For this next art pair, I was invited to match up with a beautiful floral painting by my good friend Philip Hodges. Entitled Peegee, the painting is a song of delicate pink detail showing a fading Peegee hydrangea.
I love to see contrast in an art pair—not jarring discord—but works that have enough visual contrast that each emphasizes the strengths of the other. When I saw Peegee, I thought almost immediately of my print Snag. Snag has a color palette that ties it to Peegee, but its simple graphic forms play off the tiny details of the painting, and there’s a great visual energy set up between them. There’s also an abstract quality to the close view and tight crop of Peegee that makes it a great match for Snag.
I also love that the two pieces engage thematically, both showing nature slightly past her prime, but all the more beautiful for it. (Did you know that a snag is a standing dead tree? My print is based on one near my cottage that gets more and more holes and inhabitants with each passing season.)
I would hang the painting and the print as I’ve shown them, with the strong dark grey of Snag creating a visual base for the composition. They could also be a great base for a gallery wall.
PS. If you’re in Nova Scotia, you just have to go to Twelve Acre Hill Gallery near Peggy’s Cove. Philip runs this small gallery in an old workshop on a gorgeous property overlooking St. Margaret’s Bay. It’s filled to the edges with his paintings and work by other fab local artists.