Friday, November 21, 2014

Snovember cancellation

 Not sure where there is a road open but the amount of snow on this car is a small indication of how much there is in the storm center. I assume this is in an area that is not the hardest hit.
A photo in the newspaper showed this marquee with a snow pile on top that is taller than the sign height. I like the message they added here.

This weekend was supposed to be my major end of year event, replacing the "Open Studio" I hosted for the past five years. Unfortunately most snow records were broken this week as the Southtowns of Buffalo were inundated with snowfall amounts measured in feet with numbers like 5-6 feet in the worst areas. Since the Holiday Art Festival was scheduled in the lovely Knox Mansion in East Aurora in the midst of the snowbelt it has been rescheduled to Spring. With the amounts of snow there- a whole year's worth in two days-some may still be melting in the lots then.

Obviously these are not my photos, we had about 3 inches on Grand Island, the photos are from the internet.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Using a penny for emphasis

Kathy Schifano, Niagara artist, Niagara souvenir

Mini paintings take a bit of effort and concentration, as well as a good collection of exquisite small brushes. I wish I had more small frames, but it is probably better that I do not; these are 'testing the wrist' paintings. I waited longer than I wanted to start to paint after my wrist surgery and the small brushes require more control and a firmer grip than I expected, so this was an uncomfortable series to complete. Nevertheless, I love them!

The penny in the center indicates how small they are. The first Horseshoe falls is the largest, at 2.5" by 3.5", all four with frames can fit in one hand easily. These will be coming to the Holiday Art Festival at the Knox mansion in East Aurora the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Two of these are from a set Annette Baumgarden gave to me years ago, I had another one painted, but they are so small I ruined it by drilling the hardware right through to the front. I have searched the internet and have not found a place that sells small frames, unless I count the wholesale lots with a minimum order of 500 pieces.