Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Gallery Work Wednesday


Fresh Bales  Oil 12" x 12"

Field Of Clover  Oil  12" x 12"

Once again this year I have been juried into "The 144 Exhibition & Online Sale" at Parker Arts Center, Parker, CO.  All of the paintings had to be 12" x 12" or smaller, thus the title:  144.  Like many shows during the Pandemic, this exhibition is being held virtually.  

I look forward to the hopefully near future when once again I can attend exhibitions in person!  Although I think that in the future, many events will be held both online as well as in person.  Online events have allowed people in other states to view art that they would not have previously have had the opportunity to see.  I guess that you can make lemonade from every lemon. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Gallery Work Wednesday


I am 1 of 11 local artists to have work at Kreuser Gallery, here in Colorado Springs, in their "Horizons, the Hope & Possibilities" landscape show.  To prepare for the show I painted dozens of small pieces (3 shown here).  From there I painted 6 large paintings and submitted the 2 above for my gallery wall.  

The skies in Colorado, and the entire western US, are always spectacular.  They're large, vast, open, dramatic, colorful.  The colors are ever changing.  Every time I'm outside there's another potential painting floating by over head.  I often feel that our skies are visual music.  Many of the titles for this series were   musically inspired.

"Evening Chorale" 24"x30", on the left above sold.  "Grace" 4"x8", bottom/middle also sold.  "Like Music" 5"x7" in the middle/middle and "Billowing Sails" 7"x5" top/middle have both also been painted as large pieces.  "Evening Symphony" 24"x48", on the right, is one of my all time favorite paintings.  It's our view from our mountain property.

The show is hanging until January 22nd.  If you live here in the Springs I hope that you can attend the show in person.  If you live elsewhere, check out the show online.

Here's what my painting "Evening Symphony" looks like in a room.  I love this app!

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Saturday In the Studio


I recently had a commission that was a Christmas gift.  A friend from high school told me about the trip her daughter and a group of friends had taken to the Caribbean for her 40th birthday.  The trip was in February, just before the Pandemic.  How lucky was that!  Anyway, she sent me this picture and asked if I would paint it for her daughter.  

This photo shows how I painted this commission.  The painting is 8" x 10".  I blew the photo that she'd emailed up to that exact size.  (Was lucky there;  didn't have to deal with size conversions.)  That photo was taped to a board for easy holding.  I put a clear plastic over it and gridded it so that the women would all be in the correct proportion.  I also blew the picture up on my computer to help with details.  

The colors of the water in this piece were so much fun to use..quite a bit different than my normal western palette.  

Here's the happy young woman on Christmas morning.                                                                                 (I didn't ask her if I could use this picture, so I clouded her eyes a bit.  I think I'll text her and get permission.  She's really quite attractive.)