In art and photography, as in life, it is the light that makes an impression. Without the light we’d be left with only darkness. In life, those are the bright moments where you want to draw a deep breath. The moments you want to share. The moments about which you want to tell someone.
Art is a lot like that. In some ways, art can be seen with the same importance we attach to communication and sharing because art is a type of language. Of course, art is built of many influences. It’s a form of architecture. It’s a science. It’s a dialect. Art has its own unique history. It has community. It’s economic.
The art world is, indeed, its own world and art develops along side of the stunning creatures that create it. As society changes, so does art. It’s interesting to note that when a culture dies away, only the art is left. From cave walls to Pompeii to the Sun King of France - the art remains.
Candace Whittemore Lovely is a Contemporary American Impressionist. She is an extraordinary artist and she knows her subject well. For a little background about this style, the Impressionist art movement developed in Paris in 1860. It’s known as one of the first influential modern art movements. The Americans developed their own style of impressionism using natural, bright color and light, and a sense of realism. It’s not a linear or structured style but is softer and more fluid, which is closer to real life than a frozen tableau or a portrait painted in muted tones.
In photography, there’s a similar concept called Pictorialism. It was also developed in the latter half of the 1800’s. Similar to Impressionism, the concept rests on the idea of tonality, softness, composition, and a dreamlike texture.
When Accede caught up with Candace in her home studio, we partnered with internationally recognized Fashion Photographer Krisztian Lonyai and stylist Carol Andrychowski to create something special. When we crafted the concept of photographing the artist in her studio we wanted have something very different from just another #instag-snapshot. We designed the shoot using the Pictorialism sensibility to, essentially, bring our readers an impression of an American Impressionist Artist. Sort of a nesting doll version of art within art. We wanted to show the idea of art being birthed, blooming out of the heart and soul of the artist and we wanted to show an artist bathed in a moment of light, feeling, and beauty. A moment of Life in Art.
No one could portray that better than Candace Lovely who dived into the process like the professional she is.
Candace is a genuine, original person who has a fun heart and a serious soul. Her personality zooms through every gathering and lights it up. She brings laughter and joy with her as if it’s something she always carries in her pocket. She dispenses it freely and without regard for getting it back. To meet her you wouldn’t think she’d accomplished the heights to which she has traveled. She’s not snotty or lofty about her skills or the heights she has obtained, but she could if she wanted to be.
In America, the oldest nonprofit arts association in the United States was chartered in 1879. Located in Boston, it’s known as the Copley Society of Art. As an artist, one of the highest recognitions in the world is to receive the designation as a Copley Master. Since its inception, Copely has hosted, shown, or sponsored these many well known artists, including James McNeil Whistler, Claude Monet, Auguste Rodin, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, and John Singer Sargent. These are Candace’s peer group and she’s in this exalted company because she earned it. She’s a Copley Master. And she’s a Rockport Artist. And she was voted one of the University of Vermont’s most prominent alumni and is in the Forman School Hall of Fame at UVM. The Boston Globe once called her The Grand Dame of Boston painters.
That means collecting Candace’s work will put you in good company. In fact, you’ll share that honor with Barbara Bush. Candace was asked to paint the First Lady in 1990. She was invited to the White House and painted Bush’s portrait, in the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, with the First Lady holding Candace’s hat. It’s an experience and an honor offered to few. Candace’s painting of Barbara Bush is now housed at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
Candace is an artist who understands that art has structure. It starts with a poem or a story, it goes to a medium or canvas, and there, the story meets the science of color, spectrum, and technical knowledge. She even created coloring books using her own artwork to show some of the science in art. The books are designed to help people see the spectrum of color in a painting and how it comes to life. The Impressionist Way coloring books are brilliant because the pages are prints of her paintings rendered in a basic blue tone and you have to add color to mix and blend on the page in order to achieve the finished picture. It’s a fun way to learn how color works.
As a woman, Candace is also concerned about women in the art world being under-represented, under shown, and under collected. Women artists don’t receive the same pricing, value, or deference as male artists. She’s a member of National Association of Women Artists and is an active member of her local chapter. You should find your local chapter as well. It will help you in your quest to build an informational foundation for your collection of original art.