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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Live Cheap and Make Art Studios' photostream

Eco-Chic-logo-page by Rosemary ConnellyEcoChic baby-clothes, watercolor by Rosemary ConnellyEcoChic baby-animals watercolor by Rosemary ConnellyEcoChic knitted hats, watercolor by Rosemary Connelly EcoChic finger-puppets, watercolor by Rosemary Connelly EcoChic felt-bags2, watercolor by Rosemary Connelly
EcoChic felt-bags, watercolor by Rosemary Connelly EcoChic Sakroots Boots, watercolor by Rosemary Connelly Sketch, Sculpt, Sustain Watercolor Journaling and Handbuilding in Clay Workshop WorkshopSweet Pea personalized, exampleSweet Pea boy (dark skinned)Sweet Pea girl (dark skinned)
Sweet Pea TwinsSweet Pea Girl (light skinned)Sweet Pea Boy (light skinned)Watercolor Journaling and Yoga Workshop - Yoga by the RiverUsing an old wood planer as a subject for watercolor journalingThe yacht Kismet, built by Vinyard Shipyards, restored by Sudler Lofland, Milford, DE
The Students' journalsMaryLou's viewStudent JournalsJournal page by Lindajournal-Leslie2Joan's page

The individual images from my watercolor journal pages of EcoChic's environmentally, earth-friendly and fun products!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Watercolor Journaling at EcoChic

On Friday evening with storm clouds rolling and rain threatening I headed over to EcoChic to do some watercolor journaling. I had arranged with Teri Carter, the owner to do this from 4-6pm. She's got so many wonderful products - all environmentally friendly that I've been wanting to sketch them for some time. As heavy rains poured down around us outside the store windows I sketched. It was so much fun and I filled several pages in my journal.

Heres a slide show I put together of my journal pages:

Mispillion Art League Student Show

Today I had the honor of helping judge the Student Show at Mispillion Art League. These kids did some really fine work, it was so hard to narrow it down to the award winners! Jean Masetti and I judged together and compared our separate lists, then worked to pare the down and with some give and take, came up with the final list. The Opening Reception is this Friday from 5-8 at MAL, 5 N. Walnut St. - come out and see what Milford High and Middle School students can do!

Here's the poster with a few examples:

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Painting a Day - Day 22 and Day 23

Since I played hookey yesterday and didn't go to my Studio. It was our wedding anniversary and Bob and I spent the day walking on the beach and hanging out together. So today I painted two paintings to make up for it. I had in mind to paint this pear and today using my acrylic paints again. I'm really enjoying the quality of the paint when I let one layer dry (after blending colors with my brushes) and the depth of color that results.

With the blue one I was just playing with the paint and the layers of colors and trying to get that center to really pop, adding white gouache to the blue for the the lighter blue color, contrasting agains the darker blues that went on first. It looks more like a crazy splatter paint thing, science fiction special effect or a spinning pinwheel on a green stick! But I had a lot of fun doing it and hope you enjoy looking at it! I really like the feeling of energy it projects.

Tomorrow I will be away from my studio for a family event, and Wednesday I'm going on a bus trip to the Delaware Art Museum, so don't look for another "painting a day" until Thursday evening.

Have a good weekend!

Winter Show & Show within a Show at MAL

Last weekend was a busy one at Mispillion At League! Since February is "Black History Month" the art league had a special "Show Within a Show" for our Winter Show. Local African American Artists were invited to display their work in the gallery and the art league also celebrated with a special presentation on Black Artists in history by Ms Tamara Cooper, principal at Milford High School at our free "Third Thursdays" art talk, organized by MAL's past-president, Sara Gallagher. 

Friday night was the Opening Reception for the Winter Show and the "Show within a show" and was well attended with everyone enjoying the new works on display Saturday, a musical evening "Journey to Soul" was planned for the "Crystal Ballroom" (aka Milford's Senior Center - the only venue large enough to accommodate the large crowd!) Journey to Soul spotlights local talent in the Delaware and Eastern Show area through art, spoken word (poetry) and Music. Continuing their scucess from last year, event organizers Dwayne Powell and Michael Duker did a great job capturing the history of Milford's art and entertainment history. 

This video was taken the night of the concert, with MAL's doors open to concert goers to enjoy the exhibition. Honestly, I wish more of our members had turned out to mingle with the crowd, but I guess asking folks to come out three nights in a row may have been too much!  I know Bob and I and Cathy and Bill Walls enjoyed greeting and chatting with everyone who came, telling them all about the Mispillion Art League and encouraging them to return.

All in all, the weekend was a success, with many people walking through our doors for the first time and walking out with brochures, and information about our workshops and classes and considering memberships!

This exhibit will come down on February 25, so you still have a little time to check it out! Student Show is up next!

Dr. Donna Blakey, MAL member and a participant in the 
"Show within a Show" exhibit, and some of her artwork:

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Painting a Day - Day 21!

Day #21 - Yellow Burst
Back in the studio today after the weekend away. I went back to flowers today. Actually I had planned to take some flowers that I had at home but left without them, so I just made it up. I really had fun laying on the colors - starting first with yellows, adding reds, some purples, blues, greens - all with just my three Yellow, Blue and Red acrylic paint. I added some touches of white gouache for highlights. Just had fun, for a few hours, lost in color and paint and brush. It was quiet in the studios today, not much traffic. It's a cloudy day, so the light was soft and I felt very peaceful and calm. A nice day in the studio. I'll have to take a photo of the new worktable Bob built for me! It's quite excellent and has shallow shelves so I can put my large sheets of watercolor paper there, within easy reach and all my watercolor blocks and sketch books. I love it! Ciao for now. Have a delicious evening!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Receptions, Receptions, Receptions!"

Artist Bill Patterson with his oil painting "Pumpkin Pie" at Abbott's Grill reception for this exhibit 
that also included works by Bill's students

"Third Thursday" at MAL, Sara Gallagher introduces our speaker Ms Tamara Cooper, Principal of Milford High School who talked about the history of Black Art in America.

Reception for Local Black Artists and Members' Winter Show at MAL

Artist Kenneth L. Jones with Dwayne Powell
Artist Michael J. Morris with his art (SOLD!) 

Reception at Mispillion Art League

A Painting a Day - Day 20 - Orange on Blue Table

Orange on Blue Table, acrylic on paper 8"x8"
Today's subject was a juicy orange. I think the perspective is a bit off - I think I have to fix the dark splotch at the right side that looks like the navel - that should just be orange there with some shadow.

I was trying to contrast the bright orange color with the blue table and set the light hitting the orange across the left front, top and side. There are certain things I like about it - the bright light and the blue glow.

Not sure what I'm going to do tomorrow. I'll have to raid my fridge!

Friday, February 17, 2012

A Painting a Day - Day 19 - Green Apple

Day 19 - Green Apple on red, Acrylic on paper
Having a great time with these daily paintings. It's been so helpful, especially since the first of the year when I had no idea what I wanted to do. Last year I was so immersed in the big paintings I created for the show in Decatur and the goal of having them all complete and ready to go, and once that was over, the holidays were upon us and not much painting was done during that time.

So coming into the new year I did not feel motivated by any one direction. Once I made the commitment though, to make one small painting for each day I am in the studio, I now feel very motivated to see where this is all leading. Much like the rest of my life in recent years, I'm putting one foot in front of the other and following along. I'm really enjoying seeing what I can do with these acrylic paints and I'm loving the rich dark colors I've been able to achieve with only the 3 tubes of paint (and a bit of white gouache for the highlights). Maybe I'll paint my orange tomorrow!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Painting a Day - Day 18 - Red Apple

Red Apple,  Acrylic and  Watercolor
Today I brought in an apple to eat in the afternoon for a snack. But as I looked at it sitting there, I decided I should try to paint it first. I just had to do it in acrylic. I envisioned that dark red shape on a deep green background - complementary colors with a touch of blue and yellow/orange.

I used my brush to outline the shape of the apple in a dark blue and then brought in the deep reds, oranges and yellows and the dark shadows around the middle. I wanted the light to come from the right and really enjoyed the darks I was able to achieve with the acrylics - again using a limited palette of yello, blue and red, adding touches of watercolor in different blues and yellows.

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A Painting a Day - Day 17: Violets

Joan (the-pearl-lady-studio.com) had these violets in her studio
Yesterday when I arrived in my studio I didn't have anything in mind to paint for my "Painting a Day" subject. So my friend Joan (a.k.a. The Pearl Lady) whose studio is across from mine at the Studios Upstairs suggested I try working on her pot of violets. Tiny little flowers, I wanted to zoom in close and tried to capture the many colors of purple and the thick, dark green, textured leaves of this pretty plant.

I debated about whether to use india ink and create my loose lines and opted not to. I may take another stab at these today and see what happens.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

From Italy with Love" exhibit - up till February 29, 2012

Postcard Invite with all the info you need
Our Exhibit is up at Dover Art League through the month of February.

Dover Art League hours: 
Wed- Fri 11am-4pm, 
Sat, 10am-3pm
We made the front page of the Beacon!
...and the Dover Post

Friday, February 10, 2012

A Painting a Day - Day 16 - Pink Flower

Day 16 - Pink Flower (freesia?)

Today's painting was actually done at home. We're going to Richmond to see Chris and Kyla and but I wanted to paint this before they faded. A whole different color palette for this one. All watercolor with graphite drawing beneath. I had bought a bouquet for our Opening Reception last week and they are still beautiful.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Painting a Day - Day 15 - Blue Flowers

Blue flowers just for fun!

Today I worked on two paintings at a time! I was finishing the yellow flowers and while the paint was drying I worked on this one - Blue flowers - completely made up out of my imagination (probably why it's a bit flat!) But it was a lot of fun and it was done with watercolor and acrylic and some black india ink and white gouache! Another mixed media experience.