Blue Cinderella by Margaret Kalvar-Bushnell
oil on canvas
16 x 20 inches
year created: 2019
“This painting, Blue Cinderella, was done from a still life set up in an art class. The coloration of the doll figure and the horse, and the overall blue tones came out of my imagination as I painted --- only the green background reflects the actual set-up. I think Cinderella is blue for a reason. Don't many women feel that they must be Cenedella? Charming, sweet, obliging, but doing all the housework, facilitating the lives of others? I suspect that, although I never dwelt on it, some of that feeling must be in me as well and needed expression. Perhaps this painting provided it.”
Artist’s Connection to Theme: Art is a vehicle for self-expression and thus supports well-being. Margaret believes the act of creating art provides a path for expression of feelings we may not even know we have.
Image Description: Framed oil painting depicting a doll in the foreground and a toy horse in the background.
Margaret Kalvar-Bushnell, b. 1957, studied Art History at Wellesley College while majoring in Economics. She studied watercolor painting at the State University of New York at Purchase during the summer of 1976. She pursued a career in finance after graduation, while continuing to draw and paint. During the 1990s, while raising her children, she studied with Michael Madigan and Hannah Fink at Artworks in Trenton. She had works accepted at the Ellarslie Open in 1994, at TAWA at Ellarslie 1995, and at TAWA's Warehouse exhibit in 1995. In May of 1996, she had a solo show at the Plainsboro Public Library, entitled Abstraction in Action, and participated in a group show at the Twin Rivers Library in 1997.
She resumed painting studies in 2017 with Charles Viera at Princeton Arts Council. In the spring of 2019, she had works accepted at two West Windsor Arts Council juried shows. In September 2019, two of her paintings were shown in Charles Viera's student show of en plein air work at the Princeton Arts Council, and she participated in PAC's Members Show later that fall, from which her entry was sold. In 2020 her pastel submission to the Mercer County Senior Art Show won first prize in its category. In the fall of 2020, she had work accepted into West Windsor Arts Council's juried show "Art and Healing" and had an entry accepted into and sold from WWAC's juried Holiday Mart. She also had two works on paper accepted into the 2020 Phillips Mill Juried Show.
Margaret continues to explore color, composition, and varying levels of abstraction in the media of oil painting and pastel.
Frame: One half inch on all sides wood frame.
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