Thursday, October 29, 2015

Painting is for the Birds!


Christmas "Card"

Last week I found myself returning to a familiar theme. Cardinals in a winter landscape. I have painted a grouping of cardinals sitting on a branch last year.  I love the contrast of their brilliant plumage against the somber winter sky.

Both paintings are watercolors in which I used crumpled cellophane layered over wet paint to create an abstract background. In this case I wanted the look of snowy branches crisscrossing against the sky. The paint was allowed to pool around the folds and creases, so that when the cellophane was removed there was a network of lines and shapes to work from.

Using those lines and shapes I added depth to the paintings by darkening some areas and keeping other areas untouched. The contrast of the dark and light and push/pull of warm and cool colors created the illusion of depth. The brilliantly colored cardinals stand out nicely against the cool winter sky.

And Now What????

Twosome is already matted and framed and in a couple off weeks (unless it sells) headed to the Associated Artist show "Off the Wall" at the Manlius Library. 

Gift Fair at Natur-Tyme

Twosome and Christmas "Card" will both be available as greeting cards and prints at the Holiday Gift Fair at Nature-Tyme Dec. 4, noon - 7:00 pm.   Address: 3160 Erie Blvd. East, Dewitt

Maybe I will see you there!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Three Big Events Coming Up for Windy Hill Studio

Woodlands and Waterways 2016 Calendar

3 Big Events Coming Up!

Gift Fair at Natur-Tyme

Good news!
I will be part of the Annual Gift Fair at Natur-Tyme in Syracuse on Dec. 4, noon till 7:00 pm.

No large paintings in this event; I will have my assortment of greeting cards, prints, art-to-wear and the 2016 Woodlands and Waterways Calendar (which has been selling really well in Thousands Islands and Sackets Harbor!)
Put it on your calendar, it's going to be a fun event.
Hope to see you there! 
Cardinals! - available as a matted print 11x 14 or greeting cards

And here's a little info about Natur-Tyme

National League of American Pen Women

The other big event is the Pen Women Exhibit at the Fayetteville Library, which will run through the month of November. Our CNY Branch of the National League of American Pen Women is celebrating its 90th anniversary. This exhibit of art and poetry/prose will be the kickoff event to our year-long celebration. Our National President Candace Long will be in town for two days and she will be speaking at our opening reception on November 18.

On display at the reception will also be a few artifacts from our CNY Branch. The handwritten minutes from our first meeting in 1926, as well as photographs and articles from the Syracuse newspapers of many prominent Pen Women will be part of the historic items on display.

To read more about the Nation League of American Pen Women go to the link below.

The Healing Muse

And last but not least, on Wednesday I will be attending the launch party at Upstate Medical for Volume 15 of The Healing Muse. And guess what it will be my 15 launch party too! It's been an honor and privilege to have my work included in the Muse every year since 2001.Kudos to the staff at SUNY Upstate Medical Center for Bioethics and Humanities on another volume of this excellent literary and visual journal.

"Leave Only Footprints" included in The Healing Muse volume 15