This weekend is the annual Stormy Weather Festival in Cannon Beach with events happening Friday, Nov. 3rd - Sunday, Nov. 5th. The whole town has different events going on but at DragonFire Gallery, Friday evening will feature a wine & chocolate reception along with live music by which to view the art. Saturday will have featured artist demos from 11am - 3pm and a reception that evening from 4 - 7pm. Sunday wraps up with artist demos and live music.
It should be a fun way to spend a rainy Oregon weekend with wine, food, live music and great art!
I recently took down some new work to the gallery, including "Migration" which is shown above. I hope to see you there!
I will have two paintings in the October show at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. The title of the show is: "1000 Words: Visual Arts response to Literature Exhibition". This invitational show will feature artists from the Pacific Northwest and will showcase work that responds directly to a piece of literature, specifically a few lines of poetry or prose.
"Pretty How Town", a 12 x 12 mixed media painting on panel, was inspired by a poem written by ee cummings. Specifically by the line - "anyone lived in a pretty how town (with up so floating many bells down)"
"Wheels Whirl", a 18 x 24 mixed media painting on cradled board, was inspired by a line out of a Amy Lowell poem: "I leave the city with speed. Wheels whirl to take me back to my trees and my quietness".
I hope you get a chance to visit this interesting show. It will be up for the month of October with an artist reception on Friday, Oct. 6th, 6-8pm. 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River, Oregon
I've been having fun "hanging" my artwork in various settings. Here are (2) 12 x 12 mixed media pieces that really complement each other. They are scaled up larger than their 12 x 12 actual sizes and seeing them this way, I'm going to see if I can paint 2 more in a similar vein but actually larger. I like the color palette and simplicity of these two so will try and capture that again. Stay tuned! PS follow me on Instagram now @wendygivensart
I am working on a new series of paintings that I am calling my "and . . . series". Each painting will have an ampersand symbol in it. In addition to, also, including, plus, together with, as well as, furthermore, moreover, are all another way of using and saying "and". First this happened "and" then this. I will see where this goes . . .
Since the beginning of the New Year, I've been working on 5 - 6 paintings at the same time. I work for a few hours on one piece and when I reach that point where I'm not sure what to do next, I put it aside and pick up another canvas. I find this is a way to keep the creative juices flowing and often times when I do go back to the "stuck" piece I have a new perspective and know what to do. This piece is called "Bird House" and is the first one of the group to feel finished. It's mixed media on 24 x 30 canvas.
I recently finished a couple of 24 x 24 paintings on board. I'm loving working on board as you can really scrub or sand through layers of paint to create unique affects. I began each of these paintings by just playing around with color and shapes, not really with any direction in mind. As I turned the boards, I started to see the dog shape in "Fetch" and the bird shape in "Bird's Eye View". Once I can "see" a direction like that, the painting progresses quickly with a clearer focus. I don't often think to take "before" and "after" shots but I did remember with these too.
These two paintings are currently hanging in DragonFire Gallery in Cannon Beach. Their Stormy Weather Festival is coming up Nov. 4 - Nov.6 if you want to check them out and enjoy the festivities.
I recently took part in a 12 week on-line workshop with California artist Nicholas Wilton. It was fantastic! He is an invaluable source of information and I feel my artwork will be going in new and better directions.
During the 12 weeks, I completed (6) 12 x 12 pieces on board and I wanted to show you some of the process that I go through in making a painting. Nicholas encouraged us to not fall in love with something too soon, but to continue to push ourselves. Below is one of the panels that went through 5 different stages until it felt complete. (actually it went through more stages but these are the only ones I have pictures of!)
I started out with the figure but on my next pass on this board I rotated it and ended up covering up most of it up. Now it was looking like a landscape of sorts for the next 2 boards. On the fourth board, I turned the board to the left and began to "see" flower shapes, painting the negative spaces around them and adding a vase. The finished piece, "Floral Motion", was a result of many layers of history, giving it a unique look that couldn't have happened any other way.