The Grapevine Gallery
Oklahoma’s Leader in Fine Art Since 1974
Now Leading Online
(405-830-2057 or 405-528-3739)
February Show Times and Information
February 6th - 8th
Thursday the 8th: 4:30 - 6:30
Friday the 8th: 4:30 - 6:30
Saturday the 8th: 11:30 - 3:30
Location 210 N. University, Norman, Ok. 73069
Howard Friedland OPA
Howard has been honored to win many National awards for his paintings, among them are: “Best of Show” winner of the 2008 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition and “Best Painting” by a Signature member in 2007, Friedland was inducted as Signature Member of that organization in 2003. Howard most recently won the “Best Animal Painting Award” and the “Gold Medal for Best Plein Air Sunset Painting” at the 2013 Oil Painters of America Salon. Friedland is a member of the Board of Directors of OPA. He also won the prestigious “William J. Schultz Award” at the 2012 American Impressionist Society Exhibition. Friedland’s work has been featured in numerous national art magazines.
I prefer to paint only enough for the viewer to get a clear vision of what the subject is and suggest the rest. When the painting is viewed close up you can see the many colorful brush strokes, as you step further away the brush strokes disappear and your eye pulls the whole painting together.
"The challenge for me is always to see the world with fresh eyes and respond spontaneously to the beauty before me. I strive to capture as quickly and accurately as possible the visual sensations that I have of the subject. Back at my studio I use these "on the spot" studies for larger paintings. I also have to rely on my memory to recall the mood that I wanted to express."
Nationally recognized award-winning artist, Susan Blackwood, received Best of Show at the 2010 National Juried Competition for American Women Artists in Dallas, Texas. Blackwood’s 42-year oil and watercolor painting career has been honored with many awards and recently Signature Membership in Oil Painters of America as well as Signature Membership in American Impressionist Society. Her paintings have been juried into National and International Exhibitions and have been featured in many of the National Art Magazines such as: Southwest Art, Art of the West, American Art Collector and International Artist. Her family has been traced back to Rembrandt’s parents.
“During one of my many travels in the world, I became aware of the importance of the common bonds that universally unite us all. The necessity to communicate these visions, feelings and emotions became paramount. Art became my language, my way to express my emotions, regardless of the culture or the language.
I have chosen as my subject matter the simple, beautiful, touching moments that are common both in nature and in the life of every person. These are the moments that often pass without notice and are the very ones that lend continuity to our lives and contribute to its richness and depth.
As in any meaningful conversation, the structure of the message must be clear. Thus, my color, brush strokes, textures and composition are carefully chosen, like essential words, to convey to the viewer the message that I wish to impart.
Like words carefully chosen for a poem, I limit my brush strokes and detail to convey just enough to give the viewer my thoughts and involve their imagination and emotions. I purposely leave areas of my paintings in mystery for the viewer to become engaged in the story, Each painting becomes poem rather than a novel. My loose paintings are like haiku poems, simple impressionistic vignettes. Some of my paintings are like sonnets, more spelled out in detail. Through the medium that I have chosen, I strive continually to develop a rich and colorful language that can reach the heart.”
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