20"x16" Acrylic on stretched canvas
Saturday evening, July 29th, the Wapello Co. Arts Council sponsored a fundraiser called "Battle of the Brushes". 10 artists were chosen to participate.....given a theme to focus on in a 90 minute period.
Paint, brushes (our own were optional), table easels, canvas and disposable aprons were provided. Our theme was "Riverfront". Because the event was held in Ottumwa, I chose this view of Bridgeview Center and Wapello Bridge that spans over the Des Moines River.
I tried a new technique for me.......used a plastic grocery sack (wadded up tight in hand) dipped in paint and applied it in an abstract manner to create the sky and water in this work. I loved the affect. I'm definitely using this technique again and with oils. If I had more time on this piece, I would've included palette knife strokes of color in the rest of the subject.
The finished artwork was auctioned off immediately after brushes were set down. This was a first time event for the arts council. I hope it will become an annual affair. It was a nice way to spend a Saturday evening!