Sunday, June 4, 2017

Hang 'Em High

It was hard work made light by six able hands, a good ladder, a tape measure and a level. Many thanks to Hanna Hofer (Programming/Public Relations) of the Canby Public Library for inviting me to show my work and helping to get it onto the walls.

Each time I hang my work the process is a little different , and is an opportunity to see the effects of different lighting and different arrangements on the paintings. In this open and airy space, it only took a little rearranging until we all seemed to agree that we had it right. Everything was in place.

Now all I need is eyes.

Art is a funny thing - it seems to me that either you see it or you don't. So many times I have watched people simply walk by work on walls - in shops, building corridors, offices and my home gallery - oblivious to the art. Hanging day was no different. As we worked people came in an out of the library - picking up and dropping off books, always stopping to glance at and sometimes watch the  large TV screen that graces a main wall (yes, that is the Donald on the screen (:-()), but no one stopped to look at the flowers. That was a disappointment. Nonetheless, I loved putting the labels on the wall and knowing that someone soon will see the art for what I intend it to be - joy on the walls.

The show will be in place until the end of July, Canby is a lovely town, the library (220 NE 2nd Ave, Canby, OR 97013 is great, and there are lots of things along way - dahlia farms, the fabulous ferry, peach orchards and a farm stand - so come on down. The ladies are waiting.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

It's Show Time

It's Summer!
I have been madly and excitedly preparing for a show of my paintings, starting on June 1. Several months ago I was thrilled to be asked to provide the summer art for a new and beautiful library in Canby Oregon. Seventeen pieces! That's a lot.

I soon discovered that the process of getting ready for this show has gone beyond painting. Though I had much work ready, I wanted to add several new pieces. These are the largest pieces, and I think they fit the theme and style of the rest.

One of the most challenging aspects of showing work is framing. Frames add cost, and lock in a style. Since I am showing several already framed pieces, including a series of six pieces in simple black frames, I decided to stay consistent.

Frames are expensive and the simple styles I like are not always available without being custom made.  However, I find that Amazon Prime is becoming go-to source of pretty much whatever I need. I spent a morning researching available frames and was beyond pleased to discover an excellent collection, without glass (which is always included when I buy locally), reasonably priced, and delivered to my door, for free. Some even included hardware. I will definitely go this again. So, that problem was solved.

I wrote and submitted an artist statement and soon came to the next challenge - coming up with names, and even more difficult, prices.  I know that names are important, but how many ways can you describe flowers in a vase? To determine prices I read several articles on line. I hope I've gotten it right.

Seventeen named and priced pieces is a lot to keep track of.  So, since working visually helps me know what I am doing, I created a table in Word - complete with image, title, material, price and artist name (that's me!). Then I printed labels for the display, and checked my paintings to be sure each includes all needed info on the actual canvas backs.

Tomorrow, with my husband's help, I deliver and hang the show. I envision all of my bright and beautiful flowers enlivening the walls of the library for all who come to read, or check out books, or simply get out of the summer heat. I hope you will be among the visitors.

Tomorrow I will write about hanging the art, and include some pix. See you then.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

AaBbCc Dd Delicate Details

Another year another challenge. Done and done.

I missed the last three days, but I do want to post a final piece to complete 2016. This floral photo is so delicate in color, shape and detail - it seems like the perfect way to close this year's challenge.

I don't know what these are - but I loved them the moment I saw them, and captured their beauty with my camera.

Thanks everyone for the beautiful and varied art you have shared. Thanks for kind comments and helpful tips.

Till next year.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Z is for buZZ

Today is Z day, and I have very little to say that relates to this difficult letter - but I do have this glorious rose drawing complete with buzzing bee to share.

This was drawn with color pencil on vellum and then I digitally added a color overlay to give it extra zip and zest.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Y is for Yesterday

Yesterday was Thanksgiving. It was a beautiful day if you don't count the torrential rains that fell throughout the day. They barely dampened the pleasures of my favorite holiday.

And, of course, dinner was delicious; the birthday boy was too.

Yesterday made me happy - so it is no surprise that the art that appeared today - a combination of painting and digital effects -  resulted in a garden of vibrant colors.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

X is for eXquisite

I found this exquisite double white rose on a single twig of a rose bush hiding among the weeds in my garden last summer. I have never seen a double rose before.

Since I will not be making art today, instead, I will be cooking and eating and celebrating, I am sharing this beautiful sample of nature's art.

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

W is for White

My mother grew gardenias on the fire escape of our Bronx apartment. Every June our home filled with the intense and gorgeous perfume wafting from the crystal bowl where she floated the clipped blossoms.

I have not inherited her green thumb, and all of my attempts to grow the flowers, much less keep the plants alive have failed miserably. Until this summer.

Two Mother's Day ago, my daughter gave me a lovely little gardenia plant (one more chance) and somehow this one not only lived, but thrived, and low and behold, one year later, bloomed. This is one of the beauties that resulted, preserved now in memory and photograph,

On this day before Thanksgiving, this white flower helps me remember all of those I am thankful for.