Yes, I know it's early yet, but when it comes to creating Christmas paintings etc., we have to start early.
This is a 4' x' 8' sheet of plywood with a Christmas card design on in latex paint.
Our local "Lights of Christmas" asked artists in the area if we would like to donate these to their drive-through Christmas display for this year. They will all be lined up along the winding road that visitors will drive to enjoy the display being put on. This is usually a walk through event, but of course, with COVID being a game-changer, it will be a drive-through this year.
I was a little intimidated by this project at first. I've done a few of these plywood panels before, so that wasn't the problem. The main issue was the height. The other works I've done were all horizontal, but this one is vertical. I wasn't sure how I was going to manage getting the top section done. But, obviously, we figured it out and I'm fairly pleased with the finished result.
People have already requested prints of this piece, so if you'd like one, please get in touch.
I'm not sure what size I'll do the prints in. Probably something like 5" x 10" , so not too big. Of course, if you have a specific size in mind (within reason), we can custom.
Still on the easel. This one was a challenge with the fading evening light and the water, but that's what made it fun. Thanks to Paris Park Photographs for permission to use their photo as reference.
Things are moving ahead finally.
I'm back riding and creating, and I'm rather pleased with some of the art I have produced over the past month or so.
I also have two venues happening now after a spring and summer of nothing going on.
NEW BEGINNINGS ART SHOW is taking place at the Guilded Gallery. 8700-271 St NW in Stanwood, WA. July 29th through Sept. 24th. Wed through Sat. 11:00 - 5:00. Ph: 360-629-2787. This show has been beautifully put together, and with nothing else really happening for artists to show their work, you can be sure there are some stunning pieces to view. Drop in if you're in the area and, of course, social distancing is in effect.
The second venue is my own little show at The Country Club here on Camano Island. I will have my more recent paintings and drawings there as well as my books. This show carries on through all of August Open 7 days a week, M. W. F.: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. T. Th.: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sat - Sun: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 1283 Elger Bay Road, Camano Is. WA. Ph: 306-387-1655.
As I am sure most of you are aware, the Corona Virus has put a crimp into the events that were planned for this spring and, perhaps, the summer, too. Not just are all the art shows cancelled, but so many other activities that we enjoy as the weather improves.
Our wonderful Camano Island Studio Tour is no exception. Everyone stand down.
On the bright side, this gives me an opportunity to have a real kick-ass show next year!
Also, for those of you who are local, the amazing Women's Expo has not been cancelled for the year, but postponed until the all clear is given. I hope this is not going to take all summer.
In another way, the timing as worked out for me. On March 8th, I had a hard all off my horse. I fractured four ribs, a finger and the ball of my hip. Fortunately none of the fractures required a hospital stay, but I have still been laid up for the last seven weeks. All my intentions of creating artwork for the tour came to a screeching halt, as well as my progress on Book Two of The Navarre Link Chronicles. I'm planning on having the book available both here and on Amazon before summer., as long as nothing else happens. Knock wood.
I'm hopeful of being back in my studio by May and I'll get busy drawing and pasteling again. I have so many ideas bouncing around in my head, but no energy to get after it. I'm sure this too will pass.
I hope all of you are staying safe, respecting the isolation recommendations, and not getting too bored.
Take care and be safe.
It's time to buckle down and get busy for the Studio Tour in May. I also have the Women's Expo in April, and hope to have an early edition of my next book available for that.
I've been experimenting with more West Coast artwork to see if I get a positive response from the locals. I plan on having a calendar available too. I'd like to make it an 18 month version, so people can start using it right away. Having one now just for 2021 seems a bit previous.
Wow! I don't know where the time goes. I've been busy ever since the Montana show, but not with commissions. I'm hoping some will come in soon, but in the meantime, I'm taking advantage of the lull and working on my own illustrations.
I'm also getting out to ride my horses a bit more often now that the weather in improving. On the weekend, we ride the trails and, at least once during the week, we have a session in my friend's arena. All good stuff.
I finished two new pieces for the Studio Tour and another illustration for my upcoming book, working title Aftershock. I already have two more ideas for illustrations rattling around in my head, and another for my western collection.
Plenty to do without commissions, but no money coming in. Arrgg! Heaven forbid, I might have to go out and get a real job!
But wait! We're heading down to Tucson soon for the Western Writers of America convention. So looking forward to this. I'm hoping to meet some interesting people and bring home a wealth of knowledge.
Here we are, off and running again. The studio tour is well underway, and beautiful weather is going to draw lots of people to the Island to enjoy all the wonderful art that's on display. Don't miss out!
It took a while to get back into creating again. Both Paul and I were burned out after Montana, and neither of us had the energy to do much. I finally got this third panel done, and a little graphite drawing of Monty. I have two more outdoor paintings to do for my patron, but they're much smaller and shouldn't take too long to complete.
This was quite the show. Long days, but we learned a lot and met some wonderful people. I even sold a few things! Already making plans on how to do things differently next year.