I hope you are enjoying your summer! With the warm temperatures and cooling nights, my summer is very enjoyable. Much art activity has gone on during the past three months.
Three times now, the gypsy cart of art has made it to our Farmers Market. I’ve been very happy with the response from people enjoy the cart and my artwork! On the cart I have smaller original paintings, prints, hand colored prints, floral garlands, notecards, bookmarks, vegetable bags, and pallet paintings (which are actually off the cart) for sale. The market is held downtown Iron Mountain, across from the library by the stage. If you get a chance, stop by say hello and you may the perfect piece of art for a gift.
A few weeks ago, I helped The Friends of the Braumart to put together the “framework” for the Inaugural Mostra D’Arte show, held during the week before Italian Fest weekend. It currently is the only gallery style juried art show in Iron Mountain. Sixteen artists, three jurors, and numerous hours of planning and setting up and striking the show, made for a wonderful exhibition of art. I was surprised and delighted to win the Third Place Jurors Award on my watercolor painting of The Three Graces which depicted three women stomping grapes. Sometimes hanging a show can be challenging, but I was so happy with the ease that two women and I had in curating it. We received many positive comments regarding the hanging!
Meanwhile, up in the studio I’ve been framing watercolor and ink paintings to hang in the gallery. This is the week I plan to rehang! During the week, feel free to stop by the gallery downstairs to see what’s new.
The Dig In and Bike On project continues to move along. Through Kickstarter, 3 racks have been funded and created. Outside of Kickstarter, 3 racks are ordered and a voice agreement for another. Ronnie Bradke is doing a fantastic job of fabricating the racks. Two have been installed in the downtown and I hope the third can be installed this week in time for the Labor Day weekend.
May the rest of your summer and the coming weekend bring you much delight!
Thanks Abbey and Tommy! Your photos are great!
Thanks Betsy for the reference photo!
Thanks again to Abbey and Tom for use of another photo. Working with creating value patterns for fur, rope, carpet and shadows was a fun mini challenge.
I’m always amazed when I see a cat with very unique markings. Charlie is one of those! Her body is mostly white with definite black and brown marks on her face and a tail filled with black and brown. Thanks to Emily for allowing me to use her photo of Charlie for reference!
I’m now happy with how the form of the cats are developing. Thanks to Abbey ans Tom for another fun photo!
Cats can make themselves at home just about anywhere. This drawing was a great work in developing values with ink. Even after this photo I added more shading.
A thank you to Abbey for her reference photo of Saoirse!
Cats have a tendency to perch themselves in and on so many spaces and things. Abbey’s wonderfully unusual photo caught my eye because I love the cat’s interesting silhouette shape. That shape lent itself to delightful curves to draw; adding just a little shading to those created a sense of form. I like how the space in the entire drawing is divided; the composition reminds me a little of Henri Matisse and Mary Cassat’s work. In the reference photo, Abbey’s cat was staring through a crack in the vertical blinds across the window. I changed that image by adding the bird to create a mini story.