This is actually a tiny painting, 4" x 4" It was painted a year or two ago, but when it sold, I had not taken a photo of it. Just this week I visited the home of the (now) owner, and got to snap this (admittedly not very great) photo with my cellphone. It's a very nice feeling to see something that one created still being enjoyed by the person who paid you the compliment of choosing it to buy.
Three acrylic paintings that I worked on this morning (the two sandpipers more or less simultaneously). I did a lot of the paint application with my fingertips. Oddly, I don't remember ever enjoying finger-painting as a child.
A Zoom meeting interrupted my fun, but I'm looking forward to finishing all 3 up tomorrow.
Thanks to the Hague Winery for the opportunity to show art in their lovely building at the vineyard, 8268 Cople Highway, Hague VA. Together with a group of fellow artist members of the Northern Neck Artists Alliance will be hanging work in a few days for a show that will begin Friday, October 2. The weekend looks like it will be sunny, and they have covered outdoor seating. Check the link above for info on food truck schedule, open hours, and other details. Painting: 12 x 16" Oils on gallery-wrapped canvas. Will be available for sale at the Winery (unless pre-sold).
Just finished the second of two works that are earmarked for the upcoming POTOMAC RIVER REGIONAL SHOW in Colonial Beach VA. And, it's 48 hours ahead of deadline, so I'll even be delivering it dry(ish)!
This is promising to be a fabulous show, with work from artists around the Virginia and Maryland region. It is held annually in my home town, under the auspices of our local Art Guild. Although I have been involved on some level for a number of years, this is the first year that I've taken a leading role in making it all come together. Fun, but stressful at the same time. Especially this year, when we were already cancelled once due to Covid-19 concerns. However, it now appears all systems go for September. The event is held in a location that is roomy, and also allows us to control how many people enter. So, masks and social distancing are the order of the day!
The photo below is of a "landmark" in our little riverfront resort town. Nancy's Ice Cream has been dishing up soft-serve cones, sundaes, and more to visitors and locals alike for many years. Personally, I'm a fan of the child-size hot fudge sundae with all the toppings!
Back at the end of May I had a blog post about this work then in progress and mentioned that work on it was being put on hold. (I needed to get some differently themed works ready for an upcoming show). Those pieces have now been shipped off for the show and yesterday, Mr. & Mrs. Wood Duck were finally finished. The male wood duck is, if anything, even gaudier than painted. The female (poor dear) is just as drab as shown. Their population is presently considered "stable" and their usual habitat is woodland ponds and swampy areas, particularly in the southeast US.
These "Susans of the Mountains" were sent in as one of three paintings vying for a spot in the upcoming show, "Close to Nature's Heart," a celebration of mountains to be held at the Ice House Gallery in Berkeley Springs, WV from Sept 18 thru Nov 8. Of the three pieces, this is the one that I sincerely felt had the best shot. I personally "like" it best. (I do have a fondness for Black-eyed and Brown-eyed Susans and always include them in my garden). I am also happy with my execution.
However! (and, as you've no doubt already guessed), it was the other two works that were accepted. So, I am happy about that, and also that I can enjoy my Susans for a while longer.
Listening to judges and show jurors explain their selection process has always been most interesting. Over time, these explanations have helped me accept that the "rejection" of a work is not necessarily a negative assessment of that work as such. Rather, other works simply called more strongly to that judge, on that day, for that theme, in that show . . . and one just keeps on painting!
Today is August 7, and I have just discovered (thanks, Facebook!) that it is National Light House Day. I'm going to see if I can round up enough lighthouse images from the members of my local Art Guild to create a lighthouse album on our Facebook page, Colonial Beach Artists Guild. Below, my painting of the Cape Florida Light, which was built in 1825 and is located in Bill Boggs State Park just south of Miami FL. There are great views of both the Atlantic Ocean and of Biscayne Bay from the top of the lighthouse.
Enjoyed a day of outdoor painting this past Saturday with instructor Kim Hall. Hot as could be, but the locations were great. Very southernmost part of the Northern Neck, just where two "arms" of the Rappahannock River embrace the towns of Irvington, Kilmarnock, and White Stone, Virginia. We started in White Stone, at Robbins' Boat Yard. The painting I began there still needs some studio work, since the scene I chose was a bit complicated for the amount of time available. After lunch, we headed over to the Tides Inn in Irvington. Water, water everywhere, and some interesting clouds that began to build up in the afternoon. This is the view from a nice, shady vantage point at the Inn. Here is: "Might Rain Later" Oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 9" x 12"
A show is coming up at the Ice House Art Co-op in Berkeley Springs WV. It is being hosted by the Morgan Arts Council and I hope to get some work accepted. The show is titled, "Close to Nature's Heart," and will feature mountains. Like many people, having a deadline helps me focus on finishing a work. For that reason, I enjoy using a Call for Entries due date, along with the theme of any new show, as both incentive and encouragement to create some new work.
This week, I completed this "Mountain Sunset." The title is tentative, and I welcome suggestions.
Oils. Gallery wrapped 9 x 12 canvas.