Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
In Painting Florence Hall introduces the tradition of landscape painting through a breathtaking view of Florence, Italy. He paints the classic view on an 11"x14" canvas in his studio through directly observing an 8"x10" plein-air piece that was completed while looking down over the Arno river high above Florence. Included within the two-hour DVD are stunning close-up shots of Hall's traditional landscape painting techniques and views of his studio as he discusses his paintings at different stages.
Through his innovative, step-by-step approach, Hall outlines the processes that were used by such traditional 19th century painters as Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet and George Inness. Using a clear and concise teaching approach, he reveals the secrets behind creating dazzling paintings filled with luminous light, covering such topics as establishing the foundation forms and composition, studying the light source and patterns, and contrasting warm and cool color values.Hall has taught art for over twenty years, and currently is a Professor of Art at a college in New York. ARTNews Magazine critic, Gerard Haggerty, states that Hall Groat II's still life paintings evoke the big picture that we call art history, including painters like Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, Edwin Dickinson, and his teacher Lennart Anderson." Collectors of his work have expressed that the work is "Alive, full of grace vitality and beauty, capturing light that is sublime in nature."
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
multi-panel installation ere invented spanning
from the 20th century to 3000 BC. People both
witness and are impacted by the passage of time in
vastly different manners. Time is relative to one's
experience. Time appears to move slowly when
one is waiting for something, and passes by quickly
when one is enjoying the moment. Older people
experience the passage of time differently than when they
were young. Unfortunately for some people today the
natural rhythm of life has become stilted by the
responsibilities that are presented in this fast-paced world,
forcing one to compartmentalize not only their time but also
the way in which they live. Perhaps what was once pleasurable
has become a burden, due to constraints placed upon ones self.
Our lives today are indeed different from our forefathers',
who lived in a world where high-tech devices did not exist. I
view evolving technology as paradoxically contributing to both
the strengthening of our long distance communication, while
hindering the immediate relationships between many people.
Our continual efforts to codify the passage of time have
Unfortunately desensitized many, affecting our relationships
with our families and friends. This installation invites one to
consider how diverse perceptions of time have impacted our
modern life, and have also contributed indirectly to the
evolvement of such social paradigms as communication, mass
transportation, medicine, government, and notions of family.
Hall Groat II, 2008