Tuesday, November 01, 2011

So much to update...

It has been 6 months since I updated, better get crackin'!
First off, Birds in Art update:   The painting in the last post, 'Gulf Surf, Winter' was selected to be included in the show this year. I went to the Birds in Art weekend festivities and had a marvelous time as always, catching up with friends I only see once a year (at most).
The painting will go on the 6-venue tour when the exhibition closes at Leigh Yawkey Woodson art museum.   The bigger news is, when the tour ends the painting returns to the museum as part of the permanent collection, courtesy of generous memorial gift in memory of a long-time museum supporter.

'First Step' 12"x24"  oil/panel

'Yellow Ball' 20"x16" oil/panel

'Matched Pair' 16"x12" oil/panel

Part of the summer was devoted to preparing for Pembroke Welsh corgi nationals, with 3 new paintings.

Also prepared for gallery receptions including the McBride Gallery annual 'Autumn Celebration' show the last weekend of October, which had me as the feature artist this year.

'Dutch' 8"x10" oil/panel

'River Shallows' 36"x48" oil/canvas

'Settling In' 12"x24" oil/canvas

Monday, April 18, 2011

Birds in Art submissions in. Next up: a bunch of other stuff.

'She' 13x36 scratchboard of my favorite almost-prehistoric bird, an anhinga

Gulf Surf, Winter (36x36)  From my recent trip to FL (well, I suppose both artworks shown here are fromt hat trip). A day at the  beach near Venice FL when a fog bank rolled in and softened all the tropical colors.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Newest work for Maryland Galleries

Offering----30x30 oil on canvas   To McBride Gallery for the upcoming 'Artist Plus One' exhibition and sale.
She  -----13x26   Scratchboard   Anhinga from my Florida trip, also at McBride Gallery
Summer Mist -------28x22  oil on linen    Went to Troika Gallery today with another painting, 'Fluffed'.
Dropped paintings and Scratchboards off today for upcoming events.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

More winter work

Stirring the Waters (24x36)
Fluffed (24x20)
Finally able to start working with my material gathered from a terrific short trip to Florida last month with good friends/fellow artists. On the easel now is a painting of Maryland's Eastern shore marshes in summer; but already completed these 2 for upcoming shows at McBride Gallery, Troika Gallery, and Mystic Maritime Gallery.  (OK, that's 3 destinations for 2 works, but since I am continuing to work on new stuff and haven't specifically committed to what is going where, I can do that).

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Winter Work

"Out of the Storm", oil on canvas 36"x48"   First major work of the new year.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

I really should update this more...

...because I do paint more than you would think by reading this blog.  Wrapped up a busy 2010 with 2 months of non-stop Busy, so only just now am I updating things. In October I went to Waco TX for a combined trip of dog show and art show at the Australian Shepherd Club of America National Specialty show. Had some nice times attending my booth and selling originals and prints of my dog art, did some dog photography, and had a nice time showing my young Aussie Thumper. You can read all about the dog aspect on my dog blog, http://inkwellaussies.blogspot.com

Thumper's Nationals Class Placement. Good puppy!

As soon as I got home the day before Halloween I was off and running in the studio working toward this years Studio Open House held at my home on December 11. I even got several small scratchboards done, a nice change after having not worked in the medium for several months.

Sand Road (6x6)

Wren (12x6)

Late October Field (9x12)

Fresh Grass (6x8)

Tortoise Dutch (6x6)

Winter Finch (4x6)

November Field (6x12)

First Snow (6x8)

Zebra (6x6)

Nuthatch (8x8)

Sassy Wren (4x7)

2 Weeks (7x5)

Tai Shan (7x5)

Mockingbird (4x4)

Studio Open House with Karryl, Terry and me represented.
Work from each of us in the 'wrong red' dining room. This color's days were numbered at this point!
Art panels in the room filled with bookshelves helped make room for art and reduce visual clutter (a bit!).
Fellow artists Terry Miller and Karryl helped fill my walls with lovely smaller works for the holiday shopping season and we had some faithful collector friends and some new faces. We all called the Open House a success as we dismantled at the end of that day.
The following day was time to dive into the first of 2 important commissions with a Christmas deadline.
Commission of Meg, a lovely black bi (no copper) Aussie. 12x9

Nikki, the subject of my other deadline commission. 8x10.

With the help of the clients in the form of email consultations and progress critiques the paintings were completed and shipped (wet but protected) the week of Christmas. Whew!!!
This year's tree!

Then cleanup as I had 2 sets of house guests simultaneously (with their 2 dogs each!!) for the week of Christmas. Dinner was at my house but rib roast and Yorkshire pudding is easy no no sweat there!.

The day after Christmas my guests helped me gut the dining room to paint it as promised, from the wrong red I'd used several years ago to a nice neutral grayish color, very sophisticated and calming.

Walls back to hanging my collection, with the new wall color in the dining room. A world of difference.

Dining Room with most of my Terry Miller collection on the wall.

Rehung art and then got ready for the New Years Day brunch I annually do. That went well though a very small turnout compared with other years, but after everyone left yesterday I de-Christmas'd the living room. Tonight the tree comes down and then, done til next year. Oh in the midst of all this my oven broke (just before Thanksgiving) and this week the washer broke and the dryer started malfunctioning. All these appliances, along with the dishwasher (still working, knock on wood), were ancient and heavily used when I bought the house 10 years ago but they all worked until this past few weeks. Fortunately gallery biz has picked up a bit and I am in the position to replace things. So tomorrow the washer and dryer arrive. None too soon either, I have a LOT of laundry piling up after this week of cooking, cleaning, and dog guests!!! (I'll spare you photos of the laundry).

Happy New Year!!!