“Searching for Oscar” Painting

It’s been a while since I last wrote on my blog site and sent my holiday greetings to everyone. This year I’ll post more spontaneously, most likely once a month – still about art and the creative spirit.

Today’s post is timely since I watched the Academy Awards last weekend. Each year I try to see every movie eligible for an award, and look forward to watching the Oscars on TV with good friends (who cast a ballot predicting the winners) and eating a delicious meal together. Just call us film and food fanatics.

As a tribute to the many films that entertained me in 2012 and Sunday’s 85th Academy Awards, I recently completed a painting called, “Searching for Oscar.It is part of a body of work I named the Emergent Series. In one of my blogs, I described this creative process:

  • From many layers of under painting (up to 25) and canvas-length drips, spaces gradually start to emerge – at least to my eye. They’re like gaps in a colorful abstract universe that are asking to be filled. In these spaces, I draw faces and bodies. In this particular case, it’s all about images of the actors and directors from the nominated films.

Here’s the painting:

Emergent Series: “Searching for Oscar” Acrylic on canvas | 48” x 48” Artist: Meg Fitzpatrick | 2012 (photo: Meg Fitzpatrick)

Emergent Series: “Searching for Oscar”
Acrylic on canvas | 48” x 48”
Artist: Meg Fitzpatrick | 2012
(photo: Meg Fitzpatrick)

In “Searching for Oscar,” anyone can play the Emergent Series game. Try to locate:

  • Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
  • Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
  • Isabelle Allen who plays Cosette as a young girl, Les Miserables
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook (my fave JenLa won for best actress)
  • Christopher Waltz, Django Unchained
  • Ben Affleck, Argo (so glad he won for Best Picture – a travesty Affleck wasn’t nominated for Best Director)
  • Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
  • Denzel Washington, Flight
  • Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Adele, Skyfall
  • ….and finally, Golden Boy Oscar (of course)

Here’s the drawing of Steve Spielberg close-up:

detail from Emergent Series: “Searching for Oscar” (photo: Meg Fitzpatrick)

…and, another detail. This one of Jessica Chastain from Zero Dark Thirty:


detail from Emergent Series: “Searching for Oscar”
(photo: Meg Fitzpatrick)

Many thanks to the lovely North Dallas family who purchased this painting for their living room – perfect timing to watch the Oscars and enjoy “Searching for Oscar” which now hangs over their fireplace mantel.

Until next time…. Meg

Announcing Two Launches this Week

Meg in Home Hallway | Painting: "Tribute to Mr. Stella" | acrylic canvas 18" x 36" (photo: teresa rafidi)

My revamped website went live this week. Words of thanks go to Pat and Gary Neeble, owners of Studio16. They have been my web team for close to a decade, and have redone my online e-gallery to reflect my current body of art.

Check out megfitzpatrick.com

I have the honor of being invited to be part of an online gallery, The Art Menu, with the likes of local talents Anita Horton, Carmen Menza and Tamara White. Here is what the Advisory Board said when reviewing and then selecting my paintings:

“The allure of Fitzpatrick’s hide-and-seek compositions taunts the viewer to search for hidden images and discover the secrets of her narrative. Her bold colors and non-symmetrical shapes work to reveal not only powerful energy but peaceful and tranquil moments. Although she allows freedom for the paint to frolic across the picture plane, a controlled restraint acknowledges when the composition is unified and can come to rest.”

Check out theartmenu.com

This site is meant for collectors who are interested in museum-quality prints of originals as an affordable way to own art.  My thanks to David Hobbs and his business partner, Andrew Speillman, the guys who launched this concept. Also gratitude to David’s wife, the gifted photographer, Robyn Hobbs, who took the black and white photos, and Taylor Stensrud for his technical expertise.

Enjoy everyone’s art and creative spirit. Have a great a week.