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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Exhibition and Reception at Melrose Bay Gallery

I haven't posted for a month, sorry but life was so crazy busy. I went down south to Delray Beach for my daughter Heather's baby shower. That was very fun. My cousin Denise, flew in from New Jersey to attend and lots of family and friends were there. Food was delicious and we had a great time. Then my daughter began to have labor pains a week later. The baby is not due until Dec. 5 but now things have been revamped and I could become a new grandmother in Nov.! My bag is packed and I am ready to head south as soon as I get the word. We are very excited!

A little dark but this is how my art is displayed at Melrose.

This past weekend was the reception for the "Small Works, Big Ideas, Thinking Inside the Box" Exhibition at Melrose Bay Gallery. It was fun. Lots of artist's and friends came and all the small art was so creative. It was so interesting to see how other artist's conquered this challenge of producing small affordable art. My pieces are all priced under $100 and are available for purchase at Merose Bay Gallery, but if you are interested in any piece and cannot get out to the gallery contact me by email or you can see them and the prices on my website, Fine Art Oil Painting by Tina . I can set it up so you can get it from the gallery. I have added some new categories to the site, with miniatures, so check it out. Also while you are on the website, sign up for my free newsletter on my website and get all the latest info on my art, art history and stories of "On the Dogside".

The above pic is of abstracts by Roz Miller . Her work is so unique. She uses mixed media and is always happy to share her secrets with you. I love her colors they are so vivid and beautiful. The photo does not do them justice.

I wish I had taken more pictures. I guess those of yo
u who live close need to go check out the Melrose Bay Gallery to see all the wonderful artwork!

The following are my 7 miniatures in the Melrose show.

After the Rain - This is the view outside my front window on my property in High Springs Florida. The two trees in front are my favorite, one is maple and I am not sure what the other one is, but it is just beautiful. I always love to look outdoors through my bay window and one day after the rain, it just glowed. The rest of the property is filled with pine trees. Three open areas exist and this painting shows the one in the background where we plan to build our house.

The Beauty of Central Park - This past summer my family and I visited the lovely Central Park in New York City. It rained the entire time we were there but I managed to capture this beautiful scene when we were walking through the city. It always amazes me how such timeless beauty exists amongst one of the largest and busiest city's in the world.

Ill Colore d' Italia- This group of buildings in, Portofino, Italy was a variation of a larger painting I am doing for my daughter. Italy has drawn me to it for years, my father was Italian and I have family in Italy that I have never seen. I long to visit Italy and the land of my ancestors. Before my dad died in 2001, we had talked about traveling there so I can meet our family. My father had gone several times and had gotten to know them. One day soon, I plan to do the visit Italy and meet my family so many miles away.

Hollywood Beach Boardwalk - This is a spectacular beach area nestled between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. South Florida's best known secret. Condo development had tried to overtake it but the locals have fought hard to keep out the concrete, leaving it to remain quaint and lovely. Small mom and pop Canadian, Greek and Italian restaurants and businesses line the boardwalk, people bicycle, skate and walk day and night. As a teenager, I frequented this beach every summer day, getting as dark as baby oil would let me. As I got older and my kids were little, I would take them skating down the beach and for an ice cream, afterwords. It is still my favorite beach in the world even after visiting other more famous beaches.

Hayfields 2 - This is my second painting of local hay fields. One of the things that attracted us to this area of North Florida was the rolling hills. Different from any other Florida landscape, they all look so majestic with hay bales spread across the fields and soft clouds filling the expansive skies, making them irresistible to paint. It is why my husband and I love this place. My first Hayfield's sold during the first art exhibition at Art in City Hall in High Springs to Commissioner Shupe.

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse - In 2008, we stayed on Daytona Beach and on the day my husband, Jay and my son, Dillon went golfing, I explored Ponce Inlet. This a pretty little area just south of Daytona Beach. I never knew this breathtaking lighthouse existed and it is so well preserved. It is the tallest lighthouse in Florida and the second tallest, masonry, lighthouse in the nation. I was so proud to say I climbed the 203 stairs to the top of the 175 foot tower and even got a certificate for doing it! What a view it was!

Miracles Found
Here, Ground Zero - This painting is probably my most emotional subject I have ever painted. This summer we went to NYC and stopped to gaze emotionally at ground zero. As you know this is where the World Trade Center came down in the worst non-military disaster in our country's history, on Sept. 11, 2001. We noticed this lovely church tucked between modern skyscrapers and across from the hallowed ground of the new construction site of the World Trade Center. St. Paul's Chapel, an Episcopal Church, is beautiful inside and is filled with memorabilia from the many first responders who used the church for refuge during that dreadful day. It is also the church George Washington attended in 1789, for the short time New York City was our capital. His original pew was there to view.

In a couple of days I will post the pics of the Halloween Party at Hilltop Animal Hospital, a little late, as I confessed before. Lots of cool dog costumes. Talk with you soon!

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