Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Everything Happens for a Reason

One of the most important things to remember when entering a juried show is that your piece might not get accepted. Unfortunately, Joanie's Wildflowers did not make the cut for the Perkin's Works on Paper Exhibition (A first time experience for me). So after a little encouragement from my fellow artist friends, I decided to try again! This past weekend I entered Joanie's Wildflowers (and a drawing) in Markeim Arts Center current show. I realize that everything happens for a reason. There are some exceptional artists being featured and I am so honored to be a participant in this show! The opening is this Friday the 14th from 6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m. with food and live music. If you don't have any plans be sure to stop out!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Last Year's Inspiration

I've been gathering new photographs and ideas for my next painting but there has been an image that I keep going back to. It was so breathtaking when I first saw it almost a year ago and I often think of it for so many reasons: the colors, the shadows, and the memories. I have found that my most successful paintings are of landscapes that I have experienced and truly connected with. This image is an example of just that.

Last year, I was lucky enough to take a vacation to Rileyville, VA where we visited the Luray Caverns. When we arrived in the area we were a little early to check into our cabin so we decided to take a drive on Skyline Drive. It was absolutely amazing! Now that the weather is becoming cooler and the leaves are starting to change I find myself thinking of that trip again and it is inspiring me to create my next painting.