Ginette paints in the traditional French Impressionist manner. Oil Paintings, Watercolor Paintings, Landscape, Seascape, Poppies, Knife Paintings, French Impressionist, Italy, France, Charleston South Carolina, Modern Impressionist, Sestri Levante, Portofino, Amalfi Italy, Rialto Bridge Venice Italy, Vernazza Italy Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Palais Longchamps, Marseille, France, Still life, Floral, Sunflowers, Provence, Seasonal Art, Autumn Landscapes.
Some of Ginette's art is licensed by Deny Design for many projects including, home furnishings, pillows, clocks, Duvet Covers, and more Click here to see what is available.
I am French-born to a German Mother and a French Father and I live in the United States as a US Citizen. I paint mainly in Oil and Watercolors from my Basement Studio in Georgia. I got started with painting after taking drawing lesson and my art teacher pulled me aside and told me that I had lots of talent and that I should start to paint. Which I did.
I read the book Art and Visual Perception (Rudolph Arnheim), recommended to me by friends, I bought the paperback, now it's available for free online. I gobbled up everything and anything, about the old masters, color theory, composition, went to the museums to see the original paintings, I had found my world "Art" & "Painting". I started to paint and draw every day.
I remember painting oil paintings when I was a child, even then they were impressionistic and heavy on paint. My family sometimes fought over who is going to get a certain painting. One of fighting stallions went to an aunt of mine and I wish I had that painting today. I was probably 10 when I painted it.
Back then being an artist was not considered a "real job", so my life took a different turn.
I was forced to work in sales and go to business school, it was all arranged, I had no say in the matter. It took almost lifetime before I got to do what my heart desired all along, being creative.
Today I paint every day because that is what I love to do. Nature inspires me most, because nature is the biggest wonder of all. Animals, Flowers, scenes from around the world and places I have visited. Simply from sun up till sun down my head is in a creative vice. My vision is Impressionism and have developed a modern version of it. The subject is today and the style is classic with a touch of my eccentricity.
I keep evolving and sometimes I find myself going a bit abstract. I love Picasso as well as Nicolai Fechin, Chagall, Van Gogh, Monet as many of my French country men appeal to me. I am an for lack of a better word, an artist, very much of a free spirit, I don't want to be stuck in to a drawer and have a label put on my forehead. I fight that all the time. I paint because I want to and I LOVE IT and I sell my work to earn a living, because I have to.
Sometimes I wish I was independently rich, I would just stay in my studio or gallivant around in nature, instead of spending hours taking photos of my paintings to list them online for sale. I do love the people I meet because of my art. Especially during art shows where I can really talk to them. I'm very much an eye to eye person who likes to personally interact.
Most of my Travel paintings are the result from travels while I was living in Europe.
I now live in the US and explore various states, recently traveling to Florida, South Carolina and Georgia coastal cities, as well as many natural scenes that I put down on canvas and paper. Places leave an emotional impression on me, that impression I can best express in painting. If I were a writer I would write about them, but I am not so good with written words.
If the viewer recounts a wonderful experience because of my painting, that is wonderful. If the viewer thinks about something deeply, that is a good thing. If a painting changes a viewers perception to the better, like I hope for example my snake paintings do, then I am extremely happy.
When I paint animals, I usually do it to help us see them in a natural light, let the viewer see that they are living beings adding to the colorful fabric of all that makes our world go around. When I paint places I want to show them in a glorious light, romantic, calming, soothing, exciting, mysterious or magical.
When I paint Flowers it's all about fragrance and beauty & color. I often place insects in to the scene because, I've never gone in to a meadow or garden and not seen Insects buzzing around. Dragonflies, Bees, Butterflies and Praying Mantises, they are all part of nature, it would be a sterile world without them.
When I paint People, it's about what lies behind their eyes. When I paint figures, it's about expression catching the personality or the flair of a moment. When I paint a still life it's about the objects and how they live together. I hope my art finds favor with you.
Over the years I had many accolades, accomplishments and won many awards. To the chagrin of many, I hardly keep track of them. I always feel funny about tooting my horn, and I have this odd idea that art should speak for itself. A painting doesn't suddenly become better because a ribbon was won over it. But as I said, I am odd in that way of thinking. We live in a world of commercialization, that is hard to digest for me at times when Art and Business clash. I am somewhat eccentric and a bit shy in taking about myself, especially in this virtual world of unseen faces, unheard voices. It's a problem, I know.
I am most proud of a recent article that appeared in the largest English speaking news paper "The Times of India" The Speaking Tree". It was a most beautiful article.
If you like to read it here is a link. Click on it twice to enlarge the image.
Because I have been in the art business for most of my life (Music Business and Now Visual art), I know that money can buy anything, including so-called articles written.
I have been approached many times, by people that will write favorable article for a certain fee, or listings in so-called World Artist Directories or Who is Who in Art (available to anyone who will pay the monthly or yearly fee to get listed), plaques and awards can be purchased and made to order. I refuse to buy phony credentials.
I am difficult that way. I caution collectors to always refer to references on credentials to back up so called accomplishments, see if they were earned or paid for. Accomplishments that have been bought and paid for and praise that came with a price tag is meaningless.
The article in "The Speaking Tree" was a wonderful surprise, written by Rupa Sengupta. She had contacted me and asked for permission to use my painting "Copperhead Snake" in an article she was going to write about the Snake Festival in India. I gave her permission to use the image of the painting and I though that was
the end of it. But then to my surprise the article turned out to be about my painting.
I only learned about it months afterwards, when she emailed me a link to it online and mailed me a copy of the news paper all the way from India. I was very touched.
Her writing is poetic and just wonderful. I'm not ashamed to say, it brought tears to my eyes.
I had many paintings hanging at the Georgia State Capital, a few still are hanging in the lobby including my large 60 x 40 inch Okefenokee Magic Oil Painting.
In 2000 William Bell of Stax fame commissioned me to do a CD cover for his "Collectors" edition CD "A Portrait is Forever for which I did a graphite drawing of him.
A painting I did of Rufus Thomas made it in to the Stax Academy in Memphis. It's on permanent display there. Many people do not know that I was actively involved in the Music industry as a writer of lyrics and assistant in the recording studio, I even had a few songs published in the Blues genre, hint: Joey Gilmore "Baby You're Cooking"!
Today I only do a bit of free-lance work in graphic design for a local record label. The music business is still in my blood too.
Last year a successful Singer Songwriter by the name of Laura Wetzler contacted me to ask if she could use a certain painting of mine "Grandma's Apple Tree" for her CD cover "Flying". We came to a licensing agreement and the CD has been released, looks and sounds great. You can see it here.
The Audubon Society of Massachusetts published and article on Apples and Terry Dunn was the writer, in it one of my paintings "Grandma's Apple Tree" again was featured in the article. You can see it here http://www.massaudubon.org/sanctuary/features.php?id=92
Well I could go on but I can't even remember all the accolades, I had won a few ribbons over the years, but it's just too much to list it all. I hope you enjoyed reading this, but mostly I hope my art speaks for itself. I say never buy anything because you like someone's biography. Buy the art because you like the art, that's what really matters, don't you agree?
Painterly yours ~ Ginette
My web site: http://www.ginettefineart.com
In The Wild GardenBy : Rupa Sengupta on Aug 09, 2010
In the paradise of the natural order, Ginette Callaway’s copperhead snake sheds the burden of its demonisation, writes Rupa Sengupta.
In Georgia, US, copperhead snakes often get trod on for being hard to tell from the ground. Freezing when frightened, they get run over on the roads. They bite, but only when in danger. With hourglass-shaped marks on their yellowish bodies, these shy, water-loving reptiles thrive in the Okefenokee.
Home to wildlife from heron and crane to otter and black bear, the Okefenokee is a wetland run through by the borders of Georgia and Florida. Visitors who go canoeing there speak of getting high on oxygen the lush plants release. When they leave, they claim to bear away the nocturnal music of frogs and insects.
Some also recall, with unease, poisonous flowers, menacing foliage, stifling humidity, heart-breaking beauty tinged with dread, death and decay. The swamp is called the “land of the trembling earth”: the ground shakes, there being an unstill, teeming water-world beneath the peat. And what indeed is the Okefenokee but dark primeval water, where alligators dream?
It’s a perfect multi-hued landscape for any artist: ripeness and rot meshing in the miraculous instant that is life, a flowering at dusk no less wondrous for its eventual passing. It is a place of precariously reconciled contradictions: carnivorous plants — pitcher and sundew — and venomous creatures coexisting with water-lily and white-tail deer!
The Okefenokee could not but inspire a “New Monet” like Ginette Callaway, a US-based painter who loves horses and cats and wild birds…and snakes. Her love of nature shows in a forceful, if beguilingly eye-pleasing, work that speaks to the heart even as it subverts its moral categories. The canvas, ‘Copperhead Snake in the Okefenokee’, unveils a Garden of Eden rarely seen. If a serpent lurks there, it’s not as tempter leading man astray. In the paradise of the natural order, Callaway’s copperhead sheds the burden of its demonisation like old skin during hibernation.
Humanity’s abiding myths mostly tell of nature as a backdrop to human history, rather than of man as part of a larger living cosmos. These anthropocentric narratives seem to lend themselves to a subtle reworking in this painting. Their linearity is wrecked in an explosion of colour in a sentient universe without contours. Their narcissism is deflated not just by man’s absence from the scene, but in the fullness of the universe without him.
‘Everything shimmers and moves with the deftness of the artist's brushstrokes. Everything is itself and something else. The blue-black water is mirror to polychromatic fires. Palm leaves are floating islands. A flower bud is foil to a blossom that opens to reveal a red heart — Eve’s apple? — already fruit to insects. The wildflower dominates the frame, bending as if in an act of benediction.
And there, at the base, the snake: beautiful as a coral ring, strangely more fragile than the transient petals above it. As in creation and fertility myths, here too the snake is earth’s emissary. The circularity of the reptilian body is an ancient symbol of the cycles of life, death and rebirth, an umbilical cord joining earth and the life it spawns.
Yet, Callaway’s snake seems to represent more than self-replicating matter. That it lifts its head — rupturing the circle of its body and the cycle of its symbolic function — is an artistic sleight of hand. Though an ‘earth-hugger’, the snake turns its gaze upwards as if at an altar. It contemplates the blazing crucifix-shaped flower, as if drawn toward that force within nature that imbues all life with the power of spiritual transcendence.
The viewer is left asking questions. What is good? What is evil? What is necessary? What is contingent? What is nature? What is spirit? The Okefenokee, dark and mysterious, hums and sings and slumbers. The warbler’s wing catches the sun...View Article
The Original oil painting Copperhead Snake in the Okefenokee is sold. If you are interested in purchasing a reproductions CLICK HERE
"I am thrilled and want to thank the Massachusetts Audubon Society for featuring my painting “Grandma’s Apple Tree” in their magazine “Sanctuary” for Spring 2011. You may read the story “Strange Fruit” by Teri Dunn Here is a link to my Buzz page in my Blog.
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I painted a painting of the late Rufus Thomas many years ago ( I met him many times and he was such a wonderful human being) the painting is now at the Stax Academy in Memphis. A sketch I did of William Bell is part of the William Bell exhibit in Macon at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The same sketch is on the CD "William Bell for - A Portrait is Forever" doing that sketch seems like like a lifetime ago. Soon my Painting Grandma's Apple Tree will grace the CD cover of this wonderful Artist Laura Wetzler. She chose this painting for her latest project and we came to a licensing agreement. Check her out. www.laurawetzler.com
I've sold paintings to celebrities and done commissions for a few famous people BUT I will not disclose their names because I do feel REALLY FUNNY about that. I think people's privacy is still important and I will never disclose the names of customers without their consent, famous or not. I hate name dropping anyway! If you want to keep up with my on goings it's best to sign up for my blog http://www.ginettefineart.com/Blog