Wednesday, November 27, 2013

On the Easel

Working on this commission. Mike's pit bulls who are as gentle as can be. The pair are sitting and soaking up early morning sun. This is still in progress. The puppy is mostly done. But Diesel, the big white needs lots of work on his face and eyes. Hope to have it done for the GSR Fine Arts Festival on Dec. 6-8 in Mankato's Verison Center.
 I love making the greys using orange and blue, with a little cad red. No black used in this painting.

My colors lately have been quite limited. For this painting I used,  burnt sienna, ultra  blue,  a tiny touch of cad. yellow and red medium, and white. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and family. Enjoy the season and buy original art! :)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

It is a Month of Shows!

It has begun--Two months of shows and displays for me to keep track of. Lists, I must make lists!

This week there was an opening in the new Grand Center for the Arts in New Ulm. Their annual show, Artscape, is always fun to enter. The remodeled building is really nice. Good gallery space, lots of studio spaces for artists, work rooms for classes and a very nice apartment for a resident artists. A real class art space in a nice small town.

This is one of the paintings I entered in New Ulm. A water color from my experience in Italy in 2005. "Sunlit Window"

Two weeks ago, my studio mates and I hung a sampling of our work at Barnes and Noble for our bookfair. We use this project to raise some money to support our December show at the Emy Frentz Guild. The bookfair was really successful. This service from Barnes and Nobel is a real blessings for starving artists.
The front of our postcard announcing our member show.

We need a little cash to have post cards printed and to buy some wine and snacks for the show opening which is this week on Nov. 21st at our gallery I will show my abstracts in this show which will hang until the end of the year.

"Poppy Red" is a new painting for our show this Nov. and December.

The Carnegie Art Center in Mankato has a members show in December too. As a member I will be entering several of my smaller abstracts. This show hangs for the whole month of December.

"Shooting Stars"

Finally in January the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council will have a show at the St. Peter Arts Center for all the artists who were awarded a grant in the last round of awards. Since I recieved an award to attend a work show in Scottsdale, AZ, I will be able to hang my paintings from that experience.
"Three Palms"  one of the paintings for the Prairie Lakes show.

Whew! What fun and then we add Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years in the mix. You will understand when I get totally mixed up with what is going on.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

GSR Fine Arts Festival December 6,7,8th!

Just a month until I set up for my first GSR festival -- December 6, 7 and 8th at the Mankato Civic Center. It will be a great experience showing with over 45 other artists. My friends, Ann Judkins, Gail Speckman and Lisa Biere will be there at the show with me.  The show has music to listen to as you browse, a beautiful atmosphere.

Dan has put together a great display for my paintings, we have lighting and decorations and they tell me that I need to have some chocolate to hand out to our customers. Knowing me and chocolate, I will need to have my own stash under the table so I do not raid what is there for our customers. :-)

I will have a broad selection of paintings for the show. My pleine air landscapes, the new abstracts and some of my beautiful floral paintings. I will also offer to paint pet portraits on commission.

Hope to see lots of friends and family at the show.  It is a great time to find that special Christmas present for your favorite people.