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Art Exhibition by Naydene Gonnella at The Copper and Lumber Store Hotel in Antigua and Barbuda

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The¬†Copper and Lumber Store Hotel in Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua and Barbuda is a beautiful place to have an art exhibit.¬†Having shown up early to artist Naydene Gonnella’s exhibit there I got the chance to chat a little with her. I was curious to find out what technique she used to give certain scattered details in her paintings the appearance of having been carved directly into the canvas. She explained that in places she applied both wax and paint in layers and that she drew parts of the images by actually scraping away rather than painting on.

“Sometimes” she said “the layers sit for quite awhile”. I have to work on many painting as at the same time because of the time required for the layering process”. She told me that she even used the layering process for creating portraits. I thought of how interesting it would be to have her paint my own layered portrait. I wonder what elements of my character or what insights about the person I am would come through those layers.

And I wonder what it would be like to be captured in the warm colours she uses. Somehow those colours gave me the overall impression of contentment. And not a contentment without basis. The range of shades and tones conveyed the impression of a more solid contentment such as what one would achieve by way of honest reflection. Her work definitely had substance.

Art Exhibition by Naydene Gonnella at The Copper and Lumber Store Hotel in Antigua and Barbuda
Having shown up early to Naydene’s exhibit I got the chance to chat a little with her. I was curious to find out what technique she used to give certain scattered details in her paintings the appearance of having been carved directly into the canvas. She explained that in places she applied both wax and paint in layers and that she drew parts of the images by actually scraping away rather than painting on.
“Sometimes” she said “the layers sit for quite awhile”. I have to work on many painting as at the same time because of the time required for the layering process”. She told me that she even used the layering process for creating portraits. I thought of how interesting it would be to have her paint my own layered portrait. I wonder what elements of my character or what insights about the person I am would come through those layers.
And I wonder what it would be like to be captured in the warm colours she uses. Somehow those colours gave me the overall impression of contentment. And not a contentment without basis. The range of shades and tones conveyed the impression of a more solid contentment such as what one would achieve by way of honest reflection. Her work definitely had substance.
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