Bernard Dick - Artist



"Gus and Lena of Dansville, NY"
28" x 35"
Digital painting printed on canvas

 



"Little Blue Esquire"
23" x 32"

Digital painting printed on canvas

 

 


Artists who exhibited in the Little Theater Cafe Gallery (Rochester, NY) over the past year are exhibiting as a group until January 6. The artists were asked to exhibit two pieces each from their solo show or recently completed pieces. I chose two new pieces. My solo show was last June.






"Wooden Church, Poland"

 

Through December 3

Solo Show: Digital Paintings

Experimental Gallery

Livingston Arts Center

4 Murray Hill Drive

Mt. Morris

 

 

"Temple"

 

Through November and December

Winter Group Show

I have 4 pieces in this group show

Dansville ArtWorks

Main Street

Dansville, NY

 


My daughter is working on a family tree for my side of the family. Along with that she is compiling and organizing all available photos of family members. I have been scanning old photos to help her in this project. Struck by some of the visual compositions and the memories the old images resurrect, I have embarked on a series of digital paintings inspired by those old photographs. These images will be around 30" x 35", roughly, when printed.

 

I am using Photoshop Elements to adjust and edit compositions, distorting slightly to introduce a more dynamic feel. The softwae painting program "ArtRage" is now my favorite program for actually rendering the painting mostly because of its realistic feel and look of oil painting. I do revert to Photoshop Elements during to painting stage once in a while to adjust colors or lights and darks.

 

One of first paintings below, "Father and Daughter in Dansville, NY" depicts my paternal grandfather Augustus J. Dick and his daughter, Lavancha (Dick) Smith sometime around 1910. The original photograph was in faded black and white. I did a considerable amount of cropping, stretching, tilting and editing of the original image before painting. After finalizing the overall composition I traced the major forms in ArtRage and began the painting. It was a general sketch, not in great detail. My emphasis was more on color and a light feeling than on familial characteristics. I was conscious of creating an impressionistic image.





The (in progress) painting below, "Augustus and Magdelena" represent my paternal grandparents. There has been a considerable amount of editing of the original photograph; editing out other figures, cropping, some stretching and distorting. I repositioned my grandfathers head as he is looking to his right in the original image. The photo is a blurred black and white print and so I am forced into choosing the colors. Realistically rendering facial and hand characteristics is more important to me in this painting as I see the painting as a double portrait, so vivid is my memory of my grandparents. The tracing for this image was much more detailed, the painting more restrained, so far.




 

 

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Canaltown Coffee Roasters, 1805 East Aveenue, Rochester, NY, is hosting 8 or 10 pieces of my work during September.

 

Hours:
Monday - Thursday 6:30 AM 'til 7:00 PM
Friday: 6:30 AM 'til 10:00 PM
Saturday: 7:00 AM 'til 10:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM 'til 4:00 PM

 






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On the corner of Atlantic and Fairmount stands an old white church that was built over 120 years ago. It now houses the MuCCC (Multi-use Community Cultural Center).

 

My first solo scheduled show of 2018 will be at MuCCC, the month of February. The Center is located in the Arts neighbor of Rochester, NY.

 


 

 





I had a solo show of 24 works in the Little Theater Cafe on East Avenue, Rochester, NY during the month of July. The Little Theater is the premier art film theater in Rochester and its cafe offers steller live music and monthly exhibits of good art.


With Zanne Brunner, Curator of the Cafe art shows.






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Grand Canal 18½" x 24"

Southern Trees 15" x 20"



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