Summer is over and still lots going on. I was part of the FCA's OASIS Show again this summer and one of my paintings sold. The buyer was a lady who bought it for the doctor who saved her husband's life. How humbling was that! I won't ever find out who she was, but I'm so glad that my small painting had that kind of power.
My art group has a summer show each year called our Annual Art in the Garden show. It's just a one day event, but our name is getting out there and more people are attending each year. This year, we had the owner of an internationally well-known local winery donate and serve some of their wines. Very well enjoyed by all as I heard the comments. The husband/owner of the property we had the show at is also a vocalist and donated some of his time and music to the event. It ended up being one of our nicest shows yet and we're very proud of it.
I was excited to have two paintings accepted into the Society of Canadian Artists Elected Members Show, Be Squared, being held in St. Joh, Nfld. A bit of a hassle sending them to the gallery and the expense was considerably more than expected but if you want to play the game, you have to play the game! And shipping is part of the game! That show should be over with by next week, and unless either one or both sell, they should soon be home. These are the two: Leucanthemum IV and V.
Artwalk 2016 came and went. It's always a good time, the crowds were huge and amazing. I came away with lots of people signed up for my classes in January and a possible commission. I always feel like I'm rubbing shoulders with the great ones, and pick their brains every chance I get. You can always learn something from somebody.
My art group started up again in September with a new member signing on. It's always a chance to toss ideas around, or just get some painting done. We have a great bunch of ladies and always have a good time.
I've also been accepted into the FCA 75th Anniversary Show: the largest exhibition of living artists work in western Canada. My piece, NUCIFERA, is hoping to sell. It's a really great piece that I am especially proud of and it has a bit of mileage on it now not to mention the miriad of positive comments.
I also entered the FCA A.I.R.S. Show - that's the Annual International Representational Show - and was again accepted. I have already sent the piece to the gallery, so I hope it doesn't get lost in the shuffle. They also supply a dossier for us to purchase where we will have a whole page with our Biography and an image of the painting.
This year I have donated a painting to Vancouver FCA Gallery for their annual fundraiser. This was Painting By Numbers, where patrons and their guests draw numbers and get a painting. They have bought very pricey tickets for the event which gives them their goodies and their paintings. So I may never know who got my piece.
Lots of teaching, demos, classes, and show judging this fall, but I'm back in my studio with all my obligatory stuff behind me. I have finished another painting in my Costa Rica series and on to the next one. The latest piece is called, AVENIDA. I really like it and I'm quite happy with how it turned out.
Just one show in the North Okanagan to finish up with, and one left to apply to in Vancouver for my year end. Then I can start looking forward to what next year's calendar has in store for me! In the meantime I can finish up odds and ends as I move onward and upward. Until next time!
I am new at this blog business, but I want to share what I am doing with you. I will add my activities as they happen and show you what I do each day. And, hopefully, I'll get some painting done.