Sunday, September 25, 2011

Streetscapes September 24 & 25, 2011

Yesterday, I spent the day in Clifton with my friend Tina Clyburn painting with chalk on the street at a yearly event called Streetscapes in Clifton. The day began with clouds and rain. The rain did not last long and by 1pm were were in sunshine.

Streetscape is where artists transform a street into a virtual museum. The street is the canvas where the artist reproduce a famous work of art using custom made chalk. The artist made the chalk at an workshop several weeks prior to the event.

Spectators watch the artwork evolve during the the two day festivities. In addition to the artwork, there were musicians and entertainment for all ages. There was a kids area where they could draw their own masterpiece with sidewalk chalk.
In this first picture we had to walk on the duct tape to make sure it stuck to the asphalt.

The next step was to put brown craft paper around the perimeter of the "canvas" area .
Tina then placed the drawing of the painting we were going to paint on the "canvas". Tina chose Madame Matisse: madras rouge as our masterpiece to recreate.

This painting has lots of bold colors and will translate well with the chalk.

In the drawing are tiny holes that we pounced baby powder over. This process will transfer the drawing onto the "canvas".

After we pounced, the drawing was pulled off and vol la our drawing is ready to paint.

We then used white chalk to make our baby powder lines show up better.

Tina began placing the red print on the dress as I began the print on the hat.

I moved from the hat to the face. It is really hard to make lines especially fine lines on the asphalt. I got the shape of the eyes (somewhat), but could not add the lashes. The same on the hat. I made the squiggle lines, but could not  get the dot and dashes that Matiesse used to represent shadow on the lines. However, when you stand back to see how things are looking it works.

Tina worked on the dress. The beautiful dark blue chalk that she made at the workshop filled the dress nicely.

After I finished the hat and face I moved onto the hands. I really had a hard time with them. Mostly because Matisse painted them limply. That bothered me. Also, as I stated earlier, it is hard to translate small lines on the asphalt. So the fingers were very hard to shape.

8 hours later our 5'x7' painting was done on the first day!

I can not thank the city of Clifton, who planned the event, for the kindness they treated the artists. We began the day in rain and they planned ahead by putting us under a tent. They provided us with the space, brown craft paper, feed us and kept us watered. This is an awesome event and I look forward to next year.

If you live in the Cincinnati area and would like to join us or create your own masterpiece let Tina or I know and we will keep you informed.

Happy Painting

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Cincinnati Art Club Members Fall Exhibit

I went to see the Cincinnati Art Clubs Fall Exhibit for members with Rhonda Carpenter. There were 38 paintings displayed in their Wessel Gallery.

Rhonda and I went to see Deb Ward's entry Industrial Revolution. Her painting was in the vestibule on the right when you walked into the door.

As you can see this is a spectacular painting of an old piece of farm equipment. This snapshot does not begin to show the vibrant colors and detail that Deb has in this painting.

Front and center as you entered the building was Natasha Kinnari's oil painting called Appalachian View.
I always enjoy seeing Natasha's new paintings.
I met her several years ago at one of the Miamisburg
Art Shows. I even remember  she took home a ribbon. The next time I saw her was at a holiday craft show at a local high school. Her work was heads above the different crafts around her. Last May she won first place at the Womens Art Club's Annual Show. I feel Natsha is an area artist to watch.

This watercolor was painted by Joan Ammerman. It is titled Summer on Cape Cod. I really like her painting. I want to walk up those steps and have a sit in the rocking chair. A very inviting scene and well executed.

I apologize for the light glare on this and the next watercolor.

Daffodils by Wynne Lynch Bittlinger is a stunning watercolor.
The strips lead you around the painting and makes the flowers sing. The material rolls around the vase and in the shine of the vase.

Irene Paian's Hyde Park Square is an acrylic painting that really captures this local park.

 This acrylic painting called Sonata in Blue by Joanne Honschopp shows off a lovely view of the Ohio river.

The following Signature Members also had works on display. 
Alice Allison,  Judy Barton,   Julie Beers,  Mary Lewis Bertke,Tom Bluemlein, Jan Boone, Tim Boone, Linda Crank, John Dalzell, Mark Downey, Nariko Fields, P.D. Grosser, George Hageman, Sara Hamel, Steve Hart, Ray Hassard, Ursula Jones, Dave Klocke, Barbara Kuntz, Cynthia Matyi, Joan Miley, Velma J. Morris,  Mildred Null, Jan Polk, Tom Powers, Barbara Pryor, Partick Romelli,   Amy Roy, Margaret Schrimpf,  Clark A. Stevens,  Barbara W. Trauth, Kay K. Worz. .

After Rhonda and I took in the exhibit I gave her my paintings that I was entering in the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society's members show at Evergreen Senior Life Community. This Show opens on September 25th noon -4pm until October 31st.
images by D.Ward, J. Vance, R Junker, J. Ammerman, S. Grogan & R. Carpenter

I appreciate Rhonda delivering my paintings since I am unable to do so on my own. Darn day job always gets in the way, :-)
Have a great week,

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Carol and David lost their home – a fundraiser

Carol and David lost their home – a fundraiser

 I am a follower of Carol Marine and he fabulous artwork. Sadly Carol and her family have lost their home to the fires near Bastrop, Texas. Clicking on the link above will give you the story.

I have an artist friend, Sharon Leonard,  that lives in the Steiner Ranch area. After a long Labor Day weekend Sharon writes...
"We are now back in our home in Steiner Ranch and everything is in tact. As we were driving out of the community on Sunday, we could see the flames shooting so high at the rim of the canyon, and the air was heavy with black smoke from the burning homes.........extremely surreal. Fire trucks were lined up on the side of the road for a couple of miles with the fire fighters waiting their turns to help. And, of course, we knew from all reports the damage was severe. As we drove back into the community today, the sky was bright blue, booths were set up at the Welcome Center offering free food to all of the returning residents and there was very little smoke coming from the burned area. We could see streams of water being sprayed into the canyon to control the hot spots, and yet there was so much green space (much of it brown space because of the drought) that was untouched by the fire; it further emphasized the amazing job these fire fighters accomplished when they contained this fire. If they hadn't been so quick to respond and their efforts hadn't been so relentless, the fire would have swallowed up so much more of our community..........keep in mind, there was a shortage of fire fighters at that time. The law enforcement department was incredible, too, for evacuating this community in time and in an organized manner. Again, I thank all of my FB family and friends for so many prayers offered for our safety and the safety of all of the residents here. There is still much work remaining for the fire fighters in Bastrop and throughout the state of TX. My prayer is for God to bless each and every one of you always."

Please keep the families of this devastated area in Texas in your thoughts and prayers.  You can call your local Red Cross to make donations.

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