Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Aquarium Sketches

Last week Natalie was kind enough to get us easy access to Ripley's Aquarium to sketch for a couple of hours before closing.

These are the ones I did.  Quick sketches - the fish didn't sit still for us!

I did turn one into a postcard size watercolor for the TAE17 twitter exhibit & sale.

I used my artistic license and some other reference photos to make him a better painting.

Class Demo - Morning Sun

One morning I took a photo of the strong sun on my flowerpot on my windowsill.  I like the intense highlights on it.  I decided I did not want the entire window, just the flowerpot.

So I cropped the image until I had what I wanted to focus on.

I used chalk and sketched in the placement of the pot and windowsill.

I used my technique for painting glass.  Paint the background as usual - here the sky is a darker value at the top and lighter towards the bottom.  I added some shadow area that will be cast by the pot.  But mostly ignored the pot and flowers at this point.  I used a softer brush to get a smooth finish.  Glass needs to be smooth for the best illusion.

Then to make it look like glass, I streaked some very thinned white paint vertically to create the illusion of glass.  Don't get heavy handed or else you wind up with birdy doo-doo.  That's not good.  You can use more or fewer streaks to get the look that you are after.  The more streaks the dirtier the glass will appear.

Demo will continue next week.

Monday, February 20, 2017

WACG Feb Meeting with Janet Rodgers - Pastels

Pastel Apple

One of the things that I enjoy about being an artist is having a chance to hang out with other artists and learn something new.  Although lately I have missed many meetings, either out of town or sick, I like attending the Guild meetings.  Sunday was the WACG's February meeting and the guest speaker was Janet Rodgers.  She is a pastel artist and she not only shared her knowledge of the medium, she brought stuff for us to play with as well.  So we did an apple.  This is mine.  

The WACG meetings are free and open to the public.  Third Sunday of the month, 1:30 pm at the Myrtle Beach Art Museum.  Every month is different but always informative and entertaining.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Collectors' Event for Myrtle Beach Art Museum


I have donated 'Farmers' Market Fresh' as my contribution to the event.

FEBRUARY 26 @ 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM



The Art Museum’s Sixth Annual Collectors’ Event
Sunday, February 26, 2017 5-7 pm (art preview at 4 pm)
Collector’s CafĂ© & Gallery – 7740 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach
The Collectors’ Event is currently sold out. Please call the Art Museum at 843.238.2510 to add your name to the waiting list. 
Sunday, February 26, 2017 will mark the Sixth Anniversary of the Art Museum’s annual Collectors’ Event held at Collectors’ Cafe & Gallery. This fun, fast-paced event is a local favorite – and perfect for every art collector and enthusiast. Each ticket admits the ticket holder and one guest into the event, and one piece of artwork. Each ticket holder receives a “bid-number” that they will use at the event – from 1-100, each bid number is chosen at random. When your “bid-number” is drawn – you are able to choose any work of art that you would like; all originals and valued at $125 or more. “Bid-numbers” are drawn until each piece of artwork is spoken for, and each ticket holder goes home with a new, beautiful and original work of art. Be sure to purchase your ticket and go home with a new, original work of art! For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Art Museum at 843.238.2510, or purchase your tickets online.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Display at The Art of Art

The Art of Art  - My Section

Yesterday I set up a selection of my art at the new Studio/Gallery: The Art of Art at the Inlet Square Mall in Murrells Inlet here at the Beach.

Thanks to Eugene Eubank for giving me the space to show.  I placed a selection of both my Body Language works as well as some flowers, landscapes and beach scenes.

The mall is trying to revitalize itself.  One of the ways is to offer studio/gallery space to artist at a reduced price.  Several artists have taken advantage of this.  While I have no desire to run a gallery/shop myself, I appreciate that others do.  Eugene has his set up as his working studio as well as shop & gallery space.  I make the 4th artist in addition to him, showing their work.

Go by and check it out!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Gallery Display with the Main Street 10

I have joined the ranks of the Main Street 10  at the William H Miller Studio & Fine Arts here in Myrtle Beach.  I have been part of group shows there and will be having my one-woman show in April there as well.  It is a group of very talented artists.  Come by and check us out.  

Currently the 'heART' exhibit is also going on.  A group of small works at just $50 or less, each with a heart/love theme - some more traditional, some very modern; plus unique cards.  If you want to do something special for someone special - here's your chance.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Room For Many

Room For Many   Acrylics  12" x 4"  

My latest painting.  The 'Myrtle Beach 10', which I am now a part of at the William H Miller Studio and Fine Arts on Main St in Myrtle Beach, is having a show featuring small artwork with the theme  'heART'  from Feb 10th (reception 6-8:30 pm) until 2/18.  

I wanted to keep within my Body Language series.  Mine represents that a heart is large enough to hold as many souls as you would like.  Doesn't matter if they are relatives, family, friends, specials...  they all can fit.