Saturday, March 4 through April 28, 2017
on view in the Display Gallery at
Spring Lake Village, 5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa
Call Simmon 707-293-6051 for a personal tour of the art
With the confidence acquired from many years of paintings, drawing and teaching, Simmon creates in a versatile variety of styles and media. In this exhibit you see a sample of the themes and series which the artist returns to again and again. Inspired by previous works, he’ll add rich, multiple layers, building patterns, filling the surface with color and beauty.
Themes include local wildlife, faces and figures, homes, music, relationships and always – nature.
Great thanks to Jill Newman of Digital Media Production who documented the art opening for Art of the Figure on February 3, 2017.
Chroma Gallery Art of the Figure Show Promo.
The model disrobes, steps upon the platform and she takes a pose. At tables and easels the artists are ready, their charcoals are poised, and as their eyes travel around and through the models curves and shadows, the hands work to capture the gesture on paper.
Sessions usually begin with several short poses, sometimes only minutes long. This ritual, in addition to being a warm-up for the longer poses to follow, teach the artists to quickly connect their eyes and hands with the drawing.
Watching the artist rather than the model, you see them look up every few seconds roving their gaze around the model. They memorize the curve of a muscle and transfer that line to the paper, moving around the figure and capturing various relationships, such as the length of a forearm and how it drapes over the belly making a shadow there.