Becky Kisabeth Gibbs


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studio heat 09

Painting in the studio in August is a challenge, especially when it’s around 90 degrees outside, and lots higher in the studio with no AC.  I’ve got a fan, but really, it’s not big enough for the heat some days. So my favorite thing to paint on a hot day is something cool and blue and waterlike…here’s some new abstract work that’s been coming together this summer,  oil paints with powdered pigments in medium, very experimental for me, and I’m not really sure if they’re done, or not?

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                             Don’t be the bunny #1
                             2009

DBTB 2 at 72
                            Don’t be the bunny #2
                            2009

DBTB 3 at 72

                           Don’t be the bunny #3
                           2009

DBTB 4at72

                            Don’t be the bunny #4
                            2009

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Becky Gibbs at Important Things Exhibit

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Here’s a photo of me at the opening of the show Important Things, at The Little Galllery Under the Stairs. These pieces are Energeia: A Waking Dream #1, and Energeia: A Waking Dream #2. They are about being in nature and finding solace in nature.


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New Abstract paintings

My most recent works are oil paintings in the series Energeia. These works are the counterpoint to some of the works in my Mindbug series, which address the horror of the pollution humans have created. This series addresses the solace people can find in nature. The works are based on my own photographs taken on walks, hikes, or just when I stop my car to look at something beautiful. The paintings are about motion and light, of moving through nature, expressing the action of experiencing nature. The word Energeia refers to half of Aristotle’s definition of motion – the “being in action”.   Another influence for this series is the Romanticists, for many of the titles, and also some of my thoughts, how the poets escaped in nature and yearned to make the public understand what they felt. What I’m getting from them mostly is their thoughtful words that correlate with my desire for people to understand and have the opportunity to be lost in nature enough to find solace. Humans can be changed by nature, drawn by it’s ability to make us feel comforted in its presence.

Energeia Solace#1 72dpiEnergeia Solace#2 72dpi
Energeia: Solace #1                               Energeia: Solace #2

both:
2009
24″ x 20″
Oil on canvas


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New work, new workshops!

Energeia Near meadows 72dpi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Energeia: Near meadows
24″ x 36″
2009
Oil on canvas

I have been in my studio alot, working on my new abstract painting series Energeia, as well as a few very experimental pieces that I’m having alot of fun with. My workshop schedule for the weeks from June 22 through July 6 will be Tuesday or Thursday from 9:30-12:30 mornings, or 6-9pm. With a minimum of two for each workshop, I’m hoping to be able to run 1-2 per week. Summer workshops are always open to students bringing or starting their own work if they like. I will also be doing specific 3 hour projects, to include:
Abstraction from Nature: the patterns of fruits and vegetables
Abstraction from Nature: Garden Inspiration(flowers & plants)
Abstraction from Nature: Patterns of cells and viruses
Abstraction from Mark-making
Abstract Expressionism: paint and play!

Email me at bskgibbs@aol.com for specific dates and more workshop info, or check my workshop page at
www.fountainstreetstudios.com


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Spring!

Long awaited, fresh and green!
We have been anxiously waiting  –  for the leaves to unfurl, changing our environment from gray to green, and all of the promise of growth and warmth that lies ahead. Here’s an oil painting I did last month of the woods in my backyard. Spring color added by the artist just a touch early.

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My Backyard
2009
11″(H) x 14″(W)
Oil on canvas


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Open Studio aftermath

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Well, my open studio weekend was a blast!
Fountain Street Studios had more than 800 people come through our doors on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. What a crowd –  I met tons of great people, and enjoyed discussing my art with all of you. If you’re checking out my blog for the first time after visiting my studio, thanks for stopping by.
Here’s a link if you haven’t yet viewed my Youtube video, attached to an online article by the Metrowest Daily News.
So back to the studio this week, all seemed so quiet, and I had some cleanup to get done, but I’ve been painting this week, working on finishing some works in progress.
Also, I’m gearing up to start my Studio Art Workshops, beginning the week after Spring Break. I’ll be doing one weekday am and Saturday am, for teens and adults. More info to come, but drop me a quick email if you’d like to be added to my mailing list.
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Open studios

The artists at Fountain Street Studios are continuing our First Friday Studio Strolls through May. In April, the 13th Annual Fountain Street Open Studios weekend will be April 3-5. Friday from 5:30-8:30 will be the preview party, and Saturday and Sunday we’ll be open 11am-5pm. Please stop by my studio, 3rd floor east, no. 9, to see me and my work. Drop me an email if you’d like to be added to my mailing list (email and/or snail mail.) check out the list of artists at: www.fountainstreetstudios.com

Here’s a new piece I finished last month, and started on the day the stock market plunged. I decided to call it Pooring down, that’s what the day was like, that’s what the markets were doing, and the piece turned out very dark, unlike others in my Mindbug series.

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Pooring down
2008
30″(H) x 22″(W)
India ink and powdered pigments in acrylic medium on paper