Monday, March 31, 2008

Feels like home

"Old Barns"
11 x 14 Oil Pastel on Paper
Sometimes all it takes is the sense of a change in the air or an old tune playing, and an image pops into my mind.
This painting of large old barns at the edge of the plow field was triggered for me by an old fiddle tune I heard. Growing up in the Blue-Ridge Mountains of Virginia I was lucky to be surrounded by a lot of music making. There was no electricity and so no TV or radio. People sang and played instruments together most evenings and on the weekends as a way to entertain themselves. My father was one of those people who could pick up any instrument and teach himself to play it in no time at all. I recall him sitting out on the porch with a old fiddle he bought at a junk sale and teaching himself to play. In an hour or so I heard a melody I knew well coming from the porch. When that melody and memory came to me recently, this image of the barns came with it.
Until next time
Create beauty and fill the world with love.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Where DOES the time go?

"And so it begins"
Oil Pastel on Paper
11" x 14"
unframed 125.00
I always mean to write something here everyday. It's not that I think my life is that wonderful or even that eventful, but it is one way I make contact with the outside world, and of course it helps people to fine me and know what I do, what I'm working on , what is available from the studio these days in my life. But I'll sign in to write and go..." Gosh! it's Friday and I haven't written since Tuesday. WHERE DID THE WEEK GO?"
This weekend I am having a massive yard sale to down size and get ready to complete the move into my new home and studio. I have tons of art books I need to "re-gift" (pass on to others who need them more than I) to learn from. I have paintings and silks that I think are good, but I 'm a firm believer that work that is not sold after 3 years is no longer viable for shows and galleries. (Other than a few street fairs etc.) I'd just as soon recoup my investment for materials by selling it almost at cost to get rid of things rather than have to move it all and then pay for storage. Plus I have furniture, extra dishes, years of art magazines, and a few knick knacks I need to dispose of... past life memories, etc.
The next most exciting thing about this weekend, my boy-friend (and my business partner, and the love of my life) is taking me to my first ever professional ball game! (Actually it's my first ever live ball game of any kind.) So I am really looking forward to the crowds the excitement, the noise and to sharing an evening with him in a world he enjoys. (He puts so very much time and energy and support into the art world I live in. It feels good to be able to share something in HIS world!) Who knows I might end up a fan and do a whole series of art on sports!
One month and counting until Sugarloaf... I NEED to get settled and get ready for this. I am so looking forward to it! I love meeting the people and sharing my work, and I like explaining how and what I do.
Until next time
Create Beauty and fill the world with love!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The fear of the "Jury" Process.....

I've been very lucky to make it into a lot of solo and group shows, and even a few galleries in my short career as an artist. Yes it is that time again! I've decided I'd really like to be in a small gallery. There is a wonderful co-op gallery at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria that I want to be represented in. The Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery.

The people I have met from there are all really very nice, and the quality of work is wonderful too. I've filled out the requisite paper work and got a call today that they can arrange for me to have 5 pieces to be juried in TOMORROW!
So, since I don't have the month I had hoped for between moving and getting settled in my new studio and jurying for the gallery to produce some super duper "world class" work, I am going to have to submit the pieces you see here. All in all, I think they are good pieces and representative of my work and the directions I am going.
Being the insecure perfectionist I am I wanted another month, week, hour, to wow them. But perhaps the fates know best. Since this is what I am doing now, let me be really judged by it, and learn from it.
Until next time
Create Beauty and fill the world with Love!
PS. Wish me Luck!

Vermillion Art: Silk Paintings & Sculpture for HOPE show

I just discovered another landscape artist/ turned silk painter who is also enamoured of trees.... Check out her blog! Vermillion Art: Silk Paintings & Sculpture for HOPE show

Monday, March 24, 2008

On the Move!

Old Grand-Dad

Oil Pastel on Paper 11" x 14"



The subject of this photo if a field out in Fairfax VA that is up for development. Over the hill this tall and very old tree loomed. The play of colors and the sense of quiet and peace caught my heart.

I've been moving into my new home and Studio with my partner for the last week so things are a little up in the air. I cant seem to get much work done because a little of everything is in both places so far. But in two weeks I will have a dream studio to work in for both silk and my oil painting. I have Two Sugarloaf shows coming up the end of April and in May. LOTS to get done. But it will be so nice to be at home with this man I love so much and who shares my passion for beauty and for the world. I am grateful for the time and the history we have, and for our future to keep working to create art and please people.

I'll be back hard at work soon. Today I have to teach 6 voice lessons... !

Until next time

Create Beauty and fill the world with love!


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Les Cuisines des Artistes - New Group show

Fruits and Vegetable Series No 19
(Black Grapes) 5" x 7"
Acrylic on Masonite Panel
Float matted and Framed 11" x 14"
Les Cuisine des Artistes
Golden Flame Restaurant
8630 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Every once-in-a-while someone touches your life unexpectedly, and you are a better person for it.
Such a Person is Myrtis Bedolla.
Ms. Bedolla, an art consultant Director of Gallery Myrtis located in Baltimore MD possess over 20 years of experience as an artist’s representative and in preparing artists for the art market through lectures, workshops, and individual consulting. In addition, Myrtis advises corporate, private and institutional collectors in the acquisition and sell of fine art; and provides corporations, civic and arts organizations with professional curatorial services, lectures and educational programming.
As a writer, Myrtis has contributed to Valentine New York, The Magazine, published by Michael Valentine; The International Review of African American Art, published by Hampton University, and online newsletters: ARTINFO and IRAAA (International Review of African American Art) and catalogue essayist for the Tubman Museum. As cultural liaison for the embassies of Ghana, Haiti, Mali, Republic of Georgia and Zimbabwe; Ms. Bedolla uses art to encourage cultural exchange and awareness.
I was fortunate enough to meet Myrtis through a workshop "Training for Success" given by Empowered Women International, where she volunteered her time and expertise to talk to emerging women artist about creating a life as a professional artist. Soon after that first meeting, Ms. Bedolla took me under her wing and agreed to represent me as art consultant through her company "Creative Artisans"
Since that time Myrtis has been friend, advisor, and curator for several shows. The latest that I have been fortunate to have work selected for is Les Cuisine des Artistes." A wonderful show featuring 12 of my still life paintings of fruits and vegetables along with the work of several other wonderful artists. The show is Beautifully hung, and the space ( The Golden flame Restaurant in Silver Spring MD) is a wonderful art-mosphere for enjoying great food and even finer art! If you are in the area please stop in and enjoy the food and art. Buy a painting, or just say hello to Myrtis! (And tell her "Wynn said thanks!")
Until next time
Create beauty and fill the world with love!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Appalachian Trail No. 26

Acrylic on Canvas 7" x 5"

Matted Framed under Glass 14" x 11"


I sometimes wonder that I don't get enough done. This month I have been concentrating so much on the new silk work for Sugarloaf, that I felt I had not paid attention to my Fine Art landscapes. But then when my partner was photographing my recent work for my files. I realized that I have painted 125 new small works and framed them this month so I guess I'm doing OK.

I am not sure why I prefer working in small and medium sizes. Since my favorite focus of painting is skies and the vastness of them you' think I'd want to paint 28' canvases. Perhaps I love the challenge of giving an intimate glimpse of the grandeur of the world. In some ways I think it give me the perspective of what the world must look like to a higher being looking down. I mean the mountain ranges near home-town that I love so much must seem like foot-hills to that kind of being... and so I love taking on that perspective.

When I feel frazzled I just have to take the time to paint a small landscape of home, and I am back in myself and ready to live life again! Thank goodness for perspective , Eh?

Until next time

Create Beauty and fill the world with love!


Friday, March 14, 2008

Silk/ Fleece Quilted Comforter

100% Imported fine silk, Hand-Painted/ Hand- Quilted 45" x 60"


Perhaps it is because today finally seemed so much like Spring, I am celebrating this painting of a fall scene reflected in the lake. FAll really is my favorite time of year, but the joy of new growth bursting forth, its colors blazing, and the sounds of new life, do make me so very happy to be alive.

These comforters/throws are so sensuous and comfortable that I love to curl up and read in one all afternoon. A cup of hot chocolate and a good book and the soft warmth of the fleece lining wrapped around me and I am in heaven!

Get yours soon! Each painted to order, each one is one of a kind and very unique. If you have a favorite landscape image send me a picture to work from.

Until next time

Create beauty and fill the world with love!


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

New gift item 2008

Designer Neck Ties - $35.00 each

Assorted colors with abstracted landscapes.

It seems every day I work on something new. Some people may think of that as being a little flighty, but for me it is the only way to keep my creative juices flowing and to create the number of lines I need in my business to have a variety to sell.

Recently I have been working on a wide assortment of silk items. Silk/Fleece Comforters, neck ties, scarves, jackets, blouses, decorative table runners, pillows. The sensuousness of silk and satin just demands to be used for home decor and personal wear. In this time of rush and hurry and transient living, we want something that anchors us and says we deserve to be pampered a little.

That is my job. Pamper you!

Until next time!

Create Beauty and fill the world with love...


Monday, March 10, 2008

Time flies when you are having fun!

Silk Hand-painted Comforter/ Throw.
60" x 45"
100% imported Silk w/ Fleece backing.
Traditional Silk Painting Dyes/ Steam set.
As usual I am always looking for new things to create to sell and to fill peoples lives and homes wiht beauty. I came upon this idea of a sensuous and expensive looking throw for a sofa or a chair or across the bed. My friends all are waiting in live for theirs!
Using traditional Silk painting and setting techniques, the heavy silk-satin is hand-painted with a landscape image either imagined or from a commisisioners prefered photo of a loved place. Once the Satin is painted and color set, the silk is then quilted to a fine fleece backing and stiched around the border to keep it in place. The throw is then tuft quilted with contrasting threads to keep the fleece and silk aligned. The Silk side is very cool and sensuous to the touch, and the fleece side provides warmth and comfort on a cool evening. Each is a one of a kind heirloom.
To place orders please email me or ring me!
Until next time
Create beauty and fill the world with love!