Sunday, October 25, 2009

New Painting In Pink!

Gawd...I have been wanting to paint with pink for a while now....I bought a bunch of pinks for my figurative commission piece ....but it seems that that just isn't enough pink for me!

There are two artist's of late who use pink in a way that I love painters Ali Williams and Hazel Dooney.
During my Critique group last week my limited palette was bugging today I said what the hell.........I will see if color will work with my current Inherent Divinity Series.

I am so excited with the result. I am not sure if this piece is still in progress ....but I love it tonight....hopefully will feel the same in the morning.

Catalogue arrived : The Canvas Project V2 Encyclopedia

The Canvas Project V2 Encyclopedia catalogue has arrived. I am happy to have work included in this project and reference. As in all group projects it has a wide range of work. What I enjoyed most about being in a huge project like this is the connections I have made with other artists. One in becoming more familiar with their work and two with the on-line friendships that can be made.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Out with the Old in with the New

There are not too many days left this year where I can open the studio door and let in the fresh, clean, warm air. So today was a perfect day for getting the studio re-organized and rearranged for winter use.
In the summer I like to be near my sliding glass doors for the sunlight but in the winter it can get too cold to paint in that spot. So I must move the work tables and easels etc..away from the glass and closer to the wall that my wood stove heat can reach.
I also noticed that my resident orchids are not at all happy next to the window anymore so they will also be moved to a warmer location for the winter.
I am going through all the old clutter and special things that needed dusting… getting rid of the dust bunnies & cobwebs. I am putting away paintings I have been looking at for too long and left their spaces empty to be replaced with new or work in progress…. I have another day or two of cleaning, organizing, and moving but when it’s will also feel like a brand new place to work. Renewed!

(Photo taken outside my studio)

My goal is that when it is finished it will support the new person I have grown into this last year and the new work that I am creating. Out with the old….In with the new!

Winter’s To Dos…….

*Website needs to go back online….will now be set up as an on-line portfolio
*Continue to work on Inherent Divinity series on paper and Start the oil on canvas works that could be shown with them.
* Next Solo-Show needs to be scheduled
*Catalog of New Works by Alicia Hunsicker…Published by Hampden Gallery needs to be started & finished!!
* Finish figurative commission.

Looks like I am going to continue to be very busy!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

The 2nd Hillside Salon @ - The Chancellor's House

I have made my reservation for tomorrow's Hillside Salon
and am looking forward to meeting both Sally Curcio and Jeff Derose and the other featured artists as well.
I was recently contacted by Jeff, who admired my work at the Hosmer Gallery and at Gallery in the Woods, with a link to his site. His work is amazing!! and I am inspired by the light he brings into his work. Here is just a sample respectfully borrowed from his site.

Photography by Jeff Derose

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hillside - The Chancellor's House, UMass Amherst Campus
Contact: Peg Wilson,,
(413) 545-4336

The second in a series of monthly Hillside Salons at the campus home of Sabine and Robert Holub, chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The salon’s usual format allows each artist 20 seconds per slide to show 20 views of his or her work, for a total of only about six and a half minutes per person. After these, the gathering is open to discussion. But as Holub explains, “We will already challenge this format with the October Salon, as we have invited a dancer who will be holding 20 dance positions for 20 seconds each, accompanied by a pianist.” Hillside Salons are held on the third Tuesday of each month.

Space is limited; for more information or to request a reservation, call (413) 545-4336, or e-mail
The four artists to be featured at the October Hillside Salon are:

• Sally Curcio of Florence. Her recent body of work, “Bubble” uses such materials as pins, beads, shuttlecocks, false eyelashes and makeup pads to create miniature worlds in 10-inch-square glass bubbles. Though whimsical and fragile, Curcio’s bubbles also revive the cultural critique of the Dadaist tradition. She studied at Williams College and the American College in London, earning a BFA in painting at UMass Amherst.

• Ethel Poindexter of Northampton. The process of making art is important to Poindexter, who respects the uniqueness and character of images and materials she collects, mostly from construction sites. Through her work she explores questions of how we see things, what we think and experience. She earned a BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA in Sculpture at The University of Miami.

• Jeff Derose of Easthampton. With formal training in art history and photography plus 18 years as a biomedical researcher, multi-media artist Derose now creates short films for museums and universities. Polarity is the underlying theme that unifies the work. His video, “Drifting” is currently showing as part of the “H20 Film on Water” exhibition at Spheris Gallery in Hanover, New Hampshire.

* Christina Svane of The Blue Guitar, Easthampton. Svane, the dancer who will hold 20 positions at this month’s salon, is interested in art’s power to affect our experience of time and open areas of awareness we usually move too fast to feel. Artists have time-stopping tools, she notes. She studied contact improv and was a member of the David Gordon Dance Company. At the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam she created “IDEA,” a monthly performance that includes audience response.

Organized in cooperation with the University Gallery.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Hampden Crit Group

I love my critique group. It is a wonderful group of well established artists that meets once a month at the Hampden Gallery space. This time I brought my figurative commission piece and an eye piece in progress. I feel thankful for the feedback I receive and try to give good feedback as well. What I enjoy most is the practicing the "Art talk" about my own work and others. It is a great way to hone your communication skills. We are all committed to the group and respect each other even if we don't agree sometimes:-) It is well worth the 45 min. drive.

Once in a while we end with lunch at Amherst Chinese like we did today...and the reason I mention this is because I was left with such delightful feelings about my day with them.

Lately I have been reaching out more and trying harder to honor my intuition about making connections with others. A follow your bliss kinda thing...or something like after lunch I went to meet an artist for coffee who's work I love but had never met in person before. She was a lovely woman and I enjoyed our conversation. Thanks Lilly :-)
A truly special day filled with special people....a day that makes you happy to be alive!!
(but tired and ready for bed at the end of the day.. Ha!)

Friday, October 16, 2009

A few new sidebar additions: Eye Portrats & Poll

I have had a crazy few weeks. Not at all like I had planned......funny how life does that sometimes! My honey suffered a back injury and had to have lots of care taking. Being a Domestic Diva IS NOT FOR ME!........HA!..........
However, I did get out some very important applications, one to the Vermont Studio Center for a residency fellowship and two for the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Fellowship awards in painting and drawing. (that felt good!)

Right now, I am feeling a little bound up from not being in the studio for 2 weeks.....and when that happens as some of you may know taking the first step back into it can be daunting. I usually start with getting into the physical up a the my palette....then something will grab me and I'm off.....If you think about it too much it is harder to get into the flow.

News: I have two new additions to my side bar.

First I am now officially offering Eye Portrait Commissions.
The paintings are done in Acrylic on 4" x 4" gallery wrap canvas
and are offered at $125. each (shipping included).
If you order 5 or more I offer a discount of $100. each ( shipping included)

They can be hung on a wall or put on a shelf.
I will need a digital photo of your eye to work from or
if you are local I can take the photos for you
email for details or questions

The second addition to this blog is a poll. I recently came across a 3D virtual gallery space on the web and I am curious about what artists think of this concept. Would you use it? What do you think about it. I've only seen the site for GalleryCentric but there very well might be others. Check it the poll....or respond here. I would love to know what you think about this new kind of venue.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Reception Tonight for Landscape: Scene and Unseen

Join me tonight at the Reception for
LANDSCAPE: Scene and Unseen @ The Hosmer Gallery, Northampton, MA
Friday, October 9 from 5:00pm-7:00pm.
Show runs through October 31, 2009
The Northampton Arts Council presents a biennial juried exhibition
of two and three-dimensional work.

The juried exhibition was open to artists living in Western Massachusetts and the response was impressive, with over 80 entries received, making the jury process a challenge.
The jurors: Stuart A. Chase/Executive Director of the Berkshire Museum, Walter Cudnohufsky/ Landscape Architect and founder of the Conway School of Design and Jo Ellen Harrison/founder of Harrison Gallery in Williamstown; gave thoughtful consideration to all work. They were delighted with the quality, variety and integrity of the submissions and selected works from 24 artists for LANDSCAPE: SCENE AND UNSEEN. While landscape is often restricted to habitat, this show celebrates what might be called “inscape”—a view into the artist’s interior environment.

LANDSCAPE: SCENE AND UNSEEN features Sarah Adam, Tom Adams, Simone Alter-Muri, Matt Anderson, Pat Bega, Peter Dellert, Rita Edelman, Rachel Folsom, Rebecca Porter Fricke, Alicia Adams Hunsicker, Anita S. Hunt, Elizabeth Keyes, Brian M. Kiernan, Bernie Kubiak, Elizabeth M. Lehman, Linda Mahoney, Robin Marlowe, David Marshall, Howard M. Meister, Barbara Milot, Kerry O'Grady, Greg Saulmon, Mary Witt and Kristin Zottoli.
Two and three-dimensional media including painting, mixed media, photography, sculpture, printmaking, digital imaging, and video arts are featured.

The Northampton Arts Council presents this exhibition with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the City of Northampton. To learn more about the Arts Council, please visit
Alicia Hunsicker's art is undeniably beautiful. She is an expert at extracting the highly-detailed textures and fibers of the human body, bringing them from darkness, into the light, with a technical precision that rivals any modern-day master.
David Aquino, Brattleboro Reformer