As Texas artist painted "ANCHI" she let Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” guide her.
As Anne Royer boarded her flight from Texas to Florida she was thinking about one thing – “Don’t let them lose my luggage.” She had rolled and packed, two 30-inch by 22-foot paintings she was going to display at Arts on Granada.
Under her arm she carried her “insurance,” smaller images – just in case.
Royer had to worry about as she and her art landed at the same time.
Her collection of paintings, “ANCHI,” is the first exhibit of artwork at the gallery with an out-of-state artist.
“When we got involved with the gallery, I knew we had to get Annie,” board member and friend LC Toby said.
Toby and her husband Tommy were friends with Royer when they all lived in McKinney, Texas
“This is our fourth show since December and we are booked through 2018,” LC Toby said.
Royer channels musical compositions when she paints, this time it was Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” and one has to believe Vivaldi would be pleased with the result.
“Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” gave me thematic continuity. From the thaw of early spring to the snowy night of winter solstice, the continuous composition corresponds to Vivaldi’s musical description of the seasons,” Royer said.
Royer has used various painting mediums on canvas and as wall murals, but aerosol paints was something new.
“They asked me to create something different, something people hadn’t seen,” Royer said.
“Aerosol paint is wonderfully unpredictable and challenged me for the control,” she said. “Often the paint won, or the plants dictated, or the rain left its mark. These paintings are what remain of the dialogue between the paint, the music and myself.”
Royer demonstrated her process, by creating some additional pieces using Yupo synthetic paper and artist-grade aerosol paints, in the parking lot.
The overlapping layers of vibrant colors evoke images for viewers beyond the obvious violin outlines and plant prints. When asked how she could part with it she was very matter of fact.
“Every piece of art has a home and not necessarily in my home,” she laughed.
The art is also being sold in an unusual manner. Interested buyers find the section they like the most and purchase it in one-foot or longer sections. The very beginning, Spring, already had a red wire marking off the section a buyer had purchased.
Royer’s art will remain on display during the official ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 15 and for about three weeks after that.