Thursday, August 30, 2007

A little about me

In the last post I placed an example of my artistry. Please do not judge me on my photographic skills. I am still trying to figure that out. I paint from photos and this one came to me from the child's parent via grandparents. I know the child and that intimidates me because of trying to "get it right". However, the child intrigued me on how intent he was at building his sand castle. I tried to capture this "feeling" in my painting. This piece was juried into a galleries show. This meant a lot to me because it was at the gallery that I had learned to paint. I have had the opportunity to get three paintings into two shows there. Like working on this blog, getting into shows are ways to let me share my hobby of painting. Gaylynn

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Playing In the Sand Watercolor 9 x 12 Hello, I am trying my hand at this blog phenomenon in the art community. I am a watercolor artist. I began my painting career when I was 12 with oils at a local community gallery south of Dayton, Ohio. I earned a degree in art education where I used acrylics to get my projects done on time. I have been married for 26 years to my high school sweetheart and we have three daughters. I began doing watercolors after taking a class through the Cincinnati Art Academy's community classes. Watercolor painting was not part of my college experience. Watercolors have the reputation as being the hardest of mediums to learn. After taking my first class from Ken L. Buck I knew this was the medium for me. I enjoyed the challenge that watercolor painting can be. It also works with my day job which is childcare in my home for teachers children in our school district. This past summer I met a local group of painters, Legendary Artists Group, that have invited me to join their weekly painting sessions. They have encouraged me to paint more on my own and with the thought of selling my work. I paint with this eclectic group, on a regular basis, during the summer months when I am off work. However, they will be including me at their fall sale at a local business. So I need to keep working. The group painted en plein air in our village park on two occasions. It was promotional for the riverfront business' as well as for the group. I had a really good time talking to the people that came by to check out our work. I even had a few ask me about commissions. That was exciting! Because the first "Artists In the Park" was successful, several from this group have rented a space in our village to create a studio and gallery. When they get it going full time I am hoping they will accept work on commission from the rest of the group. I have lots to think about and lots to create. I hope you will not mind following my journey. Gaylynn
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