Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Just back from Sayulita Mexico

I just spent a week in Sayulita, Mexico with 4 other women who are all painters for the Evergreen area. Our friend Jean has a house on a hill just over downtown Sayulita. We could walk down to the square and to the beach from her place. We had a great time going out painting, exploring Sayu and eating out. I did great for most of the week but the last night I was visited by the ghost of Montezuma. ugh. Fortunately I wasn't sick on the plane trip home but didn't feel great. But I sure was glad to get home. Still feel a little yucky.

Anyway, we had a wonderful time painting and even had a little art show our last night there. We call it the First Annual Sayulita Art Festival. We all sold paintings and had a little less to carry home. Here is one right around back from where I stayed.

Jan's Laundry
8x10, Oil on panel

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

100 for $100 Center for the Arts Evergreen

Every year our local art center does a fundraising event called 100 for $100. One hundred artists donate a piece of art, one hundred people buy a ticket for $100. Then they call your number and you get to pick from the 100 pieces of art, that is, if your number is the first one called. You get the idea. It's not a whole lot of fun to be the 100th person called since there isn't much to choose from.

As an artist making a donation, I must admit it is a bit tricky. You don't want to donate something very large or something that is your very best work because you want to reserve those pieces for entering into shows and/or sales venues. On the other hand, you sure don't want to donate something terrible because your artwork speaks for you even when you aren't present! And of course, you don't want your piece to be the last one chosen. So, you try to find a piece worth at least $100 that you want people to want!!!!!

Anyway, it's never an easy choice. This year I'm donating a rather large painting because I don't have many small pieces that I'm ready to give up. Sometimes my small studies need to hang around in case I want to use them to paint a larger painting. So, I'm donating a 20x24 gallery wrapped canvas with deep edges. I think it's got a nice mood, but I have never show it or gotten any feedback, so I really don't know how it will be viewed. Will anyone want it???  I sure hope so. It's a view looking down into one of our open space parks here in Evergreen.

Noble Meadow
20x24, Oil on Canvas

Monday, March 1, 2010

Playing Catch-up

Well here we go. I'm posting several paintings from the last few months. They were in a show and I never had time to photograph them. But the show is over so I'm quickly taking pics before sending them off to the next stop.

The first if from last tuesday's paint out at Bluff Lake.  Then a couple from last summer at Evergreen Lake and Broce Ranch. All were done plein air.

Winter, Bluff Lake, 8x10

Backlit, Evergreen Lake, 16 x 20

Summer Reflections, Broce Ranch, 12 x 16

Morning Light, Evergreen Lake, 8 x 10