Arts Alive - Infusion 2013

02 August 2013

Last night was the final exhibition of Arts Alive which took place at the Scranton Cultural Center.  Earl Lehman and I had a great group of high school painters from various Lackawanna schools.  I think they were quite impressed with the paintings they did which made a bold statement hung in a pentagon shaped tower.  I know we were proud of them - and glad we got to know them......

Arts Alive Final Event at Scranton Cultural Center

05 August 2012

The students worked hard all month for the grand final at the Scranton Cultural Center which coincided with First

Friday  - the city was alive and well with gallery openings and musicians galore!  Shown here is Kayla with the landscape portion of the painting classes "tower" and Earl and me with the portrait "tower".   

Arts Alive Painting 2012

02 August 2012

                                    Arts Alive painting class at Marywood University 20112


                              Arts Alive Students work on paintings for final exhibition

              Collaborative peice by Arts Alive students from  Illustration, Mixed Media and painting

It's the 20th year anniversary of Arts Alive!  And the exhibition is tomorrow night at the Scranton Cultural Center - junior and senior high school students from around the area have spent their July in disciplines ranging from performing arts to visual arts and will display their talents beginning at 5:30 pm with a gallery showing and a performance at 7.  Earl Lehman and I are shown with our painting class behind the collaborative grid painting done by the illustration, mixed media and the painting classes.

A 6" x 8" Portrait

21 June 2012

She said "make his shirt blue"  - a little rememberance of a face - the sort of thing artists  were constantly asked to do before the camera. 

Ahhhhhh Blue....

15 May 2012

Not much more to say than ahhhhhh Blue...... ; )

An Installation

11 April 2012

                                   Pitch Fork and Gerber before heading to MacDonald Gallery

I'm excited about the show at College Misericordia, in Dallas, PA,  which opened today.  Showing with Nina and Skip in the main gallery with my works in a separate gallery gives the viewer a large range of what art is and can be. 
The 'installation' idea came by co-creating with curator Brian Beneditti who wanted the look of the space to feel like my actual studio - hence there is a rawness not ordinary seen in a gallery like setting.  To not worry about framing was liberating..... like going without a certain under garment.....

UPDATE: The show was featured as a "Best Bet" by the Times Leader Guide!,133617

Blooming in the Basement

16 February 2012

                                     Studio view - February 2012
I always like the idea of the basement and attic as being symbolic of our sub-conscious.  In those areas there is great fecundity - like a day lily blooming out of the  dark, deep purple earth.

Arts Come Together

27 December 2011
Arts Come Together:

                    Vertical Isolation 72" x 60" Acrylic on Canvas

LOCATED AT 239 Schuyler Ave Kingston, 3rd Floor above Vanderlyn's
PLEASE JOIN US FOR REFRESHMENTS, TOUR NEW MASSAGE ROOMS, AND FOR LIVE PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT AND PERFORMANCES BY LOCAL ARTISTS INCLUDING: Dance Theater of Wilkes Barre, Take the Stage, Northeast Academy of Dancing, Faberge Follies, and Ballroom Dance Artisits: Lauren Harrington-Cooper and Raphael Cooper and artwork by Richard Derby and Leigh Pawling

Boden Opens in Pittston

14 December 2011
The Boden Clothing Store has opened on Main Street in Pittston - a grand opening on Friday introduced the store with great food, music and big art works amongst the "Anthropology-esque" clothes.
Shown on the left is  Dream 1 on silk which is 50" x 50" framed.

Art in a Setting

04 December 2011

Seeing 'works' in a setting always opens up the possibilities of how art can transform a space.  Here are three of my pieces in room very close to the Caribbean.

Caged to Free Bird

16 November 2011

                    'Caged to Free Bird'  acrylic collage on canvas 9"x12"

Beauty and Pain

08 October 2011

                                   "Shine"   48" x 72"  acrylic on canvas    Leigh Pawling

"One of my favorite stories is told about Renoir, the famous french painter.  Apparently, when he was older, he suffered greatly from arthritis, but he kept painting anyhow.  On one occasion his friend, Matisse, said to him, 'Renoir, why do you keep painting when you are in so much pain?'

Renoir simply replied, 'the pain passes, but the beauty remains.'"

Arts Alive Goes Green!

26 July 2011

This is the third year teaching painting in Scranton for "Arts Alive" with artist Earl Lehman. The theme is "Green" which high school students studying painting, mixed media, photography, dance, and performance interpret  in various venues throughout the city.  We all come together at the end of the intense month for a grand exhibition and production which will be on First Friday in August at the Scranton Cultural Center.  They are doing super work as always and took a moment from their creations for a group shot today. Luna (bottom right) is our mascot!  : )

Black and White with a Touch of Gold and Red

29 June 2011

A new home with a beautiful flowing staircase seen from the foyer demands a stong piece.  This 72" x 40" acrylic on paper is currently getting framed at Marquis Art and Frame in Wilkes-Barre getting itself ready to be hung.



A Father's Day Present

19 June 2011

This 46" x 36" was commissioned for a specific space newly reestablished as a  'men's den'.  The acrylic on canvas captures a memorable event which is forever now documented with an original painting.

Back Mountain Bathroom gets Two New Paintings

06 June 2011
We spend a lot of time in our bathrooms - so, why not have some orginal art to look at while your blow drying your hair or brushing your teeth? This was the thought process of the owner of these two new stretched and framed silks.

Bougainvilla in Dallas

18 February 2011

This week I imagined myself in some exotic place as I painted bougainvillea above three entrances in a beautiful home  in the woods in Dallas, Pa.

'Winter" - Not So Bad To Be Blue

28 January 2011

         "Winter" fabric paint on silk 44" x 44"                                                         by Leigh Pawling

Winter isn't so bad with knock out blue skies like this one ......

Arteccentrix Exhibition Scheduled

02 December 2010

Artist and owner Nickola of Arteccentrix offered me a show November 2011.  Her contemporary gallery in Grand Cayman shows edgy, relelvant works which are greatly admired and appreciated on the island.
Shown is my painting "Water Flows" which is 9' x 6'.

Abstact Expressionist Show at MOMA

09 November 2010

I always love going to museums and seeing Franz Kline's paintings due to the fact that he was from Wilkes-Barre and derived much inspiration from the coal breakers in our area.  Here a one of his works on display at MOMA in NYC - the show runs through April.  It is a nice overview of the Abstract Expressionist painters all from their permanent collection.  I'm shown with another of my favorites - Hans Hoffman.