Next month I will be participating in the Bast Brothers Garden Center's Spring Festival. It will be held on Saturday, April 21 from 10AM - 3PM at 1214 Ellis Mill Road Mullica Hill, NJ 08062. There will be food trucks, family activities, yard games, and local vendors, such as myself. I will be set up in their greenhouse with my original paintings, archival prints, greeting cards, pillows, and necklaces. New products that I will be featuring are coasters, metal prints of my photography along with hand towels of my original artwork.
I will be distributing a coupon valid for the spring festival that will only available to my snail mail list. Click here to be added to my special list!
This year the Salem County Arts in Bloom Studio Tour will be celebrating it's 10th anniversary. All the exhibiting artists have the opportunity to create art or a display related to theme of 10. As I was contemplating what I should do, I realized that 10 years ago was when I decided to change my college major from Biology (I know, what?!) to Art Education. You can read more about that decision here. In the spring semester of 2008, I began taking fine art classes which changed my life forever.
At my site location, I will curate a 10 year retrospective exhibit for the tour participants to view during this year's Salem County Arts in Bloom. It will include college art assignments, my first acrylic paintings, as well as photographs and videos from my tenured art teaching experience. The collection will have captions and information for the tour goers to follow the journey and development into my career. Along with the retrospective I will also include new works of art and products.
One morning in December I woke up to a beautiful winter wonderland of pristine, powdery snow. My husband was home and everyone was still sleeping so I decided to suit up in my Carhartts and muck boots. I wanted to take a walk to get reference pictures since I had yet to paint a snow landscape. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get some amazing photographs!
Before the sunrise, I walked down the side of my neighbor's farm fields and toward the the closest road. I found a lot of great inspiration along the way but found myself at the corner of Canhouse and Coleman Road just as the sun was beginning to crest over the hill and clouds. I was captivated with how the sunshine glistened across the fresh snow.
After I got home, I reviewed the photographs I had taken and really fell in love with the contrasting colors that appeared in snow and sky. I thought the hills in the background and high contrast undulations found in the foreground would make a dynamic painting.
While I was working, I learned that the particular field I was painting was planted with winter wheat. As I was painting, the title came to me and I thought it would provide a level of intrigue to the viewer: What is under the snow? What could be growing in winter? I also wanted the title to illustrate that a farmer's work continues even during the bitter cold of winter.
Below is the painting along with the progression video of it's creation.
Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear what you think!