Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April Showers Bring . . . Art Shows!

April is looking like an artsy, busy month! Three art shows, and one plein air event, all in Virginia for a change! The first place I took two paintings, one oil and one pastel, for a show, was the England Run Libray in Fredericksburg, VA. That will be the Virginia Equine Artists Association's Member Show, which runs into May.

"Fire" - pastel

                                          "Dock Dog" - oil, 30"x42"
"Dock Dog" & "Bend in the River I" waiting to find a place on a wall at 
Art at the Mill, in Millwood, VA
Temporary hanging on the weekend when everyone brought their artwork
The second place is Art At The Mill, at the Burwell Morgan Mill, in Millwood, VA. This show, 2016 being the 26th year, runs twice a year, and is a fundraiser for the Clarke County Historical Society. It is an amazing show, with usually about 1,000 pieces of artwork, from 300 artists! April 23-May 8. If you haven't been to Art At The Mill, or to Millwood, you really should try to get there. Millwood is a tiny village, that time has forgotten, right off of Rt. 50, outside Winchester, VA. You can see wonderful artwork, get some wonderful food at The Locke Store, which was built in 1836. You can sit outside the store, or take your amazing food, and wine or beer if you want it, to sit at picnic tables on the gorgeous grounds of the mill.

"Patriotic Truck - oil, 5"x5"

 The third show, is the first show of the Village Artisans of Port Republic, which will be held April 28-May 1 at the newly renovated Town Hall in the middle of the village of Port Republic, VA. This show will highlight artists and artisans, musicians, food and other wonderful things made by people living in the village of Port Republic, or who have Port Republic addresses. We are planning to hold four shows during the year, April, July, October and December, 2016. I will have have paintings there, as well as some fiber art. I will also be playing music with our group, the Countryside Garage Band, on Sunday, May 1, 2:00-4:00. I hope to see you there!

"Fire" - pastel

The last event is another new event, put on by the Beverly Street Studio School in Staunton, VA. They are starting a new plein air painting festival, the 
Queen City Plein Air Festival, April 22-24. There will be many well known artists painting around Staunton, as well as a Quick Draw event, which I will be particiaping in on Friday, April 22. The paintings will be done that day, then offered up for sale. Hope to see you there too!

So, lots going on just in April! Come enjoy our beautiful Shendandoah Valley spring, and some wonderful artwork! 

Burwell Morgan Mill, Millwood, VA

"The Beast" - oil, 16"x20"

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Out and About in Virginia

Saturday, May 23, 2015 dawned a gorgeous, blu-sky Virginia day.  Perfect for a wonderful event held in Central Virginiat at Rounton Farm, outside of Orange, VA.  "ARF - Art Round the Farm" was held for the first time as a fundraiser for The Arts Center in Orange, with the theme of dogs.  There were 5 artists invited, myself included, to bring artwork to set up, and do demos.  There were fun contests held for dogs, kids and adults, along with live music, food, a 1-mile walk around the farm, and a great place to be on a Saturday in May.

It was the first time I used my new banner.  I also brought a couple of objects which have images of my artwork on them, such as baseball caps, tote bags, journals and notecards.  This in addition to quite a few of my dog oil paintings, some of the tiny dog paintings on their tiny easels.  It was a fun event, which I will look forward to next year.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

New Medium! New Ideas!

I'm working on something a bit different, acrylic mixed media layering. After taking a workshop last year with Roby Artist Robyn Ryan - Ballyryan Studios, on her technique, I have been playing around with my own technique. These are NOT finished. The idea is that you create layers of paint, and mixed media if you choose to, and medium. You can sand back to previous layers, and bring out colors behind colors. I will post more as I get closer to being finished with these.

As you can see in a couple of the photos, the gel medium is put on fairly thickly.  I am playing around with different kinds of mediums, which give the effect of encaustic painting, which is a technique of painting with hot wax.  On the cow, you can see some of the earlier layers showing through.

I hope you enjoy watching how these progress!  Happy Spring!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Hello!  Hope you are staying warm and dry during this cold winter weather.  Spring is on the way, not long now, I can feel it coming!

I have a show, with an art opening, Friday, March 6, 2015/5-8pm at the Spitzer Art Center in Harrisonburg, VA.  The show is the "6x6x30" show, 750 pieces of artwork, created by 27 artists!  It should be a wonderfully unique and exciting show.  I hope you will join us for the opening.  My paintings are all about the area around Harrisonburg and Rockingham County in the Shenandoah Valley of Virgiina.

I am also teaching some classes at the Spitzer Art Center, and I have finished the spring/summer schedule, which I am including here.  Hope to see you soon!

Spitzer Art Center Classes
Spring/Summer 2015

Oil Painting 
Tuesdays, April 7- 28/ 1-3 pm

Acrylic Mixed Media Layering  
Tuesdays, April 7 - 28/ 10am-12pm
Tuesdays, June 9 - 30/ 1-3pm

Paint/Draw The Burg, Plein Air Painting Class
Tuesdays, June 9-30/ 6-8pm

Oil Painting
Tuesdays, May 5-26/10am-12pm

Pastel Painting
Tuesdays, May 5-26/1-3pm

Acrylic Mixed Media Layering
Tuesdays, July 7-28/10am-12pm

Private lessons available.  Contact Elaine Hurst:  elainehurst@mac.com

Monday, January 26, 2015

6x6x30 Exhibition

I was just accepted into a show at the Spitzer Art Center in Harrisonburg, VA, "6x6x30 Show".  This is a show which will have 27 artists, two sets of collaberative art, in which we each create a 6"x6" painting each day for 30 days.  They will all be hung at the Spitzer House at the end of the 30 days, which is for the month of March.  I have some work started, but thought you might like to see some of the panels as I toned them.  All will be toned with Ivory Black oil paint.  I have several ideas which would work well for this, but I am settling on having most of the paintings have something to do with Harrisonburg and/or Rockingham County Virginia.

I've had a long spell of not much painting, and I hope I haven't bitten too much off, but I have done this kind of thing before, and look forward to it.  I'll keep you up on what's happening, even at the end when the show is hung.

Stay tuned!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Out of My Comfort Zone!

Before getting into the content of this blog post, I wanted to say that I have decided to keep this blog going, for now.  I will be posting on my blog through my website, but I hate to lose track of everyone who follows me here. So, enjoy my latest journey in the creative life!

November 8-9 I drove to Fredericksburg, Virginia for a workshop taught by fellow Virginia Equine Artist, Robyn Ryan.  This workshop was not a part of the VEAA, but rather a workshop help at Backdoor Gallery in Fredericksburg, focusing on acrylic painting with mixed media and layering.  WAY out of my comfort zone and anything I had done before, artisitcally speaking.  Robyn is a fantastic teacher, with lots of energy, and well organized so you always knew what was happening.  We played with color, shape, line, and all sorts of mixed media in with the acrylic paints.  

The idea is that you work on a different aspect of  your painting, separating them with gel medium.  Once you seal it with gel, it is there, but before that, you can sand, scrape, use rubbing alcohol, and anything else you can think of to work on your painting.  The layers give your work a depth, and way of seeing the layers that go before, plus, is a blast to do!  I don't know that I totally understood it all while we were there, but it gave me some ideas to play with.

I had wanted to do something totally different to get "out of the rut" I was in, as well as spice up my oil paintings.  I came home and started playing with my pastels and the gel.  More on that later.  

Monday, October 6, 2014

Change of Blog Address

Hello!  I am trying to combine, and simplify my website, blog, newsletter, and everything, by putting them into one place.  I have joined the Fine Art Studio Online, FASO.  If you go to my website, you can now sign up for my blog there, as well as sign up for my newsletter, which will be going out once a month.  You will still be able to receive my blogs through your email, as well as my newsletter, through your email.  I'm sorry if this causes anyone any problems.  If you would like to ask me about any of these changes, please let me know.  Thank you so much for your help!