On Saturday I did a 3 hour demonstration painting at Smith Custom Framing, where I have a featured exhibit through the month of February. I chose to paint the piano in the gallery. It was fun to observe all the reflections in the shiny black surface and translate them to paint. That is the reflection of my drop cloth and legs in the front of the piano.
My painting "Oriole Splashdown" will be part of the member show at Carlisle Arts Learning Center and Gallery (CALC). The theme of the show is ORANGE CRUSH. Every year their member show has a different color theme. As I love to paint birds this theme led me to Baltimore Orioles. It has a surreal touch with oranges floating on a pool of orange juice splashing up. The opening reception is Friday February 10 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be served. This reception is free and open to the public. It is always so exciting to see how the artists have interpreted the theme. This exhibit will run until March 11.
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“You will rise by lifting others.” - Robert G. Ingersoll
When times are bleak we seize the smallest glimmer of hope wherever
we encounter it. I find myself in the midst of such times. For me,
turning to my Art is a way of trying to make sense of what is clearly
I started my journey in Art as a printmaker. The mechanics of cutting
a woodblock or prepping a stone always fills me with the comforting
feeling of whispered anticipation. Working with the Speedball Lino
Cutter and Speedycarve block was like visiting an old, sympathetic
friend. And the timing couldn’t be better.
I drew simple butterfly shapes on to the Speedyblock
as I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to carve. I must say, it was like
pushing a warm knife through butter. Now that I am familiar with the
block, I am looking forward to using it again on more finely detailed
work. I inked up with both a conventional stamp pad and acrylic paint to print
the image. Both were successful, but I preferred the acrylic paint
finish. When dried, I coloured the butterflies using Twinkling H20
watercolours. I love their shimmer and rich hue…keeping true colour even
I adore the variety and durability of the Artistcellar stencils. Adding
to my Strathmore Journal, I grabbed the Halftone Dots and Seafoam
stencils. I wanted to create a feeling of randomness. I allowed the
stencils to drop to the paper without positioning them. My selection of
acrylics was as accidental.
When all of the elements were complete, I scanned and began the final composition.
It is impossible to ignore the events surrounding us. The
implications are global. But through it all, my spirit is renewed. Each
time I see a new group of concerned individuals lifting their voices in
unison, I know we are seizing the essence of what makes us truly
American. Like soaring butterflies, our differences are celebrated. And
we will only rise when we support and lift each other.