Friday, August 7, 2015

Art Retreat Week

experimenting start

For more than twenty years my friend Terry and I have done a summer art retreat.  At least twenty of those years have been at Spider Lake.  We paint, swim and eat.  A lot of work gets done and this week is no exception.  Some of my work is experimental, like the one in process above.

And there are morning sketches like these three…

dsy 1 spider lake

day 2 s l

Since we have been painting together for so many years we decided it’s time to consider each of us doing at least one painting of the same subject whenever we paint together.  We do two retreats every year and frequently get together to do some plein air painting so it won’t take long to have enough to put a show together.

We’re starting today.  Last night we bought some Sunflowers and we will both do a painting of them.  I’ll try and get photos of both to post.  Meanwhile, I did one as my morning sketch but haven’t taken a photo of it yet.  I’ll post that one when I post the others.

Here are a bunch of starts I’ve done so far this week.  They will eventually be mixed media pieces and some of them are done on fabric. I’ll be adding collage elements to the black and white pieces.  As for the two with color, I have no idea where those are going but it was fun playing with the color.

day 1 spider productive

Monday, August 3, 2015

Another Opening, Another Show

aunt agnes

Am I remembering correctly, Ethel Merman sang that in a movie about show business and I can’t remember the name of the movie.

Anyway, there is another exhibit opening at the Gallery Uptown on Friday, August 7.  I’m fortunate to be part of the show though I won’t be at the opening, this is the week of my annual Spider Lake Art Retreat.  However, Aunt Agnes will be there.  She’s one of my dolls and she’s dressed to the nines and making an appearance. 

There’s some wonderful art in the exhibit, Fiber; Content Varied.  If you are in the area, go see.