Wednesday, October 29, 2008

2008 Brush Strokes Galleria

The Brush Strokes Art Club of Hot Springs Village will hold its 2008 Galleria this coming Saturday, November 1, from 9:30 until 2:00.  There will be over 40 artists exhibiting their paintings, demonstrating, and offering paintings, prints, and cards for sale.  The Village Strings will provide music, and light refreshments will be served.  Come to the Coronado Center this Saturday to enjoy the art and the atmosphere.  I've included a photo of my table from a previous Galleria.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

New Paintings in October

For the last few months, I've been trying to "teach myself" to paint city scenes.  I've made a little progress, but I've also been getting frustrated.  So I decided to take some "time off" and paint a few paintings of my more usual subjects - waterscapes and landscapes - in my traditional style.  I worked at Artists Workshop Gallery two days this past week, and each day I painted (almost completely finished) a half-sheet painting (cut down a bit to better fit landscapes).  They're shown here... one is from a photo I took from our cruise ship, departing Domenica in the Caribbean; the challenge was to paint convincing clouds.  The other is a farm scene that I came upon near Paron, Arkansas.  I like them both.  It was therapeutic to regress for awhile.  In November, I'll be taking a workshop from Alvaro Castagnet, and I'm hoping that will help me understand better how to paint cityscapes.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Third Place Award in Featured Artist Exhibit

My painting Seahawk has been awarded third place in the Featured Artist contest sponsored by the Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs.  There were 143 entries in all media from across the state.  The exhibit was judged by local artist and Henderson State University art professor Gary Simmons.   The painting will be on exhibit at the center until October 28.

Calendar Signing Event

My painting Seen Better Days was chosen earlier this year for inclusion in the 2009 Arkansas Artists Calendar.  On Friday, October 3, Gallery Walk evening in Hot Springs, I joined Arkansas first lady Ginger Beebe and other area artists at Gallery Central to autograph copies of the calendar.  It was a fun event - I met many artists whom I had heard of but not yet met, and said hello to many current and potential clients.  The gallery was mobbed... in fact, all of Central Street was humming.