Monday, April 22, 2013

The Red Bud Series, Seriously

Nanci Charpentier (c) 2013
Red Bud in Vase
7" x 7", Oil on Panel, Unfamed

This is the second in my series of red bud leaves. I love how the leaves start out this deep burgundy color tinged with green. They will eventually be deep green colored leaves with tinges of burgundy.  As I said with the last painting I posted, this was painted last week. And, today, I painting another of these red bud branches. I will hopefully post that soon. Here are the first two, side by side. The one on the left is the first, and, as you now know, the one on the right is the second.

Nanci Charpentier (c) 2013
Nanci Charpentier (c) 2013

Sunday, April 21, 2013

I've lost my mojo and I want it back!

14" x 14", Oil on Panel, Unframed

This Japanese Magnolia painting is one I painted about a week ago.  I posted the photo on FB the other day and I've had some positive responses to it.  It is the first of my daily paintings that I decided to paint larger.  It did take a couple more hours than usual, and I think it turned out beautifully.

I wanted to post it right after I painted it but I just haven't had the time during this past week.  I have been trying to keep my head wrapped around the painting process lately with the few hours I have had available to me.  I've been preoccupied with other things more important than my painting and that has messed up my painting mojo.  I worked today to try and get it back.  It's one of those "push through it" type of deals.  I did get to work on a couple of paintings and got some organization going with making lists and planning out the next couple of weeks.  I'm hoping Monday morning and a regular work week will help me get my painting mojo back.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Baton Rouge Art League's 58th Annual Art Exhibit and Reception

Baton Rouge Art League 58th Annual Art Exhibit and Reception: LSU Rural LIfe Museum, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, April 20 - 21, 2013. 

Above is my entry for the Baton Rouge Art League's Exhibit which takes place this weekend at the LSU Rural Life Museum.  A portion of the entry fee paid by the artists will be donated toward the preservation and restoration at Rural Life.  Above, the top photo is the unvarnished painting, and the one below is varnished. This is quite a large exhibit of paintings and other two-dimensional work.  All of these paintings are available for purchase.  I was so surprised last year when I walked in to the reception and saw the number of pieces on display.  There were 152 pieces entered into that show.  As with most exhibits, there were refreshments to enjoy as well.  It was well attended and I met so many new artists then.  I have since joined LAAG and AWA and found that some of these artists I met a year ago are also members of these two organizations.  In order to show, you are invited by the Art League and I am grateful for being invited again this year to show. The show is open to the public until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 21st.  It's an art exhibit you don't want to miss.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Irises and Japanese Magnolias Collage


Friday was my lunch / reception for the Beauregard Gallery & Bistro Exhibit with Associated Women in the Arts. I was lucky to have family and friends come and enjoy lunch together. While having lunch I showed one of those people a few of the small daily paintings on display and explained to her that they were part of a larger group of small paintings that I had painted over the last two months. We met on Saturday and, wow, she bought all of the above paintings. I am looking forward to helping her with the framing over at Lagniappe Frame Shoppe which is where I have more of my paintings on display and for sale. Stacey at Lagniappe has done our framing for years. I can't wait to see how they turn out.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Movie Time - Let's See if This Works

I had so much fun last Saturday.  I was invited to talk on the radio about me and my art.  Who wouldn't like to do that?  I was nervous going in.  Thank goodness you can't see a person sweating on the radio.  And, as I discussed with my friends and listeners afterwards, I looked damn good on the radio.  Actually, when I did ask those that listened in what they thought, they all said, "you sounded great" "you sounded like you were having fun".  I was having so much fun.  I could definitely do that again.  I think I'm hooked.

The radio show I was a part of was Saturday Style with Karen Profita on Talk 107.3 radio here in town.  Karen happens to be a friend of mine and is a radio host.  She has a great love of clothing and has a wonderful and classic style.  I believe she is also a stylist.  She sure sent me in the right direction, by way of her husband, when it came time to buy my highschooler a homecoming dress and shoes. She has been kind enough to help me with my clothes closet intervention in inviting me to a CAbi show at her house - where I surely bought too much.

One of the other women she interviewed was Sharon Furrate another artist in town.  She was there to also talk about her art but also to discuss the event, Artini, a fundraiser for the Arthritis Association of Louisiana which will take place on April 26th.  Heidi Fisher with Silpada Designs Jewelry and Fairleigh Jackson, the Associate Director of Development of the LSU Museum of Art, were also guests.  Fairleigh was there to talk about the beautiful gown exhibit being held at the LSU Museum of Art titled Revealed Exquisite Gowns by Suzanne Perron.  Gorgeous gowns, gorgeous and contemporary silver jewelry, and art all mixed up together on one Saturday show.  It was fantastic.

Karen asked me to talk to her about the Associated Women in the Arts, our new gallery show, the arts in the community, art resources to see art and to learn and make art, as well as talk about my own art and art journey.  I had a blast.  The two videos I took are from the show at the Beauregard Gallery & Bistro located downtown.

Today we had our lunch, rather than a reception, for the AWA show.  I took video of the show in hopes to share it here with you.  (Please note that if you enlarge the video to full screen size it may be blurry.  I am just learning how to do this and it may take some time for me to master the art of videos, movies, and uploading!)

The video up above shows my small 7" x 7"paintings as displayed.  On the longer video my two "Palms" paintings, I and II are shown and they hang to the left of the door in a vertical fashion.  It is a video of the complete show.  Sadly, I am unable to upload the second video as it appears to be too large.  Perhaps tomorrow I can see how to shorten that and then upload.  I'm still figuring it all out.

We have so many pieces of art that are hung in this show and so many different styles of work.  It is definitely worth your while to go by and see the show and enjoy a good meal.  Yes, the food we had was delicious.  There was the special of shrimp and grits, the oyster and artichoke soup, and the loaded potato soup that were consumed at my table.  Three of us (well, not me - I don't do oysters) had the oyster and artichoke soup and loved, loved, loved it.

Oh, and don't forget, all of these paintings are for sale.  I am sure you will find something you want to bring home.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Painting Shot Glasses?

Red Bud in Vase
7"x7", Oil on Panel

So, perhaps by now you would like to see something a little different from what I've been painting for the last couple of weeks.  Me, too!  So, I went ahead and experimented with some shot glasses I found at the St. Vincent de Paul goodwill store last week.  I bought a set of four.  I figured if they didn't work out for the art, I could find another use for them.  Right?  Right.  Well, after completing this painting yesterday, I decided the shot glasses will have to stay in my studio and not go to the bar area.  The red bud trees are just starting to bloom and creating these tiny flowers along with the tiny dark burgundy colored leaves.  Let me know if you like the new look.  I know I do.  But I know I can't make you any promises I won't go back to my irises and magnolias! 

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Warmth of the Sunlight

Magnolia 8
7"x7", Oil on Panel

I can just feel the sunlight on this flower today.  I do make an effort to seek the sun at a certain moment in time, however, there are some times when the sun works more in your favor than you had hoped.  I believe I was able to capture that light here today. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I've Been Sneaking Around My Neighbor's Trees

Magnolia 7
7"x7", Oil on Panel, Unframed

Sounds sort of creepy, right?  Well, it's true.  I've been in my other neighbor's yard, too, taking pictures of her flowers.  I try to keep my stalking to daylight hours.  I can always use the story that I'm just keeping an eye on their houses for them.

But I am constantly on the hunt for more flowers and more interesting compositions in nature.  This is from the tree in their front yard.  What attracted me to it is, like a bee to a flower, the color of the petals were gorgeous.  I know you've all seen these magnolias in bloom.  Have you noticed how many different shades of pink and white petals there are?  Then, the colors of the petals seem to change as they open up and the light acts differently during different times of the day.  If you've noticed, no two paintings are alike because no two flowers are alike.  Enjoy the diversity!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Charitable Giving? Yes or No?

Magnolia 6
7"x7", Oil on Panel, Unframed

I was contacted by a friend of mine to make a donation to their upcoming church auction which will take place online and at the church on April 20th.  There has been much discussion among artists lately as to whether or not we should make such charitable donations.  We like the idea.  Who among us does not like to help out others and especially our church communities?  However, there is the issue that oftentimes, artists are contacted repeatedly to donate a piece of art to various organizations. The problem with this is that if we were to donate each time it is requested of us, well, we wouldn't make much money for ourselves.  Because of this, I have decided to take a balanced approach.  As with all of our charitable giving, my husband and I decide as a couple what to give, who to give it to, how much, and how often.  I have chosen to employ that same policy with my art.  I will donate but there will be a limit to my donations.  Perhaps as things grow and prosper, donations of time and art may increase. There are, I believe, many different ways in which artists can donate their talents to the community around us.  The way I handle this isn't necessarily the way all artists should be charitable.  We get to decide how we do this.  After all, we are creative people.

So, for those of you that can, St. George Catholic Church is having their church auction on April 20, 2013.  And I am very grateful for the invitation to participate.  Thank you, DeNae. And if you do attend or participate online, "Magnolia 6", shown above, is my original painting I created just for this auction.  So, go ahead and bid on it.  You may just bring it home.  

Here is the blurb for their auction. 

"Mark your calendars for the Annual St. George Auction. This year’s Auction will be held on Saturday April 20, 2013 hosted in the St. George Gym. The funds generated from the auction enriches the future of our parish and creates a legacy for our children and our community. Whether you participate as a donor, volunteer, sponsor, or attendee, we depend on your generous contributions to enrich the parish in which we live, educate, and worship. 

Our theme this year is PROM NIGHT! Feel free to come dressed in your original prom attire (because we all know it still fits -wink wink), other retro prom attire, or take this opportunity and have a modern day prom experience. The interpretation of the theme is entirely up to you. If you don’t feel like dressing in prom attire that is fine too! Prizes will be given out for best costumes. "

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