Monday, August 31, 2009

New Painting to Counteract the Heat: "Blue Ice at Cold Creek"

After Bill the weatherman on Channel 5 announced that San Antonio broke another of a blistering series of over one hundred degree record breakers, I decided that if it wasn't going to cool down outside then I was going to try to cool off with my imagination. Exercise #1: Think Arctic Circle and polar bears! No, somehow I kept thinking of all that fur on those bears and that made me all the hotter. Exercise #2: Take long, cold showers. Oops! Bad idea. The water police might come a'knockin' for, afterall, we are now in Stage 2 of water restrictions due to the drought and hot weather. Exercise #3: Paint a winter landscape with snow and ice. Ahhh! Yes, that was the ticket. I put the ceiling fan on tornado speed, planned my winter composition, and proceeded to select all my soothing and cool colors.

After sketching in those refreshing green trees in the background, I jumped right into the blues, lavenders, and whites of the icy mountain creek and snowy fields along the meandering water. Brrrrrr! It was starting to work; I was already feeling my inner thermostat plummet. Next, I reached into the back of my closet and pulled out a sweater. Mind over matter! Art can create more than just a cover for a hole in the wall.
If you're interested in a winter landscape, this painting is currently for sale. The pastel painting is an 8x10, framed in beautiful burl wood with a 3 inch gallery-type frame. It's painted on sanded pastelboard as well. The list price is $85. Please feel free to contact me if you're interested. And, all you Texans, let's pray for a serious cold front!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Checking out Pastel Paintings at the Butler Institute of American Art

524 Wick Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio

One day when I was online, I discovered a museum named the Butler Institute of Art. It not only had a familiar sounding name, but it had an ongoing pastel painting exhibit in one of its galleries. Butler seemed familiar because I grew up not far from Butler, PA. After looking at the collections through a virtual tour, I was surpised to learn that it was the first structure built specifically to house an art collection of works created by Americans. I wondered to myself where this special place was located. After scrolling down on the website, I was shocked to see that it was only a short distance from where I grew up. However, it wasn't Butler, PA. My childhood was spent living in Enon Valley, PA. The Butler Institute of Art's location is in Youngstown, OH, and only about a half hour away from my original home. I knew then that when I next visited my Pennsylvania family, I had to go pay respects to this worthwhile art museum.

As a result, this month, I flew home to Pennsylvania to celebrate my Mom's 86th birthday. While in Pennsylvania, I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone and go visit the Butler Institute. I arranged to go to Youngstown with my friend Jean during the third week of August. The place did not disappoint me! First of all, the architecture of the building showcases beautiful large windows to let the light pour in. In addition, with over 20,000 individual works of art in various galleries, there's enough art to keep one busy for hours of study and appreciation. Three personal highlights for me included seeing Sam Liberman's pastel exhibition. I toured it with my longtime hometown artist friend, Jean Clark Henry. Unfortunately, we missed the complete show by 2 days, but we still saw enough of it while the museum personnel were taking it down to really appreciate his pastel landscapes. His exhibit was in the Giffuni Gallery and featured mostly paintings of landscape and nature, my favorites. My second highlight was seeing the 73rd National Midyear Juried Show. Pastelist Sean Butler's work Last Stand was included as well as Kimberly Moore's pastel entitled Niagra Sunrise. In regard to my third highlight, it had to involve the Butler's permanent collection of 19th and 20th century landscape paintings by American artists such as Winslow Homer and Albert Bierstadt. Those were a big WOW!

While reflecting on American art, I also had a wonderful day discussing it with my good friend Jeannie. August 19th was the day Jean and I toured the Butler. It was a groovy day I won't soon forget.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Windcrest Hosts Texas Pastel Society

Windcrest August ART Scene

Artist Friends: Lucy, Cathy, Lisa (photo on left) === Gallery Viewing (above photos on right)

Artists and Instructors: Mary Johnson, Mary Lopez, and Dianne Reeves

Displaying my Landscapes (left photo)
Yum! (right photo)


What's a recipe for Success in Art? One part Texas Pastel Society, another part City of Windcrest, a pinch of Takas Park's Civic Center, a cup of Jazz, and a mixture of food and conversation! That equaled a tasteful art reception, exhibit, and sale that took place on August 7, 2009, from 7 to 9 p.m. Artists from the Texas Pastel Society displayed fine art with painted portraits, landscapes, still life, and animals at Windcrest's Takas Park the weekend of August 7 - 9. Windcrest will continue to host TXPS in the future as well. Our first meeting after our summer break will take place at the Civic Center on Tuesday, September 1, 2009, at 7:00 p.m., and there will also be future art shows hosted by Windcrest. Windcrest and Texas Pastel Society-- What a winning team for the art community!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Art Cards Available Now with 15% Discount

ART CARDS and More

Hey, everyone's trying to save $$$$ these days! That I understand. This week (August 3 - 9) I'm offering a 15% discount on my Art Cards. You can use them for a greeting or a note. They are also suitable for framing and at a very affordable price, just $3.oo each. And, with this week's discount, only $2.55!

Here's a chance to save some money, buy some cards, and help support a local artist . . . read on for more information:
  • 5 x 7 cards on Strathmore acid-free paper, print of original signed art on front, blank on inside, envelopes included.
  • Sets or Individuals: 4 for $12 or 6 for $18/ $3 each.
  • Set Themes: Irish Memories, Animal Friends, Seasons, Your Choice (Make your selection from the website gallery and specify on order.
  • Christmas Cards: Plan ahead!

If you're interested, please e-mail me cski02@sbcglobal or give me a call: 210-522-00706. Thanks!! --Cindy

Oh, what a night! ARTZ '09 Reception in Schertz, Texas

Stella (left)


Paul and Cindy

ArtZ '09 Hightlights

I'm the kind of person who never wins a door prize. What $$$ I spent in Vegas, stayed in Vegas. And speaking of Vegas, I can almost hear Sinatra reminding me of my lousy luck with his jazzy number, "Luck be a lady tonight!" Well, that all changed with a night out in Schertz, Texas.

Oh, what a night! The ARTZ'09 Reception held at the Schertz Civic Center on July 30, 2009 from 6 to 9 p.m., brought out the best of everything . . . beautiful setting, great entertainment, wine and cheese along with other delightful nibbles, and of course, lots of fellow artists. From the moment I walked in the door, I knew my luck had changed. From the mime with the moving dessert table to the echoes of soft guitar music, I was enchanted. Stella Marroquin, a talented artist and coordinator for the first ArtZ show in Schertz, helped make this all possible. In good company, I also mixed with fellow pastel artists from the Texas Pastel Society: Rita Kirkman, Cathy Geib, and Wanda Meadors. It was a night to savor and remember. A true cut above the ho-hum average. Thanks go out to the Schertz Area ArtZ Council as well. As Ed Sullivan use to say, "A mighty big show!" Indeed. Way to go!
--Cindy Morawski, Landscape Painter