Sunday, September 27, 2009

Brushstrokes 2nd Signature Art Show and Sale

This is the first year that I am participating with the art group Brushstrokes. The show will be located at TULA Art Center.
It is located at 75 Bennett Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. To get there take Peachtree Street South and pass Justin's Restaurant on the right at next right will be a light and that is Bennett's Street. Go halfway down the street and Tula is on the right.
The show runs from Tuesday, Sept 29th-Sunday, Oct. 4th
"Cocktails & Canvas" is Thursday, October 1st 5:00-9:00
Gallery Hours are
Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday 11:00 to 4:00
Thursday 11:00 to 9:00
Friday and Saturday 11:00 to 8:00
A percentage of all sales will be donated to the Youth Program at Chastain Arts Center.
Please stop by during the week if you have a chance. There are around 20 artists participating.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Blue and Gold 11 x 14 on Linen

In this painting I wanted to use the flow blue cup and plate that I found in a box after cleaning out the garage. It was a great surprise to find some flow blue because I had wanted to buy some for a painting. There were a few more pieces in the box that I will paint at a later time. I put the antique with the newer gold vase that I like to paint. After taking the workshop with Nancy Franke she said she had a lucky green pitcher and I have this lucky gold vase. I decided to use her palette of colors for this painting, to see if I would get a lighter feel still painting in the old masters style. Her palette is minimal and I am used to more colors. I did add the yellow ochre for the palette. The minimal palette is a challenge in getting the color you want without it ending up muddy. I know how to mix colors easily since that is what I do for my daily job, but in oil painting I think its great to have a larger palette for truer and cleaner colors. Also, when you are painting something that is red, be it a flower or an object, many times you will have to buy the red you need because in many instances you cannot mix colors to get certain reds.

Cupcakes 9 x 12 on Panel

The new challenge for DSFDF was the theme of cupcakes. Karin was inspired by the painter Wayne Thiebaud, who is known for his paintings of cakes and pies. If you go to the website that I have mentioned at the bottom of all the paintings there is a YouTube video of an interview with the artist and his work. With this painting I definitely wanted to do a knife painting. Using the palette knife was just like putting frosting on a cupcake. The thick luscious paint really made me feel like I was using frosting instead of paint. Afterwards I had to bake a cake.