Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Saturday Demo at High Country Art in Blue Ridge, GA

Saturday, July 10, I will be painting live -- doing a demonstration -- at the gallery that represents me in Blue Ridge, GA. The gallery is High Country Art & Antiques Gallery. It would be a great day trip to the cooler mountains of North Georgia. I will be painting with pastels this demonstrations, so come watch me start new paintings -- and hopefully finish at least one or two. I will be creating paintings in the 9x12 or 11x14 or smaller sizes.

Here a couple of samples of some of my recent work:

The first painting is a scene I created from two different photographs. One had the little farm drive and trees, and the other photo has the barely seen barn and truck. I thought they could be a good combination. This painting is a 16x20 pastel and is framed and hanging in High Country Art at this time.

The next painting is a demonstration I started at the Oglethorpe University when I was sitting for the Southeastern Pastel Society's International Show. I think this painting is finished, but it is unframed and sitting in my studio for daily evaluation when I walk by. This was a photo I took a few years ago at a sunflower farm near Rutledge, GA. I was intrigued by the sun hitting that one side of the little potting shed and what you can see through the windows into the shed.

This is the type of scenery that really draws me in. I am a confirmed "tree" lover and most of my paintings will have at least a couple of trees. If not that, then it will be a scene of rocks and water -- as in North Georgia streams -- the kind you want to take your shoes off and go wading in! Here is a photo of one of my paintings in this type of scenery:

I hope you can come to Blue Ridge and High Country Art on Saturday and watch me create paintings. I love to talk while I am painting and answer questions. It makes me feel good to discuss the process of painting and share my passion with others. People are part of what makes creating art possible. Your pleasure in viewing what I have created is one of the things that keeps me creating. Of course, it goes without saying that I must enjoy the creative process. And . . . believe me I do! I can't wait to see what the next painting will turn out to be. We don't always know. We may have a vision of what we intend, but sometimes the painting itself tells us the direction it wants to go in. I always listen.

Come see me this Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 4 or 5:00 p.m. in downtown Blue Ridge at High Country Art & Antiques Gallery! Say Hello!
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