May 1 opens the spring showcase at Castle Gallery in Fort Wayne. I wish I could be in attendance, but will be here in Austin enjoying our beautiful spring weather. We already had summer-like temps, so I am happy to be back in the 70s for a bit longer. I sent some good summery paintings and hope people will enjoy them.
V.... and I were commissioned to paint a friend and daughter for the couple's anniversary. I painted the little girl from dad's favorite pictures.
It was a silly pose and I had fun with it. I love that her shirt says "create happy ness". Happy anniversary M&J!
This is Stella. I did her portrait for the auction winner for a local fundraiser for "No Dog Gets Left Behind"
What a great organization - working to bring home the dogs adopted by our soldiers serving overseas.
Stella gave me a kiss when I delivered this so I think that is all the approval I need.
In 2012 I had a show titled "Vignettes" at Tidewater Gallery in NC. All the works were 10x12 and focused on those sort of ordinary moments I love.
Recently a gentleman found an old magazine with info and images about the show and contacted the gallery to find out what was still available. After some digging, sharing of images, a new painting of a favored one (above) and an ultimate choice for a city scene, the deal was done.
It's wonderful that someone (a talented artist and teacher as well) liked my work enough to track it down like that. It's a great reminder to not give up hope that your work will speak to someone.
Laid back might be the title for a whole series of paintings I'm working on and now going to start to share here. I've had some feedback on several paintings in this style and been told they are too traditional for the markets I am in. That kinda smarts... but I am not giving up. And I like the work and believe in it enough to share it regardless of feedback. LOL
I rather like the juxtaposition of the modern girls slouched into traditional furniture. Of course I do, I painted it! But, collectors want brighter, bigger and less representational work I'm hearing.
I have more ideas and plan to continue the series - I gotta paint what the muse tells me. I plan to continue to try to modernize a bit as well as seek an area where more traditional figurative works are collected.
I like the feedback I've gotten however and its sparked another fire to continue on and keep trying. More to come!
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