Challenge: Closure on Previous Starts

Starts, to be conquered!

I decided to challenge myself and do the very thing everyone is talking about, clear the clutter. But to clear the clutter, I must finish what chaos I have begun. It is much easier to start more chaos than bring what I have to a solution, a finish, the end.  The difficulty lies in figuring out how to tame the chaos, well somewhat. Too much refinement becomes boring for sure!

So, I am going to post my chaotic starts, staring with my first challenge, the paintings that are figurative underlings, abstract figurative images. I will give myself a deadline of two weeks. Unless I need more time. Nothing is too precious, and nothing is off limits. I hope I can make these more different that they look now. They all appear to be too related to each other! Too many same shapes, too many similar colors, and on and on. What would your challenge be?

Then There Were Five

Then There Were Five
Acrylic on Paper
15" x 22"
I am excited to be included in the Texas and Neighbors Exhibition sponsored by the Irving Art Association for the second year in a row. The reception will be April 17 at the Irving Art Center from 2-5. It's a wonderful reception with amazing floral arrangements individualized to coordinate with paintings on the wall nearby! Come and check it out!
Link to preview the art accepted in this years show: http://irvingartassociation.org/2016/02/2016-texas-and-neighbors-preview-gallery/

Just the Three of Us - Silent Auction February 27, 2016

Just the Three of Us
14" x 11"
Mixed Media on Panel
I am honored to have my painting, "The Three of Us, My Echo, My Shadow, and Me" in the show sponsored by Arts for Rural Texas (ARTS) to create funds to support art. The show is presented by ACT (Artists Changing Tomorrow) in which artists contribute a painting for the silent auction held every other year. This is my second time to have a painting in the auction. The auction will take place February 27, 2016.
http://www.act4art.com


The exhibit and silent auction raise funds for ARTS, a 501(c)(3) foundation which applies their funding to expand art education in an effort to offset cutbacks in art education in the schools.
All art donated for the auction can be viewed here.

This painting started with India ink on paper with lines drawn with a pen, string, and more including a stick from the yard. Adding acrylic made the ink turn a dark blue. Then I just played with the figurative shapes that came out of the mingling of the colors. and added more acrylic paint in muted colors. More lines were added with Caran d'ache, which are lovely water soluble crayons, (so much fun to play with), they can have that mind of their own! When the painting was finished, or so deemed finished by moi, I attached it to a Ampersand panel and sealed it, ready to be framed in a black floater frame by the sponsors at ACT.


ISAP Award - DepartureD

Departure
12" x 12"
Acrylic on Canvas
Departure was accepted into the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) International Exhibition. The juror is the talented Myrna Wacknov. I was excited to have the piece in the juried show and learned this week it was awarded a Merchandise Award from Jerry's Arterama. Thank you to Myrna for selecting my piece, and thank you to Jerry's for the generous award!
I really enjoyed working on this one, it seemed to evolve on its own!
The show catalog is on line ISAP 18th International Exhibition..