Monday, October 28, 2013

And it was already a good day...

Yellow Flowers
24 x 24 x 2

Well, I was already having a good day because I was able to go out for a run (weather was great), I talked to one of my favorite sister-in-laws, I confirmed my next month long show for December at Beauregard Gallery & Bistro, painted ALL afternoon, didn't have to cook dinner because my hubby did that yesterday, and THEN I get a call from Stacey at Lagniappe Frame Shoppe to tell me someone bought "Yellow Flowers". How awesome is that?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Archives Gallery Show for Associated Women in the Arts, Update

"Far Shore" (Plein Air)
7" x 7", Oil on Panel, Framed
$135.00 (Special Price)
Available for Purchase Right Now at AWA Archives Gallery Show
October 1 - 30, 2013

A few weeks ago I was out at the LSU Lakes painting.  You may recall my story about my encounter with the goose that wouldn't hush up.  Well, I painted "Far Shore" on that day.  I also painted "Plume" the same morning.

These two paintings are in the Associated Women in the Arts' Archives Gallery Juried Exhibit which is taking place this month at the Louisiana Secretary of State Archives Gallery.  Our reception is tomorrow night, Thursday, October 17th from 6:00 - 8:00.  We'd love for you to come out and see our work.  

Here is a sneak peek of some of the art work in the show.  In the top image you can see my two small paintings framed and hanging on the left.  Thanks, Monica Bishara, for the photos.

I hope to see you there!

(Photo credit: Monica Bishara, AWA Member)

(Photo credit: Monica Bishara, AWA Member)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The New Bridge versus the Old Bridge

The "New" Bridge
(Plein Air Study)
8" x 8"
Oil on Canvas

Last Thursday I went with my Wednesday Painters out to the Farmer's Market. It was a beautiful day. There was delicious, fresh produce and different types of breads and hummus (yes, I bought all those things). I met new people. I loved it. Well, I loved all of it but the painting I ended up with.

This is an image of it. It's all that's left of the painting because on Monday I sanded it down and put a new layer of yellow ochre paint on top.

Farmer's Market - Now Erased Forever
Lucky for us, it IS October after all, we have been blessed with several days of perfect weather. Clear blue skies, minimal breezes, temps in the upper 50s to mid-70s.  It's been amazing. I don't want to miss too many of these days to go out and paint.

And so all of the girls were in agreement today that we would go downtown to the top of the levee and see what we could find. We hit the jackpot. We found a concrete paved and covered walkway that led right over the side of the river. The three of us took advantage of three different views of the river and the downtown scene. It was perfect.  

So, with the sanded panel I decided I would try to paint something better that I did at the Farmer's Market. I used this sanded panel for the painting  of the "New" Mississippi Bridge (see above)

If you live in my town, you know that we have an "old" Mississippi Bridge and a "new" Mississippi Bridge. Our new bridge has been around as long as I can remember and I am forty-something years old. I'm not even sure how long the old one has been around! Today we had views of both but I chose the one that was closest to us.  

It's strange but this bridge has meaning for me personally. For years and years of my childhood the only time I traveled over this bridge was to go with my big family to visit my grandparents. It wasn't until my high school years when I started playing sports that we had to cross the river to play other high school teams. And still today I rarely cross it unless I am traveling somewhere far away from here. I like to think that when I see this bridge and cross this bridge, I am on my way to my next adventure. It's a part of this town. It's a part of my life.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Orange Tree Minus the Oranges

Orange Tree - No Oranges (Study)
6" x 6", Oil on Cradled Panel

It has been a week and a half and I haven't painted outside.  The last time I painted out doors was at the Farmer's Market.  It was quite distracting with all those people there looking at your work and talking to you.  So, today, I spent my time in my own yard.  This is the second painting I painted this morning.  The first painting was on this panel first but I wiped it off.  It just wasn't working.  The morning was crisp, the sky was blue, and the sun was quite brilliant today.  You would think that these conditions would be good for painting but it was hard to adjust to the glare.  I used my umbrella but I had a breeze and I was distracted with the thought that my whole set up would be blown over by a strong gust.  So, I got rid of the umbrella and change positions and started over again.

On my second attempt I focused on my orange tree, I decided to start off with colors that I just felt like using.  I started with a mix of quinacridone pink and transparent red to color in the tree and the shadows.  Then I pulled in a mix of phthalo turquoise and alizarin crimson for the darks and started putting those areas in.  I played with several other unusual colors just going with whether they were high key lights and darks.  I ignored the green oranges in the tree because I was happy with the way this all turned out without them.  Plus, I was really hungry at this point and wanted some lunch.
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