The opening reception for my show was a wonderfully fun night!! Lots of great friends came, a few pieces sold and I'm not going to lie - I had such a great time! :) If you are in Austin, the show will be up through Thanksgiving weekend! Thanks to all!
Last Saturday I attempted to paint out with our Plein Air Austin group. It was a beautiful day and a really great location, but I was just too distracted to paint (I had a few show details hanging over my head, and probably shouldn't have even tried it!) After many starts followed by as many wipedowns, my friend Kathleen made me stop and keep the sketch that is below. Yesterday, I was finally able to catch my breath, revisit the little sketch, and paint the one that is above. Must remember to breathe... :)
My show opens tomorrow night and I am very excited! Thanks for all your good wishes and support!
Rocky Outcropping, 36 x 24,(reworked - original was posted on 10/5)
Morning Harvest, 24 x 36(reworked - orginal was posted on 10/15)
Today I delivered 20 new paintings to Davis Gallery for my upcoming show. The opening reception is Saturday, October 24, from 7-9pm here in Austin. It's always so exciting to reach this point, where the work is done and the celebration is still ahead. Bill Davis has an incredible knack for putting it all together... I love going back and seeing how it's all been hung! If you are in town this weekend, please come by!!!
PS - The two paintings above called for a little last minute "fixing" before they could go to the gallery. :)
This is an enlargement of my last post - a scene from one of our local organic farms. One thing I loved about this scene was the haze in the distance fields juxtaposed to the lit foreground. I tried to push that relationship a little bit in this larger version.
Side-note: A sweet surprise came my way yesterday - I was the featured artist on Eric Cator's "PaintBlog" site! Please go there and take a look. Eric presents a different artist each day and his blog is a great place to see a variety of wonderful work. Thank you, Eric!!!
This month one of our brilliant Plein Air Austin members, Kate Merriman, came up with the idea of painting local farms. She researched and connected with a number of small, organic farmers who were most happy to have us come visit. (Thank you, Kate!) Unfortunately, on the day we scheduled this farm, it rained. Not to be deterred, two of us actually stayed and painted from our cars. Mind you, I have a tailgate to seek shelter under, but my unwavering (equally crazy?) friend, Stephen Parker, literally used his steering wheel as an easel! Always an adventure!
I am very pleased to share that this painting was juried into the American Women Artists 2009 National Show. This year the exhibit will be hosted by the South Street Art Gallery in Easton, MD from October 10 - November 8, 2009. The opening reception is this Saturday, October 10, from 5-8pm. Unfortunately, I won't be able to be there for the festivities, but if anyone is in or near Easton, please stop by. It is a wonderful group of artists and I am honored to be among them!!
This jagged wall of rock provided such an interesting contrast to the soft, billowy, big-sky clouds that hovered above it. My original study was a quick response to the dropping light at the end of the day. Back in the studio, I found the re-creation of that feeling to be far more difficult. The larger piece needed more information and the silhouetted rocks just misbehaved... but there you have it. Some births are harder than others.