Friday, April 17, 2015

25 5x5 Challenge at ARTspot

I cannot believe that this is my first entry in 2015.  It is the middle of April!  I have no idea why it has been so long, except for the month of March I was in Palm Springs.  There are still two other months unaccounted for and I could have done an entry while in Palm Springs for that matter.

I participated in a 5x5 challenge at ARTspot this month.  Art Walk was this past Thursday evening, and it was a great show.  Twenty five artists participated and each did 25 5x5 paintings.  It was a very busy evening and a lot of paintings were sold.  I forgot to mention that each one was $25.  Anything of mine that does not sell will end up at the Artist's Garage Sale at the Schack Center in June.  If you don't know about that, check it out at Schack.org.  It is a great sale.  Some of my 5x5 paintings are shown below.





Friday, December 26, 2014

Last Post for 2014

I feel I need to do a last post for 2014 even though I do not have anything particular to say.  The only news is that the 30 Day Art Challenge was very interesting, even though I did not sell as many pieces as I had hoped.  There were 3200 8x10 paintings in one room.  The room was so crowded with visitors that it was very hard to see the paintings, but it was a lot of fun.  I sold seven of my thirty paintings, so there are going to be a lot of 8x10 paintings in the Artist's Garage Sale in June.  That is my favorite event of the year.

The next show I have coming up will be Local Color in February and March.  Local Color is located across the street from the Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.  I will be showing figurative pieces this time.

I am posting a couple of new paintings below.  This first one is encaustic mixed media and the second one is acrylic.



Monday, November 17, 2014

30 Day Art Challenge

I have finished all 30 paintings for the 30 Day Art Challenge, and what I lot of fun I had.  I used several different mediums, styles and subjects, which I would not do in my normal painting day.  In other words, I played even more than usual.  I also discovered a new series that I am working on now as a result of this exercise.  I highly recommend this sort of activity to any artist.  Below are a few of the paintings that I did.  If you want to attend art walk in Pioneer Square for this event on Dec. 4, check out www.30dayartchallenge.com.  There will be thousands of 8x10 paintings all priced at $50.





Burridge Workshop Paintings



These are the promised images from the Burridge workshop mentioned in my last post.







Friday, November 14, 2014

Bob Burridge Mentor Workshop

I just returned from a three and a half day Bob Burridge Mentor Workshop.  Those of you who know me, know that I have taken a workshop from Bob once a year for 18 years now.  I will never tire of being around him and his work.  He is an inspiration to me and the first workshop I attended changed my life.  Since I have been attending these mentor workshops at his home, I have not attended any of his larger group workshops.  The mentor workshops only have seven artists in them.  As usual this year we had a great group of people and I hope to stay in touch with them and see them at future workshops.  This year was also different in that my friend Donna Wallace attended.  This was her first Burridge workshop and she loved it as much as I do.  I feel as though I created some really interesting figurative work, and I am anxious for the work to arrive home so that I can continue to work on it, mount it on boards, varnish, etc.  I have to ship my work and supplies home because Bobs' studio is located in Arroyo Grande, CA.  My supplies have arrived, but not my paintings.  So, I will post the paintings once they arrive and I get them photographed.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

30 Day Art Challenge

I am participating in the 30 Day Art Challenge at the Toshiro Kaplan Building this year.  You can see more information about the challenge at www.30dayartchallenge.com.  I am painting 30 8x10 paintings in 30 days.  It is such fun to just paint whatever I happen to feel like doing that day and not worrying about working on whatever series I am currently doing.  I have done collage, acrylic mixed media, encaustic, my long legged people and other types as figurative work.  Who knows what will be next.  These are some of the paintings I have done so far.  The first one is Acrylic Mixed Media, the next one is Encaustic Mixed Media and the last one collage.




Sunday, October 12, 2014

New Acrylic Paintings

Here are a couple of new acrylic paintings that I particularly like.  I had two abstract paintings that I no longer loved and wanted to reuse the canvases.  I just negative painted the figures and scratched in a few lines, and now I have two figurative paintings.  I have found that this happens sometimes.  Take and old painting and do very little to change it completely and end up with something I really like.