Thursday, August 31, 2006

My Wildflower Garden

I've started a new variation on a theme I've been working with for awhile. It's a technique using a palette knife with acrylics, working wildflowers in bright colors on a soft black background. I had been working the flowers in a bouquet radiating out from a center point. This new series is more of a stand of wildflowers, similar to my large abstracts. I'm titling this series "Wildflower Garden." This is No. 1 in the series. As mentioned in my blog before, I'll be demonstrating this technique in October for the Windcrest Art League in San Antonio.
Other highlights in my life as an artist:
...I've been painting a lot this last few weeks and feel good about the results! I'm now "on break" from the classes for 2 weeks and will spend some of the time preparing for my booth at "Celebrate Art in the Garden" at the Antique Rose Emporium in San Antonio Sept. 9-10.
...Also, my solo show at the New Braunfels Starbucks Coffee has been extended into September!
...I'm chairing the Artoberfest show for the New Braunfels Art League. This is our really big, cash awards, juried/judged fine arts show. Let me know if you'd like more information.

Friday, August 18, 2006

New Wildflower Square paintings

Been busy painting over the last few weeks. Finished two more large wildflowers that I'll be posting to my "Recent Works Gallery" blog soon. Finished and framed several of the palette knife florals that I'll have in my booth at the Antique Rose Emporium in San Antonio on Sept. 9-10 for their "Celebrate Art in the Garden" event. And I've added several new paintings to my Wildflowers Squared series, which I'm posting here. I'm working more in groupings with this series now and have been playing with some monochromatic themes as you can see. These range in size from 4 inch by 4 inch to 12 inch by 12 inch. I have lots of fun with them as do my customers who like to mix and match the canvases. These are all available for sale in my studio in New Braunfels, Texas. I'm also posting a couple of close up shots to show the detail. Contact me if you'd like more information on this series. A good selection of my Squares are also on display at Gallery on the Square in Wimberley, Texas.
In other news:
-- Another of my large works, "Joyful Expressions of Wildflowers in Harmony" found a home in Austin this week. C.W. made the purchase as a 10th anniversary gift for his wife.
-- The Windcrest Art League (San Antonio) invited me to demo at their monthly meeting in October. I'll be sharing my floral palette knife technique.
-- I've agreed to chair the annual Artoberfest show for the New Braunfels Art League again this year. This is our largest show with $2300 in cash awards. It showcases some of the best in local and regional art. Show dates are Oct. 4-Nov.13. If you are an artist in the area, let me know if you'd like a prospectus.
-- Painting for Beginners: Last "summer" class will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 29. I'll take a break and start back on Thursday, Sept. 14. I'll be offering afterschool, evening and Saturday classes. Plus, I'm offering a kids' art camp for the Christmas holidays. Check my website for the current brochure or e-mail me.