This winter I was invited again to show my work in the the Big 500 show in Portland, Oregon put on by Peoples Art of Portland . It’s a yearly fundraising event benefiting the Oregon Food Bank. Each artist is provided with 8″x 8″ panels and creates art that sells for $40. A portion of the proceeds of art sales from this one show provides several shelters with food for a few months over the year.
I received my invite in mid-October and managed to create 9 paintings by the December 6 deadline for submitted artwork. I’ve never painted so quickly! I painted four more paintings than I did for the show last year.
The show ran from December 13 through January 11. Five of the paintings sold. One of the sold paintings is this portrait of a young woman wearing a blue headband. It was my favorite and I kind of hoped that I would get it back after the show, but I had the feeling that someone would snap it up.
I’ve been taking a break from painting this winter, but now that spring is almost here I’m getting my sketchbook out again. We’ll see what happens in the coming months.
When I last posted, it was January and the Big 500 show had not ended. I was looking forward to a year of no goals or plans besides just continuing to try new things with painting.
Well, this year has been even better than last year! I sold every piece that I submitted to the Big 500 show, and in June I was invited to participate in a show called 88 Strong at The Goodfoot Pub & Lounge, featuring 88 artists and 88 themes. I made the five paintings above for the show.
I’m loving the challenge of quickly making paintings for shows, especially since I don’t really have a firm process. I learn with each painting and I’m loving it.
I haven’t been doing much drawing. I miss it sometimes, but I’m getting more satisfaction with painting right now. But I’m sure at some point I’ll return to my old drawing practice.
I’m currently in another show this month. But I’ll save that for another blog post.
Btw, stay turned for changes around here. Thanks for continuing to follow along this winding creative path.
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Happy New Year! Looking back, 2014 was my best year ever in terms of art. My drawing seemed to take a leap. I got back into painting and figured out how to make portrait painting in acrylics an enjoyable experience. The year was topped off by my first art shows and my first art sale at a gallery! So far I know that the Tesla painting I did for the Big 500 sold. I know that because my mom bought it!
Here are all five paintings I did for the big show. My best paintings to date I think. When I took them to the gallery I was almost a little sad to part with them. But if they sell I will feel good and if they don’t I’ll be happy to get them back.
I have no plans or resolutions or programs for my art in 2015. I’m going to just go with the flow and work on just painting what I like. Last I had goals of drawing every day and filling up a certain amount of sketchbooks. I didn’t do any of it. I’ve striven and hectored myself long enough. Being critical with myself has only hampered me creatively.
This year has shown me that if I take it easy, have fun, and be interested in what I’m doing I will get wonderful results. So this year I’m taking the slacker road. I’m going to focus on the fun and challenge instead of trying to make my work better.
I’ll have a painting in the Bill Murray-themed show at Good: a gallery in Portland, Oregon. The opening is on Friday, December 5 from 7 pm to 10 pm. If you can’t make the opening, the show will run through Sunday, December 28.
Here’s my acrylic portrait for the show. There will be so many great pieces at this show. I’m looking forward to it. Here are the show details and the event page on Facebook.
I finished my last painting for the Big 500 art show opening on December 13 and running through January 11. This painting and all art in the showing is priced at $40! You just take it off the wall, pay, and take it with you. Great opportunity to get some special gifts, support local art and the Oregon Food Bank. Win -win-win!
So if you are in Portland, Oregon come on downtown and check out the show.
Here’s one of the paintings I made for the Big 500 art show I mentioned last week. Thought I’d include a few process pics too.
I love looking at process images. I confess that I never read the descriptions of the process when artists include them. I just like to look at the pictures for inspiration and see just how much a painting can change from beginning to end. I enjoy seeing how painters (especially acrylic painters) handle the awkward phase of the painting, work through it and make it a success. I suppose I don’t read descriptions because when I’m painting I like to sort of my own problems. Part of what makes painting fun is working through some muddle I’ve gotten myself into.
When you look at artist’s Do you like to read about the process or do the photos stand alone?
As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been invited to be in The Big 500 show in December. The organizers have presented us with our wood panels last month and I’ve been painting furiously to have all of my five panels ready by the show deadline. I have four of my five paintings done, but I may fiddle with them a bit.
Each of my paintings will be will be scattered about among the other 5000 works that will be for sale there. No labels or any notation is used to identify the artists so each work will be sold on it’s own merit. This is an excellent first art show for me. It’s great to be included in such a great venue with so many fabulous artists!