4th Annual Art Show and Sale

Annual Art Show and Sale

As hot as it has been in SE Virginia this fall, I’m working hard to think about the coming holidays and gift giving.  I’m sure many of you are as well.  So…

Get ready for some super prices on my paintings for the 4th Annual Art Studio Show and Sale!!!

When:  Friday, November 9, 2018

Time:  5:30 – 7:30 PM

Where:  Associates in Dermatology office,  17 Manhattan Square, Hampton, Virginia (map / directions)

Come by, browse, shop and bring a friend.  Delicious hors d’oeuvres will be served.  There will be many paintings offered in addition to those hanging in the Aiderm offices.

See you at the 4th Annual Art Show and Sale!

My Plein Air Painting Adventure

2018 East Beach Plein Air PaintingLast weekend (April 13-15, 2018), I had the opportunity to paint outside in East Beach Norfolk, Virginia. Plein air painting involves leaving the studio and painting in the landscape. Most of you may know I have not done this sort of art since I was a water colorist decades ago. Currently, I do my thing in my studio surrounded by my files of reference material, piles of categorized hard copy photos dating back to the 70s, digitized photos (16,000 and counting on my computer or in the cloud), as well as any and all art supplies, canvases, paints,inks, gel medium, printed material for collages, and drawing implements. I paint, collate, collage, paint over, scrub it out, throw paint around using my gloved hands as well as my brushes, dance to my music or scream at TV news all while creating.

Plein air is different. You have to tote your supplies, including your easel, paints, and canvases. You have to remember your water, your hat, your sunscreen, sun glasses and check out proximity to the closest restroom. Your subject matter is generally stationary. Since my forte is action, painting outside here is difficult for me.

The organizers for the East Beach Plein Air Painting Escape do a phenomenal job of dealing with artists who don’t know each other, neighbors who are to house out of town artists, planning food and other accommodations for us, planning a dinner, and marketing and then hosting an art display and sales event. All this while hoping the weekend is as beautiful as this past week was. The fundraising is for the Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters (CHKD)  so success is important. Congratulations to the organizers on a job well done.

Back to me. The main point of my art revolves around my thought process and how I can present emotion.I long ago abandoned painting directly from the photograph. I don’t copy photos. I use them as take off points. For example this weekend I photoed a rusted gate. That became a design element for my imagined dancing figures. Colors are meant to be changed. I generally avoid panoramic use in favor of close-up details that expand to become less recognizable. I can foresee painting a large flower and embedding my figures. So basically I am a faux plein air painter.

Behind the Gates

However I can appreciate the other plein air painters’ unique form of art. It is a tough way to paint. On Friday, the glare was formidable and the wind was blowing so hard. The sand on the beach became a barrage of mini needles. I saw the wind take a fresh painted oil and throw it face down in the sand. While I might have used the sand as a textual element I know the artist was frustrated with what had happened and elected to start over again.

My most comfortable painting experience was perched in front of a live oak quite near my car. I was in the shade with a cool morning breeze while volunteers in golf carts came by with water and snacks.

My plein air colleagues exhibit incredible patience and discipline -selecting their subjects and rendering them so that everyone knows exactly where the location is yet they can see art and not a photo. I lack these traits of discipline and I am not methodical. I am very impulsive and love the art of throwing paint around. So I guess I am not cut out to be a plein air artist. Though I would love to be part of the event again, but set up inside somewhere. That way I could enjoy their company, and paint my little heart out.

East Beach Plein Air Painting Artists

The Heron in Flight

Heron in Flight

A few days ago, I made a backwards step in my art journey.

The painting on the canvas 24×36 did not work. On the back, I had crossed out no fewer than 4 failed paintings. The first was “Out on the Town.”  No idea was that was about. The second was “Follow My Lead” which had been a jazz piece that probably did not work because it required a canvas that was more square and I failed in my attempts to salvage the design. The third was “I’m Wet but am Still Dancing” which had the same problem. The title was great though. I turned the canvas vertical and the fourth was “Horn Man” obviously a horn player that I have done before, and it was most likely too redundant – been there done that and don’t want to do it again- at least not that way. 

I decided to take the used canvas to the Virginia Living Museum where I paint once a week.  I turned the canvas horizontal again.  Then using my boldest strokes and large amounts of paint, I did my interpretation of a heron in flight. I like it. 

I say backwards, because if you have been reading my blog, you know that I have been in mucho angst about painting with more meaning.  This painting’s subject (Heron in Flight) has been a favorite for the three years I have painted as Artist in Resident at the Virginia Living Museum.

It was boring until I added the orange, red, and magenta bits. 

My feeling about my work is this. If when I look at the painting and I feel good- really good – I think it is successful for me.

Once I gave a talk to a rather conservative group of women and said that I judged paintings including mine thus.  If I studied it and intellectualized about the technique, I could appreciate it, value it, and applaud the artist and his or her skills.  But that would be my second or third criterion. My first reaction needs to be an emotion. If I can stand before it and almost have an orgasm, then that to me was a really great painting. You might say I am no longer in the orgasmic age group, but you don’t know that. The ladies in the group were slightly appalled. Orgasm? She said orgasm?  OMG!

My second painting I did is the rocky coast of Maine. The coast of New England has been my playground from childhood and I have painted it for years. So, no big breakthroughs. But maybe you don’t need breakthroughs when it is snowy outside and cozy inside and painting a well-known scene with a fire in the fireplace is a better fit.

The Wave

Join me on Friday for an Evening of Art

This week has been a whirlwind getting ready for my 3rd Annual Studio Show and Sale on Friday, November 3rd.  Yes, that is THIS Friday already!

I’ve been busy changing and arranging the paintings at the Associates in Dermatology offices and getting my smaller animal painting ready to hang that night.

Evening of art - Prepping for the Art Studio Show and Sale

In addition to great prices on original paintings, I’ve got a few surprises planned for you!

I hope you can stop by on Friday evening.  The fun kicks off at 5:30PM.

To get the whole scoop, go to my invite.

See you soon!

 

 

 

Rambles Art Kids and Painted Antlers

Painted AntlersToday I hired my two neighbor kids , a brother and sister ages 8 and 10, to paint gesso on some canvases. They did a great job. They got the first coat on at least seven canvases.

I needed their help, but mostly I wanted to teach them about the act of doing art not just the painting techniques you learn in classes. I wanted to teach them about the preparation, the application, the reason for applying a base on a canvas (or on the deer antler they had given me) prior to painting, and of course the clean up.

They were surprised how much you can accomplish in an hour without racing and being sloppy. I set the timer for one hour and went through the whole process of setting up dropclothes on my deck, putting on old t-shirts and plastic gloves, getting out plastic containers,  brushes etc .

They were very attentive.

I told them the difference between being paid by the piece or by the hour, and how they would be assessed for their work. They worked quite hard and deserved their pay.

When they return from their vacation I will give them each one of the canvases,  I hope they will paint a memory of their trip out west as well as enjoy their painted antlers.  Hopefully they will continue to want to work for me!

Wildlife Painting Sale at Virginia Living Museum

VLM Featured Artist ShowAs Artist in Resident at the Virginia Living Museum, I’ve had the opportunity to interact, teach, and share with many families.  From my time there, I’ve also painted a number of delightful wildlife paintings based on the animals active in the museum.  If you’d loved some of these 8 x 10 and 11 x 14 painting, now is the time to grab your favorite before it is gone.  You can purchase any of my paintings  that you find at the Virginia Living Museum for 50% for a short time only.  Come by the Virginia Living Museum for my Wildlife Painting Sale today.

Adding new paintings for the Wildlife Painting Sale

Virginia Living Museum Wildlife Painting Sale

 

 

Come Visit the Virginia Living Museum for Some Animal Art

The art was all hung by the chimney with care . . . wait that’s the wrong song.  Actually the animal art is hanging in the hallway to the left of the gift shop – if you’re visiting the Virginia Living Museum  (VLM – www.thevlm.org).

The new show includes animal art done onsite during demos since November 2013 . I’ve been the artist in residence at the VLM for over a year now.  It’s been a great experience interacting with the visiting students, parents and families as well as painting the live animals.

The majority of the pieces are framed 8×10 and 11×14 acrylics on canvas and are priced at a discount to visitors, staff, and volunteers. In addition to the great prices, a portion of sales goes to support the Virginia Living Museum.

The Virginia Living Museum is a great outing while school is out for Christmas.  Parents and children of all ages can find so much to do there (especially on a rainy or cold winter day in Hampton Roads).

Animal Art at Virginia Living Museum