"Home on the Bay - Lakeside" Oil on Canvas 24" x 24"
I realized that I may not have posted a photo of the first painting I did of the Home on the Bay, the Lakeside view. The home faces west, so you can imagine the beautiful sunsets we see. That may be my next painting, a sunset view from the deck. It would accompany the thousands of photos we've taken.
This painting, called "HOB Boardwalk," is the third in a series of Home on the Bay paintings. Standing on the deck looking toward the water is such a memorable view that I just had to capture it. You can see the bonfire pit, stack of logs and in the water, the cairn. (A cairn is a mound of rocks collected as a landmark or monument.) Every time we visit the water we add to the cairn. Neighbors have added to it too. When the water level is low, more of the cairn is revealed. It's a great landmark.
Still working the kinks out of my website. It may take another week for it to be properly viewable. Please bear with me as I work thru this. I may have to scrap the whole site and start from scratch. Oh bother! Till then, my blog entries will have to suffice.
Today I'm dropping off this painting called Lilies All Around at the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery (4901 Evergreen Rd., Dearborn, MI 48128) for Open Competition 2012. I can't wait to see this year's exhibition. Opening reception is Sept. 21st from 5 - 7 pm. The exhibition runs through Oct. 25, 2012. I'm thrilled to have my painting included in this prestigious show.
My website should be up and running again by this weekend. I hope your computer, iPad, phone or lap top displays a clear picture. Please check it out and let me know what you think. This has been a great summer and travel was a big part of it. We went to our nation's capital, Washington D.C., where I saw the most intriguing event. The National Portrait Gallery had an artist painting a replica of another painting. The crowd observing this artist was huge. I don't know how the artist can concentrate on their work and ignore all the people. All those eyes looking over your shoulder and the camera shutters going off. It's a testament to their professionalism. This woman worked in oil in an impressionistic style. Fully duplicating the stokes of the original artwork. To take this shot, I held my camera as high above my head as I could to eliminate the heads and cameras of other observers. I've seen pencil sketching and small watercolor sketching in museum galleries, but this was the first time I've ever seen an oil painting set-up. I'm glad I was there to see it.
I had a very exciting night at the Northville Art House Gallery
and am on cloud nine to be awarded 1st Place for my painting,
"Darkness Falls." It's the nicest of compliments to be
acknowledged for your creative efforts. A big thank you to
NAH Gallery and the Ann Arbor Women Artists (AAWA) for their
exceptional Opening Reception. The wine flowed like a fresh
spring waterfall and the gallery space highlighted all the
The euphoria received from an organized workspace is amazing! This may be the most organized I've ever been in this painting space... ever. So comfortable am I in this space, I believe I will make real headway in my artwork in the coming weeks. While putting things away, imagery for the next painting was rolling around in my head. Lots of ideas to sort through. This week should be fun. Below is a found "work in progress" painting deep from the bowels of reorganization.
Tonight I going to my critique group. It's a fabulous mix of exceptional artists in a variety of mediums. I've decided to take this painting that I haven't shared yet. I tried to incorporate a lost & found approach to this portrait. The body seems to float in and out of the black background. I know where I'd like my paint brush to advance across this canvas, but I appreciate the input from this highly intellectual group of artists.
Wahoo! I got two paintings accepted in the Northville
Art House Gallery's juried competition! The above photo is NAH Gallery's publicity postcard and press release ad. The portrait with the cowboy hat ("Darkness Falls", 24" x 24", O/Hardwood) is one of my entries. I'm thrilled my artwork was selected to be in this outstanding show. The NAH wrote, "This striking show is exceptional in originality!" If you'd like to see the exhibition, the opening reception is 6-9 PM on Friday, April 6th and runs through April 21, 2012. Northville Art House Gallery is located at 215 W. Cady St., Northville, MI 48167. See you there!
Luckily, my studio is coming back into shape. I've decided to inventory all my painting accessories before returning them to the cabinets. I want to see and account for what I have and possibly what I need. As I move stuff back into this room, I'm trying to remember that this space needs to function properly. I'm eliminating anything that is unnecessary. One thing I'd like to do is set up a good Still Life Box with great lighting. Well, back to work!
After a long absence from painting and blog posting, I'm back! My new studio has been remodeled and I'm anxious to start painting! It's back to the easel. Wahoo! Just in time for Spring. The birds are singing and the sun is shining. Life is Good! Check back again for some new paintings very soon.
Currently my painting studio is in demolition. Remolding and organizing are great, but I want to paint! I'm so impatient with this process. I've stored all of my paint, brushes and canvases and it's making me crazy! It's been this way for weeks and I'm biting at the bit to paint again. I know it will be more useful and organized, but I want it done now... today if possible. Well, that's not likely, so I wait. It'll be another few weeks and I'll be up and running again. Till then, check back when you can!
There's nothing like having artwork hanging from the ceiling!! I love the posters! This photo from Petunia & the Vipers LP/CD Release Concert was posted in Jodie Ponto Photography's blog. Check out her blog and photos from this show! Petunia & the Vipers new album is packed with colorful character, great lyrics and strong timbres. Hear the album onlinehere now. Congratulations to the band and I wish them much success spreading their music far & wide!
Here's the proposed venue view of the LP Release Concert for Petunia & the Vipers in Vancouver. I can't tell you how great it is to have artwork hanging from the ceiling during this show! The posters are 4' x 4' and hang by chains. Fantastic! The other posters are by two highly talented artists that I'm privileged to be in company with, Jen Thomas and Christian Nicolay. To see more of their work, check out their websites and blogs. I know Petunia & the Vipers will be surprised with this visual complement to their show!
Above is another portrait of Petunia, the lead singer of Petunia & the Vipers that I submitted in an Album/CD cover competition. In this painting, Petunia looks poised for receiving mercy or he could just be signing an autograph! Petunia's song Mercy has the lyrics, "mercy over me" which became my inspiration and title for this imagery. The moon behind his head suggests a halo that offers a bit of grace bestowed on Petunia as he bows his head. Within the halo/moon, I added a double-rope design resembling the sound hole design on Petunia's guitar.
I was lucky enough to be included in a competition for an Album/CD cover for the band, Petunia & the Vipers. Petunia, the head and heart of the band, has a country and rockabilly presence. I didn't win the cover, but my work has been selected for posters and buttons. Yahoo!! My decision to create a portrait of Petunia sprang into life when I saw a few photos of him wearing his wide brimmed hats. They were great and I was hooked. After hearing lyrics from the CD, MERCY, I wanted to create a mood of dusk or early evening. As it turned out, that's how the title, "Darkness Falls" came to stick.
Click CDBaby.com to check out the cover that won and to purchase the music!
I'm an oil painter who paints nearly everyday and this blog shares my efforts. Thanks for taking a look at my artwork. Please contact me if you have any questions, comments, or to inquire about purchasing a painting. I look forward to hearing from you.