward so she could thank him personally from her hospital bed.

As I was going about my daily life sorting some recent paintings, Lean on Me, from the classic Bill Withers song crossed my mind and I remembered the story of the young girl and I liked the way the title “Lean on me” and the message of that phrase sounded with this vulnerable little painting.

It reminded me to focus on the acts of kindness rather than the acts of terror.

When we are at our most vulnerable….. well –Bill Withers puts it rather well!

Bill Withers
Lean On Me

Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there’s always tomorrow

Lean on me, when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on

 

 

 

Claire J KendrickFigure, Oil PaintingApril 24, 20130 comments
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