Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bareback 4

Oh, my...some experimenting is going on here. I think I have a tiger by the tail! Tune in tomorrow to see what happens next.

Bareback 3

Here is the next step. I see problems with it and need to figure out what corrections to make without starting over. Each painting is such a learning opportunity. For the sake of modesty, do you think the girl should have breeches, boots and a hunt cap on? I'd like to leave it the way it is, but if I use this piece in an ad, will it offend people? Thanks for your input. You can email me at corgis3@bellsouth.net. I will still leave her "bareback", however.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Bareback 2

Here is the next step with Bareback. See what I meant when I said this was going to be fun?

I have been dying strips of old stable towels for The Dancing Tree, and, in the meantime, I've started Bareback. This is going to be fun! It's for a show here in Aiken called Women On Women, it's an oil pastel on gesso board, 18"x 24", and will be for sale. Also, a reminder that most of my paintings are now available as giclee prints, slightly smaller than original size and they are $85 each. Just send me an email if you would like to make a purchase.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Dancing Tree 1

Here, as promised, is the next step on The Dancing Tree. I'm following a suggestion to give it color, so here goes. There are many layers to be added, and this piece will be substantial...as in weighty! All the texture comes from pulling threads out of an old stable towel, laying them down with acrylic medium, bit by bit, and giving that old towel new life as a work of art. The frolicing rabbits are there on the left and they will be joined by maybe an owl in the hole in the tree, all in sculptural relief. This is an arduous and lengthy process, so I'll be working on another piece at the same time as a break. The Dancing Tree will be strong and very touchable, so I'm hoping that even sight impaired viewers will have the fun of finally being encouraged to feel the art!
One more thing...The Offering has been featured on the cover of Sidelines magazine and you can see it by going to http://www.sidelinesnews.com/. They also did a very nice writeup about moi...gee, shucks. You're an insider because you got to watch as this painting came to life, step by step. The original is for sale ($2450) and prints are available ($85 plus tax and shipping).
See you next time!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Home again

Hello again. I'm back from the carriage driving competition, The Laurels near Unionville, PA, in one piece. The weather was windy, winter coat cold, and rain blowing sideways. Many vendor booths had rivers of water flowing through them. We had to move several items away from the tent leaks and rain blowing in, but we managed. I had, fortuitously and by chance, taken a large box of yellow rubber ducks with me which we gave out to everyone in honor of the weather. We also were very popular because we had a bowl of chocolates for visitors! We featured a beautiful 1905 English antique carriage that everyone enjoyed. There was a slide show going on at the front so visitors could see works that were not present in the booth. So, now I'm back in the studio, preparing new works for a show this winter. The Dancing Tree has been brought out to be finished and I will post a photo of it tomorrow. Many thanks!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Preparing for The Laurels

I've taken the plunge and purchased a professional booth setup for my vendor space. This booth will last a very long time, I hope. We put it together for a trial run last night and it's a good thing we did! It was tough and I'm glad we had a contractor friend as captain of the project. But now it's done, and my sales partner, Sarah, and I won't be struggling to set it up at the last minute at the show. I'll put a picture of it on the blog when we get set up for real. I have also gotten very nice giclee prints made of many of the images, and they are for sale as well. Until next time...