Thursday, April 21, 2016

Jack's Easel

     So I was excited to finally get my hands on this new easel last week.  It was made by Jack Calhoun, a fellow Corry Artists' Guild member.  Another artist had one at a meeting a couple months ago.  As I played with it, I couldn't help but think how perfect it would be for the paintings I do.  When I took my pieces up for our spring show, I was able to buy one for myself at the Painted Finch Gallery.
     It can lock up at different angles and, best of all, it spins!  The non-skid surface does a decent job of holding my small canvases in place and now they're up higher so I don't have to hunch over my desk so much to do my detail work.  Hopefully, this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

"Landscapes of the Mind" Corry Artists' Guild Spring Show

Artists have to option to create a Fabulous Fake or donate a Fabulous Original like I did.  These are put up for auction with the proceeds going to the Art Guild's scholarship fund.  Someone put a bid on this one.  I'm glad its sale is going to do someone some good.

     This past weekend, our Corry Artists' Guild had our annual spring show.   This year it was called "Landscapes of the Mind."  I tried to not only fit the theme of the show, but to choose some of my pieces with a similar theme or subject matter.  I ended up with these four portraits.  The first is a pencil drawing of a stock photo called "Only Ask It of Me."  It was actually meant to be a template for a painting, and it was, but I ended up shading it and decided it wasn't half bad.  
      The second was part of a set of portraits painted on a hard surface I think is called "geso board" or artist panel.  It was in the show at the Barber Center (last year?) and it is titled "Save Your Servant (Hear Me, God.")  There was some debate before I arrived at the show yesterday regarding the symbolism of the bird which also appears on my Fabulous Original and some of my other artwork.  Some people thought it dealt with the freeing of the mind, thoughts taking flight, or something about a "bird brain."  When I got there, some people asked me about it.  I explained it comes from Matthew 10:31 and how we aren't to worry because God will provide for we are "worth more than many sparrows."  They seemed to like that explanation.  Mystery solved.
     The third is a bit older.  "Experienced" is from a series of abstracted portraits drawn with pen and marker on Bristol board all measuring 8x10.  The last is my "Self Portrait with Hood."  It was accepted into a juried photography exhibit in Meadville last year.  All in all, it was a nice little show.  I'm glad to see the artists in and around Corry get a chance to show their work. People worked really hard on their art and aren't afraid to express themselves or try new things.  I can't wait to see what we come up with next year.

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Dr. and Mrs. Robert Guelcher Art Show

          Once again, I took part in The Dr. and Mrs. Robert Guelcher Art Show held at the Barber National Institute in Erie, PA.  This show gets bigger and bigger every year with artists of all ages submitting a wide variety of over 500 pieces of work.  We see the future of art in the youth show as well as the current work of regional professional and amateur adult artists.  
     This year, I submitted two pieces: one from my Celtic-inspired series of animal portraits called "Bright My Eyes Are."  This painting took me roughly three months.  I think it turned out pretty good, but it definitely put the "work" in artwork!  I hope people liked it. 

     The exciting thing was that my photo won an Honorable Mention in Adult Artist Photography!  Fortunately, I was able to attend the awards ceremony at the artist reception.  I guess I didn't realize it was that big of a deal until I got there so I'm glad that I went.  There was tons of great art there so to be chosen out of so many was a real honor.  

This is the second award for this photo!  Maybe I'm on to something!