Let me introduce you to the “Guac-a-cado Love Bird” and her message of Peace. She was my donation to the 2019 Lend a Hand silent auction fundraiser “Planting the Seeds of Dreams” sponsored by The Muse in downtown Frederick, Maryland. The chosen charity for 2019 was The Buddy Project, which focuses on autism awareness in our community.
The Warrior 2018
This was my third year to participate in the Lend a Hand fundraiser. While not my intention, all my entries have had birds as the main subject.
Many of my recent pieces have been a combination of acrylic paint and a technique called image transfer. Some of the artists I work with in open studio would ask me how I get certain effects in my paintings, or they would see me working with image transfer and wonder what I was doing. I decided to do a tutorial for them and used these paintings to explain and show the process.
Image transfer is a method of transferring an image to a surface using gel medium. My images are usually copies made on a laser printer of random photos, art prints, or fabrics. I cut out the pieces I want to use and adhere them print side down to the surface (usually painted canvas) using gel medium as the adhesive. I use a brayer roller to press the paper securely to the canvas. After drying overnight, I lightly sand the paper and spray with water. The paper can then be gently rubbed off with fingers or a soft cloth, leaving the design layer on the the canvas. I usually add layers on top of layers to build up pattern and design.
Click here for a great YouTube video on image transfers.
I am pleased to announce the opening of my private exhibit, Pageant of Seasons, at Faulkner Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics in North Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Brent Faulkner and his wife Joanne have opened the walls of their beautiful new office to area artists as a place to display and sell their art. Everything in the exhibit except for two pet portraits is for sale.
Please visit Faulkner Exhibit and Bookplate Gallery for images of this show’s offerings. Price list available here.
The 2018 TAG/The Artists Gallery Box Show was held March 3-24 at TAG in downtown Frederick, Maryland. The show is an annual event and silent auction gallery fundraiser. This year’s show was “On and Off the Wall” and featured both boxes and wood panels (artist’s choice). I chose a panel and with spring in mind, I painted yellow tulips. I chose complementary colors for each item to add richness and harmony, hence the blue and orange background, red and green leaves and yellow and violet tulips. This piece went for $150.
The Muse, a gift shop and gallery in downtown Frederick, has an annual silent auction fundraiser to benefit a local charity. This year, the charity was Blessings in a Backpack, which provides weekend meals to children who depend on our school system’s FARM (Free and Reduced Meals) program.
Participants who purchased an 8″x8″ canvas (with all money going to BIAB) were asked to decorate their canvas based on the theme “Togetherness”. Artworks were collected by The Muse and displayed in store and online for about three weeks. Once displayed, bidding commenced, ending Saturday, October 7 at the Silent Art Auction Closing Party held at The Muse 5-9 p.m.
My piece is titled “Totality” and was inspired by the August 21st eclipse. While these birds are anything but grey, during totality all color becomes diffused and we no longer see the differences that separate us. For several minutes, a wondrous event united us all. “Totality” is acrylic on canvas; the birds’ beaks are solar filters from eclipse glasses. The piece was auctioned for $100.
Two paintings, A Garden Oasis and Octopus, will be on display in “Beauty: Land & Water” at the Women’s Center Art Gallery at Frederick Memorial Hospital Crestwood opening September 11, 2017. I’m happy to say that I sold my painting “She’s Got Her Ticket and She’ll Fly” in the show that’s soon to be closing.
These five paintings appeared as front cover illustrations during the months of May and June in the Sunday Worship Bulletin of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church in Blooming Glen, PA. The illustrations were used over five consecutive weeks, each highlighting a particular theme pertinent to that week’s message.
If any of my work would be a fit for your book, poem or other published work, please contact me.
Just recently finished this painting yesterday. It will be in the Frederick County Art Association Summer Show at Frederick Community College, opening Saturday, June 10. Reception with refreshments is from 5-7 PM. “A Garden Oasis” is 14″ x 11″ acrylic on canvas. It is $450.00 and will be sold framed.
I don’t often paint for a specific show or theme, but this painting is an exception. It’s for “Life’s Inspiration”, opening May 8th at the Women’s Center at Frederick Memorial Hospital Crestwood Art Gallery. A portion of the sale will go to the Women’s Center Charitable Fund.
The title, “She’s Got Her Ticket and She’ll Fly, Fly, Fly…” is borrowed from a song by Tracy Chapman.