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Sunday, October 11, 2009

"Small Works/Big Ideas Thinking Inside the Box"

Pic 1 - Italy - A place of my ancestors and distant family and where I aspire to go soon!
Pic 2 - "After the Rain" This is outside my front window and our property in High Springs, it looks so pristine right after the rain. The two trees in front are my favorite, the left one is a lovely maple and I am not sure what the other is.
Pic 3 - "Walking through Central Park" I took this pic as you remember from our family trip to New York City in June. Central Park is a little bit of heaven in the middle of exciting and crazy NYC.
Pic 4 - Hollywood Boardwalk - This is my favorite beach on earth, where I spent my teenage years and took my kids skating at night on the boardwalk. The water is as blue as the pic and one of the rare places in South Florida where high rise development failed to take over.
Pic 5 - Hayfield 2, This is my second hayfield pic from State Road 236 in High Springs.

So lately I have been feverishly working on miniature paintings. They have actually been very fun to do and a challenge. I think I will call this collection "Favorite Places." I have been doing tiny paintings since I entered the Winter Fine Art Fair at Tioga, in Gainesville, Fl. last year sponsored by Gainesville Fine Arts Association . I originally did them as low cost simple pieces of art with small wooden easels packaged in a small bag and sold for under $25. I still have some of those on sale at the Garden Gallery on Main Street in Alachua Florida. These latest paintings are much more advanced and I have spent many more hours on them. Most will be framed in Plein Air gold frames or painted on gallery wrapped canvas and wired. I took all the photos that they are taken from except for the Italy pic,which I actually designed from my daughter's large Italy painting.

The exciting thing about the collection is that I was invited to participate in an art exhibition at The Melrose Bay Art Gallery located at 103 SR 26 in Melrose, Florida, Nov. 9 - Dec. 9, 2009. It is called "Small Works/Big Ideas Thinking inside the Box." The requirements for entry are very specific and your work, including frames, must fit within a specific criteria of space. The first 3 pics I produced for it are for the most part complete. The last two you can see are roughed in

and require more work. I will try to finish them this week.

These last two were roughed in while I was sitting at Reddick Dirt bike track where Jay and I hung out today with our son Stephen. He raced with all his GSR Team buddies. It is always exciting and nerve racking to see him race. Check out his new website with his newly formed team GSR at The site is soooo cool.

I am off again from work again tomorrow YEAH! I plan on working on Heather and Scott's Italy pic finally!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Art Class comes to an end!

Nine weeks went by fast and what a great experience it was. Melanie Peter is an excellent teacher and she was very helpful in improving my portrait skills. I would recommend the workshop "Building A Better Portrait," to anyone wanting to improve their painting skills. Melanie teaches you the basics you need to start and finish a portrait from a live model or photos. She is very informative and paints with you so you can see how to do it. She critiques and compliments and makes you feel very comfortable. These two photos were of the last two lessons. Now they are both done in less than three hours. The one of the male model is a color study with two different lights, one pink and one yellow. The other is of the female model wrapping up all that we learned. They are very primitive and I may finish the one of the woman since Melanie took photos of the models and emailed them to us if we wish to work further on them.

So now that my classes are over for this year, I plan to work on Sunday get as much done on my daughter's pic of Italy and also work on an upcoming show at Melrose Bay Gallery. I will fill you in later on in the week and tell you about the reception at Art in City Hall and High Springs first art walk!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Art in City Hall and High Springs Art Walk

Friday night was truly an art night in High Springs. The night started with the art reception for all the artists that exhibited their art in the city hall. Sandi Richmond did a great job as always and Commissioner Diane Shupe was responsible for art being front and center now in High Springs. Mrs. Shupe and her husband Ed are great art lovers and fill their home with it. My "Hayfield in Winter" picture now resides there! It was fun to talk with fellow artist's and many friends who attended. The mayor even said a few words. I have "Keeping the Watch" and "On the Road Home" on exhibition there and you can view my work and the entire exhibition in High Springs City Hall. The show runs until Dec. 2, 2009 in the City Commission Chambers located at 110 NW 1st Ave. You can view it everyday from 8am until 5pm unless there is a meeting going on.

The second part of the night was the Art Walk that was part of the monthly Fantastic Friday that goes on in town. Several stores stayed open late for shoppers and sponsored artists to show their work in their stores. Everyone walked around town and checked out the stores and the art. I had my paintings displayed upstairs above the Great Outdoors in what was the historic, "Opera House" while another reception was held with a wine bar. I sold a small pic called "Three Peppers" and I had so much fun getting to know a friend of Sandi Richmond's, Nancy, a jewelry artist and designer. We truly bonded over a glass of wine and we sat near our art.

I also bought a fabulous print from fellow artist,
John Strepe, he does wonderful deep color landscapes of our local area and springs. He did a lovely rendition of mainstreet in High Springs, I love it.

Bella' s Room

Last week I had vacation and spent it down in Delray Beach with my daughter, Heather and son-in-law, Scott. It was a great week, the weather was as always, beautiful, sunny and hot. My plan was to paint my future granddaughter's bedroom. I drove down early Sunday morning and had a super brunch at the country club in Boca Raton where Scott's parents live. The spread was amazing. Every fruit possible, the
blackberries was huge. Delicious breads for sandwiches with every possible salad combination. Plus bagels, eggs, and the usual breakfast fair. Later Heather and I found Jerry's Artarama. A great art store where I found all the
paints and supplies for the job. Monday I got up early and started on the room. It was a little tough starting since the walls are plastered with the knock down finish. As the day wore on it worked out great. I managed to complete almost the entire scene in 2 full days! Which left the last day to play. My mom came up and hung out with us on
Monday while I worked.

Each night it was fun to spend watching all the new TV shows with Scott and Heather since last week were all the season premieres. The last day I found a small window in time to get lunch with my favorite postal buddies from South Florida. We girls had a delicious lunch at Las Vegas a great Cuban restaurant in Pembroke Pines and then I had dinner at my best friend Susan's house. She made me more Spanish food. It is hard to get good ethnic food here in Gainesville so it is always a treat.

Bella's name and the spots on the giraffe are the exact colors of the spots in the pock-a-dot design for the baby's crib bedding set. I thought that would accent the whole room design. It is hard to tell in the photos but there are little hanging berries in the shape of hearts.

If anyone is interested in a wall mural such as this I would enjoy doing it. Of course price would be determined by the complexity of the design. I paint with quality acrylics so there are no fumes and easy clean up. I sealed the wall with acrylic varnish so the wall can be cleaned with a wet sponge, in case my granddaughter becomes and artist while in the crib! You can contact me and if you live locally it would be great. If you live in Florida, we can work something out since I have family all over the state that I can stay with. If you are out of state we can also make arrangements. I have lots to blog today, since I am way behind, so talk with you soon!