Tuesday, December 22, 2015
#blessed I have had a big year sharing my art in ways I didn't dream possible. In 2015 I did my first oil paintings (since college) and displayed (and sold) them through the Springfield Regional Arts Council at the airport gallery. I also enjoyed adding a new skill of LIVE CARICATURE to my list of offerings. In just over one year, I've been lucky enough to draw at 5 events and meet all kinds of wonderful people. From a business grand opening, to a church volunteer appreciation banquet, to private parties, I gained a lot of experience honing this new skill of making funny faces with markers. Through my drawing at an event by 417 Magazine at the Springfield Art Museum, I was contacted about drawing at a private Christmas party last weekend. Thanks to Kyle and Kaye for the opportunity! They told their guests it was their Christmas card for the year. The drawings sparked a lot of lively conversation throughout the evening and really added an element of "ice-breaker" I didn't expect. Kyle and Kaye have a beautiful home, and if you're lucky enough to be invited to their annual Christmas party, it is a treat. Here are some shots from the party.
Monday, August 24, 2015
I wanted an old, weathered barn-wood frame reminiscent of the buildings in "The Good, The Bad, And the Ugly" movie, and asked a colleague's carpenter husband to make one. However that same weekend I found one the exact size and shape at an antique/craft mall in Ozark, MO and snatched it up. The new (old) frame leaned decidedly red in hue so I knew my blue underpainting with yellowish brown highlights wasn't going to be enough. I had to get some red into the painting to make sure the frame looked right. I made notes to myself to extend his chin and add an ominous sunset. I had originally planned on leaving the sky blank since I was in a rush to meet the gallery hanging deadline, but once I finished the main character, I thought of ways I could use the sky to carry out some implied lines and add some more red. I am happy with the final piece, and out of the three I submitted, this one is getting the most buzz. Canvas is 16x20, but the frame makes it around 21x25. Currently for sale through the Springfield Regional Arts Council.