Friday, July 21, 2017

Opening night

Last night's opening of the Summer Mosaic show and fundraiser at the Cedar Arts Center in Corning was great! It was wonderful to see all the things the artists made. Seeing all the work together was awesome. While working on these 50 pieces I only saw a few other artists post pictures, so I had no idea what everyone was working on. It was worth the wait to see it all together. It was also amazing to see them flying off the wall and people walking around with stacks they were buying.
I did not catch a picture of everybody's work, but here is an impression;

The event goes on tonight with tickets $40, and this weekend open to the public. Check the website 171 Cedar Arts for more information. With 1200 pieces on the walls at the start, there is still plenty left!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Paintings are hung!

The thing is that after you do 50 paintings you are not really done. They need to be varnished, and they need to have title, name, and date written on the back. To get ready for the show you have to update your bio and artist statement. I wanted to have thumbnail pictures of the display next to it, so that meant figuring out how to do that on the computer. Then they need to be hung.

Thankfully the staff had put up grids! My husband helped with hammering 50 nails into the wall. I can say it is different to see you panels laid out on the floor versus on the wall. It looks so much better on the wall! Picture will follow.
I feel like my baby has been delivered and I can relax a bit.

I think this will be a great show!

Show information (from 171 Cedar Arts website)
Twenty-four artists, challenged to create fifty artworks over forty-five days, have created this exhibition on the first floor of the Drake House just for you. Themes of each group were selected by the artists, and artwork is priced so you can easily begin your first collection, or add to your current.
ColleenMcCall, Beth Ann Innis Landin, Filomena Jack Studio, Brud Holland, Alicia Herbst, Annemiek Haralson, Rebecca Finch, Lynn Rhoda Dates, Cynthia Cratsley, Lu West, Bridget Bossart van Otterloo - Painter, Artist Satyavani, Elizabeth Whitehouse, Amanda Warren, Karen Young Vogler, Laura Jaen, Jill Schiller, SoulshineStudio CorningeStudio Corning Ann Recotta, Marc Rubin - Painter, Mary Perry, Lee O'Connell, Aprille Nace, Kina Mushumbusi, Daniel McPheeters

Thurday, July 20 opening 5.30PM, tickets $70
Friday, July 21, 7PM, tickets $40
Saturday, July 22 and Sunday July 23 open to the public
Please check out the website for more information.

Sunday, July 9, 2017


Woohoo! I finished the 50th panel last evening! Done! Conquered the mountain in front of me. That's how it feels, and the panel hopefully displays that jubilant feeling when you accomplish what you set out to do.

Painting 50 panels in 45 days was the goal. I actually managed to do it in 38 days. Oil takes a few days to dry to the touch, and they have to be dry to hang, so I hoped to finish in 40 days. Finished 2 days early, not too shabby.

It was an exercise in self-discipline to stay on task. There was a fair amount of planning on when to paint, and there were a lot of things I did not do because I had to paint. Like housekeeping and yard work, but that will get caught up at some point. I have not done much plein air painting so far because of this challenge; the sky was not always interesting enough to paint at the same time as I wanted to paint. Whenever weather permitted I set up my stuff outside, so I could still paint while listening to birds, and not feel stuck indoors. There will be more plein air painting soon!

This challenge has really pushed me to be creative with the 1 single theme of Sky Gazing, and I don't think the theme has been exhausted yet. The sky has so many variations. I hope that I have managed to convey some of it's beauty. My hope is that everyone will look up the sky more often and say "oh wow!"

It's actually too bad the challenge is done. There would be one more moon painting. The way last night's moon just peeked though a few clouds, giving the clouds a silver lining just took my breath away. The sun had not completely set yet, and the sky was light behind the clouds. It was a moment that lasted only a couple of minutes. I hope to paint this soon!

Next weekend I will hang these panels at 171 Cedar Arts in Corning together with 23 other artist. That's 1200 panels!! I can't wait to see what everyone else has made!

Friday, July 7, 2017

A tornado

I asked my youngest for an idea of another sky painting, something I did not have yet. "A tornado" he said. Sure, why not? So here is today's painting. I've see funnel clouds in real life, but no tornado's, thankfully. I've lived in the mid west through many tornado warnings, and I have watched those clouds swirl. That was always creepy! I love the movie "Twister" though, and while painting this I kept thinking about that line "we've got cows." Maybe that will be the name of the painting.

So now there is just one more to go! Next week they will be hung at the 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning. 24 artists will have their 50 panels hanging! That will be quite something to see. The information about the show can be found  here. July 20 and 21 will be ticketed events, and July 23/24 open.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Getting there!

I forgot to post this one from a couple a days ago. Another nice summer day.

And a soft light kind of winter day.

 Just before dawn. Or is it night fall?

Another rainbow. A bit of a struggle!

I wanted to capture the sunset I saw last night with the soft pinks and blues, which was another struggle.
And another sunset.

Two more to go!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Five more

Has it really been 6 days since posting? Time flies!
I have 5 more paintings done. A little slower than intended, but we took a trip to the beach. I took my paints and managed to do a couple while there. The pile of white panels is reduced to 8. My plan is to be done by July 10 in order for them to dry. So that means doing 2 a couple of the days.

 Sunsets have endless variations and are always a treat to look at. So here is another one.
 My son suggested I do some science fiction. Hey, why not? It is just sky gazing on another planet, and somewhere out there is a purple planet and green guys. It was fun to play around with this.
 As I said, we went to the beach. I did not want to lug the oil paints to the beach, so I did a small watercolor sketch and painted this one later that evening using the sketch.
I feel like I'm running out of fresh ideas, so here is another sunset. Another hurrah at the end of the day.

I'm not quite sure about this one. The light of a sun setting behind you can given those beautiful orange and yellow reflections on the clouds in front of you. I'm not sure if I've done it justice. I might know tomorrow when I look at it again.

Let the count down begin for the last eight!