Thursday, March 20, 2008

Finished Entry For SPS Show

Well, I finally did the photographs -- it was actually finished a couple of days ago. The painting is of Nickajack Creek in Cobb County, near Smyrna Georgia. Smyrna is just north of Atlanta. The area is a beautiful one -- and is historic because of a Covered Bridge. Everyone paints the Covered Bridge -- but guess what? I don't! This is the creek that runs underneath the bridge and is also underneath the Silver Comet Trail.

The painting is on Wallis sanded paper, and size is 16x12 inches, and I did a watercolor wash as the underpainting. This is the second view of this part of Nickajack Creek that I have painted. The first one you see as the post just before this post. That painting is entered into a show in Ellijay GA and this one is being put onto a CD and will be sent for jurying into the Southeastern Pastel Society International Show.

The show will be held in June and I won't know whether I was accepted until about a month from now. I have two other entries: second entry is "Grand Canyon Blocks" from my trip out West last Spring. I actually did a small painting while sitting at one of the overlooks at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. But . . . this painting is rather large and is from a photograph. The third entry is "Is This Oz?" is from a photograph I took about 2 years ago on a trip to France. My friend and a student / painting buddy is in the photograph.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Editing My Blog

Today I thought I needed to continue posting to my blog. So . . . I started editing the page so there would be other items of interest to you when you visit this blog. I have added some "Great Links" that belong to my gallery: High Country Art in Blue Ridge, GA; my best friend -- Carly Clements-Hardy; a wonderful student of mine -- Karen Margulis; and one of my outdoor painting groups -- Georgia Outdoor Painters!

Please visit these wonderful sites -- which will problaby give you other wonderful sites -- but remember to return to me at some point . . . even if on a different day. I sometimes visit a site, take a link they give, take another link that one gives . . . and before you know it you have visited about 20 different sites and exhausted your time alloted to spend on the computer. Oh well! Come again another day!

Here is one of my paintings that I am submitting to a show in Ellijay, GA -- a joint show titled "Out of the Woods" by the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild (of Blue Ridge, GA) and the host in Ellijay -- Gilmer Arts & Heritage Association (GAHA). The host will have a reception on Saturday, April 5 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Please come join us and admire some wonderful art of all kinds by our North Georgia artists.

Now, I must go finish the painting I plan to enter into the Southeastern Pastel Society show. I'll be sure to post the final image -- hopefully either later today, or tomorrow sometimes.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Trepidation on Starting A Blog

I hope you will visit my blog often. I plan to show paintings either in progress or just completed. Occasionally, I will even show them as a how-to demonstration. I plan to have discussions about various aspects of a good painting, a good photograph, techniques on how best to teach students, and even wonderful places to go painting with your buddies!

So, let's get this ball rolling! I am attaching a photograph of a painting that just needs a spot, or dash, to finish it and then on to the framing! Plans are to enter this painting into a show. So far, I am quite happy with the colors.

My study at this time is on using color temperature instead of always relying on value! That does not mean that I forget it, or composition, or other aspects for a good painting.