Monday, March 24, 2014

There's Still Time! Check Out Pieces at The Cooley Gallery

Don't forget!  If you haven't made it out to The Cooley Gallery, there's still time!  My pieces will be featured until the end of March, alongside ceramic artists Bradley Birkhimer and Kurt Tetter.  See details below!

The Cooley Gallery
12 S. King Street 
Leesburg, Virginia 20175
Gallery Hours
Wednesday 12-5pm
Thursday through Saturday 11-6pm
Sunday 12-4pm

Parking can be found along the street or in parking garages on either side of S. King Street

There are great shops and restaurants along S. King Street, so be sure to bring your walking shoes and empty stomach!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Commission Time!

Commissions are an important aspect of my life as an artist, and I really enjoy them as they often stretch me since I'm creating a painting from an image that someone else selects, and often tweaking it once the image is picked out.  Recently, I created the scene above for a family who recently had their dining room redecorated by incredible designer Christine Wiott.  They have a beautiful Tuscan style home, filled with warm tones.  So when we had settled on an image to paint and I was asked to warm up the tone of the painting, I quickly realized what that meant.  No blue.  Now, that's not inherently that big of a deal, but I very quickly realized that I don't think I have ever painted a picture without using blue!  Even in my sunset pictures and night scenes I still manage to throw blue in there.  So this was to be a fun challenge, and was it ever. In addition to warming up the tone of the image, I was also asked to add in extra foliage and flowers, which you can see especially in the pots on the terrace.  Since I love Italian scenes, this was a really fun piece to paint and felt more like something I would just create on my own (maybe with a splash of blue, though! Ha!).

The outcome is a 24"x36" oil on canvas, framed in an antique silver and espresso frame.  Stay tuned for a picture of the piece on the wall!

Interested in turning your own photograph into a painting?  Drop me a note!

Friday Night at The Cooley Gallery

Happy Monday!  I have to be honest, I'm sitting here right now still recovering from the show on Friday night.  It was a lot of work framing, transporting paintings, and helping to hang, but it was well worth it!  It was a great turnout for the First Friday, and I had a blast talking to everyone about what I had been working on over the past year.

I had the privilege of showing alongside two ceramic artists, Bradley Burkhimer and Kurt Tetter.  Check out their work below on the tables and shelves in the pictures below as well!

If you missed the opening, there is still time to come out!  The show runs all month, so be sure to check out downtown Leesburg and stop on in.  Now that we're having some warmer weather (yay!) it's a great time to check out the historic downtown!

Until next week, I hope you enjoy the fabulous weather and our entrance into Spring!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Ramping Up!

This is an exciting week!  This Friday is the opening reception at The Cooley Gallery, where I'll be a featured artist for the month of March. I am beyond excited and am even still trying to finish up framing as well as all the other odds and ends that go with delivering pieces for a show.  Who knew that a person could go through so much bubble wrap trying to pack up 15 paintings for a show?!

Above is a sneak peek at one of the paintings that will be featured in the show, "Pennsylvania Avenue."  This is a 24"x48" oil on canvas, and while I've done a few evening scenes before, there was something unique about this one that I really enjoyed.  Maybe it's the bolder colors or all the lights, but I really enjoyed this one!

Just as a reminder, the show runs from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. this Friday, March 7th, at The Cooley Gallery in Leesburg (12 S. King Street).  It coincides with Leesburg First Fridays, so bring your party hat because it's bound to be a great time!