Tuesday, September 27, 2011

colorful shadows

I'm still working with my water soluble oil paints, documenting shadows that plants cast on my canvases. I've been layering the shadows, using them as I would with glazing. I've also started on some small watercolors working with the same idea. It is perfect weather to paint, sunny and in the 70s. It is these kinds of days that I've learned to thoroughly enjoy, shadow painting is not possible without direct sunlight. I love this weather.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

venturing back to vermont

I've made the move back to Vermont and I'm thrilled to be here. The air feels crisp and clean and the colors of summer are still out with colors of the fall starting to appear. It is a beautiful place to be with inspiration everywhere you look.

(my little muse, Layla)

The shapes and colors within the landscape that surrounds me has sparked my imagination and I've began working on the water soluble oil paintings that I started this summer. It is always different working with a new medium, but the exploration is what is exciting.

Ten of my paintings have ventured to Burlington and will be shown by the BCA at the Maltex building (starting October 5). I've also brought along many blank canvases and a few other paintings in progress, so I have plenty to paint.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Brandywine Festival of the Arts 2011

This year the Brandywine Show took place on two absolutely beautiful days with temperatures in the upper 70's and no rain. The festival was filled with young and old, all enjoying the sites of the beautiful location accompanied by the works of many talented artists. Some were walking around with ice cream, cotton candy and painted faces, while others had lemonade and other treats, but everyone seemed to be having a great day. I am so lucky to be a part of such a wonderful show. Thank you everyone who stopped by!

One of my favorite parts of the show is talking about my work with others and getting their feedback. I had many students from a local high school art class, other artists and art lovers/admirers come by to discuss my work. I love the new perspective it adds to the work. Thank you everyone who came to talk about art with me!

I can't say enough how lucky we were, just a couple weeks before I had been told the entire area was under water, and just a few days before there was a flash flood warning. The art gods were really looking out for us.

Each day I like to switch up the arrangement of the paintings to keep the booth new and exciting. I think it allows for different paintings to shine.

(the dark sky on the drive home Sunday night after packing up)

paintings sold at the show:

This was truly a wonderful way to end the year (for outdoor shows). I enjoyed everything about this show: the fellow artists, everyone who helped me personally, all of the staff at the show and every individual that stopped by to support my work. Now it's time to head back to Vermont for the winter and begin a new series. Thanks for a wonderful summer of shows!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Brandywine Festival of the Arts

Brandywine Festival of the Arts
Saturday & Sunday
September 10 & 11
Brandywine Park, 1001 N. Park Drive
Wilmington, DE
Saturday 9-6 (rain or shine)
Sunday 9-4 (rain or shine)
booth #Y27
(same as last year and where the arrow is pointing)

It's finally here! I just got home from setting up my booth and the brandywine river is really running but the art gods are on our side and there is no flooding. I've got the most beautiful spot with the river in the background accompanied by the sounds of the water which are so soothing. It will be the perfect weekend to get outside for some fresh fall air. There will be live music, food and a variety of artwork. I'll be debuting a few new paintings along with a few new buttons and magnets. Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 5, 2011

one piece (of art) at a time

"Art for the Cause"

Friday, September 9
5-8 pm
Camp Rehoboth Community Room
20 Baltimore Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE

(donated painting held by Ted Pokorny)

Article in the Cape Gazette Aug. 31 2011:

An Art Sale for ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, at CAMP Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach. Local artists have donated more than 80 pieces of art: oils, watercolors, pastels, fabric, wood, digital photography, pottery, painted furniture, custom jewelry, half hull, beach and nautical items. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of ALS through the fundraising efforts of Team Ted led by Ted Pokorny, who was diagnosed in February 2010. Ted and Jo Pokorny are shown holding art pieces donated for the Art Sale.

"Kids Runway for Research"
Sunday, September 18
11-3 pm
The Chase Center, Wilmington Waterfront
Governors Room
Wilmington, DE

(donated painting)

Article on main website:

Kids Runway for Research is a non-profit organization with 501C status (held) by the Delaware Community Foundation. The event is a fun-filled fashion show presenting clothing from local boutiques and modeled by pediatric cancer survivors. The show is held every September in conjunction with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The majority of the proceeds from the show go directly to Nemours Center for Childhood Cancer Research with a percentage going to a recipient who also supports pediatric cancer research. This year’s recipient will be Kay’s Kamp.

I think that it's really important to give back in your own way. I know each small piece of art can add up to something wonderful. Thank you for this opportunity.

Quick Getaway

After a great 2 weekend show and Hurricane Irene I realized it was time for a quick trip before the next big show. It has only been a week and I'm headed home tomorrow but this mini vacation in northern VT was well worth it. I've learned that it's really important to take some time and relax regaining your energy for the next show. It's been beautiful painting weather up here, with sound of the running brook in the background and the bright sun allowing for perfect lighting. I also took some time off painting for a little mountain biking and other small excursions. When I place myself in a different environment a new spark of inspiration, energy and excitement seems to come out of it.

Now I'm really looking forward to displaying some new paintings at the Brandywine Art Festival and being back in DE for just a few more weeks before we move back to Vermont.

I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day!

I'll post some more information about the show within the next couple of days, so keep checking back.