Monday, July 20, 2020

New Show Online Show: WHITE

July, 2020:

We are currently experiencing a heat wave.  So I am experimenting with contemporary white pieces.

Look for the file on my website.  If is currently asking for a password, inquire through my my website, using the "contact the artist" button. Working on some other shows as well.
Stay cool!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Studying Abstraction

I have never talked about my Abstract work.   Those who know me well,  know that I have always had a lot of work in this zone.   Probably it speaks for itself,  and I have no real desire to "talk" about it.   But one of my New Years resolution was to come out from the shadows.

My abstract work dates back to about 1992  while studying watercolor with regional Chester County artist Rea Redifer.   Only this morning I was describing to a couple of friends at my local coffee shop about the exciting days of studying with Redifer.  One could "play-back" all the demonstrations and spirited painting in those classes.  Many of my fellow students were professional artists who came to the sessions with previous knowledge and painting abilities already developed.  It seemed that we had the universal desire to "loosen up".  Having a sense of "play" with the paint was the idea.
Embracing those accidental moments that turned into that certain something that became so appealing.

An example of Redifer's style in a portrait of Lincoln......from a public auction a few years back: Artist Rea Redifer

I particularly loved the beautiful dark layers and the emotions established by the hand of Redifer.
I often think of this as I sit down to explore and let go with the paint.
Lots of layering,  dramatic contrasts, and a strong sense of color and texture.  I think you will see some of this in my work.  Since I paint both abstractly and realistically,  there is a certain drift from one zone to the other as I press on in my studio work. 

 Come by for a visit ...  Link: to my Website

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Visiting Monet and his Water Lilies

Monet....the artist's artist.

What artist has not had the desire to see and feel the art and the inspirations of this great painter.  We have all had the desire to visit Monet's gardens at Giverny

Recently,  I had the opportunity to visit New York and Monet's paintings at MOMA. 

Monet's Water Lilies,  MOMA,  photo by Janeice Silberman

Although I have seen this painting before,  it was fun to "revisit it" at MOMA.  The vast enormous presence of this painting simply takes your breath away.   How to describe the blues and greens transitioning into the bits of reflections and color.   Well there is just no easy way to do it.  You have to see it in person.

You can almost visualize Monet in the room.  I overheard a number of patrons mentioning that this work had an overwhelming sensation.   It seems that you can only involve your visual senses for a brief encounter.   Maybe it is actually better that we can revisit it from time to time in New York. Absorbing just a little more with each visit.

PS:  I noticed that it took considerable effort to light this work.  So many lights on the track, that I virtually lost count of the number of heads.

So now......back to the studio.  Pull out those works relative to the emotions that this piece generates.
As I think about it.....there are many.  Later......

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Sing a Song of Grasslands


My earliest memories of life on a farm in Iowa were of the grass filled natural countryside.  Hay making season, grass cutting, wandering the fields and observing the natural world.  Birds, animals, and even photography brought me to a keen sense of the natural world around me.
You will find interpretations of grass frequently in my work.

Roadside grasses, cattails, and corn,  Iowa.  Photo by artist, Janeice Silberman

Distant Iowa Field View, photo by artist, Janeice Silberman

At some point in this journey,  I moved first into the heady design world of New York City.
There I had a career in the magazine and design world....In a place as far away from grass as one could go.   I managed to meet my husband, New York born and raised,  and together we drifted back toward the country.  First we spent weekends in Massachusetts on a beautiful farm with an antique house.   In my mind however,   I yearned for more open space.  The trees of Massachusetts, although beautiful, gave me a desire to get back to open space.

Eventually we moved to  Chester County Pennsylvania,  yet another gorgeous countryside. 
No matter where, this image of waving grass and grain never ceases to be my companion. 

Grasses waving in the winds,  Open space of Chester County.  Photo by artist, Janeice Silberman

Fields of Chester County, Pa.  Local grasses inspirations, photo by artist Janeice Silberman



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Over time, I have painted many grass filled landscapes in styles from realistic to abstraction.   I find the inspiration for these works from my memories of childhood in a land of waving grasses.  Even today, I am subconsciously drawn to grasses in the landscape around me here in Chester County.

 The sea of grass has left me with a filtered sense of the world.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Painting What You Love. Some thoughts.....(reposting, June, 2019)

June, 2019 REPOSTING


My by artist, Janeice Silberman


I live in beautiful Chester County......and it is from here that I
gain my inspirations for my art.  Having trained as both a
designer and an artist....I move back and forth between two
artistic forces: Realism.....and Abstraction.
I hope that this blog will give you a better idea of who I am as an artist.


Sage advice for those who desire painting as a means of expression....
As an artist you have to ask yourself just what is it that you LOVE.
After a number of years at this particular craft, I have narrowed my particular passions down to a core group of subjects that tickle my fancy.

COLOR.....I .dream in color, have memories of color and continue to look for subject to hang this particular passion on.   Sometimes, I like to address even the monochromatic nuances of color.  Or the subtle  "grayed-off" colors that designers and the French love.  Even flowers are a means of hanging a joyous feel for a particular color.

DESIGN, ART, ARCHITECTURE...Although I have moved away from design as a profession.....I continue to love all the nuances of good design.  The 3 dimensions of it will always excite me.   And I love nothing more than getting into a space for the full experience.  Having worked with restoration, I learned to love the colors of that period as well as the fashions colors of the day.

COUNTRY PURSUITS....I love a country lifestyle. The beautiful landscapes,  The dogs, the walks in the fields, following Bassett Hounds in the chase of neighborhood rabbits. Following the foxhunt.  Sparkling sunrises and sunsets.   The smells of the newly plowed fields and hay making day.   All of these sensual pleasures inform my work.

ANIMALS ...The expressions, the eye contact, the personalities.  There is a reason that they are called "Man's best friend" (and woman's!).  I have the same feelings for the human figure, and continue to explore this area.

ABSTRACTIONS.......Always loved getting off the track for a little serendipitous exploration.  This is probably the most visceral pleasure of all.  Tapping into your subconscious and just letting it flow....following the paint to see where it will take you.  I believe this helps strengthen an artists I let it flow.

MUSIC........When in the abstract mode, my early days singing and playing musical instruments........seem to step into the picture.  The "beat"  moves into the painting process.   And frequently, the names of these pieces end in musical notations.  Improvisation reigns.   And city memories and atmosphere come into the picture.

STYLE...From realism, to impressionism, expressionism and  abstract.  I love them all.  And I doubt that I will ever be a perfect fit for just one regimen.   Each has a different form or means in which to express the nuances of a painting.  Perhaps training as a designer, we learn to appreciate and work with so many different periods, that it is only natural that we desire an exploration into these areas on a regular basis.  I have many architect and designer friends, that express the same thought.

INTERIORS......This is an area that I have a love/hate for as an artist.  Perhaps it is just TOO close to my life as a professional designer. All those years at the drafting board......

STILL LIFES... Occasionally I have been inspired by a particular grouping of colors or memories that particular items might bring with them. 

ANTIQUES... This is probably the driving force to explore traditional dark colors as backgrounds for some of my figurative paintings.   These dark backgrounds look so "right" to my brain in a multitude of situations.


Friday, January 13, 2012

Press Coverage, "Making the most of white at the Oxford Arts Alliance" January 13, 2012

I have been asked to transpose a recent article in the Chester County Press into a larger readible format online...from the original local newspaper..........Go to a previous blog for details on who the participating artists are in this event.

 Making the most of white at the Oxford Arts Alliance
 by John Chambless, Staff Writer
Chester County Press, Wed. January 11, 2012

Given the mild winter we've had so far, there's a lack of white outside, but inside the Oxford Arts Alliance, "The White Show" reflects an admirable broad range of media and styles.

Acrylics on paper by Tom Hlas are showcased at the door.  The abstracts explore circular shapes applied in white, with dark shapes and circles adding contrast and depth.

Among several works by Janeice Silberman,  "Land Square" is a perfect application of white acrylic and shadowy gray underlay that suggests distant mountains in an arctic landscape.  It's completely successful painting that makes its points with subtlety and grace.  And don't miss Silberman's small "Study in Black and White," elsewhere in the gallery.  It suggests a shadow cast on a snow bank.

Favi Dubo has three abstract works that have a high-tech edge and undeniable impact.

Bill Shimek shows fours shadow boxes - for lack of a better term - that frame a jigsawed white wooden panel in a deep black background, giving the female subjects a startling dimension that pops off the gallery wall.  They look like '60's film stills come to life, and they're among the show's most striking works.

Lisa Baird has six intriquing puppet-like figures displayed on slender rods, blending elements of rabbits, human faces and a spirit of off-kilter whimsy.  They are fascinatingly odd, yet sweet.

Peter Willard's two watercolors are subtle but powerful.  "Squall" is a blue-gray swirl that suggests wind-whipped snow against a thicket of trees, and "Kim's Tree" is a wonderfully painted study of a bare trunk and branches against a wintry sky.  The surface is etched and dappled with paint, but it looks like an ordinary watercolor when you take a couple of steps back.  It's a magical little piece.

Susan Myers shows a nice pastel winter landscape that's skillfully done, and Patty Moshanko's two encaustic panels have fascinating surfaces that look like autumn leaves partially encased by a layer of ice and frost.

And you' want to linger over Dan Miller's three large contructions of intricately cut white and tan mat board that are layered and pieced together like three-dimensional jigsaw puzzles.

In a cold month, it's great to see the Arts Alliance making the most of the season's start hue.  Make sure to visit "The White Show" to see how much can be made out of whiteness.

The Arts Alliance is a 38 S. Third St. in Oxford, Pa.  "The White Show" continues through Jan. 28.  The gallery is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, and Friday from noon to 5 p.m.