With so much going on the month of September I missed posting some of my new works and need to catch up.
I did the outdoor Art in the Park two day event on Sept. 8 and 9th, as fate would have it Saturday was one of the hottest days in our summer. 89 degrees and no breeze. I almost didn't survive and when I got home stripped and jump into a cool shower to bring my body temp. down. Had a cup of green tea and took a nap, was even to tired to fix anything to eat. I woke up about 8:30 fixed a sandwich and went to bed. I wasn't sure how I would feel the next morning, but I actually felt pretty good and knew I could do another day. A lot of the artists' didn't show up for Sunday and the crowds were very light. But thankfully the weather was cooler and there was a light breeze.
I sold fairly well on Saturday, the busiest day, but Sunday I could have stayed home. Although I did have some friends and family stop by to entertain me and it was fine.
I laid low the rest of the month and just rested and did what I wanted to do, except for doing a hanging at one of the local restaurants and working on a committee with the PAA to develop a plan for doing an Open Studio Event in May of 2014. More on that later.
When I was in Spain last year I visited my father village in Cordoba and brought back some photographs of the village. Villanueva del Rey is the name of it and it's a small
white village in the hills there. I decided to try to do a couple of watercolor of it. This was a challenge, as I'm not very good with perspective but was determined to give it a try. I printed out the photo and made a 1" grid over the top of it. I then took and 11 x 15 sheet of watercolor paper and made a grid of 1 1/2" lightly on the paper. Then transferred what was in each grid and that way I got the perspective right. I loved working on these two and felt close to my father while I was doing them. He would have loved seeing them.
I know we had an August this year, but it seems to me that it went by so quickly I hardly noticed, except for the birth of another GGD. That makes 6 GG Children.
I am a lucky woman, but oh my... must be getting old.
A good part of August was getting my work ready for Art in the Park, here in my little home town of Petaluma, CA. This is the 56th year for this event and gives we artists a chance to show our work to a large audience, speak to them about our work and see old friends. It always a fun weekend, but can be exhausting.
It's been 6 years since I've done this event and have lots of work to show. Works that have just been sitting down in my studio and garage. To make it easier I took all the watercolors I had in frames, out of the frames and put them into clear view envelopes to put into bins for people to go through. Makes it much easier than dealing with frames and glass and I can sell them cheaper that way also. I had to mat many of the raw watercolors and that took me two weeks, working about 4 to 5 hours a day. I ended up with 87 matted watercolors of various sizes, all neatly matted and in protected envelopes.
Then I had to varnish oil and acrylics on canvas, ended up with 21 of those. These will be hung on panels for display. Also had a box of small oil paintings 8 x 10 and 9 x 12 that I had all ready from a show I did of small works. There are 12 of those.
And just in case people can't afford the originals, I made prints of many of my watercolors and colored pencils and matted them and put them in protective envelopes.
30+ of those. And just for my bread and butter sales, there are 100 note cards.
Well that's what happened to August, the last week I rested up and went over my check list to make sure everything is done....but wait! What if someone wants to use a credit card. Went on line and found a neat little item that I can attach to my I-pad that processes credit card sales. How nice is that. I think I'm ready.
I've been so enjoying painting with acrylics. I had tried before but was never satisfied either with the process or the finished project. This time however, I first started using them in a very free and undefined way, intuitively, just slapping on paint and seeing what happened.
In this painting I used more of a purposeful approach. I knew before I began, what I wanted to paint and I had a photo that I had taken a few years ago. I kept reminding
myself not to get to fussy and to stay loose. I very pleased with the outcome.
I seem to be on a roll right now and I'm just going to go with it. Really enjoying working with acrylics at this time. I've tried them before but wasn't satisfied with what I did. I think that my new approach is working for me. Just attack the canvas and see where it goes.
Floral #I Acrylic on paper, size 16x20.
Some recent new paintings after being gone for a while.
I've been experimenting with acrylics in what I call "intuitive" style, which simply means I have no plan when I start laying paint on the canvas and wait until the painting "speaks" to me and tell me what it wants to be.
I'm a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. I live in a small Northern California town where most of my family also lives.
I always wanted to be an artist so after raising my children, running a small business and helping with my grandchildren I started studing watercolors. All the art shown is for sale and you may contact me for pricing.
This blog is mostly about my recent work, with a mixture of other interest that I have. If you live long enough you aquire lots of skills, as I have.
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