Water Color Painting Fun

As a creative person, sometimes my brain jumps from subject to subject, thought to thought. Yesterday, my original attempt to clean and make my office look better, turned into sitting quietly and listening to music and painting for a few hours. (I was not about to argue with myself against doing that.) I had been given a package of left over samples of water color paper. So I dutifully found my little travel water colors and got to work.

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So this is the direction the paint led me...

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And then I made these four lovelies.

It's a nice break from painting in oils, and I think it's going to help me get back into oils with some new, fresh ideas. Peace!

Arkansas Center for the Arts

This coming Thursday 21 is the Opening Reception: 2017 Irene Rosenzweig Biennial Juried Exhibition. It's in Pine Bluff, at the Arts & Sciences Center for Southeast Arkansas. I am pleased to share that my work, In a Jiffy, was accepted to be a part of this show. I will post an update on the show after the reception. But the exhibition Runs through the beginning of January. If you can stop by and see the show, please do & enjoy!

Click to see the Facebook event.

Click to see the Facebook event.

Solah: Sentinel War Series

Facebook is a strange place, where real life friends can be made.

One day I was perusing Facebook, and a guy commented on the local game shop page, he was interested in starting a local Dungeons and Dragons game on Saturdays. Being that my husband loves playing that game, I commented asking for more information, knowing he would be interested.

Saturday, my husband decided to go, and at the end that guy, David Lane, mentions he's writing a book. It's almost done but he's been through about three artists to do the cover art, and still has nothing. My husband mentions I paint and offered for me to do the work. I agreed later on and got the assignment.

The day we delivered the finished painting, David was so excited, he had no words. Finally, the last piece to his book was complete. He self-published the book later on Amazon, and we got our copy this week.

All this to say, yes social media has it's bad parts, but this was an excellent way to find and do business, even on accident.

Upcoming Solo Exhibition

Louisiana School for Math, Science and Art has invited to me to have a solo exhibition in March 2017. Here are some progress shots of me getting ready for the show!

The wrapping begins.

The wrapping begins.

Somehow, it all fits!

Somehow, it all fits!

Show at Ouachita Valley Branch Library

My first solo exhibit at a library! How cool?! My mom is a librarian, shout out to Mom! She is awesome, and I'm so glad to be showing at a library space. I wish she could see it! :)

Also, it's my Dad's birthday and voting day. So this week is pretty incredible. Here's a preview of some work for my show. 

Royals, 7.5x17" oil on panel. 

Royals, 7.5x17" oil on panel. 

I am loving playing with pattern, and most of the work has never been seen before. I am grateful because this year I get to have this small show and a larger solo show in February. I get to show off new work that I've been making and thinking about for a long time.

Where do I go? 11x14", oil on canvas.

Where do I go? 11x14", oil on canvas.

I am in love with pinks, corals and reds right now. So that is a common theme of my work. I'm trying not to over-analyze it, however it has a strong presence. I've also noticed how much of my work is pushing me further into abstraction, without losing a sense of landscape. I like the idea of landscape, but for me it's less about what's actually there and more about the feelings one may gather from observing or moving through a space. And some days I question whether I should be painting or doing something further with fiber or installation. 

At Dawn, oil on panel.

At Dawn, oil on panel.

Thanks for the chat. I hope to see you at my show! The details are: 

November 10th, 2016 from 5-8PM at Ouachita Valley Branch Library. The show will be on through December 5th, 2016.