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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sneak Peek! (J Costello Gallery, Hilton Head, SC)

Hola Amigos!  I am back in the studio now after a relaxing, refreshing, and very entertaining trip to Cabo with my sweet friend and art dealer, Laura Rathe. What an awesome place.  I think I could live there.  Maybe I will.  Maybe I won't.  But right now I have a real big crush on Mexico. 

  In other news, for the past month or so I have been working on a group of 24 paintings commissioned by Oceania Cruise Lines for the newest addition to their fleet of ships, Marina. I will tell you more about this exciting commission and post photos of the body of work when the last pieces are complete.

I am also working on pieces for an upcoming solo exhibition @ J Costello Gallery in Hilton Head, SC called Pages: A True Story by Meredith Pardue. The opening reception is November 11, and everyone is welcome. The title reflects my desire to convey a personal narrative (almost sketchbook-like?) feeling to the exhibition. I have been collecting random scraps of paper, used paper towels, ruined paint brushes and other art materials to create mixed media and collage pieces on canvas and paper.  I also plan to include some of my usual oil on canvas/paper paintings in the show such as these images below:

Bloom 15: 30" x 22" ink, oil, and mixed media on paper

Bloom 16: 30" x 22" ink, oil, and mixed media on paper

Bloom 17: 30" x 22" ink, oil, and mixed media on paper

...and these paintings are from the Tropical Series, a body of work I did a few years ago.  I worked back into them with heavy white and black oil paint, which created a stark surface contrast to the high glossed, earthy stain in the underpainting.  I am really happy about the way these turned out, so I decided to stop hoarding them in my studio and let them out into the universe. Bamanos, last remaining pieces from my beloved Tropical Series. 

Tropical Series II, #10: 30" x 30" acrylic stain and oil on canvas

Tropical Series II, #5: 30" x 30" acrylic stain and oil on canvas

Tropical Series II, #9: 30" x 30" acrylic stain and oil on canvas

Ok, that's all I've got for now.  Thanks for checking in with me...now y'all go enjoy this gorgeous fall day!











Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I'm goin' to Jackson...I"m gonna mess around. Just kidding, I'm not. But these paintings are.

Hi y'all! It was a fun weekend in the ATX with my dear friend May and her sweet friend Patrick.  We had a lot of laughs, a lot of margaritas, and a LOT of Mexican food.

Patrick, Mere, & May @ Malverde (post-feeding frenzy).

 Anyway, May is the owner of Lounge Arts in Jackson, MS, a super art gallery that shares a space with the fantastic Lounge Interiors.  These pieces are now part of her inventory:


Part Fifteen of a Rainstorm: 40" x 26" acrylic, ink, and oil on paper

Part Fourteen of a Rainstorm: 40" x 26" acrylic, ink, and oil on paper

Part Sixteen of a Rainstorm: 48" x 48" acrylic, ink, and oil on canvas

Part Seventeen of a Rainstorm: 60" x 48" acrylic, ink, and oil on canvas

Bloom 18: 48" x 36" acrylic, ink, and oil on canvas

Bloom 19: 48" x 36" acrylic, ink, and oil on canvas

Saturday, September 11, 2010

September 11

With great sadness I remember the lives lost on this day nine years ago. I pray for peace and for the protection of our troops. God Bless.



 Here is a link to Micheal Arad and Peter Walker's Reflecting Absence, the winner of the World Trade Center Site Memorial.



Friday, September 10, 2010

Hello Dallas!


The paintings below just arrived in Dallas at Select Art.

Part Thirteen of a Rainstorm: 48" x 48" ink, acrylic, oil, and oil crayon on canvas


Part Twelve of a Rainstorm: 48" x 48" ink, acrylic, oil, and oil crayon on canvas

Pods in Fractured Light I: 30" x 22" ink, acrylic, oil, and oil crayon on paper

Pods in Fractured Light II: 30" x 22" ink, acrylic, oil, and oil crayon on paper

Pods in Fractured Light III: 30" x 22" ink, acrylic, oil, and oil crayon on paper

And this just arrived at my parents' home in Dallas.  They commissioned me to create this large painting for their living room.  I love that my parents collect art!  They are awesome in many other ways, too, but I am pleased to have raised them right in the art department.
My Deep Earth V: 48" x 96", ink, acrylic, oil collage, and oil crayon on canvas


P.S.  How bout them Saints beating the Vikings last night?  Although my buddy Andrew swears they should have beat the daylights out of them.  I think they are just warming up.

P.P.S.  I know jack about football, so don't listen to me.  I don't even really like football. But I do like the Saints. If you are from Louisiana, then you understand my excitement, and if you're not, well, then bless your sweet little heart anyway. Who Dat!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fall 2010

I hope everyone enjoyed Labor Day 2010 as much as I did!  There is really nothing better than good friends, good weather, and of course good vodka cocktails.  But I am quite happy to be back in the studio now, working away on several fall projects.  Here are a few upcoming events:

Interview in Glossy (Austin American Statesman) by Becca Hensley, October Issue

PAGES: A TRUE STORY by Meredith Pardue: @ Judith Costello in Hilton Head, SC
Solo exhibition of new work opening Thursday, November 11.
Please join us for the opening reception.  I'm talking to you, Savannah, GA!!

REVOLUTIONS @ Jean-Marc Fray:
Solo exhibition of new paintings opening Thursday, November 18
Please join us if you will be in the Austin area.  Bring your mama.  And your daddy.  And your friends, too.

New representation @ Ode to Art Gallery in Singapore/Malaysia.

New representation @ Select Art in Dallas.