Friday, October 1, 2010

Claire Hardy Art Exhibit, New Studio C, Coraopolis, PA



Studio C
845 Fourth Avenue
Coraopolis, PA 15108
(412)567-2704
www.clairehardy.com
art(AT)clairehardy.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“C” STANDS FOR…

CLAIRE HARDY’S PAINTING STUDIO AND NEW WORKS GALLERY

OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2010

Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, September 28, 2010… Claire Hardy, Sewickley resident and acclaimed fine art painter, announces the opening of Studio C, her new painting studio located at 845 Fourth Avenue, Coraopolis in the Crivelli Professional Building.

Claire joins a list of local artists who have chosen to own their own creative spaces. Studio C will serve as a painting studio, classroom for private students and gallery space highlighting new works on canvas. The name, Studio C, was selected because it offers easy name retention due to her first name as well as its location. Claire selected the large studio space to make room for newer larger works as well as to continue practicing more of the still life and floral paintings for which she has become known."

“Try to put in practice what you already know, and in so doing, you will in good time
discover the hidden things which you now inquire about. Practice what you know,
and it will help make clear what now you do not know.” -- Rembrandt van Rijn

Claire Hardy takes this scholarly approach to her own picture-making. For example, in interpreting a landscape by Rembrandt, she researched the pigments he used and sought to capture his earthly colors and glazes (refer to image A). In a larger painting, she incorporates similar pigments and brushwork to create a warmer landscape of her own (refer to image B).

Studio C will open Friday, October 8, 2010 from 6-8 p.m. Meet the artist, Claire Hardy, view her newest paintings in the Studio C Gallery and learn more about commissioning an original painting or private lessons. Claire is still taking reservations for the holidays.

To R.S.V.P. to the Studio C Opening call 412-567-2704. To learn more about Claire Hardy or to view an online gallery of her paintings, visit www.clairehardy.com.

Artist Statement: Claire Hardy

The word clair is French for clear, light, luminous, vivid. These words describe my paintings. They also describe how I perceive the oil colors themselves. I am drawn to bright colors and often use them right out of the tube, mixing them on the canvas as I shape the forms. Oil color seems to me to be a living thing. If it is brushed or mixed too much, it loses its sheen.

I keep the paint fresh by painting wet-into-wet, sculpting my way from transparent dark colors to opaque lights. After laying in shapes of color, I use softer brushes to smooth edges or refine them. I use brushstrokes to describe shape, texture, and effects of light. Sometimes, I scrape color away to reveal the weave of the linen or canvas and then paint back into the area. Each painting is an experimental process.

I paint still lifes, landscapes, and portraits, but flowers are my favorite subject. They offer a wide range for interpretation, bold colors, graceful and interesting compositions. And there are always readily available models waiting in my garden.



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