Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 GVAL Annual Juried Show Best of Show

My mixed media entry "Rose Rising" was awarded the
Best in Show at this year's Gilbert Visual Art League Annual Fine
Art Show and Sale.  I was surprised and honored.  We had 107 entries this
year with 79 paintings accepted from 31 artists.  I'm so grateful to be part
of GVAL.  It's made up of a wonderful group of artists who have
become a second family to me.

The award for Best in Show included cash and gift certificates for
art supplies as well as two tickets to "Catapult" at the Higley
Center for Performing Arts.  I remember watching the shadow dancing 
group on America's Got Talent.  Fun,fun!  Thank you to Golden Paints, 
Cheap Joe's Art Supplies, Higley Center for the Performing Arts, and
the GVAL Board!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Caution, oil painters!

"The Cure" 

10"x10" Oil on Linen Panel

Wow, I learned a good lesson today. The above painting was dry and needed
to be varnished.  I pulled out a can of spray varnish and didn't really pay
much attention to the label.  If I had, I would have noticed that it was an
old can given to me by a retired artist.  I really should have checked it by
spraying on a piece of white paper.  The "non-yellowing" varnish had
turned brown.  Since this painting has been entered in an art show, I
think it will just need to go as is.  I hope the judge likes paintings with a 
warm glaze.  Lesson learned!

"Rory" Original Equine Oil Painting by Arizona Artist Mary Opat

"Rory" Original Equine Oil Painting by
Arizona Artist Mary Opat

10" x 10" Oil on Linen Panel

I'm not sure why I'm calling this little horse painitng "Rory", but it seemed to
fit. It's another 10x10 oil and can be framed and hung on a wall, 
or left as is and set on a shelf, with or without a frame.
If you would like more information or additional photos of any
of my work, just let me know.

Life is Art...Paint Your Dreams!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

GVAL Annual Juried Art Show and Sale

Here are my entries into the Gilbert Visual Art League Annual Juried
Show and Sale.  I happened to help organize the online entries this year
and I'm blown away by the talent of our members.  We had 107 entries this
year and the juror must have had a difficult time weaning it down to
a number that will fit comfortably in the gallery.  The letters of acceptance 
will be coming out soon, and I'm hoping some of mine were accepted.
If you're in the area and interested in coming to the opening reception,
I hope you'll check out the details on my website under Events, HERE