Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Working On Getting Some Vitamin D

Standing on the levee looking north.
My painting perspective for the day.


My vantage point looking back east on River Road to Roberto's.



Marylyn figuring out the best place to set up her easel on the Mississippi River Levee.

River Road going west.


Last week and this week we have been blessed with some beautiful weather. Last week we trekked out to St. Gabriel and River Road. We spent time last week painting out near Roberto's Restaurant. It was gorgeous. Plus, we ended our morning with a delicious lunch at Roberto's. Day well spent.

"River Road Near Roberto's"
9" x 12"
Oil on Cradled Panel
Nanci Charpentier © 2014

This week we moved down the road to St. Gabriel Catholic Church. Lucky for us we met up with the man mowing the grass who let us into the old church. We didn't think we could even go in there. He was very kind and we also found out that he is originally from Bosnia. These are some of the photos I took of the interior of the church.





We all agreed that painting the exterior of the church on this beautiful piece of land was the way to go. Here are photos of us out there this morning. We all agreed this was so much better than painting indoors on days like today. The plan is to get outside as much as possible while the temps are agreeable and the air isn't so thick you can chew it. Health benefit is that we get our much needed Vitamin D.

St. Gabriel Catholic Church

Here's the church with my painting in progress.

Painting selfie!

Betty and Marylyn and Jodi with River Road in the background.



Saturday, March 8, 2014

Do I Dare?


"Daylilies in the Park"
Nanci Charpentier © 2014
Oil on Birch Panel, Framed
14" x 18" x 3"
$825.00

Do I even dare try another framing gallery to frame my work? I have been so happy with where I've been framing my artwork. I've even brought customers to this place to have their work framed. I've sent other artists to this framing gallery. And in that spirit of sharing information about galleries with other artists, well, I found out about a new place to have my artwork framed. 

Plus, in an effort to simplify my life, I have been looking for ways to make the many tasks I have each day easier to handle. One of the many art-related tasks is framing artwork. Finding a place that frames located much closer to my studio space frees up more time for me and allows more time for painting. Many of the exhibits that I participate in require "framed" art. This means that unless you work on gallery wrapped canvases (1 1/2" deep), you must frame. This is an expensive task and it takes more time out of my day than I want to give up.

"Daylilies in the Park"
Nanci Charpentier © 2014
Oil on Birch Panel, Framed
14" x 18" x 3"
$825.00

I must admit, however, that I really, really, really enjoy looking at framing material and putting together a framing idea, whether it is for me or for someone else. And just so you know, I also have expensive taste. Just ask my husband. I don't need to look at price tags, I just have a way of choosing the most expensive thing in the group of things I'm looking at. This DOES NOT mean that every frame is the most expensive option. I typically go with my gut when framing rather than price. I believe that if you have a beautiful piece of art, the frame, should you choose to frame it, should balance the art without overwhelming it. I have also been lucky - and mindful - that those doing the actual framing know ALOT about what will work best with your art. 

And if you ever find yourself in this position, find a reputable gallery - there is more than one in town (go with recommendations from artist friends) and trust the framers. Also, trust your gut instinct enough to say, "let's try something else, too" before deciding on how the piece is to be framed.

And so, I was happy when an artist friend recommended Frameworks Gallery on Highland Road. It's closer to my house than the other gallery. (Time Saver!!) Plus, I've been there a couple of times to see gallery shows and was impressed by the artwork. So, now that I have a couple of shows coming up, I decided to take a chance. And I am SOOOO happy with the result. Added bonus: ready one week earlier than expected!

"Daylilies in the Park"
Nanci Charpentier © 2014
Oil on Birch Panel, Framed
14" x 18" x 3"
$825.00


My initial hesitation to try another frame shop was like that of trying a different type of cheesecake than what I've been eating all along. If you really like this cheesecake, is it still okay to try another flavor? I think so! You don't know until you try it whether you will like it just as much. I found out I did. Okay, now I want cheesecake. I digress. Anyway.

It all came down to time and convenience on having my work framed at Frameworks Gallery. Lucky for me, Roz knows what she is doing, I am happy with the framing, and, yes, I left another painting with them today to be framed for next month's exhibit.

This month is the Brush With Burden Exhibit hosted by the Burden Horticulture Society at the Orangerie and the Conference Center at the Rural Life Museum on Essen Lane in Baton Rouge. The reception is Saturday, March 22nd from 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. The exhibition runs from March 23 - 30, 1:00 - 4:00 on Sundays, and 10:00 - 4:00 weekdays and Saturdays. Take time to come out to the reception. There are always a large and varied selection of beautiful original art work on display as well as photography, plus there is wine and delectable eats! All pieces are available for purchase. (Click here for photos from last year's show.)

"Daylilies in the Park"
Nanci Charpentier © 2014
Oil on Birch Panel, Framed
14" x 18" x 3"
$825.00
The next exhibit I will be participating in is a By Invitation Only Exhibit. It is the Baton Rouge Art League 59th Annual Art Exhibition and Reception and it will take place at the LSU Rural Life Museum Visitor Center located on Essen Lane. Yes, both this exhibit and the Brush with Burden are located on the same property. The exhibits are in different buildings on the property. This exhibit and reception will be Saturday, April 12th from 4:00 - 7:00 and will carry over only until Sunday, April 13th. This art exhibit has over 100 paintings on display and available for purchase and ownership by you. 

Take the time to come to these shows. All of us artists enjoy sharing our work and these are two of the great venues for displaying and selling our work. And, of course, if you are interested in buying this painting from me, email me.


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