Thursday, March 31, 2011

"Spring Has Arrived"

- Spring Has Arrived -
Acrylic on canvas - 6"x6"
I painted this small piece for the new exhibition at Rail Walk Studios & Gallery, "It's Hip to be Square." I have a total of eight pieces in ths show. All the participating artists have created works of art in a square format. I've been painting on square canvases quite a lot in the last two years. That format is very appealing to me. Not sure why; perhaps it's the pure symmetry, which is quite a contrast to my loose style.

The show opens Saturday, April 2, 2011, with a reception from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Lots of "square" food will be served. We hope to see everyone arrive wearing their "square" attire. There is an art and music event going on next door at Looking Glass Artist Collective at the same time, so there is plenty to do Saturday in the Rail Walk Arts District.

Rail Walk Studios & Gallery is located at 409 N Lee Street, in Salisbury, NC. Plenty of free parking. For those who can't make it to the reception, regular hours are Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The show runs through May 28, 2011. Be there or be square!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Another example of the jewelry from my "Swirly Gig" collection

1.5" hand-painted pendant with post earrings
I started creating hand-painted jewelry about a year and a half ago. I've always loved earrings and pendants or necklaces and purchased many of my favorite pieces from artists at art festivals. I didn't want to be a jewelry-maker myself per se, but I kept wanting to create some wearable art that was reminiscent of my paintings. I spent quite a bit of time thinking about how I could do that, what kind of materials I would need, what the process would be, etc. I finally figured it out and have been happy with the result. My pieces range in price from a small pendant for $10 to a set consisting of a large pendant and 2 earrings (like the set above) for $45. Each piece has a unique painted image topped by glass. No two are alike. The earrings are for pierced ears. The bails on the pendants are gold- or silver-plated. The earring posts are the same. Currently, Southern Spirit Gallery in Salisbury, NC, has my jewelry for sale, and I also sell it out of my studio. Prices are the same no matter where they are purchased (shipping is extra). I am working on getting my jewelry into other retail outlets.

"A Tribe of Iris": reference photo and finished piece, a comparison

inspiration for "A Tribe of Iris"
A Tribe of Iris - Acrylic on canvas - 12" x 48"
In my last post, I commented that when I use photos as reference for my paintings, the finished piece doesn't look like the original photo. I said I would show an example in my next post. Well, here it is! Be sure to click on the image of the painting so you can see the detail better.

Monday, March 14, 2011

"Through a Glass Lightly"

Through a Glass Lightly - acrylic on canvas - 20" x 20"
This painting came strictly from my imagination. When I create the majority of my floral paintings, I am trying to capture the impression of flowers rather than any botanical accuracy. What I think makes this painting interesting is the contrast between the organic shapes of the flowers and the rectangles and lines in the area on which the vase rests. I often paint florals out of my imagination. When I use photographic reference, the painting never looks like the photo. In my next post, I'll show a reference photo and the painting it inspired. 

Friday, March 11, 2011

Special gift on March 12th for the 2nd Saturday Art Walk in Salisbury & Spencer, NC

Swirly Gig Collection - 5/8" pendant -

Each month art studios and galleries in Salisbury and Spencer, NC, host the 2nd Saturday Art Crawl. Rail Walk Studios & Gallery, where I have my studio, participates. Artwork from seven artists is on display.

This Saturday, March 12th, I'm offering a special gift to anyone who purchases at least $100 worth of artwork from me. The gift is one of a my small hand-painted pendants. They are 5/8" in size and are tiny acrylic paintings under glass. This size normally retails for $10.

Rail Walk Studios & Gallery is located at 409 N Lee St. in Salisbury, NC.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Pale Pink Tulips

Pale Pink Tulips - watercolor on paper - 14.5" x 10.5"
I wanted to create a tulip painting in watercolor that was more subdued in color than my usual style. I also wanted to use broad shapes and a lot of indistinct edges. I was inspired by my "Shy Tulips" painting. I like how it turned out.