This will be one of the paintings included in The Chestnut Group art show and sale benefiting Radnor Lake a Tennessee State Park in the heart of Nashville. The show runs from November 6-8 at the Walter Criley Visitor Center at Radnor Lake.
My husband and I went to Cedar Point this summer to ride the roller coasters, just the two of us. And we had a blast! They've got some awesome roller coasters. This one was called the Raptor because your feet dangled as if a bird of prey had picked you up and was doing crazy air stunts. Makes you want to regurgitate your food, too.
There are several places that inspire me artistically. Chattanooga is one of them. It's a beautiful city with the river and bridges and public art everywhere. It's a great place to be outside! This is the Market Street Bridge at dusk. The lights reflected in the river were fun to paint.
"A Study of Hands - Flute Player"
8" x 10"
Oil on Linen Panel
My art teacher, Pat Thompson, taught me that hands are not difficult to paint or draw if you break them down into parts. Each finger has 3 parts separated by joints. She is much more accomplished than I am. I still find them challenging.
I did not realize that August was American Artist Appreciation month until I learned from the folks at Patience Brewster (where they make these beautiful handcrafted gifts and ornaments) encouraging me to post about American Artists (past or present) that inspire my work.
There are so many that inspire me that it's hard to name just one. But I'll start with Karin Jurick, a current artist whose work I admire.
I love the vibrant colors she uses and her wide variety of subject matter. It was her practice of painting small and often that inspired me to post paintings on Daily Paintworks and to start a blog. She is a prolific painter and I love getting a message in my e-mail when she's posted a new painting on her blog A Painting Today. They always inspire me to paint.
Another in my series for Radnor Lake. A few mornings ago I was thoroughly delighted to see a family of Canadian Geese - 2 adults and 6 goslings. The goslings were just little yellow puff balls and so adorable barely keeping their balance as they drank from the lake. I'll be painting more of this Canadian family in the near future.
This little bird is all fattened up for the winter. He is one of the many beautiful birds found at Radnor Lake. Since Radnor Lake is one of my favorite places to commune with nature, I am doing a series of paintings of the park and the creatures that inhabit it.
This is a dead tree found in the Warner Park Hill Property, an old growth forest that has never been cut for timber. Allowed to decay naturally, the dead tree becomes a home for many living things in the forest.
These two paintings will be a part the art show and sale benefiting the Warner Parks this weekend. The event, called "A Heart for the Parks", features paintings by the members of the The Chestnut Group. For more information, click hereto visit The Chestnut Group website.