Monday, January 31, 2011

Overview of Destination Artist Weekend

Destination Artist Weekend turned out to be a beautiful weekend weather wise. The sun came out and melted a lot of the snow and made walking around the village of New Richmond nice.

The event had a fair amount of patrons going in and out of the shops. I enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Front Street Cafe with my girlfriends. We then walked around and enjoyed the art.

My paintings were in Passage Books. They were in the company of three photo artists and my friend Beth Zimbrodt of Twisted Brush.

"If you can hold a paint brush in one hand and a wine glass in the other – you can paint!

Come for the fun of it - leave with a 16 X 20 masterpiece of your own."

Beth gave an acrylic painting class, as well as, showed her work. The group in the picture painted a barn scene collectively. I watched a small group paint two bud vases with a flower in each. This is a great way to have fun with a group of friends, co-workers or any event and create your own piece of art.

I do have a "sad to me" framer decided to close shop. If any of you have a close re-pore with your framer then you understand my heavy sigh. I was disheartened when I saw her sign outside her shop proclaiming that she was going out of business.  Diane is not only my framer, but a friend. Our youngest children were in class together through out their elementary years. Our daughters played soccer together. So when she opened her business six years ago, I was one of the first artists to knock on her door.

Diane explained to me that she had been working on the closing of her store for awhile. Her first thought was to close the shop for the winter and then have the going out of business sale in the spring. However, when the DA Weekend came up she decided on the spur- of- the- moment to start the ball rolling. She sold many of her prints that she had matted and framed to show off her skills. Diane has all of her equipment for sale also.

Diane's expertise in selecting the right mat and frame will be sorely missed by me. I trusted her judgment completely and learned so much from her.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

SOLD: "Lunch Anyone?"

"Lunch Anyone?"         Watercolor/Gauche

I sold this painting to my dear friend. She happens to be one of the figures in the painting and it was she that my friends and I were visiting in Geneva, Switzerland in 2005.

The four of us were together again last weekend in Nashville. My friend asked to see my work so I got my I-pod touch out and showed her my gallery on the device. She loved the painting of our time together and purchased it.

I am excited that the painting will be in my friends home to bring fond memories to her when see looks at it.


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Destination Artists Weekend and a WIP update

"DOWNTOWN ON THE RIVER", a detail, hand colored linocut, by Mary Mark, copyright 2008

Next weekend, Jan. 29-30/2011, is Destination Artists Weekend in New Richmond, OH. It is a little river town east of Cincinnati. The art event is the brainchild of Mary Mark and David Johnson of Lost Steeple Originals. This is her 12th Annual Art in the Church Open House. Mary specializes in art linoleum block and oil pastels. The DA website states that Mary will have the "best prices of the year" on her original handmade block prints, oil pastels, giclees and door prizes. Mary's place is 411 Walnut Street.

At Mary's home/studio she will also feature a fellow printmaking artist, Susan Naylor. Trendy's Turnaround Consignment Shop/Diner will feature Nancy Swats' hand painted gourds. Chris Plummer's woodcuts and L. J. Photography will be at the Front Street Cafe. At the Ye Olde Bag Shoppe is Pat Statzer and her quilted dolls. I will have 13 paintings at Passage Books along with Beth Zimbrodt's work. All of these shops are on Front Street, which is the street along the river (see Mary's linocut above). Maps can be picked up at any of the shops.

Maple Creek Artisan Center is east of New Richmond down US 52 just past Moscow, OH. Once there you will see a beautiful log cabin that has paintings, wood carvings, clay art, a smithy, quilts and much more.

The time for this event, on both days, is 10am - 5pm.  The Cardboard Boat Museum will be open also. It is a neat place to see all the cardboard boats that race every August in the Cardboard Regatta. Check out the Destination Artist website then come on out and enjoy our little town.

Last October, I began this painting then sat it aside to work on a commission and deal with a wedding and the holidays. We had 2 snow days this week, so I got the painting back out.

I started putting in a lot of the shadowing and trying to make some sense of the hand/fingers, toes and the sandals. Still a ways to go, but it felt good to be back in the studio.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Nashville: Frist Museum and more

Arrangement in Gray & Black: Mother of Artist a.k.a. Whistler's Mother
I spent the weekend in Nashville, Tenn. with friends. We went to see The Hermitage, The Grand Ole Opry, The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Frist Museum to see the exhibit Birth of Impressionism: Materpieces from the Muse' D'Orsay.

The exhibit was almost ruined for me by the museums incompetence of being able to deal with the crowds due to the exhibit ending on January 23rd.  However, once inside, we viewed wonderful paintings. The most famous were Whistler's Mother; The Fifer by Manet; Ballet Rehearsal On The Set by Degas; The Seine at Vitheuil and 5 others by Monet; Still Life with a Soup Tureen by Cezanne; and of course The Floor Scrapers by Caillebotte.

I really liked Haymaking by Jules Bastien-Lepage. He specialized in agriculture scenes. The palette is light and the figures are very close to you in this large painting. The horizon is high and on the top of the painting. The girl looks exhausted while the man naps. I felt he showed the life of these peasants with such realism.

I have to admit that I was hopping to see other pieces that I remember to be better from some of the artists represented. Like the pieces the d'Orsay sent for Renior. They were not the best of his early work that they muse' has. I was glad to have gone and seen these paintings again.

Alan Jackson: memorabilia
While in Nashville we also took in the Country Music Hall of Fame. I am a country music fan and enjoyed learning about the people who made the industry what it is today.

Vince Gill hosting a segment at the Opry
 We then took in the Grand Ole Opry. It was very fascinating to see the show produced as well as the eclectic list of performers.

The Hermitage was the home of President Andrew Jackson. The home sits about 20 minutes outside of Nashville. It was very informative not to mention how cool to see this mansions furniture, walls and materials preserved and in great shape. We were lucky that it was a gorgeous day to walk the land to see the President and his wife's grave site, slave cabins, out buildings, cattle, etc..

The weekend with friends was touristy, informative and just plain fun.



Friday, January 14, 2011

Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee D'Orsay

 The Floor Scrapers. 1875. Oil on canvas. H. 102; W. 146.5 cm © RMN, Hervé Lewandowski

 I am heading to Nashville, Tenn this weekend to go to the Frist Museum . I am excited to see the above painting again. I have been lucky enough to see this painting in Paris at the Musee d'Orsay. It is a huge canvas that I remember standing in front of in awe.  The wood floor is in its different stages of being scraped. I could almost smell the wood, the varnish and sweat. Hear the scraping sound and the noises of the workers working. Powerful.
The Frist Museum is hosting an exhibit called the Birth of Impressionism.The exhibition includes 100 masterpieces of mid-to-late 19th-century French paintings. There are works from Courbet, Manet, Cézanne, Monet, and Renoir; Salon painters such as Bouguereau; and artists who moved easily between convention and innovation such as Degas, Fantin-Latour, and Whistler. The d'Orsay sent these paintings out while they re-vamped the space these paintings hang.

I am excited to see what other paintings they have sent for this exhibit and to be reacquainted with The Floor Scrapers.

The exhibit will be there until January 23, 2011.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Invitation to show in Destination Artist Weekend!

I have been invited to participate in Destination Artists 2011 on January 29 & 30   The website states:

A two day excursion filled with extraordinary art, wonderful history, delicious food, fun, and cozy overnight accommodations.
The shop keepers along historic Front Street overlooking the Ohio River along with the nationally known artist Mary Mark
 open their doors for this self guided tour of the newly emerging Village of New Richmond. 
and the Maple Creek Artisan Center
in Moscow, Ohio

Waiting On The Rain
You will find art throughout several stores on Front Street in New Richmond, Ohio. My work will be placed in Passage Books. I am placing all the paintings that are featured here on My Gallery(click above to see more).

Courtyard Council by Mary Mark
Mary Mark organizes this event each year to showcase her fabulous art, as well as, local artists and the village of New Richmond where her home/studio is.  

Maple Creek Artisan Center is a beautiful Log Cabin that carries beautiful crafts, artwork and features local artists. They also offer classes in painting, clay, metal smithing and carving. 

If you go to the website you will see that the village has 2 B&B's and many eateries to fill your stomach, quench your thirst or warm up at.

I hope you check out the websites and make plans to visit Destination Artists 2011 10am until 5pm each day.

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