to be taking this recently completed 24" x 20" Acrylic painting titled "Just Breathe," to the 58th annual Bath County VA Art Show. This judged show, in Hot Springs VA from July 15 thru July 23, will include the works of over 250 artists.
These little birds are so much fun to watch! These acrylic paintings were all created this spring and range in size from just 6 x 6" to 12 x 24" I may be standing in my studio while painting them, but my mind is at the beach!
It's been a long time since I've posted to this site. Fortunately for me, that's because my "Pebble Art" is enjoying a lot of success at Arts & Crafts festivals and similar venues, so the focus has been on 'production' rather than 'promotion.' But, I just finished a few items today that point out the way my creative process has evolved. I'll call the first example "Same but Different."
There's a certain efficiency to producing end products in a repetitive manner (ask Henry Ford). Every time I carry a "Daisies with Bee" to a show, it sells. So this time, I decided to make two examples in tandem. The nature of the found materials that I use mean that each is still distinctive. But, in searching through my collection of "possible petals," I was able to group a number of 'bright white' pieces and a number of 'creamy white' pieces together, and painting the background for more than once piece at a time also made sense. I will probably only present one at a time at my next show, but will know that another is already made and ready for the following show.
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.