Friday, July 10, 2015

Two little paintings for an arts organization fundraiser

These are going to be exhibited at a street fair this weekend. The fundraiser is sponsored by Dakota Art Supplies in Ballard. The criteria that the donating artists were given was just that they had to be painted on 5x7 canvases. With my "once in a while" attitude, I've not been very prolific, so this is the first time I'll be putting something up at an exhibit and as a result I've been fussing over these two little paintings quite a bit! I think as one paints more and more, each individual painting must become less precious, and I'll be looking forward to getting to that point.

Study for Coast Starlight Sunbreak
This was painted from a photograph I took while on the Coast Starlight train, traveling from the Bay Area to Seattle. I was coming home from the memorial service for my mother. The painting was incredibly difficult to photograph, and I don't think that even this photo - the best I could manage - does it justice. There's more subtlety that just doesn't show up. It's really a study for a larger painting I'd like to do in the future.

Pu Pu Platter Parasol
I thought this painting, which someone described as "whimsical," would make a good donation for a street festival. Those little paper umbrellas always do seem so festive.

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