Claire Darley gives us a lilting reminder of the ways that the medium an artist uses alters the appearance of the subject matter in Abundance at Collector’s Art Group now through April 10. The small gallery blooms with Darley’s reflections on Lotus Pond at Big Bone Gardens in Kentucky through watercolor, charcoal, graphite and in a monoprint.
The gardens overflow with all the shades of green a paint box can hold and also prove to be a repository of interesting shapes. This complexity of shape is different in the several large charcoal drawings than in the single, intense graphite drawing. The monoprint nails things down, but the watercolors almost suggest motion in their glowing depth. Darley, a longtime Art Academy professor, clearly loves this pulsing subject matter and puts her hand to any medium that seems appropriate in sharing it with others.
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