Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Delivering a Sold Painting to Berlin

I finally delivered "Summer in the City, Christina" to the collectors from Berlin.  Rather than crating in a heavy wooden box and shipping the painting through a standard carrier which would have cost around $800, I took it with me to Italy via  Florence.  I first removed the canvas tacks and took the painting off the stretcher bars, thus I was able to wrap the painting in plastic and roll it around the disassembled stretcher bars.  This made for a long, rather bulky bundle bit it fit into a long heavy duty shipping tube which made it easy to carry.   I checked the painting through baggage like a set of skis and paid $125. for the additional fee.  The painting arrived in Florence safely and I was able to present it to Carlo and Yvonne who drove from Berlin to Florence.  The painting made it's way safely to Berlin where it was re- stretched and is now hanging in the music room where the family will enjoy the painting and the memories of their visit to Chicago.  I love it when I can make my art a part of people's lives.

"Summer in the City, Christina" is oil on canvas and measures 48" x 36".  I sold it to collectors in Berlin.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

New Summer Newsletter

I haven't posted anything new in quite some time.  I enjoyed a two week stay in Tuscany with my husband Keith and our friends Yvonne and Carlo from Berlin.  I will post the photos when I have chance to sort them.  In the meantime I'm getting back to the studio and scheduling new shows and classes.  Please see upcoming exhibits for this summer and early fall.

 I've posted the painting that I will exhibit in the Northwest Area Arts Council Members Show to be held this June.  Of the two paintings depicting a snow scene I chose the strongest of the two compositions below.  I found this to be a lot of fun to paint, and by changing the original background into to a vast snowy landscape I feel as if I am outside on a freezing winter day.  The title is "After the Storm" and features my son Alex while shoveling 2 feet of snow from our front walkway and driveway after the blizzard of 2011.

Two ways of composing a painting with the main element and focus in the left foreground. 
"After the Storm" oil on canvas, 24" x 36"


March 5– May 31
“Portraits of American Veterans Project”
McHenry County Mental Health Board Lobby Gallery
Dakota St., Crystal Lake, IL

June 6– July 28
Art Al Fresco Invitational Exhibit
101 N. Johnson St., Woodstock, IL
Artist Rec.: Sat. June 15, 3:00 p.m.

June 6– 30
Old Courthouse Art Center
Artist Rec. :Saturday June 15, 3 p. m.

August 8 -September 29
Workshop for Contemporary Artists Group Show
Old Courthouse Art Center,
Woodstock, IL
Artist Rec: Sat . Sept. 29, 6:00– 9:00 p.m.

September 29
Art in Nature Plein Air Day
Crabtree Nature Center
3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills, IL
Time 10 a.m.—4 p.m.

November 1– December 1
Solo Small Works Show
Cook St. Coffee, 100 E. Station St. , Barrington, IL
Artist Rec.: TBD

401 Country Club Road
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Ongoing exhibit of rotating work in a variety of sizes.