Thursday, July 11, 2013
As a small girl I was often fascinated with bugs and insects. Their tiny world seemed almost magical. Summer days chasing butterflies, playing with caterpillars, watching ants and catching fireflies fill my childhood memories. As an adult with busy life I often walk past, over or on these fascinating creatures. Once grown I forgot their wonder, often seeing bugs as unimportant pests. Through these paintings I hope to show these little beautiful bugs as through the eyes of a child. I hope to remind us all that even the smallest creatures have a purpose and true beauty all their own. Combining these creepy crawlies with the classic pleasant appearance of the floral blooms creates an incredible contrast. Both contrast of color, soft pinks and deep reds setting off bright yellows and metallic greens, and contrast of perception. What is true beauty? What makes us say yum and sniff the sweet flower and say yuk to the bee as it buzzes by? I hope you enjoy my visual arrangements and they help you see beauty in a little different way.
Friday, July 5, 2013
On Friday, July Nineteenth, I will be introducing a new series of oil paintings as a part of the Lancaster Festival Art Walk. The city of Lancaster, Ohio puts on an arts and music festival for eleven days each July since nineteen eighty five. The first Friday of this festival is always an Art Walk throughout the downtown area where local businesses team up with artists to show off their work. There is a very rigid selection process as there are only forty or so businesses and hundreds of applicants. A jurored panel selects which artists get partnered with which businesses. The range of artwork is very eclectic. You will see everything from still life's to sculpture. From oils to photography. From lithographs to glass blowing. An estimated 7,000 people fill the streets each year to view the artwork, listen to music at the bandstand, and enjoy a libation or two. My series, 'Bugs and Blooms', will be showing at Lolaleigh from July 19-27. It's a custom made children's clothier, owned and operated by some good friends of mine. So, if you are looking for good art and a good time, check out the Lancaster Festival Art Walk from 6-10pm on July 19th. If you can't make it that evening, you can take a peak at it the rest of the week during Lolaleigh's regular business hours. You'll get to see my latest work and as a bonus you'll get to see the the art they do with fabric. See you at the show.