"Electric Blues" wins Best in Show at art league annual judged exhibit

jpaprocki@islandpacket.comJanuary 11, 2013 

  • The Art League of Hilton Head Judged Member Show runs through Jan. 26 at the Walter Greer Gallery in the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island.

    Prizes were awarded Jan. 3 by Kathleen Bateson, arts center president and CEO

    Best in Show: Vickie Jourdan "Electric Blues" (acrylic)

    First Place: Jo Dye "Alois" (collage)

    Second Place: Donna Ireton "Only Once" (pine needle and redwood)

    Third Place: Robert Weissman "Nao Fumar (No Smoking)" (photograph)

    Honorable Mention: Cindy Chiappetta, Margaret Crawford, Anthony LaSpina, Clyde Lohere, Michael Nicastre

Out of the best of the best Art League of Hilton Head Island member artists had to show, a mix of blues with a dash of red stood out.

Vickie Jourdan's "Electric Blues" won Best in Show at the annual judged show, which will be on display at the art league's gallery through Jan. 26.

Jourdan's painting is a departure from her abstract series showcased last year at the art league gallery that featured the color red.

The style is similar, but the colors give the work a different feel.

The Hilton Head resident discusses what made her blues electric.

Question. The last time we spoke you were focused on red. Why switch to blue?

Answer. When I painted it, I just wanted to try something different. It just popped in my mind, and I enjoyed that for a change. This may be a one time thing. I try to change my pallet every once in a while to try something different. I don't want to get in a rut using the same colors all the time.

Q. I believe there is some red in this one.

A. I almost always put red in my paintings. Even in this one, always a touch of red. It's a very exciting color.

Q. This is a rather large piece. Do you normally work this large?

A. This piece is larger than what I do normally. I've been doing a lot of commission work. They need large paintings over their sofas or fireplaces.

Q. Is it necessarily more difficult to paint large?

A. You have a lot of space to cover. You use a lot of paint. Abstract art -- you have to create something from nothing. The composition and color are so important to make a pleasing painting. It is more difficult; it is more challenging.

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