Saturday, May 29, 2010

"Shy Tulips"

This watercolor painting was painted on Ampersand Gessoboard. Working with this hard, non-absorbent surface was quite different from working on watercolor paper. I wasn't happy with the way it turned out because I found that I was putting on more paint than I usually do for a watercolor piece. It ended up looking too heavy, so I started washing off a lot of the color. All of a sudden, a new painting emerged, one that was soft and very different from my usual style. I set it aside for awhile to think about it and to decide if I would do more work on it. The more I looked at it, the better I liked it the way it was, so I left it alone. I am happy with the result.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Rail Walk Arts District in Salisbury, NC, is transforming an old warehouse area

I did a presentation today about Rail Walk Studios & Gallery and the Rail Walk Arts District for the Rowan Rotary Club and thought I would provide a link to the Powerpoint show for those who would like to see what it's all about!

http://www.railwalkgallery.com/Other/RailWalkStudios&Gallery.pps

The building shown below was an industrial warehouse, back in the day. See the before-and-after photo in the presentation at the link above. This building, and the entire 300 and 400 block of N Lee Street, is being transformed into an arts district where you can see and buy beautiful arts and crafts, listen to musical performances, watch plays, enjoy dance-troupe performances, hear poetry readings, and much more.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

"Life Glow V" is a winner in the Manhattan International Arts "The Healing Power of Art" competition

Life Glow V is one of the paintings in my series "Life Glow: the Light of Creation." It is a winner in the Best Work on Paper category in the Manhattan International Arts "The Healing Power of Art" online competition: http://www.manhattanarts.com/Gallery/HealingPowerofArt_2010/index.htm.

To see other paintings in this series, go here: http://ragone.com/index_files/ARHall_LifeGlow.htm

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"Meandering Through Life"

Sometimes as soon as I look at a finished piece, the title just pops into my head. That is exactly what happened with this one.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

"Along the Dotted Line"

This is another of my 6" x 6" acrylic paintings on canvas. Whenever I finished a painting session I usually have some unused paint left over. I hate to waste anything, especially expensive paint, so I use the unmixed colors that remain on my palette to paint background colors on already gessoed canvases. This particular painting started out with a green background, though not the green color that you see in the finished painting. The background does influence the colors on top, though.