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5 originals sold in June

I am very excited to report that I have sold 5 originals this month. Three to my good friends who have just moved in together (their first art purchase together) and a 4th and 5th are a commissioned portraits. I can’t post the portraits yet as they are both surprise gifts, but the three paintings my friends purchased are below.

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Galleria refreshed

I have been renting a booth space at the Andersonville Galleria for a couple years now – it is a happy space for me. It was the first place I started showing my work, and not only have I made many sales, but I have also met some great people and been “found” by some people who have helped my career as a Chicago painter along on it’s merry way.

A couple weeks ago I revamped my booth. I put up a fresh coat of paint, and put up all new art (save my portrait samples). I took down florals and put up abstracts. I took down my old landscapes and put up my Absurdity Birdity and Snow Day series. Now in addition to watercolors you’ll also find encaustic paintings and oil/cold wax paintings. All new matted prints are available too.

It’s a whole new booth. If you haven’t visited recently I invite you to come take a new look. It’s the Rochelle Weiner Fine Art booth, on the first floor, in the back.

TIP: If you let me know you’re planning a visit, I can meet you there. And if you buy an original while I am there, I may extend you a courtesy discount!

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Workshop with Karlyn Holman

I’ve just returned from a week long workshop with Karlyn Holman in Washburn Wisconsin. This is the 4th year in a row I’ve attended a workshop with her. Karlyn is such an inspiring person – she’s created a wonderful life for herself in the arts. She is a great artist, she teaches in her studio and in workshops all over the world, she has a thriving business in an idyllic small town – she really is a wonder.

The first class I took with Karlyn a few years ago opened my eyes. Her success has inspired me change my life and pursue fine art as a career – something I never really believed was a feasible goal until I met Karlyn. Thank you, Karlyn – you are my inspiration!

Each year, Karlyn has new techniques to teach and new directions to take us. Each year I come away with inspiration to feed my studio time, incorporating the new ideas I’ve learned into my own work.

Below are my finished pieces derived from the lessons we worked on last week.

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Encaustics and the discarded series

“Sordid” – encaustic on 10″ x 10″ cradled board, $250.00

As another branch of my “Discarded” series, I have been incorporating antique photography into encaustic works.

I have a fascination with antique photography. It’s sad and intriguing to find old family snaps and formal shots for sale at junk shops and antique stores. I can spend ages sifting through these crumbling old pages from someone else’s life.  I like the idea of giving them a new life by putting them into art pieces. I find these images so inspiring – precisely because I don’t actually know the people in them. It affords each image the potential of infinite stories.

My newest iteration of this series is incorporating these images into encaustic works. Encaustic is painting with melted wax, and you can do image transfers, collage and carving into the wax to build your image. I used the image transfer method to create this series.

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One way to monoprint

There are lots of ways to create monoprints. I learned a fun way to do it in a workshop with Karlyn Holman a couple years ago. I’ve used this process to create probably more than 100 paintings by now. I’ve done series of flowers, vegetables an fruits, portraits, birds, and most recently I have come up with a new series I’m calling “Absurdity Birdity“.

I’ve found this process to be really versatile and fun, as well as freeing. You end up with smears and marks from the ink, and the collage paper ends up in places you don’t expect. This gives you the opportunity to “make it work”. I find it challenging and I feel some of my best work has come from this process.

I thought it would be fun to show how to do it.

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Absurdity birdity

A new series of monoprints has been inspired by an upcoming show “Art is for the Birds” at the Deer Path Art Gallery in Lake Forest, Illinois.

I was looking at the bird paintings I’ve done in the past and at the many figurative paintings I’ve done in the past year and wanted to put the two ideas together.

I liked the absurdity of the presence of a bird on top of someone’s head, as if it was an every day thing. The silliness of it makes me smile. Doing this series in monoprint/collage/watercolor allowed the dirtiness of the monoprint process plus the brightness of the watercolor and collage papers. All together I think the effect heightens out the absurdity of the image itself.

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Art is for the Birds

I have been asked to show 12 works featuring birds in the “Art is for the Birds” group show at the Deer Path Art League and Gallery – yay!

I’ve focused on birds in many of my paintings and I will be showing a series of monoprints and encaustic works at this show. Very excited to be included! Thank you Deer Path Art League! 🙂

Details:

May 10 – June 14, 2013

Deer Path Art League and Gallery
2nd Floor, Gorton Community Center
400 East Illinois Road
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

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Just won an IWS Award of Excellence for my painting, “And then I lost it”

Big news – last night I was honored by winning an “Award of Excellence” at the Illinois Watercolor Society’s Annual Member Show for my painting “And then I lost it” (shown below)! I am over the moon thrilled about this. My first award since taking up painting again 2 years ago.

I walked into the exhibition last night with my best friend Robin, took a look around and thought to myself – oh man, I don’t have a chance. There were so many truly amazing paintings on display last night, by some incredibly talented artists. This show is really something to see – and I figured no way was I going to win anything…. but then I did!

The judge was Marilynn Derwenskus, NWS, IWS – I was told that my painting was chosen for the story it told, for the risks I took in the composition and for the “glow” I was able to achieve in the execution. Super thrilling for me to get such high praise from a nationally respected artist and judge.

The painting, “And then I lost it” is one of a series I’ve been developing from discarded vintage photos found in junk shops and antique stores, which I’m calling the Discarded Series. The resource photo I used for this painting was of a little girl, circa 1930s, standing on a hillside with a white dress blowing in the wind. I added the cliff in front of her and the kite, to tell a story of innocence lost.

If you are interested in seeing a truly wonderful show, it runs through December 5 at The Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 West 31st Street, Oak Brook, IL.

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