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Hazel Stone Gallery

ARTISTS STATEMENT

"Reaching my mature Signature Style as a Fine Artist in Watermedia has been a process of refining what continues to fascinate me. My favorite techniques have been developed over years of painting. Before starting a new piece, I decide what materials I will use to express the ideas that I want to convey on paper or YUPO, which is a very smooth synthetic surface. Some of my work is done over a period of time, painting layers of color upon layers of color, establishing complex textures to please the eye. Other paintings are begun more deliberately as I draw ideas on the painting surface, then the painting process begins. My intuition is always part of the process. The design and development of a piece are on-going aspects of working as I continue to do what the painting requires until it delights my eye.

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When I paint, I am not totally alone. The past influences of friends, artists, teachers and mentors flit through my consciousness. I may or may not yield to their persuasion since the choices are mine to make and the paintings are mine to create. Years ago, my muses broadened my knowledge of what is possible and led me to use my intuition and imagination.

 

One of my favorite ways of working is very time-consuming and requires uninterrupted concentration. Starting with arbitrary lines and shapes of various sizes, I continue to design as I paint until the final stroke is made. These paintings all have strong design and composition, flat or textured application of clear, contrasting color and white lines of various widths as the basic elements. Sometimes I add words, letters, symbols, or images to convey my thoughts and feelings. White lines are the result of a steady hand and a small brush.

 

The title of one of my favorite paintings came to my mind during a long conversation with a dear friend. As we continued to talk, he kept saying, “ … and that’s OK!” I said that I was naming my next painting with that phrase. He liked the idea very much!"                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ~ Hazel Stone

 

  ". . . and that's OK!"        Frame: 38" x 30"       $2,400
 Levels of Communication     Frame: 39" x 32"     $2,600
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"... my only sunshine ..."         F: 39" x 31"          $2,600

Paths of Wisdom     Watermedia    Frame: 28" x 28"     $1,900

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Complex Connections I            Frame: 28" x 21"          $1,300

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Homage to Cezanne         Frame: 32" x 34"       $2,500

Jackson's Playdate            Frame 23" x 30"           $1,500
 MEMO              Watercolor          Frame: 38" x 30"            $2,400
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PASS WORD        Watercolor       Frame: 38" x 30"            $2,500
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Change is in the Wind       Frame: 39" x 31"         $2,600

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Kinetic Journey      Watercolor      Frame: 30" x 30"      $2,000

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 Complex Connections II      Frame: 28" x 21"       $1,300

Blue Sapphire Serenade         Frame: 22" x 29"           $1,400

Of the Earth                 Frame: 30" x 37"                     $2,400

"After learning many media techniques, I heard that watercolor was the most difficult medium to master so I had to accept the challenge to excel. My past studies in Art History brought forth images and inspiration for my early work as I painted landscape, floral, still life and figurative work in an Impressionistic or Realistic style. Further study made me delve more deeply into my past and present life, interests and feelings. Exploring connections, new combinations and divergent ideas opened up unlimited possibilities for subject matter. This unique approach provided unlimited possibilities for my paintings. I enjoy challenges and I know I can paint anything that I can see or imagine, so I deliberately create work that is far more complex than real life. Design elements that make my contemporary paintings stand out as being readily recognizable as HAZEL STONE include my favorite personal color choices, symbols, geometric shapes, and various types of line work for connections or emphasis.

 

Throughout my journey as an "Innovative Artist in Watermedia," my choices of using watercolor and acrylic painting pigments on paper or YUPO have lead me to finish my work with acid-free mats, plexiglass and simple frames. The sparkle and life in the protected watermedia paintings are qualities that people love about my work. I hope you believe with me that my paintings are unique and have  special appeal that brings discovery, study and new enjoyment to your life. My desire is to create paintings with universal appeal that will communicate with viewers and collectors and bring a new element of joy, beauty and meaning to their surroundings. Art makes every day more beautiful! Thank you for your time and interest."                                             ~Hazel Stone