A couple of months ago my husband, Tim Llewellyn and his team at Llewellyn Creative did a shoot for Runway to Recovery, a non profit organization to help support Breast Cancer survivors and the families of Breast Cancer victims. It’s a wonderful organization with a tremendous heart, full of love and support. The photo shoot was during a fashion show where the models are Breast Cancer survivors and family members.
During the photo shoot, my husband suggested that I grab hold of his back-up camera and take behind the scene photos of the Breast Cancer survivors and family members as they were preparing to walk onto Runway. It was both a challenge and thrilling at the same time. The above photo is an example shot that I took that night. And believe it or not this photo made it up onto the Runway for Recovery website. Beneath the links is another photo that I took that night.
I’m very excited to announce that I will be having a solo painting exhibition at Larkin Gallery on Commercial Street in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The show will be up from July 11th-17th. It will feature both of my Landscapes and Portrait paintings. I am extremely honored to be showing at Larkin Gallery.
Opening reception Friday, July 11th at 7pm. Larkin Gallery is located at 405 Commercial Street, Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Yesterday I drove down to Provincetown to visit with Stephen M. Briscoe, Gallery Director of Larkin Gallery on Commercial in Provincetown, Massachusetts. I brought seven of my Portraits and Landscapes and had a wonderful conversation with Stephen about painting and the bustling art scene in Provincetown. Larkin Gallery has a talented and eclectic group of artists on display. I was inspired by all of their work.
I also arrived two hours before schedule to take a nice long walk on the beach, of course. I mean, Provincetown, gorgeous beaches. The featured photos are details from my walk. The last photo is a detail of the portrait ‘Missy’. You might be able to catch a little bit of where my inspiration comes from when concocting the abstract backgrounds for my portraits.
The eyes and nose are both hard, incredibly fun and totally satisfying at the end of a portrait. It’s the time when I sit back, squint my eyes, and examine the painting for the first time as a viewer, not as a painter, that I can almost appreciate what’s kinda going on. The second photo is the view looking to the right of where I sit back to examine. I placed these two paintings to my right on purpose when I was first setting up my studio. I think they are two of my most successful paintings to date. They inspire me. The portrait of a Maasai tribesman was the first portrait I had ever painted-and still my favorite. The 96″ landscape hanging on the wall above was when I was still learning what the hell I was doing with this new landscape style. When it was fun, easygoing and always a question mark ahead. Oh, and if you spot the collection of bones on my desk, don’t worry, I find them along the beaches. Bleached by the sun, and sometimes wading into the water to grab them before the tide takes them out.
To see some more of my contemporary paintings, visit www.ellenllewellyn.com
I’ve been playing around with painting on birch board. I love it. It’s a totally different feel to canvas. The wood, some parts gessoed and some not, take the paint in a totally different way. I’m also having fun letting some of the raw board show through in the painting. When you stand in front of the landscape, you can see the grain of the wood showing through in certain places. These two paintings above are some of my latest experiments.
To see more of my contemporary landscapes go to www.ellenllewellyn.com
The never ending question of, how the hell do I get my work out to the world and into galleries, is finally answered.
Artist2Dealer is a new website developed by Eric Zener, a well known and internationally established realist painter out of San Francisco. Eric realized that in this online social networking world, there needs to be a better platform for an artist and a dealer to reach out and connect to one and other.
This new social website allows artists to create a page which features their work and portfolio to be viewed by dealers that also belong to Artist2Dealer. The dealers are able to browse through portfolios in hopes to find their next big thing, you.
As a member, you are no longer bound to galleries in your immediate area, clinging to the wild hope that they may like your work. Artist2Dealer is a step onto a platform that the wide world can see. I have an account, my work is up, and I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to share Artist2Dealer.com with all of you who are following my blog. I encourage you to take a look at their website, create an account, and see what happens!