This week I had the honor of showing four of my watercolors on display in the Atrium of Thompson Center. This was a one week show of work by twenty 2D artists sponsored by the Illinois Artisan program. I sat with the show on Wednesday from 9-1 along with the very talented Mark McMahon and we got to talk to some of the interested viewers. This afternoon from 4-6 was a reception but a nasty cold has kept me at home all day. The work is on display thru tomorrow and a selection of my paintings and notecards are always available at the Illinois Artisans Shop on the second floor of Thompson Center.
Yesterday we met to kick off a new year of sketching and painting, enjoying a lovely lunch at the condo of one of our members. We then discussed locations we wished to visit this year and scheduled meeting dates. That did not leave much time for work! But we all attempted to do something. I opted for the view out the windows of the lakefront. It is a very quick and loose painting but it was fun start to the new season of work.
These two paintings, Sunset and Mesas, are matted and ready for framing today. These works along with two larger pieces, will be on display all next week, January 28 thru February 1, in the Atrium of the Thompson Center. This will be an exhibit of 2D works by members of the Illinois Artisan's program and I will be sitting with the exhibit and working on watercolor sketches on Wednesday morning, January 30, from 9-1 am.
I had a great time this morning as visiting artist to my grandson's class at daycare. While I have visited his class many times in the past 4 years, I have never been there in this official capacity! First I showed them some of my paintings, all wrapped so they could hold them, and then talked about my tools; paints, brushes, palette and water. Then we did drawings with white crayon on paper and applied paint with brushes and eye droppers. The eye droppers were the big hit and the kids created some beautiful colors. It may take a while for their watery creations to dry, but I truly enjoyed watching them play creatively! The photo shows two of the student works.