Thursday, October 8, 2020

Glass Houses

Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

A supposed celebratory moment- a toast- seem to have a tragic under current. The title refers to the large window behind them, and the glasses they are holding, but also refers to vulnerability and potential exposure. What is being communicated? Her expression is enigmatic. 

In this video I talk about the atypical development of this piece, the limited color scheme, and how the graphic novel artist Darwyn Cooke (of the "Parker" series fame) inspires me.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

He Wears That Suit

They say clothes make the man...

2019 Leslie Peterson Sapp He Wears That Suit 24x16
I had a lot of fun with this one, simplifying the shapes and colors. The complex interweaving of his fingers are expressed with a single piece of cut out paper. One side of his face is completely in shadow and bleeds into the burgundy of the wall behind. Much of the burgundy color is the raw wood panel, stained with a thing layer of paint- you can see the wood grain. To the left of his head streaks of watercolor on gray paper is collaged on. The tie is scrapbooking paper.

I have started a wood cut version of this piece.

 I got terrifically ambitious and just started carving happily away, not understanding how difficult the printing process would be when I got to it! Attempting to line up four separate color block is a real challenge. I feel a little bit like a cat that got stuck in a tree! However. I have not given up on this one. When I achieve more mastery at printing, I will try again. 

2020 Leslie Peterson Sapp WIP!


Stay tuned! 

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Story Without a Plot Artist Talk

Through the month of August, I will be the featured artist at RiverSea Gallery in beautiful Astoria, OR.

Show dates: August 8th - September 8th
RiverSea Gallery 1160 Commercial St, Astoria, OR.

The opening night for Story Without a Plot was a wonderful success!
Thank you to all the people who attended my art opening at RiverSea Gallery last night, online or in person.
In association with the show we held an artist talk. Times being what they are, we did it online in a zoom call. This is an edited video of the artist talk. I talked about why I am inspired by film noir, discuss how I develop an image, then open the “room” up for questions.

Additionally, a portion of the opening was filmed, and you can watch the video embedded below. In it you can see the art up on the wall, and listen to myself and other people talk about the work.


Saturday, August 1, 2020

Story Without a Plot

Here it is! The official show announcement. 

Through the month of August, I will be the featured artist at RiverSea Gallery in beautiful Astoria, OR.

Opening: August 8th, 6-8pm and on Facebook Live from 6-6:30pm.
Show  dates: August 8th - September 8th

For those of you who cannot make it in person, I will be broadcasting on Facebook Live from 6-6:30pm. Go to my Facebook art page to see it. Don't do Facebook? Have no fear! You do not have to have a Facebook account to view it. I will be sending out an email the day before the opening with details and a link. (You can sign up for my newsletter by clicking on the lovely lady with the gun just to your right...)

In addition, on August 13th at 5pm I will have an online artist talk, probably in the form of a Zoom call. I will provide a short talk on exhibit, then open the “room” up for questions. I will be sending out an email the day before with details and a link to the event.

We will be presenting my collage paintings along with intaglio and woodcut prints. The work is inspired by classic film noir and pulp fiction covers, full of romantic longing, drama and adventure. Populated with femme and homme fatales, they evoke mysterious narratives. Come bathe yourself in the intrigue and glamour of a bygone era!

RiverSea Gallery is dedicated to the safety of all it's visitors. Therefore masks and social distancing are required (fortunately it is a very large space!)We hope to see you there!