Saturday, June 25, 2011

Bluebell Forest IV (2011), 8 x 10"

This painting is based on a photo by Herry Lawford, found on Original photo can be found here. Used under a Creative Commons License.


Illinois Sunset (2011), 9 x 12"

This painting is based on a photo I took out of my apartment window. In the original photo, the sun is setting over the apartment complex. I tried, first, to paint building silhouettes at the bottom, but my husband said the buildings looked like warehouses... so I changed them into foliage.

For sale at my etsy page.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Irises III (2011), 9 x 12"

This painting is based on a photo taken by my sister at an iris farm in Nashville! I have several other iris paintings planned that are inspired by her lovely photos. After my previous irises painting was stolen (see post here) I knew I had to paint them again. They are my absolute favorite flower to paint--so colorful and dramatic!

This painting joined the Taste of Champaign show on Sunday. I wasn't originally planning on showing this piece (it wasn't totally dry yet), but I had sold so many paintings that I needed to bring some more to fill up the empty space. The Irises didn't end up selling, but many people commented to me about it. Look for it at the Downtown Festival of the Arts, August 20th!!

Taste of Champaign: Recap

The Taste of Champaign was last weekend and was a decided success. The rain held off (mostly) for the whole three days of the show and I sold eight paintings! It was great fun, as usual, to talk with people about my art and to hear their comments and thoughts about it. I received so many thoughtful compliments--it's really a great feeling to know people appreciate my art since so much of my time is spent painting at home, obsessing over small details in my paintings. It's just reassuring to know I am able to bring people happiness through my art. Here are some shots of my booth:One thing I noticed was that paintings with "local" subjects sold better than those, say, of Wyoming or Tennessee. I will be keeping this in mind as I prepare for the Champaign Downtown Festival of the Arts in August. I would like to complete another 12 canvases before then!! I had better get painting soon!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Taste of Champaign

The Taste of Champaign is just over a week away! I will have my own booth this year where I will be selling my paintings. I will have 29 paintings for sale in a large variety of sizes (from 2.5 x 3in. to 18 x 24in.), plus the portrait of Olive will be on display! Here is some general info about location and times:

West Side Park, Downtown Champaign, IL
June 17-19th
Friday, June 17-5:00-10:00pm
Saturday, June 18 -11:00am-10:00pm
Sunday, June 19-11:00am-6:00pm
*Note: Artists are permitted to pack up early each night because of lack of lighting. Art booths may start closing as early as 8:30pm Friday and Saturday.

Below is a map of the layout of the park. My booth is number 8 (circled and highlighted in yellow).


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