Saturday, July 31, 2010

see things in a new way

There are so many moments that are often overlooked, but when you're in a new place every detail stands out, it's wonderful. I just returned from a trip to southern Utah, a landscape that consists of vivid colors, interesting shapes and an indescribable energy that brings everything to life. Rock formations are larger than skyscrapers and the clouds are so immense that they take over the bright blue sky. Every time I looked I wanted to pull out my paints, brushes and a few canvas to paint each moment. These kinds of trips help me to remember to be aware of my surroundings and every detail.

The rock formations in Zion National Park are incredible, if you haven't seen them before it is definitely a trip to put on your calender.

While in Zion we walked around a few galleries and there were these amazing sculptures by Lyman Whitaker. They are organic forms that live seamlessly within nature and become alive with a breath of wind.
The beauty and power of this landscape inspires many, it is an incredible place.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Back Porch Cafe Show

You never know what will happen next. I was surprised by an e-mail in May, not even thinking I would have enough paintings to fill three rooms, and what an amazing experience it turned out to be. The Back Porch Cafe has it all, amazing food, great ambiance and kind wonderful people. I am so happy that I was given this opportunity, and thank you everyone at the Back Porch, I will always remember it! Thank you also to everyone who went to see the show. Just in case, here's a couple pictures from the Water Ties, the show at the Back Porch Cafe.

if you haven't eaten here, definitely do so! You can check it out

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A new way to organize

When I left Vermont I packed all of my paints in an old shoe box (I thought it was a grand idea), but now that I'm painting each day it takes a while to find a specific color. It's like when you loose one sock after doing laundry, where could it possibly go in such a small space? So I decided that I would organize my paints by grouping and dividing them in plastic baggies. So far it's working out great! I love being able to find the exact color I need within seconds.

and on another note: I can't believe it, but I'm taking down the Back Porch Show tomorrow. It was a wonderful experience. Thanks to everyone who went to see it!

Friday, July 9, 2010

The Always Open Exhibition

It's amazing, there are so many different ways to exhibit and view art. There are countless artists online trying to get their work out there, and I'm one of them. It has only been within the last year that I've began looking for a virtual place to display my art, and I've found many online art shows. How cool is it that I can exhibit my work with other artists from around the country or world, into one space that anyone can look at, at any time (no open 9-5 or closed signs). It is a place to share ideas and inspiration. The most recent online show where my work is displayed is the Upstream People Gallery's 12th Annual Landscape Juried Online International Art Exhibition, where a variety of techniques and ideas about landscapes are shown. Each day I look at other artists work, it helps me to define my own work and ideas, while gaining knowledge of other artists perspectives. I particularly like the photographs of William Haubert that display interesting patterns and shapes as well as incredibly vivid colors. Check it out for yourself:

Monday, July 5, 2010

44th Annual St. Peter's Art Show

It was my first time at the St. Peter's Show, the weather was beautiful (not as hot as usual) and I had a great time. It was wonderful meeting new people as well as seeing everyone who follows my work, thanks for coming! It is always exciting to explain the stories behind each painting and series, I love it.

We began setting up around 6 a.m. and I guess I wasn't too awake then. I accidentally mixed up two of the canvases on the triptych, whoops (the two tall canvases should have been switched).

I usually like to plan out my display so that I know all the paintings will work together, and the different sizes will fit. Here's the set up from inside the house ( it's like my own personal gallery in the kitchen of my parent's house).