Two of my paintings: Broken Shell and Pear Boat have been juried into the Your Work exhibit at the Cleveland Utrecht Art Supply Store. The exhibit will begin October 7th with an awards reception from 6-9pm and it will run through October 16th. Unfortunately, the reception for this show is the same night as my artist reception at the Shoreby Club... Not sure if I will be able to swing both, but I will sure try! Both paintings pictured above are available for purchase through this blog, the new interface thingy on blogspot is not allowing me to link (grrr) please email me if interested!
A blog reader recently emailed me to suggest I find some wildflowers outside--after I had complained about slim pickin's at Trader Joe's. Um yeah, Cleveland doesn't exactly offer an abundance of wildflowers? Her suggestion, however, piqued my interest and I found myself venturing into the backyard. ...where I promptly found a patch of yellow daisies behind the garage... Doh! Sorry for the snarkiness and thank you for the suggestion, dear reader. (You know who you are.)
"Chomping at the bit" is one way to describe my desire to paint BIGGER. (: I see large paintings that incorporate more subjects, fabrics and fun in my future. That will most likely happen next year... For now I made a decision to stick with what I do best: small floral (& fruit!) still lifes, daily.
The backdrop for this painting is a piece of Jo-Ann Fabrics brand fabric. I love the retro modern pattern-- the same fabric serves as a backdrop in this painting. Must re-photograph this when it dries, it's better in life.
Oh, the fun I had painting a vintage Pinocchio doll back in 2008... Actually there is still a few Pinocchio paintings left and now they're on sale! Yes! Enjoy 50% OFFon selected paintings today through Thursday, September 23rd. Find sunflowers, a rose, irises and more old toy paintings too. Shop for your's: here. Scroll to the bottom for the Pinocchios.
I'm hoping some of this week's work will serve as studies for larger paintings that I can do next year. --Also, this week: since I've been threatening to paint 'em for a while, some old squeaky toys will make an appearance. Plus fruit and more fruit!!
As painting challenges go, this one won't win any prizes for variety-- but it's all aces in the "quality of entries" department! Pablo Villicana Lara and I took the challenge to paint a Nestle's Chocolate Bar. Pablo has a way of painting sunlight (on pottery, faces, fabric, oh and chocolate!) that is positively magical, to see more of his paintings visit his blog. Next time around we're going to make it a point to invite a few more participants. Do you want to paint the next challenge? Leave a comment here or send me an email. We'll do another one after the holidays sometime!