New events and Mandarin Cuties, 12x12

'Mandarin Cuties' 12x12" Acrylic on canvas

Back in the studio after a small Spring Break and I'm so glad to be rested and ready to work. Upon return to my regular routine, I was greeted by 2 acceptance notices; Randy Higbee's 6" Squared show in Costa Mesa, and the Trilogy 2011 Winemakers Dinner and Quick Draw event at the Allison Resort in Newberg Oregon.

The online buzz about submitting art to Randy Higbee's 6x6" show went viral, so viral that he had 1,200 submissions for a show that hosts 300 pieces of art. I'm glad to be included for the second time around, and will be sending 'Passing Point' and 'So. Cal Sentry' down to Costa Mesa for a beautiful frame and a great show. Info on the dates are listed in the 'Upcoming Events' column to the right.

A yearly event, The Allison Resort and Spa hosts a Winemaker's Dinner and Quick Draw with 18 artists from the Northwest area. We begin painting in the afternoon and complete the piece with a beautiful frame before dinner. Then the excitement gets going with the finished pieces on the auction block. Contrast and color are my focus for this event plus a little wine sipping and making new friendships with other artists and collectors. Fun should be had by all!

Today I had my young art student over for her lesson, and while she worked on her piece I finished this piece (above) that I had started last week. It was nice to come back to it with fresh eyes. I kept thinking of those elusive 'lost and found' edges as well as getting some of that internal glow that oranges have. Not sure if I got it, but hey, I'm happy with it. Acrylic is really hard, but it's a nice break from pastels and I'm finding it fun. I somehow found my way with the canvas with a few struggles with the glazing of the paint and trying to keep loose. I'd love to hear what you think of this because I may consider working with acrylic or oils for additional support to my pastel work. What do you think?

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Blogger Celeste Bergin said...

well, I THINK you can do whatever you want, because you seem to be able to do it all. I love your acrylic painting...congratulations on the new shows

3/27/11, 9:57 PM  
Anonymous Vanessa said...

Gorgeous painting! Love the contrast between the purple and the oranges!

3/28/11, 11:24 AM  
Blogger Kim Vanlandingham said...

Wonderful painting! I'm sure both shows will be a success for you!!

3/29/11, 7:54 AM  
Blogger Kim Vanlandingham said...

Sorry, I forgot to mention, that I think we should always push ourselves, so I agree you should do what you think. I love, love, love your pastel work though.

3/29/11, 7:55 AM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Thanks Celeste! I too, think YOU can do it all too! :)

Hi Vanessa. Yup, a nice triadic color combo to set the eyes off!

Thanks Kimberly for you very kind words. It's been interesting to work with a paintbrush. When my acrylics run out, I'm headed towards trying oils...something I haven't touched in about 30 years. Oooh, I'm dating myself here. gulp.

3/29/11, 1:22 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Beautiful work, Celeste! I tried acrylics awhile back and they just did not work for me. I paint in oils, and I have done a little with pastels. I am thinking about working more with pastels. Any suggestions or advice?

4/2/11, 11:40 AM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

HI Joy,
Thanks so much for your comments!
Pastel suggestions? Study your values, know your colors, and use the sides of the pastels like a thick brush. Oh, and have fun with them! Do wear some protection from the dust, like gloves or hand barrier and a mask.

4/2/11, 12:01 PM  

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