Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Work in Progress - Hedgerow

Something a bit different tonight. This is an old painting of mine - old as in maybe 7 or 8 years ago. It has been tucked behind the shelving as a "meaning to get back to" painting for about 7 years. It a rather large stretch canvas, and the boards have warped. So this painting will need to be framed if it survives.

I say survives, because it is now on my easel and facing the "brush." I painted this back in my time when I was concentrating on getting the items painted. And this is indeed, items painted. But it was also a time when I was afraid to push the darks. And so, most of this painting looked flat - actually, it still does in quite a few areas. 

It's a struggle of mine, still - to push the darks. I'm always afraid of pushing them too much. But I'm not fond of the "items" paintings either. Such a challenge!

Any suggestions? One artist told me it was too busy, that there wasn't a place for her to "rest her eye," and suggested that I put some larger dark areas within the leaves. Yes? No? I'm open to other artists eye & thoughts, so go ahead and suggest - I'm listening........

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Swan

"The Swan"
22x28 acrylic on stretched canvas
gallery wrapped sides with image continued
Email me if interested in this painting

This past weekend was my annual Art in the Park show here in New Jersey. As I mentioned, this year it was all about the birds. And this painting was my centerpiece of my display - sorry, I could not post it sooner as it was down to the wire to get it sealed & wired for hanging! Plus I came down with some god-awful bug - Murphy's law isn't it? 

This painting is from a wonderful reference photo from Russ Bridges - I've worked with a few of his wonderful photos. This one just caught my eye & thought it would make a great, larger painting. It definitely gets attention, and with the afternoon sun hitting the painting, the water & reflections actually sparkled! Here's a photo from my show, and my display:

The weather was perfect (although a bit chilly at 48 degrees in the morning when we did setup). But the sun was out, beautiful blue skies, and my large coffee kept me going! The judges seemed interested, but alas, no award. Those in charge asked for suggestions to improve things -- at the end of the show I reached out to them & suggested that they split Acrylic & Oils into 2 separate categories. There are ample artists for each, and with 4 monetary awards per category, they are now always split 2 and 2. They thanked me and said it would be discussed for future shows. The 2 mediums are so different, I just can't imagine a judge doing a comparison for a prize! 

Had a wonderful day - and will probably do the show again next year. None of the paintings have sold (so far), so if you are interested in any, let me know. Also, I have cards available (those did sell rather well). 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Art in the Park 2016

It's that time of year again, and time for Art in the Park! I've done this show the past few years, and this weekend I will participate once again. The weather is forecasted to be good, a little chilly but I will survive - and with the sun out & light wind, it'll be a great day to be outdoors (provided I don't forget my allergy pills!)

This year I am focusing on my bird paintings - all on stretched canvas, no frames. I'm trying to give things an overall uniform appearance. Right now, I'm attaching hanging hardware, putting together cards & card sets (they seem to sell at this event), and making lists! I always make lists - it's the only way I can do this type of thing!

So if you are free this weekend, and in New Jersey, stop by at Van Saun Park in Paramus. Over 100 artists are participating - should be a wonderful visual treat!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sam I Am

"Sam I Am"
10x20 acrylic on stretched canvas
gallery wrapped sides with image continued
Email me if interested in this painting

As I have previously mentioned, this is a painting for the upcoming Art in the Park show in October . This painting is from a wonderful reference photo from Hytham Elbohy. 

This gorgeous macaw reminds me of a friends bird whose name was Sam. Sam was incredibly smart - would let himself out all the time and walked around like he owned the place (which he did). 

Likewise, I use to visit a bird store near my home that specialized in larger birds (macaws, parrots, cockatoos, etc). A large, blue macaw use to sit on a perch in the one room & toss his toys at people. Then yell "pick it up" - guess he was teaching us humans how to fetch! Incredible birds indeed!

As I said, it is for the art show, by email if you are interested in this piece.


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