Sunday, August 28, 2011

School started

I have been busy the last two weeks with the beginning of school. The program (18-22 yr.old Special Need Young Adults) was moved to another building and we have been tirelessly unpacking and setting up the classroom. We still have not been able to find all our furniture and boxes.

Last week was our first week for our interns. The new faces has meant that we have to reevaluate how we have done things in the past. Each intern brings a new set of challenges. Our first challenge is to get to know this new town and find volunteer jobs for the interns to learn so they get practical job experience.

I have several shows that I am looking to be able to get my paintings into. The next is Middletown Arts Center Area Art Show September 23-October 2. I will take the paintings that I put in the Miamisburg Art Show. These locations are near each other and the pick up and delivery are within days of each other. I will get it done (hopefully) with the help of my parents. It also makes a good excuse to have dinner.

The next show is with the Cincinnati Watercolor Society September 25-October 30. I am putting Rosemary's Orchid and Waiting on the Rain (both in My Gallery) in this show. Again, I will need help from a friend to get my paintings delivered. The Club only takes paintings during their meeting time. Alas, I will be with my interns so I will not make the meeting.

The last one I am trying to get into is Viewpoint at the Cincinnati Art Club November 4-20. This one you have to make a CD of your entry and mail it in. Logistics is not a problem, but making sure the picture of my painting is the right size, labeled correctly on the picture and on the CD (for me) is a little daunting. I really feel that is why I did not get in last year. This year "I think" I got everything labeled right this time. Anyway, it is in the judges hands now.

Wish me luck,

Sunday, August 14, 2011

2011 9th Annual Miamisbug Juried Art Exhibition

Yesterday was the opening of the 9th Annual Art Exhibit at the Miamisburg Art Gallery in Miamisburg, Ohio. If you have followed me over the years you know I enter this juried show each year because it is my roots. I learned to paint in the Art Guilds classroom.

This year the show had 119 entries from 57 artist and 96 were juried into the show. I was lucky to have both of mine make it in. I was not lucky enough to receive an award. There were 4 categories (Drawing, Oil/Acrylic, Watermedia and Miscellaneous) with 4 winners in each and a Best of Show.

As I walked into the gallery, my first reaction was that it felt sparse. In the past when I walked into the gallery the space felt full and the paintings were numerous or the paintings were huge and took up lots of space. That was not the case this year. Although there were some large pieces, they were not weighty paintings. It was a light an airy feel to the gallery this year.  The last two years colored pencil had taken front and center, but this year there were more pastels. As always the Art Guild was very gracious with their hospitality and hanging of the show.

My entries were:

Locked Out

The Flower Market

I painted The Flower Market for my mother. It is she who is looking at the flowers in the painting and is standing next to the painting at the exhibit.

Drawing Winner

The Barrel Racer
Paul Fox

2nd place went to this stunning pastel painting by Donna Brinkman.
It was my favorite painting in the show.

Oils/Acrylic Winner

Reflections of September
Jim Eberhart

2nd place went to The Oyster Bar by Donna Brinkman. Again, a stunning painting by this artist.


Model #1
Misuk Goltz

Leonard Williams took 2nd for his painting                        Warming Sun done in casein.             

Best of Show

Mad River Pool
Chuck Bergert

I did not take any pictures of the Miscellaneous Catergory which consisted of mixed media painting, mixed media pottery and a wood, glass and iron wall hanging. All very wonderful pieces. I apologize for the poor photography, as you can see, the lighting maked it very hard to take pictures without having my reflection or the lights or other objects/people in the picture.

I enjoy going back each year and seeing family, catching up with mentors past and present (missed you Deb Ward), meeting new artist (Theresa Houston), but mostly know that I am home.


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Flower Market WIP

I just returned from a week at a cabin in Pigeon Forge, TN. Always fun to get away.

While I was gone, my parents entered two paintings for me at the Miamisburg Art Galleries Annual Exhibit. It opens Saturday August 13, 2011 from 1-5pm. Awards at 3p. If you live in the Dayton, Miamisburg, Middletown, Ohio area come see the exhibit.  I hope to see my paintings hanging when I get there on Saturday. Good Luck to all who entered. 

Flower Market is progressing. I have begun tightening the flowers and giving them definition.  The architectural features also are  coming into play. I began working in the shadow on the pole and tent top. Details have been lightly placed in the background on the left and in the window panes of the door. While waiting on the  flowers to dry, I began shaping the shadows and creases in the ladies sweat shirt and pants, as well as, her hair.

This painting is busy and has been a challenge to create. However, each time I step back to ponder, I figure out the next color or technique to make an area work. This is always exciting.

I confess that this painting is now finished, framed and entered in the exhibit. So if you are at the exhibit you will get the first look.

 On a personal note...on Tuesday I will have my second surgery for carpal tunnel. This time it will be my left wrist. I can paint, but I can not draw after the surgery for about 2 weeks. So tomorrow will be spent getting something  ready for the easel so I won't have any down time.

Also, school begins for me on the Monday August 15th.  Hard to believe summer has gone by so quickly AGAIN.

See you on Saturday :-)
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