Monday, October 24, 2011

Darkness in Pompano Beach

Last night I received the confirmation that my 3 entries are juried into the group show "Darkness" at the Rossetti Fine Art Gallery in Pompano Beach. 

Pretty Pretty Flower
Artists were encouraged to enter works with dark themes and imagery. In other words for the artists to tap into their darker side. I chose to stay with one of my favorite subjects - children - and painted 3 fictional portraits (12" x 12"), using ink, charcoal and 4 colours of Acrylics (White, Red, Grey and Payne's Grey). I did not feel that full colour would do justice to the subjects and chose to stick with a limited palette.

I was aiming for a slightly subtle level of darkness and I was surprised that it was actually hard to restrain myself from going into a"SAW" kind of blood filled darkness, while setting up the portraits.

I am really pleased with the result and of course that I am juried in. The exposition will be open for public October 24th and the opening reception will take place on Thursday 27th from 8 pm - 10 pm at Rossetti Fine Art Gallery in Pompano Beach.


  1. Congratulations, Holland!! I agree with your decision to stick to a limited color palette and I think your choices for this one are perfect. The lively, happy red, and sweet little child, draw me in. But then I see the look in her eyes, a look no child should have in her eyes, and now the red brings to mind blood, and the grey all the things I don't know about that are behind that look in her eyes. Very disturbing indeed!

  2. Thank you so much! I am happy that it draws you in and is disturbing at the same time. That is exactly what I was aiming for.