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The film created from the 24 hour art challenge “What a Difference a Day Makes” is now on youtube.  Here is the link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3cLM3hDI84  It’s about 45 minutes long so save it for when you have time, but I think it’s a very interesting look into the thoughts and processes of these artists.  2 Days, 12 artists/day, 24 hours to complete our piece, and we were required to include 3 out of 7 words or phrases that were revealed to us the morning of our assigned painting day.  (Each day had it’s own completely unique set of prompts)  The film crew visited my studio early on the day I was scheduled to paint.  This is how the piece looked in the beginning.

This is what my painting looked like very early on the day I was painting.

This is what my painting looked like very early on the day I was painting.

I was a little hesitant when Fifth Avenue Art Gallery invited me to participate in their ‘What a Difference a Day Makes” 24 hour art challenge but I simply can not resist a good challenge.  Especially one that benefits a good cause.  24 artists were instructed to create an original work of art in a 24 hour period that was based on our selection of 3 out of 7 prompts that were revealed to us early in the morning of our assigned painting day.  A film crew visited us in our studio at some point during the day and captured us working on our creations.  For details about the challenge go to http://www.fifthavenueartgallery.com    The works are to benefit Very Special Arts Brevard and info about that organization can be found at http://www.vsabrevard.org   Our day started at 6 am when we received our prompts and I painted well into the evening.  The result is “Choices” a 24″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas which incorporates the prompts “Just Passing Through”,  “Metamorphosis”,  and “Horizon Line” from a list that included “Shattered”, “Rare”, “Song in Action”, and “Flourish”  It is currently hanging at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery and I’m looking forward to the film premiere and gala reception on the 15th of this month.  I’d love to know what you think about this piece and the concept of the challenge.  Please leave me a comment.

Choices

Choices

For quite a while now I’ve been working to bring my art to a new place.  My abstracts have been very successful but the next step I wanted to reach was to incorporate some figures into them.  I’ve been taking life drawing lessons and sketching figures to get comfortable with the body’s shapes and proportions The Beachcombersand I finally put the two together in my latest painting “The Beachcombers”   This painting has already won the Mayor’s Award and a Merit Award at Central Brevard Art Association’s 11th Annual Cape Canaveral show.  When I posted it on my fb page I got more responses than ever!  I hope you like it.  Feel free to comment.  I am currently working on a follow-up piece so we’ll see how that one does.  I hope this is not just a one hit wonder but you never know.

“The Beachcombers” is a 30″ x 30″ acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas.

This month I am honored to be the Artist of the Month in Citywide Arts & Entertainment (Space Coast, June 2012) magazine.  My painting “Night Tide” is on the cover and inside there is a two page spread with photos of  two other paintings, “Symbolism” & “Harbor Lights”.  Pick up your free copy at Art Gallery of Viera, at The Avenue, Viera.

Also, a picture of my painting “Awaiting the Storm” can be found on page 38 of On View Magazine.  You can check it out at

http://issuu.com/onview/docs/on_view_06-07.2012/39#share

Award winning acrylic painting

Night Tide

I’m so excited!  My copy of Journeys to Abstraction has finally arrived and it is beautiful!  Two of my paintings are featured in this book along with an explanation of the painting process.  I am honored to be included among artists that I respect and admire.  I will definitely be ordering the following issues.  This book is published by North Light Books.  There are so many intriguing paintings and all have a description of how there were executed.  It is a treasure trove of tips and techniques that would cost a fortune to learn through workshops.  Great job, Sue St. John!  Thanks for my copy.  I love it!

Book by Sue St. John

Things have been so busy lately that I’ve not been able to keep up with blogging.   Art Gallery of Viera’s move and getting settled in, followed by my search, as Central Brevard Art Assoc.’s scholarship chair, for a recipient for the 2012 Youth Scholarship Award has thrown me way behind.  But here is a pic of our new gallery location.  It is so nice now to have all of our artists able to present their work in their own individual space.  Tomorrow, I’ll be removing my work from the Cocoa Library, and I’ll be bringing new work to the gallery next week.  My recent 1st Place Award at Titusville Art League’s show has me totally excited to get busy creating some new work and I just found out that Paula Steere will be starting her Life Drawing classes at the Satellite Beach Rec. Center this coming Tuesday.

First off, here are pics of my work at the Central Brevard Reference Library.  These will be on display through Wednesday, April 25th.

Coming up this weekend is Titusville Art League’s 48th Annual Spring Show.  Registration is tomorrow, Thursday 29th from 10 am- 8 pm.  Awards reception will be Saturday 30th 6-9 pm.  Be sure to check it out at The Parrish Medical Center at 951 North Washington Ave. (US 1)  I have a new painting I’ll be entering there so you’ll have to let me know what you think of it.

On Saturday, April 14th, Art Gallery of Viera will host a reception for “Imagine” from 6-9 pm.  Don’t miss the fun!  We’ll have a few guest artists exhibiting with the members, and you’ll really like their work

Art Gallery of Viera is ready to show off its new location at The Avenue, Viera.  The lights are on and we’ve added 5 new artists!

Come join us on Saturday night, March 1oth from 6-9 pm as we roll out the welcome mat to art lovers, artists, and artist’s lovers.

There will be a cash bar provided by Pizza Gallery & Grill, along with some of their delicious nibbles, live music, and lots of new art as our members present the ‘Best of Art Gallery of Viera”!

Art Gallery of Viera's new location

Altered Book – Update

I just finished my altered book project, pretty much just in time, and I think it turned out great!  I recycled some artwork from an old project, pulled out some beautifully colored old picture pages to save for a future project and cut the rest of the pages down.  I designed a new cover, colored it in watercolor pencil and titled my new book, “In the Octopus’s Garden”.  I hope you will consider joining me at the exhibition preview on Tuesday, March 6th at the Satellite Beach Library from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  The library is located at 751 Jamaica Blvd.

For further information, call Paula Steere (321) 917-3236.   The exhibit will be on display at the library from March 7th through March 31st during regular library hours.

Renew Exhibition - Altered Books

My book "In the Octopus's Garden"Renew Exhibition - Altered Books

I’m participating in an altered book project for the first time.  My plan is to recycle some artwork from a previous project and use it to create my book.  I also took pages I liked from the book and put them away to use in a future piece.  I spent the weekend at an art show where I was able to create the cover for my book.  It should be finished soon and displayed in the “Renew” exhibition at the Satellite Beach Library.

Renew Exhibition

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