Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Activity at the Foyer Gallery

I was thrilled to find out that one of my paintings, Waterlily, won the Viewers' Choice Awards at the Foyer Gallery during the show "Configurations" that ended on May 10th.

This painting is a 18" x 24" varnished watercolor mounted on a cradled board.

Foyer Gallery visitors have the opportunity to vote for their favorite artwork by filling out a voting ballot. The winning artwork of this Viewers' Choice Award gets to be displayed for an additional amount of time in the gallery and on the gallery website.

The new show at the Foyer Gallery is called "Textures of Life" and I have three highly textured paintings in this show. Two are shown on the poster below.
Here are my entries:
Blowing in the Wind - 16" x 16" acrylic

Our Trail - 20"x 30 acrylic -palette knife

Dreamscape  - 16" x 16" - Acrylic and copper
I am also working on three commissioned pieces in hand embossed pewter, copper and gold leaf. I am hoping to get these finished by the end of the week and will then post some photos.

What are you working on? Do you work better during the winter or when the nice, warmer weather finally comes?

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Busy and Fun Times

 In the last few weeks, I have been very busy with great shows.
First, April 24-26, I participated in the annual Spring Show and Sale of the Nepean Fine Arts League.
I was especially keen on getting feedback on my two latest watercolors: "Those Eyes", pictured above, from Michelangelo's David sculpture and on  another Florence-inspired watercolor, Neptune. I had these two framed professionally in a wide wood frame...more costly than the regular metal frames, but more suitable, I think for these two pieces.

In the photo above, you can catch a glimpse of three of my Spirit of Africa Series in gold leaf, hand embossed pewter and copper on cradled wood panels. This series which I was presenting for the first time in such a show was very popular.

Overlapping the Nepean Show, I am currently showing in a three week show at the Foyer Gallery featuring four artists. Last Saturday was our official show reception and the show runs until this Sunday, Mother's Day.Shown below from left to right: M. Chwialkowska, Liz Arbuckle, Luminita Serbanescu and myself.

It was hard to decide how to divide my paintings between these two shows and at the same time keep a dozen of them at my main gallery, the Kevin Dodds Gallery:-) I love these busy times.

 I seem to need deadlines to do my best work. Are you like that too?