Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Importance of "Community" in Art

Yesterday I was able to again  travel to Arlington to paint with friends.  I started thinking how important community is to the art world.  These artists are at different levels in their work, paint with various mediums and for very different reasons.  Yet, we all enjoy seeing what the other person is doing and try to answer questions when someone is having a problem.  This is how we learn and grow in what we do.  When I paint, I use oils.  Several in our group use watercolors, and the growth I have seen over the last few years is amazing.  If we weren't getting together to work, some people probably wouldn't do a lot of painting.  When we have a certain place and time to paint, plus the excitement of seeing what the others have done in the past month, we are more likely to get out there and do something.

There were seven people painting yesterday, including the daughter of one of our group.  She is about seven years old and what she does is beyond her years.  Yesterday she was making little books with drawings and words - I think she is taking after her grandmother who was also in attendance and working on children's books for her grandchildren.  Her mother does beautifully detailed drawings in graphite, and was working on roses.  I didn't get my camera out in time to get pictures of all.  Maybe some other time.

We always eat way too much, as everyone brings something along for a pot luck lunch.  If any of you are interested in joining the group, please contact me.

Shari Haufschild working on her
 children's book               
Doc Bommersbach doing watercolor
Lois Anderson with watercolor

      
          The beginnings of a stormy sky

                  

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

DECK THE WALLS art show and sale

Deck the Walls Art Show and Sale, produced by Northeast Artists Network,  will be this weekend, November 8 and 9, at County Fair Banquet Hall, 10  2nd St. NE in Watertown, SD.  Hours are Saturday 10 - 5 and Sunday 11 - 3:30.

The show this year is dedicated to the memory of Larry Negaard, one of the founding members and a driving force behind Northeast Artists Network.  Larry was a two dimensional artist working in later years with colored pencils, and graphite.  I am lucky to have been able to purchase one of his paintings several years ago.  In the years that I knew Larry his dominant theme was trees - both above and below ground.  His style was representational abstract.  If you live in the Watertown area and have not seen his work, this may be one of your last opportunities.  Larry left us in August of this year and is missed by family, friends and acquaintances.

Larry Negaard's trees

The photo of this painting is not exact, as I had to take it through the glass and am not a professional photographer.

Nearly 20 regional artists will have their work on display and for sale.  Art included in the show will be paintings in several mediums and styles, jewelry, digital images, pottery, photography, wood turnings,  and more.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to the Salvation Army Food Pantry.  Tickets can be used at the artists' booths for a chance to win a piece of art from that artist.  A ticket will be drawn from each booth, so the chances for winning are high.

This is the 18th year for this show in Watertown.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

LOOSENING UP

For the last few years I've been trying to loosen up in my painting.  It seems that whenever I get nearly finished, that small brush comes out and the details go in.  Fighting against that happening has included getting out my palette knife and just laying on the paints.  That works to some extent, and people seem to like it.  This painting of pasques was done completely with the knife and it has been admired by so many people.  Now I believe I have it sold.  You just never know.

"early spring on the prairie"
 
When I was preparing for the 2014 First Lady's Prairie Art Showcase a few weeks ago,  I felt I really needed paintings of central SD, so started looking through photos of when I lived there (when I figured how long I had lived along the Missouri, it was half my life - 35 years).  When I started painting from the photos, memories of walking the river with my husband came back to me.  Some of the paintings seemed like a mix of different areas, since my memories were actually determining what the paintings would be, they seemed more natural and loose.  Now I just hope I can keep this looseness and begin to create my own style from this.  One of these paintings I was really surprised at.  It is 14 x 11 inches on linen on board, and is still for sale.  It makes me remember the hot days of walking.
 
"long road to the missouri"