I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! I've been recovering from a bad cold and just relaxing. Not really painting right now but I'm starting to get inspired to get back in the studio. I'm going to post a few paintings this week, of commissions & gifts.
I painted this portrait of Cleo a few months ago, but forgot to post it here. One of my favorite paintings to date!
It has been so long since I've posted! I know everyone is busy at this time of year, and I think I have taken on way more than normal. But as Christmas gets closer, things are actually settling down. I managed to get this larger than (my) normal painting done. I'm pretty happy with it. But after painting a couple duds and wiping another.... I was due for something to turn out! And I'm grateful to have this one.
Thanks for all the title suggestions!
I hope everyone out there is surviving the holiday schedules! Cheers!
I just finished this one. It was a challenge trying to capture the late afternoon light and long shadows. I'm really enjoying painting birds right now. I hope to do a few more before I move on to the next thing.
There have been several things going on in my life that has made it difficult to paint. Besides having my 6 year old grandson for a week, and having a contractor here updating bathrooms, I lost access to my computer for 5 days! There was an accident that involved my computer, water, a broken glass, and a 6 year old. Need I say more? After I was sure he was okay, I noticed my computer had been too close to the whole situation. I quickly wiped it down and turned it off and put it in a dry spot for 5 days. I finally had the courage to try starting it on Sunday and thank goodness it booted right up! Whew, that was a close one. I need to find a better spot to stick this computer when not in use. And if the mother of that 6 year old is reading this... IT WAS A COMPLETE ACCIDENT. And all is well.
Now to get some of these paintings I have started done!
It's been a long time since I've posted so I thought I should give you an update on what's happening in my studio. I mentioned a few commissions... well, I've been working on those. But along with that, I've been painting for a couple local shows that are coming up at the end of the year. I have to say... I've been pretty busy every day in my studio!
But this painting I started in early summer. I had done a smaller version a few years back and always wanted to try it a bit larger. I finally put the finishing touches on it yesterday! I hope local people recognize it as the Peoria Riverfront. It's based on a local 5k run that happens during Octoberfest. The Das Bier Run. It's a very family friendly and fun event.
This painting was accepted in the Poets & Artists Self-Portrait exhibition and publication, "Reinventing Ourselves from Another Point of View". It will be included in the Poets and Artists (PA#75) online digital & print on-demand magazine. The opening reception for the exhibition is this Friday (Aug. 19) at the Art NXT Level Projects/33 Contemporary, Chicago, IL. The show will run until Sept. 10.
Unfortunately, I won't be able to be at the reception because I didn't plan very well. I have my last summer art festival this coming weekend and I will need to set up my display Friday night. But if you can't make it to Chicago, you should definitely stop by Washington Park in Washington, IL where you will find me along with 60+ other artists at the Washington Arts Festival. Lots of food, children's activities, and music! A link to a map is on my Events page.
I have to put the beach paintings aside for a short while. I'll be working on a few commissions that I'm pretty excited about. One is 16"x20" which is larger than I've ever done! I can't wait to get started!
My last art festival of the summer is coming up. I'll be in Washington IL on August 20-21. More information and a link to a map on my Events page.
I've been busy babysitting this week and haven't been able to get into the studio. I have a lot to catch up on when I finally get back in there! I painted this young fellow last week. I loved his simplicity.
I joined the IAL this year and entered 2 paintings in my first show with them. I'm so pleased to tell everyone that my painting "Treasure Hunt" won first place in the semi-professional, not under glass category! I'm thrilled and honored to be among some really great artists.
You can view all the paintings until July 30 at the Peoria Public Library, main branch which is downtown Peoria on the corner of Main and Monroe.
I really loved this painting because of the distinct dark path that runs through it. Love the shapes. I think it could be even better larger. I made his face a bit darker than it was because I didn't want people to notice his face. It's all about his hand and shadow. I plan to try this one again.
I finished up this larger version of "Splash Landing" last week. I love the glow of reflected light under his arms! It was so fun to try to capture the movement!
I spent the weekend in Uptown Normal IL, at the Sugar Creek Arts Festival this last weekend. Wow! This is the largest show I've ever been a part of. Weather and crowds were good both days but for me, Saturday started out pretty slow. But on Sunday things picked up quite a bit and I sold quite a few pieces. I love getting new homes for my art! Thank you to everyone who stopped by to see me. Always fun to talk for a few minutes.
Now I start the mad rush to get my latest work ready for my next art festival which is this coming weekend. The Sugar Creek Art Festival should be a fun time for everyone! I have more information about the show on my website. I'm hoping to see some of you there!
One last post before I head out of town again. I'm taking a few days to travel with my husband to Allerton Park in Monticello, IL. He'll be working, but I'll be relaxing. I wish there was a beach there!
My first summer art festival in Cantigny Park, Wheaton, IL, is now over and I'm spending the day in recovery. It turned out to be a wonderful show. Weather was excellent. Hot, but not as hot as expected and I was under some wonderful trees with a breeze all day. The music was fun and the crowds were good. And to top all that, I was honored to get my painting on the cover of the show program!! I'm grateful it all went so well.
I had been wanting to paint this rose for a long time and I finally had a chance to give it a try last week. This was so much fun to paint. Every petal has multiple color/temperature changes. What a challenge!
I should have it varnished by the time my next art festival (Sugar Creek) comes around in July.
I'm leaving this Friday for a weekend at the Art In Bloom Cantigny Park Fine Arts Festival. I'll be one of the many artists showing their work on both Saturday & Sunday. If you are in the area, please be sure to stop by and say hi!
I just finished this painting of an Egret so it won't be at the art festival this coming weekend. It is still too wet. So please contact me if you would like more information about this piece.
Flowers seem to sell well for me at art fairs. I don't paint a lot of them but I just recently did a few so I would have more of a selection. Here is a sunflower done on a small cradled board. I think these would look great in a group.
Beautiful Pebble Beach golf course. I got to stand by the 18th green and take a few photos once. I've been using those photos for references for a few years. I always wanted to try painting two golfers side by side. Inspired by Ken Auster's "Another Day at the Office", but using my own photos. This is no where near the wonderful freshness of Ken's. But it was a step forward for me. Composition is so tricky, and the problems are different for each painting. So much to learn.
Here is another corner of my studio! This is where I keep most of my paintings at different stages of drying. They are all waiting to be varnished. Sometimes this gets too crowded and I have to move some to wall shelves. Today I'm preparing to varnish a few tomorrow. So this is when I decide what's dry enough to varnish. I have such a pile of new paintings that I'm excited about!
I've been working on some trading cards which I sell exclusively at Main Gallery 404 in Bloomington, IL. They have sold quite a few of mine and will be featuring trading cards again for the June First Friday. They are all original oil paintings on 2.5" x 3.5" canvas pieces. Many artists will be participating, these are just mine.
I'm adding cats and shoes to the mix this month! June's theme is "Wearable Art". So since I didn't really think anyone would want to WEAR one of my paintings. I painted items you could wear... or shoes. I like to paint shoes.
I find painting this small FUN! I keep it quick and colorful. I look at these as tiny studies and will often paint a larger version if I'm happy with how the study comes out.
I will also be bringing a handful of new paintings into the gallery before the end of the month. I'll post photos once I figure out exactly which paintings I'll be bringing.
I finished this self portrait a couple weeks ago. I've been pretty bad about posting to my blog lately. I'm using Facebook more and more. But I really want to do better with my blog, so I will attempt to post more often.
My mothers Celebration of Life is over now and I ready to focus on painting. I'm going to be removing my work from DPW this month. I'm doing this for many many reasons. First of which is that my work isn't really noticed there any more. Maybe it's because I don't post prices or use their auction. That's possible. But if I actually posted the prices of my work I don't think that would really make a difference. I'm selling my old and new work at a small local gallery. So I plan to put my energy into that. In a week my DPW gallery will be gone. Thank you DPW for helping me get started.
I will be doing 3 summer art festivals! I'm really excited about that. I have a new display setup that should simplify and streamline the process. There is more information about this on the Events page on my website.
I've been been hard at work in my studio, but not always having anything to show for it. I've been working on several paintings at one time right now. Which takes me longer to finish anything. But I'm easily distracted these days. So switching paintings helps.
Here I'm working on a self portrait and a golfer with the longest legs I've ever seen! I'm always embarrassed to post photos of my studio and workspace because its rarely neat. To prove my point, here is a photo I posted on Facebook of my studio yesterday. Maybe someday I'll have enough space to actually get organized.