Friday, October 23, 2009

Madison Avenue and Streets of San Francisco- SOLD

Thank you so much for purchasing these paintings. I know you love that thick paint from the palette knife and these will look great together. Thank you for purchasing them from looking at my blog. I can't wait to see you the next time you are in Atlanta!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Tranquillity - SOLD

The Chastain Park Festival was successful despite the cold weather on Saturday. It was a great time to meet people stopping by the booth and seeing fellow artists. I sold the painting Tranquillity. I do not have the name/address of the person who purchased the painting, but wanted to tell that person thank you and I hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Chastain Park Arts Festival Oct. 17th & 18th

Chastain Park will have its 1st Annual Arts Festival
It will be October 17th and 18th.
Saturday 10am to 6pm
Sunday 10am to 5pm
I will have paintings at the Chastain Art Center booths. In those 3 booths there will be pottery, paintings, jewelry and everything else the center offers. I have been told that there are 120 booths of artists. So please come out and take part in what will be a tradition for the area. I will be at the booth from 12-3 on Saturday.
Directions: from 285 and Roswell Road0- Go inside the perimeter and make a Right on West Wieuca Road (there is a Avril car wash on the right) go through the stop sign and you will come upon the Chastain Park area. I am not quite sure where the booths of the artists will be located, but I am sure there will be signs.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Whimsical Fury 12 x 16 on Panel

I painted this bird's nest at the workshop with Roseta. It was the first thing we all painted. We were asked to bring in birds nest along with eggs if we could find them. Everyone really loved painting the different nests they had brought in and afterwards we did a class critique. Every painting was unique and beautiful. Because of the rains I was late that first day so I had my own setup and my own bird's nest that I found at the house. This is the most successful painting that I did that week of the workshop. I learned that I really like painting my own setup and during a workshop I like having my own area where my supplies are located. At this facility you have to bring your own lighting, easel and things to paint. The rest of the week the way it was spaced I had to paint with other students and their still life setups. Sometimes I have found this to be easy and fun, but for some reason the room was too tight and therefore not comfortable for me to paint and the result was I was just out of sorts and struggled after this painting. I did learn different techniques from this workshop so the end result will be beneficial for me.

Roseta Santiago Workshop

A few weeks ago I took a workshop with Roseta Santiago at the Quinlan Art Center in Gainesville, Georgia. Roseta used to live in Atlanta, and now lives in New Mexico. She has studied under many of the same artists that I have so I thought I would learn some additional skills. The paintings below are all experimental. Each painting gave me different challenges along with having a medium problem all week long. My medium started to clump up during the gourd painting and brass bowl painting so I ended up switching mediums. The workshop was during the flood week so the combination of not having a full bottle of medium along with the humidity gave me problems. Also, there were many other students painting the same setup and objects seemed to move from day to day. In the Gourd painting the paint would not dry for me to do some glazing so finally I had to move on to another painting. The brass bowl painting also gave me problems with the medium and since I had lent my lights with the first painting(other students were painting same still life) I had no lighting for the second painting and was really working in very dark circumstances. When I paint at home I usually paint in low light, but this was ridiculous. On the Gold Rim painting Roseta actually came over and painted the beautiful gold rim so I can't take credit for that. It was great to learn how to layer the gold colors to get that look and then how to add the highlight of white. Also, I think in this painting there should have been some leafy stem in the painting; its boring to me. I would say that I learned more about glazing, how to change a painting that you might not be happy with, painting fabric and then glazing. Roseta is wonderful at marketing and was great in sharing her information with us. If you go into a Bass Pro Shop the murals in the stores were painted by her. After painting 23 of the stores she decided to go into oil painting full time.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sold paintings from Brushstroke's Show

I just wanted to thank my friends for coming out to the Brushstrokes art show this week. We had a great time and it was fun seeing everyone. I wanted to thank the Berman's and the Young's for purchasing my paintings. I hope you enjoy them. Below are the paintings that were purchased.