While the StudioWorks artists were working on the glass exhibit…they were also anticipating entering the 2010 Kentucky State Fair. Last year we were able to do a group entry which we won with everybody receiving a coveted blue ribbon. The state fair is in August, but we will need to send our entry fees in this week. This year our artists will need to submit individual entries for individual categories. Because almost all our artists want to enter, I thought I would start posting some of the completed works as we move along.
Carol Thorp has been working on a nice, colorful acrylic painting of a cheetah resting in a bed of flowers. Before applying brush to canvas, Carol did many studies of her composition on newsprint. Her drawings for this painting vary in the slightest of ways. An extra flower here or a shadow there can make a big difference. Here is a collection of cheetah drawings photographed informally on the floor of our studio/gallery.
The finished painting is very bright and Carol has given it the title of “Chester the Cheetah”. The complimentary colors of orange and blue help make this work vibrate. The cheetah’s spots and the flowers add a nice note of patterning. I like that Carol has attempted a bit of aerial perspective on the horizon line that suggests some space in what is a relatively flat format. Like all of Carol’s art, there is a charm to her work that brings a smile to our faces.
Julie Baldyga is also looking forward to the fair and wants to enter one of her oil pastels. We still need to mat and frame this work, but it’s a beauty! I believe the title is “Elizabeth with the Engine in her Hair”. With a title like that you know this is going to be a memorable piece!
Elizabeth is holding a piston and perhaps she is imagining the repair that needs to occur to fix the smoking engine? Julie is gaining increased mastery over this medium and currently seems to prefer it to other two-dimensional media. Oil pastels are a more physical way of drawing with layer over layer producing a nice surface. I love the drawing of the engine in particular and here’s a detail of that part of the composition.
Natalie Lanier has been working hard and she has a nice acrylic painting on canvas to present. Natalie also likes working with fantasy subjects and animals and this work combines both in the form of a unicorn. Natalie has many great ideas for artworks and it can be a challenge to get her to focus on them to completion. She is making good progress and is receptive to advice.
One last image for now and it’s by Eric Huggins. The title of this acrylic painting is “The Ram Looks Over the Mountain”. It looks good in its new frame. Eric also likes to do preparatory drawings before beginning a new painting. Eric has a strong sense for line that carries over into his painted compositions. I think this has a great chance of winning a ribbon! In our next post, I will show you other artworks for the Kentucky State Fair.