Art of the State Artist Interview: Eleanor Day

Girl In The Yellow Dress ©2013 Eleanor Day, 36"x27"
Girl In The Yellow Dress ©2013 Eleanor Day, 36″x27″ oil on canvas
This week’s Artist Interview is with painter Eleanor Day, whose piece Girl in the Yellow Dress is in the same area as Tether in the Art of the State exhibition. Her realistic painting have an interesting outlined technique that I find makes them a little more interesting than if they were strictly true to life. The people in them have a quiet, solitariness to them that helps to draw the viewer in. You can find Eleanor online at her website, EleanorDay.com and of course see her piece at Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2014 through September 14th at the State Museum of PA in Harrisburg.

1. How did you get started in your craft? (using your media)

I got started working in oils when I went to CAPA and studied under Phillip Corey, who helped convince me of the special qualities of oil paint. Besides, all of my enamored artists worked in oils.

2. What has been inspiring/influencing your work lately?

The fact that I live with my two teenage daughters has me frequently turning to them as models and inspiration. Apart from being available to work from, needless to say, there is

St. Bridget, Patron of Ireland ©2010 Eleanor Day, 12" x 12", oil on masonite $350

St. Bridget, Patron of Ireland ©2010 Eleanor Day, 12″ x 12″, oil on masonite $350

also an emotional depth and intensity in working from your own children, especially as daughters, they are bringing directly to that place of my own adolescence–a phase of life that I’m drawn to exploring.

The subject of the human figure has always been prominent for me–is a never ending source of exploration and discovery. And then on a purely abstract level, color is very important to me, and I love to use varied patterns and textures in my work.

3. Who are your favorite artists in your field?

I have so many favorite artists from history. I am very much drawn to religious paintings from the Renaissance, as well as the stained glass images in cathedrals from that time. I also love more recent work from muralist, Diego Rivera, of course Frida Kahlo, Violet Oakley and Henry O. Tanner. Those are just a few.

Summer Morning ©2012 Eleanor Day  oil on canvas 36" x 48"

Summer Morning ©2012 Eleanor Day oil on canvas 36″ x 48″

4. What is your favorite customer quote or story?

A favorite compliment “Your paintings glow like jewels”

5. What is your favorite piece of art or fine craft that you own?

A favorite piece of art would be a line drawing portrait by an unknown artist of two of my sisters when they were young teens, done on the boardwalk. It’s so simple, and so strong–it’s really good!

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Sculpture Completed!

Figuring out how to attach it all... ©2014 WTEK

Figuring out how to attach it all… ©2014 WTEK

I spent today finishing up the table sculpture I’ve been working on. It was a fun process and I liked the unexpected twisting that happened. It helped me get it to be less symmetrical than it had originally been heading. I had wanted it to be since I was able to get the two pieces to bend almost exactly the same way. But my wonky self prevailed and it ended up more dynamic in the process!

I love the way the agate slice looks in this piece. I actually bought it at a mine in Argentina… in 2004! So it’s been sitting around just waiting for me to design this piece. Unfortunately, I don’t remember what I bought it for, so I’ll have to do some research before pricing this.

A look at the setting before adding the stone ©2014 WTEK

A look at the setting before adding the stone ©2014 WTEK

I think some of the idea of setting the stone in the sculpture came when I was designing my upcoming Integrated Prong workshop. You can see how it worked here to give an interesting design to both sides of the piece.

Now I just need to name it!

 

Close-up of the rivets on the base ©2014 WTEK

Close-up of the rivets on the base ©2014 WTEK

The agate is translucent with just the barest hint of druzy at the center of it ©2014 WTEK

The agate is translucent with just the barest hint of druzy at the center of it ©2014 WTEK

Both sides of the finished sculpture ©2014 WTEK brass, copper, amethyst agate slice

Both sides of the finished sculpture ©2014 WTEK brass, copper, amethyst agate slice

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Art of the State Artist Interview – Susan Schulz

The fourth installment of the Art of the State Artist Interview series is PA Guild of Craftsmen member and jeweler extraordinaire, Susan Schulz. You can see from her work and her list of influences why I would want to feature her here. To see more of textured, super gemstoned work, visit her website, Schulz Studio, and of course, visit her earrings at Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2014 at the State Museum of Pennsylvania until September 14th.

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susan schulz dreams of australia

Dreams of Australia ( the piece in Art of the State ) ©Susan Schulz opals, sapphires, emeralds, diamonds,18 & 14k gold, sterling

1. How did you get started in your craft?
As an Art major, I took classes mostly in drawing and painting. I wasn’t able to take a jewelry class until my senior year, but as soon as I picked up the saw and started making my first piece, that was it. I knew I had found what I wanted to do. Metalwork has an enormous variety of techniques and materials, and I continue to take workshops to expand my knowledge.

2.What has been inspiring/influencing your work lately?
Seeing the amazing variety of gemstones, minerals, and fossils at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show has been inspiring. Every year there are new materials I’ve never seen before, with unusual patterns and textures I can’t wait to incorporate in my designs.

Twilight pendant ©Susan Schulz fossilized palm wood, sterling, sapphire

Twilight pendant ©Susan Schulz fossilized palm wood, sterling, sapphire

3.Who are your favorite artists in you field?
There are so many amazing metalsmiths- it’s really difficult to choose a few. I really like Alexander Calder’s forged jewelry- simple, direct, and whimsical. Michael Boyd’s amazing lapidary work and elegant designs. Claudio Pino’s outrageous, flamboyant rings, David Huang’s beautiful chased vessels.

4.What is your favorite customer quote or story?
My favorite customer quote is “I love it!” as they’re giving me a hug after they see their finished piece for the first time.

5.What is your favorite piece of art or fine craft that you own?
I can’t pick one! My favorite pieces remind me of a trip or the person who made the piece. A dot painting from Australia that inspired a series of pieces with opals and gold dots, a batik of the patron saint of Salvador, Brazil, a print of rock formations from a family trip to the Grand Canyon, and some funny ceramic animals my children made.

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