Thursday, December 2, 2010

#2, Red Tailed Hawk, Dec 2,2010... 'Hawk Eye'

101 Reasons to Explore the Chula Vista Nature Center


Beginning December 1st, I will be painting 101 wildlife images from The Chula Vista Nature Center. 
In 101 days.
That's one a day from December 1st through March 11, 2011.

Each original oil painting is 8 x 8” with a 1 ½” depth.  It can stand on its own or is ready to hang.   
An Artist’s Statement/ Certificate of Authenticity, Art Title 
and name of wildlife subject are included in each painting. 
Artworks will be displayed in the auditorium in groups of seven,
 as they are created. 

             Artworks are for sale through the Nature Center's bookstore  at $101 each.
25 % will be donated to the CVNC. 

Here's the project notes....

v     Cherry Sweig is a San Diego artist who paints both oils and watercolors featuring local nature-related themes, Greek Equine and Plein Air (painting outside on location) travels abroad. She has volunteered as an Art Curator at the center since 1995 with numerous art exhibitions, workshops and her Gyotaku, Japanese nature printing.
      She explains: ‘This an ideal opportunity to celebrate 101 images of the Nature Center    through my artworks. With this consecutive challenge, it’s an extraordinary chance for visitors to encounter the whole process from blank canvases to a finished wall of art. It will also illustrate how the artworks evolved, brushstroke by brushstroke. This Nature Center is abounding with imagery and inspiration everywhere I look. From the bald eagle to the two-spotted octopus, there are countless 
reasons to explore this impressive living museum.”


 Here we go!!!
Opening the box of 101 blank canvases....getting ready to paint


It's December 1st... day 1 of 101 days of painting 101 artworks about the Chula Vista Nature Center-
and reasons to see this wonderful living museum...
I hope my artworks will enlighten viewers to the 


Here's my signature... always with a red dot....

side view... art is painted around all four edges.

.... #1 is done!!
'Orange Jewel'

Saturday, October 23, 2010

THE BOX is here...


                      THE BOX arrived last week...what's inside???  You'll have to guess...                                           I'll open it next week-
Hint: You'll be watching it GROW from Dec 1- March 11....

MORE HINTS TO COME.....  ;)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Weekend with the Masters

 Seminar/Workshop by American Artist Magazine in Dana Point, California.
September 23- 26, 2010
As an artist, I am dedicated to always learning and being exposed to a variety of methods, viewpoints and styles. This event was an opportunity to either attend lectures or take full days workshops from some of the most inspiring and celebrated artists of our time. Most of them can trace their education through their teachers... a 'who's who' lineage all the way back to the Renaissance including Titian, Fechin, Sorolla, Sargent or training at the Art Students League in New York and Chicago Art Institute.

My class list included: CW. Mundy, Camille Przewodek, Albert Handell, Stephen Scott Young and 
Sherrie McGraw.  We attended lectures by Richard Schmid, Daniel Gerhardtz and Scott Burdick...

I returned home, ready to launch another new series of artworks...
from fruit bowls, to figures to waterfalls...
Demo with Richard Schmid: two screens, large room and hundreds of fascinated artists ready to watch the MAESTRO.
       
                   Richard  discussing his theories of art.
His finished art, what a thrill it was to watch him work!


September 24: Albert Handell

Albert Handell, his demo for my first class on waterfalls and streams in oils
 with transparent backgrounds and thick palette knife featured areas.

My final art as I worked along side Albert's vertical painting and his reference.


September 25: Stephen Scott Young
 Scott demonstrated his watercolor dry-brush technique, painted with one small brush, very patiently and with extreme attention to the amount of water in each stroke of the brush.

Watercolor/dry brush technique: this took me all morning! (mine on the left- his on the right)
Study of facial features: took me all afternoon!

September 26: Sherrie McGraw
     
Still Life Demo and words of wisdom.
20 Artists shared 10 beautiful still life set-ups.

My work-in-progress... what a difference working inside compared to my usual perils of  Plein Air painting!!!
..and my final oil.  'Still Life' painting is another new passion for me. Gee- there's just not enough time in the day!
      

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Art of the Day

I had so much fun painting this!
'Sunflowers in Pinkness'
For my 3Day Susan G. Komen Team: Babes for Boobs
Its a silent auction item fro tonite's fundraiser... $350 
12 x 12" An Original Acrylic on canvas.


Inspired by.........  You guessed it!!!


Monday, September 13, 2010

Sunflowers!!!! ..." Les Tournesols" ....They heal the soul...

Just outside of Esperaza...Southern France
"Stop the car!"



This one looks a little sad......



Down the road... we'll look for more.......coming just around the corner.



Friday, September 10, 2010

2010 Tour de France

Waiting, waiting... for the 2010 Tour de France coming through the village of Esperaza...

Charming man who gave up his seat for me...
Laureen, Me and Cindy...

Plus our nice new friends....
That had many opinions about life and love and bicycles....


But FIRST!  a parade!!!!!!









huh?




Oh yea?

.. an on wheels...

.. HOW niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice.....

Still waiting.............



Reminded me of TRON...
But where's the race?
Oh- but wait- is THAT them?


Getting towards the end....all pix where shot just over the same blue hat...
It was simply a quick breeze in the wind...


et VOILA!  (the support team)

"A Bientot!"