I just finished 18 ACEO (Art Card Originals and Editions) cards for the Main Gallery 404. ACEO or Artist Trading Cards are miniature (2 1/2" x 3 1/2") works of art that are sold or traded. Quite a few artists are submitting these cards in different media for the September First Friday that is coming up. They asked for 20 to 30, but this was all I could get done with everything else going on.
These, along with many others, will be for sale at Main Gallery 404 in Bloomington IL. starting September 4.
My goal with these paintings was to play with brushwork and push color. I got better at it as I went on. Keeping it fun!
I am finally back in my studio after a short break. I can't believe it's been a month since I last posted a new painting. It's not been a break really, since I have been painting walls, baby sitting, a weekend art festival and the Tall Grass Exhibition. I actually think getting back to my studio is the break!
I had fun with color in this painting. And of course it's one of my favorite subjects!
It's been a while since I posted last. I've started a larger piece and I've been working on that. I've also finally decided on some wall colors for our dinning/living room. So I've started painting walls. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate to paint walls? Well, I'm trying not to think of that. But I can't wait to get it done. The dinning room is finished as of yesterday. The rest will have to wait until next week.
Tomorrow I head to Park Forest, IL to deliver this painting "Country Girl" to the Tall Grass Arts Association for their "Autumn's Soft Breeze's" exhibition. I became one of their juried artists this Spring. This will be my first painting in one of their shows. I'm pretty excited. The opening reception is August 7, and the show will run until September 30. Please check it out if you are close enough. They also have a very nice gift shop connected to the gallery and I'm taking 4 small paintings for the shop. Everything is priced reasonably for people who would like to pick up a unique one-of-a-kind gift.
I painted this a week ago and I love the composition, colors and shapes. I also love the positions of each of the boys, and how each one is looking at something different. But I just want to add a bit more detail to their uniforms, so I'm going to paint it larger. I've prepped a board and will start on that soon. The next couple weeks are going to be busy so I hope I can at least get it started soon.
I'm back in my studio this week. Last week, my mom was visiting so I spent a lot of time with her. I started this painting last week and finished it up this morning. This is the first in a series of kids playing baseball/softball paintings I have planned.
Saturday night was the CIAO members show reception at the Peoria CAC, and my painting, "Summer Joy" sold! I really like the idea that someone local will have this painting. My little model was all about coming to the reception with me to let everyone know that it was him in the painting. Unfortunately it was past his bedtime! Maybe next time!
I've been working on this one off and on for a week and I think I'm pretty much done now. I know it should be me with a paint brush in my hand, but photography is still such a big part of my art that I thought I would include my camera this time. I used to play around with the plastic toy cameras and lomography, then develop my own film for years. Embrace the blur was my motto! I always thought my photos were unfinished but I was never sure what they needed. They needed to be painted! So now I paint from my photos and work on trying to make them more "painterly". It's a process!