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A Few Questions with Kathleen Weber

Kathleen Weber, "Tavern In Olneyville," 24 X 30 inches, oil on canvas

Kathleen Weber, “Tavern In Olneyville,” 24 X 30 inches, oil on canvas

Kathleen Weber will be showing new landscape and genre paintings at FAN Gallery in June. Her paintings depict everyday life in saturated color.
What is your first creative memory?
 My first creative memory is having a fist full of crayons, drawing a sailboat on some scrap paper my mother had. She ooh’d and ahh’d- big mistake! And I ended up becoming an artist instead of a doctor.
Kathleen Weber "Coco Pazzo," 20 x 20 inches, oil on canvas

Kathleen Weber “Coco Pazzo,” 20 x 20 inches, oil on canvas

How has your painting practice or style grown or changed in the last year or two?
In the last couple of years I’ve been doing a lot more portraits. After reading about Anders Zorn and his limited palette- black, white, yellow ochre, and cad red light- I spent a lot of time using just those colors to see what I could make them do. You can get an incredible range of skin and hair color, and I’ve ended up teaching portrait classes where the first class is spent just doing a color chart so that everyone can see the range it is possible to achieve with such a limited palette. I’ve added other colors now when I do portraits- I love burnt sienna and I really missed blue! But that basic palette remains.
Kathleen Weber, "Windows," 18 x18 inches, oil on canvas

Kathleen Weber, “Windows,” 18 x18 inches, oil on canvas

What is the most challenging part of painting figures?
Some years ago I was in a gallery where I had some work and a woman told me that she never bought paintings with people in them. When I mentioned this to a friend who has bought a lot of my work, he said, “what, she wouldn’t want the Mona Lisa, or Nighthawks?” 

I actually think that the most challenging part of painting figures is creating the atmosphere around them. Of course you want to be able to draw them well, but with enough practice that’s achievable. They can teach that in art school. What they can’t teach is, what’s inside you that’s different from the next painter? What do you paint when you stop imitating painters you admire? That’s something you can only figure out by spending a lot of time in front of your easel. I’m still working on that.

Do you have a creative habit? How do you shape your art making practice to nurture your work?

Now that the good weather is here again, I hope to get outside and paint landscapes for a change, because although I do a lot of work from photos, I actually prefer working from life. I try to get some of the energy of plein air in my studio work.

Kathleen Weber, "Yellow House," 20 X 24 inches, oil on canvas

Kathleen Weber, “Yellow House,” 20 X 24 inches, oil on canvas


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Blog Post from September’s Artist Kathy Weber

image via Paintings by Kathy Weber: Kathy Weber and Fred Al-Nakib at September First Friday

Kathy Weber wrote a blog post about the opening of the September show. You can read it here.

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F.A.N.’s 19th Year at USArtists American Fine Art Show & Sale

USArtists American Fine Arts Show & Sale

Serge Zhukov, Drawing Class, Right part of diptych. Acrilic, oil on canvas 36×36 inches

Al Gury, Twilight, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

USArtists is the nation’s premier American art event. Many of the country’s
finest art dealers exhibit and sell an extraordinarily rich and diverse collection
of 18th- through 21st-century American art.

This will be F.A.N. Gallery’s 19th year exhibiting at USArtists American Fine Art Show & Sale. Please come and share in a selection of new paintings, sculpture and works on paper by David Bottini, Rick Buttari, Lesa Chittenden Lim, Al Gury, Robert Heilman, Tezh Modarressi, Kate Kern Mundie, Gregory Prestegord, Carlo Russo, Kathleen Weber, Serge Zhukov, and others.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 23-25, 2011

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts | Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

Opening Night Preview Gala: Thursday, September 22
New Collectors Night: Friday, September 23

Show Hours:
Friday and Saturday, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm


PAFA members & children under 12 are free!

General Admission:                                   $15 pp

Seniors & Students with ID:                    $12 pp

Groups of 6 or more:                                 $12 pp
Benefits of Admission:  Receive one full-color show catalog, unlimited entry to USArtists 2011 and one free admission to PAFA valid until October 2012.

Receive a $3 discount on a full price admission ticket when you purchase online.

All proceeds from USArtists directly benefit student scholarships
at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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Interview with Kathleen Weber

I could compare Kathleen Weber’s paintings to Dutch genre works, but there is much more to them than that. Her paintings are cinematic. It’s the use of punches of color and dramatic light. When I look at her street or restaurant scenes they remind me of Alfred Hitchcock’s use of color and the way he draws one into those street views or restaurant spaces in order to build tension.  In Kathleen’s oil paintings, the small groups or individuals engrossed in private conversations or solitary actions in public spaces are intriguing.

Image via: alfred-hitchcock-films.net: a film still from "The Birds"

Kathleen Weber, At the Craft Fair, Oil on canvas, 11" x 14"

I emailed Kathy to ask her a little more about her work.

KM: Your paintings are more than mere observations. I feel that if I could just get a little closer I might be able to eavesdrop on the conversation, or that I should pull back so I can look for someone else to enter the scene in the painting. How did your series of paintings public interior spaces start?

KW: I think of my figurative work as being in the tradition of contemporary genre painting. I’ve always loved figure and portrait drawing, but I wasn’t interested in being a portraitist. I wanted to show people in their everyday lives. I started painting street scenes with small, usually unrecognizable figures in them, but as time goes on I find myself drawn more and more to painting people, with their surroundings being less important. I think it’s great that you feel you could almost eavesdrop on the people in some of my bar scenes. After all, who hasn’t occasionally done that? We are social animals, and we’re fascinated by other people’s lives.

Kathleen Weber, "T is for Tavern", Oil on canvas, 20" x 24"

KM: How do you choose the composition? Do you do some drawing when you are in a restaurant?

KW: I don’t usually draw when I’m in restaurants and bars. I’ve tried it but I don’t like the attention that it gets. I love working from life, which is how I do still lifes and sometimes plein air landscapes, but I think it’s obvious that the restaurant and bar scenes are done from photos. I usually use Photoshop to play with the composition, cropping the photo until I’m satisfied with the placement of the elements. Sometimes I combine parts from several photos. I edit in my head, deciding to eliminate or simplify some things.

Kathleen Weber, "Afternoon at Rick's" Oil on linen, 8" x 10"

KM; Who are your influences?

KW: I’m influenced by many artists. I love and appreciate all kinds of painting, but tend to look for guidance to painters who are doing figurative work. Historically, that would include John Singer Sargent, Degas, and Sorolla, among others. Living artists that I admire are Kim English, Elaine Coffee, C. W. Mundy, just to name a few.

KM: You wrote on your blog, “I wish I’d been painting like this all along, I would have had all the work I needed weeks ago.” As you are building momentum for the show are you finding that you make bolder choices when working to get the paintings finished?

Kathleen Weber, "Ann and Otis", Oil on canvas, 16" x 20"

KW: I’ve changed the way I start a painting, somewhat — I’ve been working more wet-into-wet and really liking the more fluid, loose strokes I’m getting. I also feel that I’m loosening up and putting down the paint in a more confident way.

This will be Kathleen Weber’s first solo exhibition with F.A.N. Gallery.

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A little F.A.N. News

I want to give you and update on what is happening at the gallery.
We have an excellent Group Exhibition up through the end of the month.

Gergory Prestegord, Above the Tracks, Oil on Panel, 2011 36 x 48 inches

I have to single out a painting from the August show by Gregory Prestegord. It is a fantastic urban landscape depicting the Reading Viaduct. This abandoned train trestle has been inspiration to many Philadelphia artists. It also reminds me of other great urban train related paintings like John Sloan’s.  Unfortunately for you the painting has been sold.

image via The National Gallery of Art: The City from Greenwich Village (1922) John Sloan, oil on canvas

I am looking forward to Kathleen Weber’s exhibition in September. This will be her first solo exhibition at F.A.N. I will posting an interview with her later this month. You can read more about her now at her blog. http://weberstudio.blogspot.com

Kathleen Weber: New Paintings
September 2 to October 1
Opening Reception: Friday September 2, 5-9 PM
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12-6 PM
And last but not least, F.A.N. Gallery will be launching a new website as of September 1st.

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