Sunday, January 22, 2012

In Memory of Suzi

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Size: 17.5"x13.5"    Soft Pastel on Wallis paper

Here's a portrait of a beloved pet for a client of mine that lives in Colorado.  She saw my work in Bentonsport, IA and commissioned this piece from her own favorite snapshot photos.  The background was added to show location of trees in the rockies.  She was actually sitting in snow at the owners residence.  Playing in the snow was one of her favorite things to do.

Suzi's coat has rich accents of brown, deep rust, cobalt blue and grays mixed with the black.  A lot of the color doesn't show up well in this image......only best appreciated by viewing the original.  I've found most my pastels are like this.  I use a variety of hues to create the illusion of form in my works.  I feel this creates more drama in a painting exploring adventure for the viewer.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Something New

I have EXCITING NEWS.......This is a picture of the business district in Bentonsport, IA.   I will have a new studio in the upstairs of the Greef General Store (largest building in this inage).

The space is filled with light from the South and East.  The studio space can be reached from the inside of the store or a private entrance on the East side.  This is creative space designated for art classes for all ages, workshops through the Villages Folk School  and for other artists I know to hold demonstrations/workshops and display art.  There will be a sitting area for guests to relax in while a member of their family or friends are participating in a class.

I'm currently working on a schedule for  a variety of classes and special events.  There will be a Grand Opening celebration in March, weather permitting.  April at the latest.  All the businesses here are open April through October- 6 to 7 days a week and weekends only November/December.  Only exception to this is the Mason House B&B. I plan to keep the studio open year around as they do.

There will be a regular newsletter from my website announcing events that are happening at the studio. If you want this information, please sign up for the newsletter on my website.   There's a link page to sign up.