12/15 Holiday Party and Gallery Preview: The Various Works of Blair Thornley
Join us for our holiday party thank-you event as we welcome artist Blair Thornley to The Ink Spot! Bring your own dish and drink or come empty-handed if you have no time. Mingle with the artist and Ink Spot friends for a window of solace in the busy holiday season We hope to see you there!
The formal gallery opening of Blair Thornley’s work will occur in the new year, but if you join us Saturday, Dec. 15 from 4-7 pm you can see her work early!
Blair Thornley describes her creative process and this particular gallery show below:
I draw from life in my sketchbook on a regular basis. I believe that observation from life is fundamental and important. Then when I draw or paint from my unconscious, all of that information is in there, and I am free to play.
I love to draw the funny things people do in every day life and the way they do them. Gesture, fashion, and everything else you see that people do to communicate about themselves in our interesting modern times is all part of that. Animals also count as people in my pictures. People are fascinating, but you have to really watch them and not generalize. I also like to draw their inventions: city streets, cars, gas stations, laundrymats and department store makeup counters.
Watercolor or ink are my favored mediums because of their immediacy, but I also paint with oils, use collage and make mono prints. I like instant ways of working and anything lending itself to spontaneous invention or happy accidents.
For this show, I have combined a variety of pieces. There are illustrations for magazines, drawings for stories, figure drawings and paintings and prints, which tend to be based on representation but are slightly abstract and play with color, shape and texture. All of these are part of my process, and therefore all fit into the same family of work.