It's been a full summer and time is rapidly approaching for our return
to Surprise, AZ. It is always nice to not have the crazy cold winter weather we lived in most of our lives which seems fun for about a month!! Then we are are ready to go back and warm our bones!!
My work goes back and forth between non-rep and realism. The animals have been a real kick. Hope my viewers/patrons
like them!! Please go to the Special Series page and see what you think.
Feedback is appreciated.
So, we had an Equine Show at Wham. Since imagery needed to be about the horse, I needed to somehow stick with my style and stay with the theme if I wanted to enter the competition. I am happy to say I won 2nd place and also sold the piece. It is available in prints which are very close to the original. Now I am hooked on putting imagery of houses in the head of these great animals and am working on a lion as well. Hope you go to the Special Series page of my website and see what I've done with this concept so far. Thanks for reading my update to my blog.
So summers in Minnesota bring more diversity in my work. The above painting is in response to the trip we took down the Rhine River. It was such a blessing to go there. My favorite part was seeing the artists that contributed to the countryside, the churches, the galleries......Wow! If you have thought about going there.....GO!
Things have been fun and busy this fall. My volunteering at The Wham Art Center in Surprise has been very challenging and fulfilling. The president Connie Whitlock has such a vision for the Center that it is easy to get on board to help make things happen around there. We are going to be hanging a new show Nov. 1st that I set-up on-line through an entry system called "Entry Thingy". It works well and reaches the whole country so we will have artists from the east coast as well as out here in Arizona.
"Is Anybody Home?" 20x20
"Some Assembly Required" is not completed. Some of these take awhile to solve. Some go quickly. We have been very busy at the gallery and that takes away from painting time. I prefer to not have recognizable imagery but recently painted a roadrunner in an abstract way that turned out sort of cute. I call it "Race Is On".
Another year (my 6th one) at the Sonoran Art League's major yearly event. I met many people, patrons, artists, friends and neighbors. Sales were less than last year but not bad. I'm full of ideas people shared with me. I also had the opportunity to meet Claudia Hartley whose work I have admired for years. She is featured in Bonner David Gallery in Scottsdale. Very personable and is willing to come to the West Valley and teach at Wham.
If you are reading this, please take a minute to go to my contact page and leave a message and your e-mail. I am trying to build my mailing list and let people know in advance of when I will be showing new work. Thanks much! Judy
The air is chilly and we are actually wearing sweatshirts and jackets. It won't be long until the arrival of the wonderful Minnesota State Fair which the whole Visker family celebrates together. Painting has been slow but I need to speed it up for a very busy year end to come. I'll be showing at the Herberger, The Holland Center, The SCG Art Club, and Hidden In The Hills. Exciting, but, it is a fast pace .
I painted this Zoo painting shortly after a visit to the Como Zoo with our Great Nephew Calvin. He loved the Giraffes which confirms the fact that there are lots of things influencing the life of an artist. I had no intention of this giraffe until I was well into the patterns!
My work is changing and I love what is happening and I need to do it this way. I no longer want imagery other than an occasional structure (house)! Have a couple of 40x60's juried into the Surprise Art's Commission's exhibit at the Surprise City Hall. It is a beautiful place to have paintings over the summer months. We leave for Minnesota soon and will return to AZ in September.
We had a leaky pipe over the summer that was undetected. The cabinet under the sink needs to be replaced as well as drywall. I didn't know that drywall acts like a sponge. Hope our insurance carrier covers it. We have a good company!!!! Anyway I have spent lots of time working on paintings as I prepare for 3 important shows. One of them only requests two paintings and I have them done. Another called "Leading Ladies In AZ" will need a half dozen, I have them done. The "Hidden In The Hills" show is the largest and I have lots of work done but since my style has moved into less representation I would like to do about 5 more in the next 4 weeks. YIKES! I'm an older person now and get tired !! I am excited however to have so much interesting stuff going on. It is not boring for sure!
Nine of us had a great workshop at Karen's where she showed us how to print with a Gelli Plate. The image above is my first attempt at using some of the papers in a collage. Very fun and messy making all the mono-prints but I will definitely do more of these!
Yesterday I received news that a piece I submitted for Sonoran Art League Hidden In The Hills brochure for 2014 has been chosen to be on the cover. It is called "Hello Happiness" and I named it right because it has made me very happy. I will be anticipating how much of it they use as there are three other artist's work chosen as well. This is the one:
I have studied 4 times with Katherine and she is really the art whisperer. She didn't go along with my total abstraction plan and suggested I include structure and pattern as has always been a trademark. I balked a little but realized her wisdom when I finished these two. Let me know what you think?
I keep going back to oils in search of success with the medium. These water mixable oils are better because of the clean-up but you have to use a special medium (no water) when you paint with them. I miss thinning with water and matte medium...so much more user friendly. The outcome is more lush with oils...hard to reproduce that with anything else. I shall keep enduring it but really have to produce more work as I am showing several places right now and oils take me much longer.
I had lunch with some Sioux Valley grads yesterday in Mesa. They are wonderful retired nurses and we seem 21 again when we are together. I had not seen Ann for 50 years. Great time. We need to take time for occasions such as this!
My 5th Hidden In The Hills Tour has ended. It was very successful and I had quite a few returnees...patrons who own one of my pieces. It was so fun to talk to them and hear how they have enjoyed having my paintings in their homes. It was very affirmative for this artist to receive the positive feedback. I had a new patron who returned the second day of the second weekend and had given thought to "Blue Annex" and decided she wanted to own it. She was so nice and I am so happy to have her as a patron (fan)!
I am pleased to be part of this studio tour in North Scottsdale for my 5th year. This year I will be in a studio out in the country among huge saguaro cactus and raw Arizona beauty. Could be some wild animals making an appearance. The studio I will be sharing with another painter is beautiful and should show art very well. Hope to see some familiar faces at the show.
I found some great bags to recycle. This is one of my favorites which is a Dooney and Bourke, but I have 15 more. Come to Hidden In The Hills in November if you want to see the rest of my creations.