HI, Happy first day of fall! I can’t believe we are already starting the last quarter of the year. Wasn’t it just March the other day? I haven’t even put away my summer stuff. My kitchen saga continues which consequently is preventing me from getting to my garage and putting things away. 8 weeks, this saga has gone on and they better be close to resolving this so I can make some pumpkin cookies and some butternut squash soup!
So speaking of fall… back in July I received and email from our local art center. The Schack art center of Everett, Washington was putting a call out for local artist to submit a piece of art with a fall theme. I was excited because the next thing on my bucket list was to get in a gallery show.
In August, I started looking at my previous art hoping that at least one of my pieces would fall under the caption of fall but really nothing worked so it was off to the drawing board. I asked friends and came up with a couple of unique ideas and then I started working in August on them. The first was easy. I had painted a painting last year of a sunset with a tree, a house, and fields of flowers. I’m sure that painting is already somewhere on my blog. I have a print of it in my etsy shop over here. Over the summer I had looked at some barns and I really wanted to incorporate that somewhere in my stuff so putting it in a fall painting made since to me. Sooo, I took the theme of the past painting and the idea of a barn and this is what I happened.
The house is now a barn. The flower fields are now pumpkin and sunflower fields. Both make me think of fall. What may not be as visible, as I like, is that the leaves, the pumpkins and, some of the flowers pop up off the painting. This gives it a great 3 dimensional feel.
The second painting came from friends sending me lots of photos of fall flowers. I remember every year growing mums in our garden. They bring great color to this time of the year. So I grabbed watercolor paper and took on this project. I love to work watercolor paper into my art. It absorbs the color, acrylic in this case, great and makes it possible for me to make a more dimensional flower when I tack it down in just one place.
Two posts ago I showed you the flowers I had drawn and the original photo they came from. Here is what they look like painted.
After I got most of the work done on the petals, I decided to start the back ground. I loved the idea of doing this on a birch wood panel instead of canvas. I have gravitated to those a little bit lately. I put text paper on it and then here is where if went off the rails. For whatever reason, I thought green would make a great statement. But after laying the flowers out on top of it, I realize green was a bad choice.
It just wasn’t fall enough! I loved it but it screamed summer to me. So after going to all my support system for their opinions and consulting the color wheel for fall colors, I went back to the drawing board and picked purple. I was supposed to be an eggplant purple but it turned out more like a grape jelly purple. Here it is behind the stems and leaves that I was still working on.
So I covered it all back up with text paper and grabbed more paint and finally got the right purple. In the photos that follow, it still looks more grape then the actual final plum/eggplant but I promise, in person, it really is the right purple. You can also see from these that the stems and leaves and the flowers all pop up in places from the board, giving it the perfect amount of dimension.
Whew after all that, I just had to submit them and wait from the email. Now I have to tell you, I was sure I was not getting in this show. It was just my next goal to submit. I figured it would take lots of practice to get my first piece in a show like this but the stars must have aligned because man, I did it! Not one but two pieces got in to a show with well over a hundred submissions! I’m so super excited! So if you are local come down and see my work and the work of about 25 other artists at the Schack-oberfest in Everett over this weekend.
The big party is Thursday night. It’s beer and brats and there is a small fee. (I get to dress up and hobnob with other artist like a grown up) But the rest of the weekend is free for everyone so come check it out. The Schack even has a great glass blowing studio.
OK, so I have talked your ear off, but I’m super excited if you can’t tell! Thanks for listening and thanks for all your support!