Thursday, April 27, 2017

LCN Page Four A - April 27, 2017 - by Christine LaPado-Breglia

Thank you, Christine LaPado-Breglia for the very nice article in Lincoln County News, April 27, 2017!

I have taken the liberty to post it here:

Lincoln County Artsbeat

Damariscotta watercolorist Paul Sherman (left) greets one of his fans at the April 21 opening reception for his art show at Savory Maine. (Christine LaPado-Breglia photo)
Damariscotta watercolorist Paul Sherman (left) greets one of his fans at the April 21 opening reception for his art show at Savory Maine. (Christine LaPado-Breglia photo)

Watercolor mosaicist: “He’s got all these little islands of color that you can only see up close, but from a distance they make up a cohesive picture.” Those are the words of local painter Polly Steadman, gushing over the work of Damariscotta watercolor artist Paul Sherman at the well-attended April 21 opening reception for Sherman’s show currently on the walls of Savory Maine Dining & Provisions, 11 Water St., Damariscotta.

“And it’s meticulous!” added Steadman admiringly, singling out Sherman’s impressive “Glass Doorknob with Light.” “I would never dream of being that meticulous!”

Sherman’s beautiful work ranges from the realistic, such as a late-1980s piece titled “Garlic Braid,” to the not-as-realistic newer pieces. His very recent “Purpose II” reworks his earlier “Purpose I” and features his now-signature, mosaic-like technique of painting combined with his newer addition of black outlining to highlight borders between components of the painting. “Purpose II,” painted just four weeks ago, is striking; Sherman’s latest evolution in his technique is eye-catching and excellent.

Paul Sherman's exquisitely detailed watercolors grace the walls of Savory Maine Dining & Provisions through May 22. (Christine LaPado-Breglia photo)
Paul Sherman’s exquisitely detailed watercolors grace the walls of Savory Maine Dining & Provisions through May 22. (Christine LaPado-Breglia photo)

Sherman’s former neighbors, Tom and Susie Shevenell, of New Hampshire, chatted with me about the pleasing evolution of Sherman’s painting. The Shevenells said they have known Sherman since 1984, when they lived next door to each other in Boothbay. They remember when he painted “Garlic Braid.”

Susie Shevenell said that she was “stunned” at Sherman’s development as an artist. “We’ve been watching him do doorknobs since we met him,” she said, referring to his striking, detailed paintings of glass doorknobs. She described his latest work as a “quantum leap” over what he was doing earlier in his career. His journey from excellent realistic paintings to his current abstract-realistic style has definitely paid off.

Sherman took a break from greeting guests to tell me how he came to add the black borders in his latest work. He simply got into a drawer of black ink that he had gotten at a yard sale and decided to use it. He said he broke all the rules of watercolor painting by putting the indelible black ink on the paper first, making certain there is no going back after that – no erasing, no watering down of the medium. “The black goes on first,” he said. “It’s stunning how much more fun it is after that. Now, the drawing is shouting at me.” He becomes “committed” to the ink lines, he said, which dictate the direction of the piece.

Sherman’s work is must-see stuff. His engaging show runs through Monday, May 22.

A detail from Paul Sherman's "Buoy with Fine Ripples." (Christine LaPado-Breglia photo)
A detail from Paul Sherman’s “Buoy with Fine Ripples.” (Christine LaPado-Breglia photo)




Friday, April 14, 2017

The Savory Maine Exhibition Has Begun!

A few days ago, we got all of the paintings arranged on the walls at Savory Maine.  I say "we" because I could not have done this alone without the assistance of Savory Maine Staff and my wife. 

The Savory Maine Dining Room is a gem.  Light comes in from every angle through large windows on three sides.  What a perfect place for an artist to hang paintings!  By the way, if you can make to the reception 5PM to 7PM, on Friday, April 21, 2017, and I hope that you can, you should get in touch with Grace now and make your reservations for dinner that same evening too.

Here are some pictures of this gem of a space with my paintings installed.


Paul Sherman At Savory Maine - Dining Room
Paul Sherman At Savory Maine - Dining Room


Paul Sherman At Savory Maine - Dining Room
Paul Sherman At Savory Maine - Dining Room
Here is a short video of the interior and also below:



I listen to music while I am painting so I recorded a short musical composition for the soundtrack for this video.  In a sense, during the video, you are hearing the soundtrack "responding" to my exhibition.



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Brooklyn Library Sketchbook

Before I sent my Sketchbook back to the Brooklyn Library, I scanned every page here in the event my sketchbook should become lost or damaged in the mail.  The Brooklyn Library has some 35,000 of these from all over the world and has just announced a new program to photograph every Sketchbook ever received by them in chronological order.  They estimate it could take ten years or more to scan everything.

I am glad I scanned mine when I did because now I can share it here.  So, without further delay, here are the scans.  These are web versions in the order they were written to my hard drive, not in the order they are in the Sketchbook.  All are 5" x 7".

I learned quite a bit as a result of this exercise.  My approach was to make a new sketch every day until the Sketchbook was full.  Because I used watercolor, I painted on only one side of each page.  I started every sketch with black ink pen.  Then I applied watercolor washes to get the colors I wanted.

My Sketchbook is called "My Favorite Things".

"1947 Chevrolet Truck" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman
"1947 Chevrolet Truck" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman


"Buoy Knot" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman
"Buoy Knot" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman


"Daffodils" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman
"Daffodils" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman


"Damariscotta River" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman
"Damariscotta River" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman


"Damariscotta" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman
"Damariscotta" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman


"Dynaco ST-70" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman
"Dynaco ST-70" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman


"Friendship Sloop" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman
"Friendship Sloop" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman


"Howie's Rig" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman
"Howie's Rig" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman


"Lobster Boat" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman
"Lobster Boat" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman


"Lobster Buoy 01" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman
"Lobster Buoy 01" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman


"Maine Lobster Boat" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman
"Maine Lobster Boat" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman


"Manhattan From Greenpoint" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman
"Manhattan From Greenpoint" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman


"Pemaquid Surf" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman
"Pemaquid Surf" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman


"Puppies And Firewood" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman
"Puppies And Firewood" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman


"Seashore Rocks" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman
"Seashore Rocks" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman


"Travelling Band" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman
"Travelling Band" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Paul Sherman - Upcoming Savory Maine Exhibition!

Please come and see my paintings April 13 to May 22 at Savory Maine Dining & Provisions!  I will be at the reception from 3:00PM to 5:00PM on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Watercolor Paintings of Paul Sherman
Watercolor Paintings of Paul Sherman
I will be hanging more than thirty paintings for this show on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Savory Maine Dining & Provisions.


Savory Maine Dining & Provisions
Savory Maine Dining & Provisions

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Music And Painting - "Purpose" 18" x 24" Completed!

I apologize in advance for so many occurrences of "I" in this piece, but, these days, I have a new painting process and I would like to share it with you.

I have music playing in my studio while I paint.  As a result, I believe my paintings are now more like musical compositions.

In my painting process, I strive for harmonious colors, values, shapes, and designs.

I am particularly inspired by the "bass".  It is the foundation for the music upon which everything else is built.  In my paintings, the black pigment is the bass color, black lines are the bass shapes and designs.  I have always used black frames.

Similarly, white is the highest frequency sound at the opposite end of the spectrum.  I like to spread the lighter values over areas large and smaller highlights.  The white comes from the watercolor paper.

The black frame and white mat provide a window into the piece by establishing the darkest, lowest and brightest, highest notes.

Here is a recent watercolor of a street scene showing people walking during the winter in Oxford, England.  Incidentally, the painting is leaning against one of the corner bass horns in my studio sound system.

"Purpose" - Watercolor 18" x 24"
"Purpose" - Watercolor 18" x 24"
Here is a comparison of this painting, painted under the influence of music, with a previous version.
"Purpose" Versions Compared
"Purpose" Versions Compared

Some have theorized that all sounds are music.  The work of Murray Shafer and Hildegard Westerkamp, both sound scholars, comes to mind.  Their work has helped me to understand how my hearing has become part of seeing.