I love blogs for how fluid they are. Static webpages often lack personality. Blogs give a fuller picture of an artist and what that artist deems important. Blogs encourage an audience, a discourse, and a community.
That said, I dislike blogs for how buried items of importance become. I blog to promote my current exhibits, which are usually near the top of the page, but I also blog to showcase the paintings themselves. However, the paintings are subsequently buried as more items come after them.
Because I have not had luck with longevity and outside links to galleries at other ultimately failing websites. I have worked on a Gallery for Potomac Artworks and it can be found in a tab to the upper right. It contains many of my works, which have previously been posted here. Although it does not convey size differences in the large thumbnails, it goes give a sense of my style and preferences as an artist. You will notice skies, trees, mood, and color in an Impressionistic style that hints toward Realism, but then skitters away again.
July 1 - July 31--Sixteenth Annual Four Seasons of Oatlands Art Show & Sale
Monday-Saturday 10am until 5pm, Sunday 1pm until 5pm
The sixteenth annual Four Seasons of Oatlands Art Show and Sale will
be displayed in Oatlands' historic Carriage House from July 1 through
July 31. The show is free and open to the public. Look here for directions.
This juried show is a summer tradition for our regional arts
community. Enjoy the work of some of the National Capital Area's
best-known talent, as well as the work of new artists.
I have three pastels of Italy juried into this exhibit.
The Central Virginia chapter of Pastel Society of Virginia exhibit, "Seen in Virginia" at the Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen in the Gumenick Family and Slant Wall Galleries, will remain installed through July 13.
In addition to "Poppies on Black" as seen on the postcard, "Vision in Blue" and "Great Falls Toward River Bend" are of my pieces available in the show.
Much of my work is done en plein air, French for "in the open air." People often associate it with the Impressionists, but the move to paint outside preceded them by a number of decades. The trend to appreciate landscapes as a genre at all was new for the time.
Several characteristics contribute to the distinctive beauty of en plein air painting. They are generally smaller in size in order to be able to capture a scene in a single sitting. Because of the time limit and environmental factors such as the sun and shadows moving, they often lack extensive details and might appear slightly fuzzy or unfinished. Lastly, they tend to have a freshness and spontaneity which makes them impossible to compare to traditional and methodological studio work. That said, my own studio work tends toward the same feel as en plein air, which then identifies my overall style: softness with an edge.
My aim when painting en plein air is for alla prima paintings, which roughly translates for me as "what happens outside, stays outside." It adds another level of difficulty to the work.
These are some local places for landscape painting; most are within an hour of the Beltway. Look here for the complete album, a couple hundred views from my photography collection, which are mapped here.