More Plein Air painting at the Asheville Botanical Gardens

An acrylic piece done on Strathmore Mixed Media paper with the Asheville Urban Landscape painting group. IMG_4417

I joined an outdoor painting group yesterday and discovered a awesome location and business – Blue Ridge Daylily Farm. It’s colorful, enormous and staffed by a very friendly crew. Lots of fun and definetly inspiring !

And my own little works in progress …

…happy summertime painting!

Mark your calendar for this great opportunity to view all kinds of art work and the studios where it was created.  

This is my  second time to participate in this great neighborhood event in Asheville, North Carolina. I join 14 other artists who will be opening up their homes or studios to display, sell and talk about their art. We are all part of the Kenilworth Artists Association.

Come and support your local artisans!

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This year at my address – 17 Buckingham Court, two neighbors will join me.  There will be a yard full of art- jewelry, pottery and my own mixedmedia and paintings!

For more information on each artist check out  this link: Kenilworth Artist Associaton.

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“Courage”

This was my recent piece that I used in the annual post card swap, hosted by Kat Sloma, called “LiberateYour Art”.  Participants send five postcards to enter the swap. Kat and helpers send your cards to five other participants which means I received five plus one from Kat , cards in the mail!!

Here is a short video hightlighting a sampling of cards from the swap that went not only across the US but internationally as well….(you will see my lion in here as well:)…

 

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Left Column:

Jane Ross, VA

Tessa Klein  – onesparrowphotography.com

Bruno Barbey – www.facebook.com/RGoldsteinPhotography

Right Column:

Marrianna Dougherty, AZ  – reddancerstudio.com

Kat Sloma, OR

Jacinta – jmirishart

 

Thanks to all and especially to Kat Sloma – looking forward to next year!!

Fancy Feathers-Owls

Adding another owl piece, I can’t stop seeing these faces – they keep peaking out at me!
I had fun creating this background with collage, acrylics and stencils and then poof they appeared. They are a fun pair with their “Fancy Feathers” – enjoy!

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This was a piece from Alena Hennessy’s online class “a year of painting II” that I finished up this past year.

We shared collage pieces with other artists in the class using them to inspire a collabrative piece. My fox face, sun and leaves came from Alexis in Oregon I moved these pieces around till the fox image caught my attention and then had fun creating a space for him to play.

First time to do a collabrative piece – great fun!

Trunks up – Good Luck in 2016!

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This wild elephant was the out come of some exploration in a class this past fall at Reston Community Center. Karen Mullarky taught Remix Mix Media and lead us through the exploration of many types of intuative background creations. This one was using spray paint floating on top of water that was then lifted out or printed onto paper. I saw the image of this happy soul and brought him to life.

Wishing everyone a creative and fun new year!

 

 

 

 

 

Support the local art community this year – shop the “Gifts from the HeART” at Reston Community Center – Lake Anne.

The holiday shopping event will include tables of artists selling their creations along with the items in the gallery and showcases. (the gallery and showcase items will be available for viewing and purchase all month)

 

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There are many beautiful pieces from amazing local talents!

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I have two pieces in the gallery and some smaller assemblage pieces in the show cases (be sure to walk down the hall to the built-in display area). A portion of my profits will  benefit a local charity – Cornerstones helping those in need lead productive lives.

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Make shopping meaningful this year

in more ways than one !

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For the past two years (wow – can’t believe it’s coming up on two years!)  I have been taking an online art class from Alena Hennessy, a wonderful artist and teacher. She started a class in 2014 called “A Year of Painting” which I enrolled in hoping to learn some new techniques and to get inspired by ….what happened over the course of that year was astounding!

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Not only did I get just that, I connected with a community of artists from all over the world doing the same things which in turn branched off to different paths of marketing our art, starting off on new career adventures and all spurred on by Alena…she kept taking us down this wonderful path of creativity.

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She was approached to publish a book about it and generously invited her students to submit their work to the editors for placement in the book.  I am honored to say I had three pieces placed in the book along with the outstanding work of others in this class. You can see more from the book on Amazon at this link:  http://www.amazon.com/Intuitive-Painting-Workshop-Techniques-Inspiration/dp/1440342407

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These three paintings I have shared above are on these pages:

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It is with sincere gratitude I thank Alena and wish her all the best as she moves forward with her creative teachings! It has been an awesome experience of learning to keep your eyes, windows and doors open to new experiences!!

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