Just recently, I joined the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts (FSU MoFA) Artists’ League. This organization supports local artists with workshops, exhibits and meetings to keep artists up-to-date on local art happenings. I am happy to say I dropped off three paintings last week to enter their Summer Annual Exhibit which runs from June 23rd to July 28, 2017. I entered Calli Cat in the Tub, Punky Girl and Rusty Truck Dashboard to this juried exhibit. Shown below are the sign-up and artwork preparation tables, as well as the artwork that has been entered leaning against the wall in the downstairs gallery. I went to a smartphone photography workshop put on by the Artists’ League, but this is the first exhibit I am participating in and look forward to the opening where I can meet some more of my fellow local artists!
Shown above is my latest custom mini pet portrait. This is Tom, a cat who lives on 55th Street in Manhattan. I got a request to do a commission by his caregiver as a gift for his owner. Pictured on the right the woman is proudly displaying the new mini of her cat. I also have a request for another custom mini portrait, only this one’s of a dog. It’s a dachshund named Travis who passed away two weeks ago and the owner’s friend wanted to have a portrait done for his owner. Speaking of mini dogs, shown below are the four mini dogs I just finished for LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts in Tallahassee to sell in their gift shop. Let me know if you’d like a mini of your own for yourself or a friend. Just go to my Etsy shop…see my blog menu!
Here’s my cat, Stripedie, when I first got him in 2012 reaching out to grab the camera. I’ve always loved this photo, so I decided I would paint it. I’ve started a new method of painting where I practice the finished product first by painting it “willy nilly.” What I mean by this is no pencil lines, using soft body paint instead of heavy body, just knocking it out in one sitting and going by feeling more. This seems to help me prepare for the final painting much better since I’m more familiar with the colors; the highlights, midtones and shadows; and the composition. I have done this painting three ways (shown in order below): the willy nilly practice version, the standard way I have of painting, and a combination.
Just last Thursday night there was the opening for the Tallahassee Senior Center exhibit at Tallahassee Community College that I attended. The exhibit is for the students and teachers of the art program at the center and runs from May 18th to July 13th. I am happy to say I have two pieces on display as an instructor of the Mini Paint Your Pet workshop. I was also able to pick two students out of my class to exhibit samples of their work that they did in my class. Below are photos of me and my self portrait as well as a mini cat and a students’ two minis.
I enjoyed mingling with the art lovers in the good-sized crowd that showed up for the opening. My instructor for the oil and acrylics studio class that I take at the Tallahassee Senior Center, Robert DeWitt Smith, was there and had a painting of a sunflower on display. I’ve included a picture of him and his painting as well as one of Tallahassee’s finest painters and a teacher, Eluster Richardson, with a painting of Panacea.
In addition to those folks, I was able to connect with one of my students, Lisa Dollar Covet, with her dog from the workshop. And also pictured is Leslie Puckett, the Art Program Coordinator at the center, with her mixed media creation. I think a fun and inspiring time was had by all!
Here’s the sketch for my next painting of a still life of sunflowers in a jar. I don’t usually paint flowers but I think I’ll like sunflowers because of their large, graphic nature. I bought the flowers and borrowed the jar and took the photo in my yard with my iPhone. I was able to control the composition and lighting that way. I always sketch my paintings first then transfer the sketch to the canvas by rubbing graphite on the back of the drawing and then hold it canvas and go over the front with a thick pencil and transfer like carbon paper. I’ll keep you posted on the progress of my latest painting.
One of the biggest art functions of the year in Tallahassee is right around the corner and will be here in June. It is called Artopia and it is a charity fundraiser for Big Bend Cares which support HIV/AIDS patients and families. They collect donations from local artists and sell them in live and silent auction format. I have donated many years now as well as attending the events with my art lover friends. This year I have donated my pig painting which is a 16″x20″ acrylic piece of a pink piglet frolicking in hay and I have thrown in a couple of minis for good measure. Pictured below is my primary donation and I am happy to say I support the cause!
I’ve painted more mini cats! These 2-1/2″ square cat portraits are going to be used for workshops that I teach as samples for the students to refer to and one is going into an exhibit that I’ve been accepted for. First, I have a Mini Paint Your Pet workshop coming up next month that I’m preparing for at LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts in Tallahassee. Second, there is an exhibit at Tallahassee Community College for the art teachers and students from the Tallahassee Senior Center that I have been chosen for. I will be submitting my painting “Self Portrait” as well as the mini black and white tuxedo cat with the red background pictured above. More info on these events later!