Windermere is excited this December to welcome two West Seattle artists onto its walls, featuring the sumi-e ink and watercolor paintings of Bill Reiswig and framed wood sculpture of Andy McConnell.
Our December Artwalk also features a Pop-Up Holiday Sale featuring the work of 6 other artists: Photography from Holli Margell, fire-etched wood scultpures and ornaments from Toni Wells, sculpture, drawings and jewelry from Noelle Congdon, paintings from Jennifer Carrasco.
All this, and we will feature wines from highly-regarded Charles Smith Winery!
Bill Reiswig’s sumi-e ink and watercolor paintings on wood panels are a departure from the printwork he usually focuses on. They are of northwest landscapes and animal-life and use ink and sparing color on handmade paper that has been attached to wood panels.
My use of sumi-e ink and watercolor this winter is an desire to get away from the very planned work of wood-block printmaking. In these paintings I am focused on the wet-in-wet movement of ink on the paper in the mist, clouds, waters, landscapes and vegetation of Washington. I am interested in the connection in Japanese art between sumi painting and woodblock prints and in the next year I aim to use sumi-e ink paintings as the basis of new woodblock work.
Andy McConnell’s series of painted wood sculptures was inspired by the desire to create something beautiful from the interesting scrap lumber he intercepts as a carpenter.
(One) summer, I took a week off from work to incorporate my trove of scrap into my art (usually egg tempera on flat Masonite). After a week, I had several wine boxes filled with small, painted wood and had hit a creative dead end. Frustrated, I started messing around with a piece of wood I had rejected because it had split apart..... and then I was on to something! So typical of life and art; the value and beauty hides in places we reject or don't notice.
This series was heavily influenced by my friend, the Northwest poet, Robert Sund's "Blanket Paintings."
Kim Tingley with Windermere is located at 4526 California Ave. SW