Friday, October 30, 2009

1949 - A Good Year

1949 Ford

I thought was a fun subject to paint and may try it again as a larger work. It wasn't until after I was done that Michael saw it and said, "Oh, a 1949 Ford." (The man knows his cars!)
How appropriate for me that this would be my painting of the day for today. Life is funny like that.
A special big thank you to everyone who made my birthday such a grand day.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Birds Eye View


I was fascinated with doing this aceo because of the different perspective and the varying texture of the grass. I think I could repaint this over and over again. I posted this one on eBay
Its been a very busy week. I am hanging a show tonight at the
Unitarian Church in Kent. Twenty full size paintings all framed and labeled. I'll have some photos of the show posted later this week.
I also entered the Ohio Collage Society annual exhibition.(Many thanks to Sweet Michael for all his help delivering and picking up art!) The show opens Friday night at the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Honorable Mention

I'm thrilled to say that I have two paintings accepted in the 25th Annual Miniature Art Exhibition at the Council for the Arts of Chambersburg Pennsylvania.
I first told you about the show here and displayed my entries. "Ocean Surf" was accepted as was "Morning Light" which won an honorable mention.
There were 392 entries from 120 artists. The Council was able to accept 180 pieces.
The opening reception is November 5th.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Mr October

Maybe in years to come I'll be known as the Scarecrow painter? I painted this 8x10 for my second submission to an online art competition hosted on Facebook,"The First Annual Autumn Arts Painting Challenge and Competition".
One more to go... I have it partially done and today's cold rainy weather makes it a great time to stay in and paint.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fall - Park Scene

This 8 x 10 was inspired by a paint out challenge in the Open Critique Forum on Wet Canvas! OCF is my home away from home where I'm known as Spyderbabe. [The name came from the kind of car I use to have.]
I'm pleased with the palette and spraying water is great fun to paint.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Country Road

This is typical of the farmland in central Ohio. I've seen similar scenes from the car window and made this up from memory. I am still fascinated with hay bales and in this painting use them to breakup the planes of grass. This is 12 x 16 on board
I entered this piece on an internet art show based on Facebook:

The First Annual Autumn Arts Painting Challenge and Competition on Facebook

Many thanks to Sandy Askey-Adams, Co-ordinator; Nancy Medina, Co-ordinator and Jean Levert Hood, Co-ordinator of the event for organizing this.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

She's Never Satisfied

When I first paitned this in 2008 I was pleased with the contrasts of the snow and the dark woodline. The piece is 18 x 24" and all that white remains interesting because of all the color in the "white" snow. But as I looked at it every day the darks seemed too dark and I got the itch to make some changes. Last night I did.... the trees became more lighter, more mellow and thereby gave the painting a lot more depth. The interesting thing is that while I did fool with the weeds I didn't touch the foreground snow and look at it now! Granted the photo was taken with flash but the mood it totally different now. Its still on the easel; I may alter some of those pines. They are a little too symetrical for me. But for the most part its done. Again.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Autumn Scenes

For all you Facebook junkies (like me) look for this painting in the
"The First Annual Autumn Arts Painting Challenge and Competition on Facebook"... And once I get rolling with hay bales, look out, there's no stopping me.I painted this one from a photo ref of a bale I saw last fall outside Wooster Ohio. Michael was very patient and found a fairly safe place to pull over while I ran about the roadside snapping pictures of the huge bales of hay in the field. Both of these ACEOs are on eBay now. Click here