I make art for a variety of reasons. The main reason is that it's fun to make things; I love to work with art materials and draw/paint. Art is the thing I am good at. I could certainly be in a different profession; however, color, design, making something appear three-dimensional is a true joy, as if by osmosis, I know the answer. Art is also an inner expression, and something that brings me calm and satisfaction.
I also see art as a form of entertainment, and I love seeing someone delighted or moved by one of my pieces. Ultimately, my goal is really to make myself happy (sounds selfish, but it's true!) while making others happy. It's as if the happier I am, the happier my art appears, and the happier the viewer becomes. When I channel the spirit of nature into my work, I hope that the viewer can recognize something within it, either themselves, the feeling, or their own emotional existence. Photo by Dan Cook on Unsplash
Saturday, April 14th, I am thrilled to offer a 4-hour pop-up exhibition at WEST ELM furniture/decor store in Portland's Pearl District. I will have originals, reproductions and prints - all available for sale -- surrounded by WEST ELM decor.(westelm.com) (cynthiamosser.com)
This venue is a great way to view my work in a contemporary space. Plus my work is for sale!
I am looking forward to sharing my work with you.
The first five customers receive a FREE PRINT!
WHEN: Saturday, April 14, 2018
WHERE: West Elm 1201 NW Couch Street. Portland, OR 97209
FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS EVENT WITH YOUR FRIENDS!
At the start of 2018, it was suggested to me to try a home art show. A home art show is a small art exhibition, where I bring my work to a friend's or acquaintance's house. They invite over their friends. I display some work, discuss it, and talk about my art process. (And of course, the work is for sale.)
I am trying home art shows to bring my work to those who can't always make it to galleries. Many people live out of town or far from the center. Additionally, people are busy, especially if they have children. Another reason is that galleries can, on occasion, be intimidating.
What I love about this type of event are the connections I make, the direct contact with collectors, and the ability to meet people in an intimate and comfortable environment.
If you are interested in having me come to your home for a home art show in the Portland/Vancouver region, send me an email: email@example.com
Doing art has always been something I've wanted to do, especially as a child. I was good at it in grade school and often won the carnival poster contests. Later on in high school, I was a photographer, but never thought I could make a living from it -- even in college I felt that way.
The event that pushed me further into art was simply the knowledge that I didn't want to do anything else. I simply made a decision, and that was when I was 25. From that point on, I went to art school at Pratt Insitute. I started practicing art on a more regular level when I moved to Prague, CZ right after art school (1998).
I live for moments like this: seeing a new building in Portland, OR with an exciting exterior. The building is called the Fair-Haired Dumbbell, and it is an office building with a mural by LA artist, James Jean. Every 10-15 years, the building owners are thinking about changing the mural. I love it for its playfulness and color.
My second ArtChat Northwest interviewee is artist/painter, MATT COSBY (mattcosbyart.com). Listen in, and hear his thoughts about trinkets, his love for oil paint, movement and color. (14:11min) ArtChat Northwest is a podcast about artists living and working in the Pacific Northwest.
My second ArtChat Northwest interviewee is artist/painter, SHARON BRONZAN. Listen in, and hear her thoughts about the desert, trees, gouache paint, and superstition. (24:24min)
Sharon Bronzan is an artist/painter, and a longtime Oregon resident whose work evokes myth, folklore, and religious iconography. Her paintings often tell a story through the use of the portrait.
Sharon received her MFA from the University of Oregon, taught for 27 years at Portland Community College in the Art Department (Sylvania campus), and is currently represented by the Augen Gallery in Portland, Oregon.
I would like to introduce my first podcast called ArtChat Northwest.
My first interviewee is artist/painter, DAVID SCHELL (davidscottschell.com).
Listen in, and hear his influences,
ideas, and thoughts about painting. (19:47min)
Occasionally I'll run into color that hits me over the head. Target's children's section is a great source of bright color, even in winter! This is why I use bright color in my paintings:I love the visual stimulation, and my misty, often gray environment (Portland/Vancouver) can get a bit dull. It's like a breath of fresh air!
ABOUT CYNTHIA The work of painter, Cynthia Mosser, has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, which includes the Czech Republic and Hungary. Her work has been critically reviewed in ARTnews Magazine, Willamette Week Newspaper, and featured in PortlandMonthlyMag.com
Cynthia received a B.A. in Art History from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She is represented by the Augen Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Image: Sprightly, 2017 Gouache on Museum Board 6 x 4.5 in
Many would like to know... I use water-based gouache paint exclusively in many of my paintings, and love the density and color. So what exactly is gouache paint? Pronounced /gw'osh/, the word's origin comes from the Italian word "gouazzo", which means dampness or puddle or mud. It was originally used in fresco paintings during the Renaissance. It is a matte, opaque medium with gum arabic added for flow. (Gum arabic is a natural gum from the acacia tree.) The matte factor comes from the addition of chalk.
If you look at New Yorker Magazine covers, often the illustrator uses gouache because it does not shine when reproduced.
Compared to watercolor, gouache has a higher pigment load (quantity), which makes it richer in color. With watercolor one can see the "white" of the paper below; whereas with gouache one cannot. This allows an artist to work starting with dark paint at the bottom layer, then lighter colors/values at the top layer.
The reason I use it is due to the fact that it reproduces nicely and is incredibly rich in color.
___________________________________________________________ I am thrilled to be part of Clark County Open Studios here in Vancouver, Washington. In addition to showing where I work and how I work, I will be having a STUDIO SALE. The first 75 attendees receive a free and signed limited edition print. All paintings located at my studio are 75% off! NEW! Prints, cards and drawings STUDIO SALE DETAILS:
I love what Andrew Goldstein says about painting (in his interview with Hans Ulrich):
However, when it comes to the market, painting remains the paramount seller because it is, at the end of the day, a remarkably efficient piece of technology. It packs maximum visual power while taking up a minimum of three-dimensional space. No electricity is needed. It’s easily portable, universally readable, effortlessly Instagrammable, and, in some cases, easily resalable.
After a solo art show, it seems a month-long nap is necessary. It seems strange to go from being an extrovert (marketing, talking with clients, openings), to an introvert again. My wish is to keep the pace up, and engage with people in the same manner (mainly because it is so much fun), but it just isn't humanly possible.
My fear is that people will think I don't care about them during this period of hibernation. I do care immensely, and I am incredibly grateful for how supportive people are of my art life. Ultimately, I have to simply trust in the ebb and flow of life.
Does anyone else have this kind of experience whether it is art-related, or otherwise? Learn more about my art at: www.cynthiamosser.com
(Image: "Flaming June", 1895 by Lord Frederic Leighton.)
Oh yes! LEARN more about how WHIMSY, COLOR, and DESIGN infuses your interior spaces with LIFE and LOVE! CYNTHIA MOSSER Artist Talk Saturday, July 16th at Noon. AUGEN GALLERY 716 NW Davis Street Portland, OR 97209 augengallery.com +001 503.546.5056
As an ARTIST at the age of 46, what I know for sure is slow and steady wins the race. I used to burn myself out, running on adrenaline making art nonstop. I pace myself now. My work is currently at the framer in preparation for my Augen Gallery July 2016 solo show. I'd like a nap. I used to need to sleep for days after dropping off my work. Oddly enough, I feel I could even start anew... Image: Cynthia Mosser Fraternal Foliage (fancy) Mixed media on panel 24 x 24 in
Save the Date: Cynthia Mosser Solo Exhibition July 5-30, 2016 Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis Street Portland, OR 97209 augengallery.com Preview Wednesday: July 6, 5-7:30PM First Thursday: July 7, 5-8PM Artist Talk: Saturday, July 16 at NOON.
Mark and Rae Mahaffey of Mahaffey Fine Art studio, assisted the Northwest Patternist artists with the idea of how to print work using a monotype process (a one-of-a-kind print). Out of this experiment, nine artists (including myself) from the Northwest Patternist Group, will show their prints in a show titled TRANSFERENCE. I will show an installation of my cut up monotypes (see image below). Image: Cynthia Mosser Fraternal Foliage Installation, 2016 Monotype (colored pencil on Rives BFK paper) 44" x 28"
TRANSFERENCE Exhibition on view March 3–April 6, 2016 Autzen Gallery | Portland State University Neuberger Hall 2nd Floor Opening reception: Wednesday, March 30, 7–9:30pm Regular hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm 724 SW Harrison St Portland, OR 97201 Northwest Patternist artists are: Cynthia Mosser James K-M Mark R. Smith Matt Cosby Michael Knutson Rae Mahaffey Sally Finch Shu-ju Wang Tamara English
Curated by Mark R. Smith, PULL OF REPETITION is an exhibition in Portland, Oregon at Portland Community College (Sylvania Campus) Northview Gallery. The show looks at various ways artists use pattern within their work.
Runs Thursday, January 14 - Saturday, February 13, 2016. Artists: Cynthia Mosser James K-M Matt Cosby Michael Knutson Rae Mahaffey Sally Finch Shu-ju Wang Tamara English
There is something ultimately, decorative, feminine and complex about folk art. The shapes, stitch work, color, and overall feeling, whether it's a floral painted wall or lace from Alsace, France, reverberates with me.
Generally, there are no sharp edges. It is these rounded edges and motifs taken from natural elements that I like. Additionally, there is a strong element of time. The time in which it takes to create a piece, is quite long. Which leads one to the idea that it was also a very interior type of work. This idea of decoration is familiar to my eyes. As if I recognize the shapes from another life. Image source: hu.wikipedia.org
I want to start a dialogue about my art so the viewer can gain more insight into what I do and how I do it. In my work, I am trying to create a whimsical feeling with biomorphic shapes, color and value
changes. Whimsy is my necessity. Europe embraces whimsy easily through public sculpture, architecture and installation. This lighthearted feeling through imagery and art lifts one out of a serious mood. Whimsy creates a feeling of poetry in one's everyday life that seems missing in the USA.
Cynthia Mosser (cynthiamosser.com) is an artist (painter) whose work is influenced by color, folk art, design, nature and whimsy. She is represented by the Augen Gallery and is a foundation art instructor at the Art Institute of Portland in Portland, Oregon USA.