It's been a long time since I posted one of my paintings. Seems like it's been "all about the Pebbles" for a while. But, with summer drawing to a close, I've been looking at this 11 x 14" oil a lot lately. In this painting, I tried to capture a moment in time when it felt like summer would never end. Although, actually, I'm ready to welcome Fall.
It seems to be a given that beach-themed scenes will comprise a large part of my pebble art shadow box scenes. I do source all my materials from the Potomac River shoreline near my home. However, I particularly enjoy creating "my backyard" scenes, celebrating the pleasure to be found in just relaxing under a backyard tree, enjoying some birdsong and fresh air.
Here in Colonial Beach, we love our ospreys. A small town on the tidal Potomac River, Colonial Beach has over 40 osprey platforms (mostly built of wood, as suggested in the pebble art piece pictured) and many tree nests as well. We have an annual Osprey Festival celebrating their return each spring, and a group of dedicated "osprey nest watchers" who share their observations on the Center for Conservation Biology's website and on social media. Recently, I began preparing to participate with a booth at this year's Festival by starting to make osprey scenes utilizing pebbles, driftwood, and other materials personally collected along the Potomac River shoreline during my daily walks.
This coming week, I will be participating in an event at the Red Dragon, a micro-brewery in Fredericksburg VA. The Red Dragon and a nearby gallery, Canal Quarter Arts, have been collaborating for some time on these themed shows. This month, the theme is "the color of RED." Fortunately, while the piece must have red, the prospectus states, "as little or as much as you want." So, I'm hoping that my red-winged blackbird pebble piece will work!
We recently had a damaging storm here, with a lot of flooding. Left behind along the shoreline, along with "debris," were the pieces of beach glass and wood that I used in this new pebble art piece.
First time I've been to the Montross Fall Festival as a vendor, and I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of people! It was an absolutely beautiful day to be outside. Good Fun.
CUTTING IT FINE . . . AGAIN. This is the piece that I did for the Potomac River Regional Art Show, sponsored by the Colonial Beach Artists Guild (click to see that FB page). Here it is, still on the easel and getting last minute touches on Saturday, when we had to deliver our art Sun/Mon. As I suspected that it might come down to the wire, so this one was painted with (fast-drying) acrylics instead of (slow-drying) oils. Using acrylics had an additional bonus. I got to finger-paint 90+ percent of it. Everything except the dormer window and some details on the front porch. Fun! And, messy!