Friday, April 2, 2010

Where did the month of March go?

I decided I was overdue for a blog entry and just realized I missed the entire month of March! I think I unconciously took a spring break and decided to slow down for a few weeks. But I do have a few things to report.

I sold my "River Shack" plein air painting on March 22 to someone who lives on Dog River and whose house location was in the background of the painting. You just never know! The interesting thing is that I had painted this scene almost exactly one year ago last spring. I put in the Cathedral Square gallery last summer, and it had hung there since. My husband and I went to the River Shack to celebrate over lunch.

I entered my "McNally Park Regulars" watercolor into the Eastern Shore members juried exhibition and it hung through the month of March. Just went over to retrieve it earlier this week.

I also took an evening "paint-party workshop" from Lydia Host on March 18th and most of us painted sunflower still-lifes, practicing with a venetian red underpainting - and trying to keep it loose and fresh. It was a fun evening. Here is my completed sunflowers which I called "Put Your Best Face Forward!" (8"x10", acrylic on canvas). It is now framed and at the Cathedral Square Gallery.

I did get out a couple of times to do some plein air painting - once at the Environmental Center with Judy Aronson, and once at McNally Park with my friend Jami Buck. Here is the finished "Spring's First Bloom" (8"x10", oil on panel) adjacent to the lake at the Environmental Center. I'm still working on the McNally Park creek painting, and will post it once I finish the tweaking.

And I learned that my cow painting "Anabel: Nova Scotia Cow No. 2" was accepted into the University of Mobile juried exhibition - I'll deliver it later this month.
Now hopefully I'll have time and inspiration for some painting in April!


Jami Buck said...

Joanne, this is absolutely beautiful!!!

Lydia said...

I love the way your sunflowers turned out! jeez.

Joanne Brandt said...

Thanks, Jami! And thanks, Lydia - you were the inspiration!