Flying into Summer

Just a couple notes about what is happening here as I am wrapping up June. I entered several paintings at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts open show. It was my first show, so there was a big learning curve in terms of applications, framing and labels just to name a few things! This is the biggest show of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, when we went down to see how everything looked on the walls there was SO much art to look at.

"Billie" 11" x 15" mixed media painting on watercolor paper

"Billie" 11" x 15" mixed media painting on watercolor paper

So THIS was super exciting! I talked myself through the process of entering this show by reminding myself that it was the first one and if nothing else came of it, it would be great practice. Instead, I was over the moon when I walked up and saw that I had received this honorable mention award. 

I also entered my "Jungle Telegraph" painting (you can see it here in my gallery page). That lioness found her perfect home. Her new owners sent me a photo of where she is hanging on their wall, I LOVE when people find a painting that they know belongs to them. 

Meanwhile back in the studio, I have continued on with several portrait studies. I am really playing around with using high contrast for more impact. 

"New Horizons" 9" x 12" on birch panel

"New Horizons" 9" x 12" on birch panel

This piece was sent off to a dear friend of mine who is embarking on some major life changes. I completed this as part of a class study with Ivy Newport. We were studying the works of Picasso during his blue period. I am really pushing myself to expand from only painting faces into figures. I want these women and souls who are appearing in my studio to be embodied. However, as you'll see below, I continue to love creating portraits. 

"Midnight" 12" x 12" on 3/4" hardboard

"Midnight" 12" x 12" on 3/4" hardboard

"Daydreaming in Church" 11" x 15" on watercolor paper

"Daydreaming in Church" 11" x 15" on watercolor paper

I'll be uploading some of these to my gallery sale pages in the next few days.  It has been a great month, summer energy and creative fire are in full operation! New work is getting completed, paintings are being sent out to their new homes, possible show opportunities on the horizon.  All in all, looking forward to July!