Tuesday, April 08, 2008

April 8 - Taxes Done and the Vertical from the Floral Exhibit

This is another "plelin air" acrylic, a 12 x 24 canvas, only placed vertically for visual interest and design. The exhibit I chose to paint in the Riverside Art Museum was set up with mirrors and tiered glass shelves with these vases of live flowers... I had such fun creating a good design with the division of space to create interest. Only the brightest orange captures the eye after the journey through the scrollwork and vertical/horizontal lines. The orange is set off with the light tourquoise vase to create harmonious color tension.
As one looks closer, there appear to be beads of some sort in the paint surface, and so there are! These are the glass beads that come in many of the Golden Paints mediums for use with acrylics. I love experimenting with visual and actual texture, and these uniformly-sized beads in the painting surface unify the whole.

The other great piece of news is that the painting "To the Ring" which is featured in my DVD on painting Noon Light and Evening Light has been chosen for the image to represent the 2008 Menlo Charity Horse Show up near Sacramento. Appearing on the program, on the goodie bags for the sponsors, and also on many other trade items for sale, the best part is that I have had a giclee made at 27" by 36" to be used for the gala charity opening night auction. The original is only 12 x 16, and I still have it in my collection. Here's a small image of the painting selected! Again, the web sites are working their magic!

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Monday, April 07, 2008

April 7 - Plein Air INside the Riverside Art Museum

Such a wonderful week full of wonderful news! But first the details about this painting. It is a 12 x 24 acrylic, done from the "Art Alive" exhibit at the Riverside Art Museum (down at the bottom of the Exhibitions page). The Plein Air Artists of Riverside were invited in to paint the still life setups during the opening weekend. Because many of the exhibits contain real flowers, it only goes on for a very short time. But the two paintings I did (this being the second) will live on for quite a while. I'll post the first one tomorrow.

I enjoyed the play of light and dominance of form on this shelf of greenery, part of a larger portion of the exhibit. It came together quickly with acrylics, and darn it all, I forgot my camera to take in-process images.

So, other news! The Del Mar Turf Club contacted me for the second year in a row to have one of my Del Mar Race Track paintings on the front of the VIP cards for the press, trainers, owners and VIP visitors. What an honor! They picked "Training in the Ways of Del Mar" from my Del Mar Race Track paintings. It's already in the hands of a collector--sorry! Here's a small jpeg:

More news tomorrow!!
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