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by Kelly Borsheim copyright 3 May 2014

  1. VinOutlet Collaboration: "Personalities: Wine, Art, People"
  2. New Works: Red, Red, Red!
  3. Australia in May
  4. Blog Highlights: Handmade Goods
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Hodler, Ferdinand 1885 "TheReader"
Thyssen Art Museum, Madrid, Spain
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Dear Art Lover,

As I began to unpack my art in front of Amerigo and Carmela, proprietors of VinOutlet here in central Florence, Italy, they started having some ideas and seeing possibilities. They were immediately drawn to some portraits that I had created some time ago of some of my artist friends. The portraits are a bit unusual in that they are white pastel on black paper. I did the series out of curiosity. Before this, I had created tone drawings with a variety of darks (charcoal and pastel) on light paper and I wanted to know how much one could stretch the range of tones by using only white.

[leggere qui di seguito per questo invito in italiano]

First, the invite: VinOutlet is featuring some of my artworks and you are invited:

Art Opening: "Personalities: Wine, Art, People"

Friday, 9 May: 6 - 9 p.m.
VinOutlet at Borgo Ognissanti 70/r
50123 Firenze, Italia [Florence (FI) - Italy]
Tel. +39 055 26 70 495

Come on out for a fun evening and start your weekend well!

Some of the personalities are:
  • "Hélène" has been paired up with Negramaro Organic "Pirro Varone." This red wine comes from Apulia, a region in southeast Italy. Negramaro comes from a very warm place with lots of personality. "She is powerful, but not overwhelming," said Amerigo Coli. "Red is the line that links passion to good food."
  • "Jessica" calls to mind the more elegant Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato "Il Firmato." This red wine consists of 100% Ruché grapes and hails from Piedmont, the region most northwest in Italia. She comes from an almost forgotten grape. It was thought to have been destroyed when many Italian grapes took a hit back in 1910 after some imported plants from the USA included an insect for which Italian (and even Spanish and French) grapes had little immunity. However, in the 1950s a young priest was sent to the region to try to rebuild it after the war. He discovered the grape in a small field near the church and shared it with different farmers who revived the autochthonous grape. This wine conjures images of feminine flowers, having soft and very perfumed scents of rose and geraniums. Ruché has a 14.5% alcohol content. She bites, but you do not feel the bite [or so Amerigo assures us!]
  • "Dana" is paired with Tegolaia Travignoli Supertuscan 2005. This red wine is from Tuscany. She is a more international wine, but is aged in small French oak barrels. The smaller barrels give the vanilla or chocolate, sometimes spicy bouquet to the wine. The phrase "SuperTuscan" refers to a wine made from blends of grapes that are grown in Tuscany, but which have a foreign origin.

I hope you enjoy this collaboration between VinOutlet and Borsheim Arts Studio. You may access both the wine and the art online, but would it not be much more fun to just come and see us in Florence?

[Still life oil painting with perishable vegetables radishes]

Salve a tutti gli amici dell'Arte!
Appena ho mostrato le mie opere ed i miei quadri a Carmela e Amerigo, proprietari di Vinoutlet a Firenze, abbiamo subito iniziato a parlare di idee e cose da fare. Entrambi sono stati attratti immediatamente da alcuni ritratti di miei amici artisti che ho creato qualche tempo fa. Sono ritratti un po' fuori dall'usuale, sono infatti pastelli bianchi su cartoncino nero. E' una serie di disegni fatti quasi per curiosità. Prima di fare questi in bianco e nero, avevo creato disegni con una varietà di chiaro-scuro (carboncino e pastello) su carta leggera e volevo sperimentare e capire quanto fosse possibile espandere la gamma di toni usando soltanto il bianco.

Alcuni dei miei lavori sono in esposizione da Vinoutlet e siete invitati all'evento:
"Personalità: vino, arte, persone."
Venerdi 9 maggio dalle 18.00 alle 21.00
Vinoutlet Borgo Ognissanti, 70/r
50123 Firenze - Italia
Tel. +39 055 26 70 495

Vi aspettiamo per una serata divertente ed iniziare bene il fine settimana!

Ecco alcune delle personalità:
"Hélène" è stata abbinata al Negramaro "Pirro Varone". Un vino pugliese, proveniente da una regione ricca di sole e personalità. E' un vino con personalità ma non irruento" come dice Amerigo Coli. "Rosso è il trait d'union che unisce la passione ed il buon cibo"

"Jessica" ricorda invece il più elegante Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato. "Il Firmato" è un Ruchè in purezza che arriva dal Piemonte, frutto di un uva riscoperta negli anni '50 che si pensava distrutta dalla filossera arrivata dagli Stati Uniti agli inizi del '900. E' stato un prete delle campagne di Castagnole a rivalorizzarla ed a far arrivare il suo nome ai nostri giorni. Ruchè ricco di profumi floreali di rosa e geranio. Un po' come Jessica, i suoi 14,5° mordono ma dolcemente.

"Dana" è stata abbinata al Tegolaia, Supertuscan 2005, rosso del Chianti Rufina e fra tutti, è il vino di gusto più internazionale, come il personaggio di Dana che ha viaggiato il Mondo in lungo e largo. E' invecchiato in barrique francesi che ricordano sia la vaniglia che le spezie più piccanti.

Sperando che questa collaborazione fra Vinoutlet e Borsheim Arts Studio sia di vostro gradimento vi aspettiamo numerosi per scoprire il "gusto dell'arte".

New Works: Red, Red, Red!

(all copyrights 2013-2014 reserved by the artist)

One of the things I wanted to learn is how to paint a brilliant red and all of the tones involved in order to make a red object look three-dimensional. Painters know that when one adds white to a pigment, the colors lightens and becomes bluer or colder. So, how does one lighten red and still have it remain red and rich?

Another skill to learn is that one must depict a white porcelain object using much darker tones than expected. The whitest white possible in paint is left for the highlight. And also in this project, a green is added as a complimentary color. Adding to those ideas, in the first one (right) that I painted, I wanted the subject in light to be in the background of the work, letting the foreground go dark. This is a bit opposite from the Tenebrist project "Giuseppe's Tools" that I painted, in which light emerges from dark, advancing towards the viewer.

I hope you enjoy these two still life paintings. "Red, White, and Green" is 70 x 50 cm [oil on wood], while "Olives and Oil" is 24 x 45 cm [oil on canvas]. Both are available… Just respond to this e-mail or contact me as you wish, if interested.

[Red White Green Still Life Oil Painting on Wood]

[Red White Green Still Life Oil Painting on Wood]

Australia in May 2014!

I am off to see the wizard soon. If you are near Mackay and would like to take a workshop with me, please contact the Sarina Arts people to sign up. And I will report in the next newsletter about the art scene Down Under.

Thank you for sharing in this journey!

Recent Blog Topics:

I have been so busy with preparing to teach and travel that I have not written much on my blog. However, I spent almost an entire day with a friend recently looking at as much as we could at a fair for handmade arts and crafts and all kinds of categories, including recycled goods. I share with you just some of our experiences there (but I am NOT showing the massage images! Haha… )

Florence Italy Artisan Fair

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Kelly Borsheim
3 May 2014

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