Sunday, March 29, 2015

Northville Lake


"Northville Lake"
9x12 acrylic on canvas
NFS
Behind the gallery in upstate NY is a small park that overlooks the lake. It's a lovely lake & very scenic. I caught this view with my camera last autumn and have intended to paint it for some time. In face, it's been sketched & waiting for most of the winter! This weekend, I decided to paint it.

The park was recently designated as the start for the Northville-Placid Trail and we had a major dedication last year. One of the artists designed an entry arch, while another craftsman fashioned the arch & overhead plaque out of wood.

Here is a bit of history regarding the trail:
http://www.nptrail.org/trail-info.html

Here is a bit of info regarding our trailhead archway:
http://www.lakeplacidnews.com/page/content.detail/id/521717/Northville-celebrates-new-beginning-of-trail-to-Lake-Placid.html?nav=5059

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The SVAN gallery that I am a member of in Northville will reopening it's doors again starting the beginning of April. (we've been closed except by appointment for the winter)

I have decided to enter this painting, along with "Rural Laundry" to the gallery for the opening. Both are paintings from the immediate area and I think they would do well on display in their "home."


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Turn Left at Greenland

"Turn Left at Greenland"
9x12 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

The location is this months VPO visit to Greenland. The title is from the Beatles response to "how did you find America?" on their first visit here. 

Greenland was a bit of a surprise to visit, much of the country is not mapped - but then again, it is probably not lived in there either. I found this coastal scene - google link can be seen here.

And, of course, I had to add colors!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fire Sun 2


Fire Sun 2 is my second sun art for 2015. This is 12 x12 acrylic on canvas, mounted on hardboard. I am planning to mount & frame this in a floating frame, similar to last years sun - but as of right now, it is not framed. This piece is currently for sale via DPW auction (without a frame) and you can find it by clicking here.

This is the same pattern & design as yesterdays Fire Sun 1 - except the background is blended more & less intense. It makes the design of the sun really stand out, I think.

I originally had planned for this to be a mixed media piece, with the sun highlighted by beads and/or stones. But the base painting turned out so well, I've decided not to touch it! (but I do have an idea now, for next year's piece). Of course, every year, I start with 1 idea and then the artwork takes on it's life & winds up being very different than the original idea. This piece is no exception.

So which sun art do you prefer?


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fire Sun 1



Having caught up on my past sun arts, it's time to post the new ones for this year! And this year I got inspired and created 2 new suns!

The first one, shown here, is acrylic paints on a 10x10 stretched canvas, with 1-1/2 inch sides. The sun itself is done with gold iridescent paint, outlined by a dark red (alizarin crimson to be exact).

The design is actually based on a tattoo pattern that I found - loved the twirling points. I had this idea of doing a hot, fire red/orange/yellow background with the sun sitting centered. I had so much fun doing the background that I got a bit lost on what to do with the sun itself. It was simply white for quite a while, but as many said when they saw it, it looked "unfinished" somehow. The gold really adds a nice touch - but it looked lost until I anchored it with the alizarin crimson outline.

This piece is for sale via a DPW auction, you can get to the page by clicking here. Tomorrow (or the next day) I will post a photo of Fire Sun 2 - the alternative sun art to this one!


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