Friday, August 1, 2014

August signals Shark Week and Fine Art Exhibit "Jawsome"


Today, August 1 begins the world's annual celebration of its fascination with sharks. We celebrate the shark by "shark month," and soon, Shark Week on television. In a clever move, the co op /gallery and boutique I am represented by, has a new exhibit on, yes, sharks. I have contributed several fine art pieces to the Block Party Handmade Boutique's "Jawsome" gallery showing for the month of August. This was very challenging, creatively, to come up with shark art that would draw a viewer into my paintings and photographs created for the show. Since Jaws in my top favorite movies - I watch it every summer - I was thrilled that Mary Levinsky, proprietor of Block Party would create such a unique theme for an exhibition.

I began with a piece of 24 by 24 inch pine board upon which to paint with a blue grey palette, an upcylced piece of floor trim to make a sign with lettering and then I replicated a photograph of the Orca, the famous boat in Jaws, the movie, from which the shark ultimately met his demise.

I'll soon post some pictures of my artwork hanging in the gallery.

Below, is the poster created for the gallery exhibit. Block Party Handmade Boutique is located in downtown Louisville, 560 S. 4th Street between the historic Brown and Seelbach hotels.

 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Camouflaged Squirrel Goes Nutty for Acorns fine art 16 by 20 inches

Look how lifelike this friendly backyard squirrel is while camouflaged by the barn wood fence! I took this picture after patiently waiting nearly a half hour to have the luxury of a perfect position. This grey squirrel is the subtle focal point of a fine art scrapboard. A Scrapboard is a 3D piece of fine art, my invention, scrapboarding, which includes photos, paints, and other exotic memorabilia assembled with professional glues and UV protection and loving attention to detail. My scrapboards are not duplicated and the concept is nationally and internationally unique.

This 16 x 20 inch piece is made on gallery wrapped canvas and is truly life like with the edges painted to replicate and complement the remainder of the fence. The wagon wheel pictured adds to the fine art as the inquisitive squirrel balances upon the wheel and fence. There are purple, brown and blue glittering embellishments and shimmering paint used in segments of the painted frame surrounding the fine art photograph.

The nut or acorn is artisan crafted and hand blown by  renowned Louisville glass artist Jake Pfeifer. The nut is rendered in complementary gold, purple and brownish hues with an opalescent cast. I frequently use other artists' work in my pieces. The nut is approximately four inches by five inches.

Squirrel Goes Nutty was a fine art showcased fine art piece in a recent gallery exhibition titled Disguises at Louisville's downtown Block Party Handmade Boutique Gallery.

This fascinating medium sized fine art piece is unique, ready to hang and a great conversation piece. For sale at  https://www.etsy.com/listing/196831713/squirrel-goes-nutty-for-acorns?ref=shop_home_active_1