Monday, October 19, 2009

Fall Charette with Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Series I through X
© 2009 Nancy Laliberte
3" x 3" acrylic on canvas
$15 each

Last week, I had the opportunity for a mid-week "charette" with my great painter friend Val Berkely at her Lake Superior "Lake Effect Art Studio" in the UP. We painted morning, noon and night, and talked about art the whole time. We also watched the Georgia O'Keefe and Alfred Stieglitz movie I mentioned in the last post. A video of some sort seems to be a tradition with the charettes. That, and a good glass of wine ;-)

The gingerbread guys were one of the projects I worked on during the charette. I used the opportunity to work on some color and brush techniques. The gingerbread guys were simply a means to an end. Yes, I "used" them and now I am sending them on their way! Half are going to the Center for Visual Arts gift gallery in Wausau and the other half are headed to the Riverfront Art Center's gift gallery show in Stevens Point. If you are interested in a purchase, they come complete with gold ribbon for hanging, stop in the galleries or send me an email and I can let the galleries know.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Oak Leaves with Acorn

"Oak Leaves with Acorn"
© Nancy Laliberte
28" x 22" acrylic on canvas

This painting was inspired by my love of Georgia O'Keefe's work, and a video about Thomas Hart Benton. Huh? Georgia O'Keefe and Thomas Hart Benton? Well, I really love the artwork from the early 20th century, the WPA murals, and every so often I digress.

Did any of you catch the recent show on Lifetime about Georgia O'Keefe and Alfred Stieglitz? I loved all of the scenes that showed her artwork! I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the O'Keefe museum twice in 1998 and also go to Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch.

I am fortunate to have a public library that has a lot of art history videos, and the one about Thomas Hart Benton was fantastic! Check out your local library and see what they have to offer. You may be pleasantly surprised.

keep your brushes wet,

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Maple Leaves

"Maple Leaves"
© Nancy Laliberte
28" x 22" acrylic on canvas

The fall color is alive and well here in north central Wisconsin and it is beautiful! (Even on a cold rainy day like today.) This painting was inspired by a walk with my youngest son. Fascinated by all of the color variations in the leaves, we had a great time collecting leaves, talking about trees and why the leaves change color in the fall. Science and art--don't ya love it!

This painting also won a "Best of Show" award in the Wisconsin Visual Artists' Guild's "Colorama" show.