I am not framing the large pieces now. I hope they are contemporary enough to float on their own and this way can fit into more interiors I think. And if someone wants a frame, then that is always an option they can decide on later.
It was most definitely easier to prepare the work for this show without all the framing. Still, I sanded the wood edges and waxed them to seal out moisture and protect the wood a little. I like the natural wood look so didn't want to paint or stain the edges.
Ampersand is the best product! I tried some cheaper cradled boards Jerry's started carrying, but they were cheaper for a reason. My husband had to fill corners and glue the board down to the wood frame in some cases. I want to put less money into my paintings, but not use inferior materials. Word to the wise.
Both the large gallery painting and the smaller sketch are available at Russell Collection Fine Art in Austin. The 3x3 (Three Women Three Visions) show opens Friday September 4.
Who is "them"? (not the grammar police!) The critics, the gallerist, the collectors, my audience. I'm afraid of them. Afraid of what they will think if I leave passages undone, or don't paint the actual colors in front of me. Or if all the details aren't noted. But I am the artist and have to stop allowing all those worries to interfere. Too often, I go back and correct and correct until all the life is taken away. (Honestly, her forearm looks too long to me now.) My job is to convey what interested me about a subject and make people want to look harder at it - whether its a beautiful subject outright, or something more mundane. Otherwise, take a photo.
New Orleans Painting Road Trip with V....Vaughan
Three Woman Show - Russell Collection Fine Art
AIS 16th Annual Show
We just visited my inlaws in Fort Wayne, Indiana last week. It was a really nice break and coincided with Castle Gallery's anniversary celebration. Early in the week, we enjoyed an all-American Independence Day with a baseball game and fireworks show. Hiked along the mosquito coast (nearby river and woods) with enough of the buggers to drain us all before we got back. And we picked - and ate - and ate - and ate blueberries.
I came home to my much missed furchild and a seriously overgrown garden. I have an African sunflower (tithonia) that is now 7 feet tall I swear! Cucumber vines are dried but I got the last of the cucs off.
Castle Gallery was hung almost Salon style with so much beautiful art it was hard to take it all in, especially with the crowds in attendance! Many of the artists were there as well. It was a good party and I want to congratulate Mark and Jody Hemphill Smith again on their amazing careers and success with the gallery. Its really a special place for art and I am so happy to have been a part of their family of artists for the last 8 years.
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.
I've been invited to join a group of talented artists of all media to exhibit at the Fine Art Gallery of Hill Country Bible Church Austin. The theme is "Gratitude" of which I have plenty (and yet easily forget!)
I am grateful for the invitation to be a guest at this special show, but it sure was hard to make my work fit into a theme. Any theme. I guess I do not often think in those terms. There are recurring themes - as motifs - in my work. But are there messages? It was nice to think about things from this other perspective.
Opening Reception September 26, 2014, 7 - 9 pm
An evening of Art, music, refreshments & meet the artists! September 26, 7-9 pm
FREE, Open to the public, come as you are! Families welcome! | Original Miniature Art Giveaways! | Live Jazz by "Just For You"
Location: 'Open Doors' Fine Art Gallery of Hill Country Bible Church Austin Worship Center Balcony (Building A, off Little Elm) 12124 RR 620 N September 26, 2014 - January 11, 2015
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