Long Description of 'Potted Flowers'

Creations Accessible Art Gallery at the Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA

‘Potted Flowers’ is a watercolor painted by Katherine Moorehead during the Art Class taught by Daniel Toney at the Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA.

Katherine painted this work in a whimsical style using a modern expressionist technique. Wide sweeping brush strokes against an unpainted white canvas, outline the featured object by defining the parameters without exacting detail, leaving the visitors imagination free to complete the image. This work, ‘Potted Flowers’ consists of a vase with two flowers and several green leaves. The vase is vertical, the height being twice the width, narrow in the center, and wider on the top and bottom. The vase is an outline using a wide brush stroke in medium brown. The flowers are wide strokes of blue and red, hovering above stems and leaves of green and blue. Although the painter used only a dozen brush strokes, the image is striking with the living flowers springing up from the vase in a gracious upward sweep. The work is very impressive in its simplicity. This is a interesting and dignified expression.

The Art Class is lead by Portrait Artist, Daniel Toney. The session Katherine attended was held during 2004, on the premises of the Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA, 1101 Peach Street, Erie, PA. The objects were painted using ordinary props. The Art Class was highlighted by ‘Art Night’.

'Art Night' was organized jointly by Daniel Toney, Portrait Artist, and Shawn Tubbs. Shawn was then an intern completing graduate studies in 'Art Therapy' and is now in private practice.

The classroom with props can be seen here.

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