(heading photo "Evening Flight" Oil on canvas 4x12 by Kathleen Moran)
It's the spring of 2020. The other members of my hometown's Art Guild and I had a number of events planned for showcasing our art.
Last year (2019) Colonial Beach held its “first annual” Osprey Festival. It was a lot of fun, and the Downtown Colonial Beach organization had planned to have another this year. The Art Guild was to participate by featuring bird themed art at numerous venues normally open for our 2nd Friday Art Walk and at a tent on town hill on festival weekend.
Oh well, corona.
So, DCB and the Art Guild determined to co-host a “virtual festival” instead. The Colonial Beach Art Guild has been featuring members’ bird themed art of all types on its Facebook page.
I invite you to click on the link for the Colonial Beach Artists Guild Facebook page to enjoy the "Guild Artists Go to the Birds!" album. Below, a little sampling from three different Guild members each featuring osprey.
From left to right: 3-D Baby Osprey by fabric artist JUDITH McIRVIN
Photograph by DAWN WHITMORE
Painting by BARBARA BRENNEN
Visit the Guild FB page and enjoy them all !
My hometown art guild in Colonial Beach Virginia is hosting the 15th annual Potomac River Regional Art Show in September. It has never been a juried show. The Guild accepts art work (subject to certain guidelines and caveats) until it runs out of room to hang them. That being the case, I once again opted to enter pieces that did not yet exist, other than in my (perhaps overly optimistic) imagination. What can I say . . . I work best with a deadline.
And I met the deadline (barely!) "Sara's Pond," and "Blue-Green Ballet" were just finished yesterday.. Given that they are both oils, thank goodness that a combination of Gamblin's Neo-Meglip medium and hot, dry weather is speeding up the drying time. Turn in for the show is Thursday - 5 days from now!
This may not work for everyone, and of course, it can't be done for the juried shows. However, there is an additional advantage to a looming deadline. It means one has to stop! Instead of working and reworking the painting, you just have to call it finished . . . and put down the brush.
Paintings can be viewed in the Gallery!!