Saturday, February 19, 2011

Springing into Spring?

Two days of sunshine & warm wind obliterated January's snow into puddles. I was ready to pack my paints & declare an early Spring. Wrong. Winter is back, but we are in the midst of art show season, so I am looking forward to art openings & sharing winter art stories & accomplishments with artist friends.

Last week, the 'Traditional' part of Art Dialogue Gallery's Western NY Artist Group juried membership show opened. My juicy tomatoes are hanging near the window-it seems my extra bright colors always have a hard time being placed in art shows, they are front & center, or on a single wall, or at the beginning or end. Sounds like I covered all the bases, but my paintings are rarely hung within the line of artworks on average gallery walls. I kind of like it that way! It will be up until mid-March when the 'Contemporary' part opens.

'On the Waterfront' at Artsphere Studio & Gallery, Amherst Street in Buffalo, opening reception is next Friday, February 25, 6:30-9 pm and will remain up until March 25. I had a hard time choosing only 2 paintings for this show, of all the tugs & grain elevators, downtown skylines and ships that I have painted in the last few years I could have had my own show altogether.

The two landscape paintings are plein air.

Karpeles Tomatoes, 11x14 oil 2009
Tug in a Cool Dock, framed to 19x21, pastel 2008
Lights under Michigan Street Bridge, oil 14x11 2009