Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
When it rains it pours, isn't that always the way? I have so many fun things to post, but today the post is about tonight. Two of my shoe paintings were accepted into a local show at a fun downtown Austin hot spot. To kick off the exhibit (no pun intended, you know, shoes) the organizer organized (don't you love organized organizer) a fashion show to not only show off the 2D art but also highlight some of the great Austin clothes designers. If you live local please come and play and if you live far far away send some happy vibes.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
8 x 10 oil on canvas
When to wipe and when to not wipe, that is the question. Even though this painting looks pretty straight forward it was a bear, the spots really gave me fits. I so wanted to do the ole' wipe-a-roo after about 2 hours. I remembered the advice my mother used to give me when I was little and I couldn't figure out my homework, she'd say, "just let it be and come back later and try again". I stopped for the day and revisited it the next. Isn't it amazing how spot on Mom's are?
These delightful flats are another pair from the collection of my neighbor, Jill Stachura.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
16 x 20 oil on canvas
Have you seen or heard of the TV show Work of Art-The Next Great Artist? I hadn't, but my helpful husband found it for me and started recording it for me. Wasn't that nice, now getting him to watch with me is another story. It is on Wednesday nights on the Bravo channel. Okay first, an interesting little tid-bit the Executive Producer is Sarah Jessica Parker. It follows the next greatest _______ (you can fill in blank, model, singer, comedian, design star etc.) format. The contestants are given a task with a short little time to complete it in.
As an artist, the interesting factors for me are: 1) how each artist interpreted the assignment and 2) what the judges say about the finished pieces. On the episode I watched they were given the assignment of creating a portrait of one of their fellow artists. A few of the artist produced a total abstract painting of their subject; stating that they were capturing the essence of the person. I was so interested how these highly esteemed New York City judges would critique these portraits. So often I have my self-doubts, feeling I am so conventional, lacking an semblance, of avante'gardness in my creative bones.
The judges final assessment of the artist's work singled out these artists that created the abstracts (versus a true portrait) and scored them lowest in the group and in fact eliminated one of them. Wow, I actually agreed with the judges, hmmm. Looking forward to the next episodes. Would love to hear what you think...
Thursday, July 1, 2010
This is an invite to a current show my good friend Debbi and I have going on right now. I love the name we came up with if I do say so myself. I have many of my inside subjects like shoes and chairs and Debbi has her outside subject matter of luscious landscapes and also some inside juicy still lifes. As you can see there is a reception on the 11th of July, please come by if you live 'round these parts. The church is located in northwest Austin, 8001 Mesa Drive.
And...I am so excited to tell you I sold three shoe paintings the day the exhibit was installed.