I AM PART OF A GROUP OF 15 ARTISTS taking part in a large scale painting project/collaboration for the restaurant dining room at the college where I take painting classes. There will be three ‘paintings’, each one consisting of five 2′ x 3′ canvases hung together to create a final piece 10′ x 3′. The group paintings will hang in rotation over the next year or so. Each painting will be able to hang as its own work, independent of the other four. One ‘painting’ is an abstract, one a laden table reminiscent of a Renaissance-style painting, and the one I am part of consists of fruit and vegetables; specifically pears, carrots, swiss chard, eggplant and apples shown in their growing environment.
With the abstract and laden table groups, each person paints a section so that the five when hung read as one painting; a scenic landscape of sorts. What sets our group painting apart is that each canvas will have a fruit or vegetable subject unrelated to the one it will hang next to. We will need to find a way to unify the group, with a similar background color or overlapping leaves from one canvas to the next. I am excited to see the final results and will share the whole project as we finish. We are at the study stage to work out color and composition and about ready to start the painting. These are small, 7″ x 10″ studies in acrylic on paper.