Thursday, June 23, 2011

Richeson 75: Landscapes, Seascapes and Architectural 2011 Show

"The Family Farm"
© Nancy Laliberte
18" x 24" Acrylic on canvas
Available at Richeson Gallery

I am very pleased to announce that my painting, "The Family Farm," has been juried into the Richeson 75: Landscapes, Seascapes and Architectural 2011 International Show. This painting was inspired by my Irish grandparents farm near Wilton, WI. I have a lot of treasured memories of my grandparents and their farm. 

Also included in the exhibition book as Meritorious entries are two more paintings, "Northwoods Crossing" and "Beckoning."

"Northwoods Crossing"
© Nancy Laliberte
16" x 20" Acrylic on canvas

© Nancy Laliberte
24" x 36" Acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Colorful Wall

Available paintings in the Gift Gallery at the 
Center for the Visual Arts, Downtown Wausau, WI

The newly renovated 400 Block in downtown Wausau is finally completed and it looks fabulous! So when you venture down to see it, make a point to stop in at the Center for the Visual Arts right across the street. There are two new shows up and they have a wonderful gift gallery featuring everything from ceramics, garden art, jewelry, paintings and more. 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Week is Not Over Yet

"Rhapsody in Blue III"
Petite Peinture
© Nancy Laliberte
4" x 4" x 1-3/8" acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas

It's funny when something is on your radar--mine being iris' this week--every where you look, there they are! Looks like I am not the only one who enjoys this flower. ;-)

Available at the Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau, WI. 715.842.4545 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Week of the Iris

"Rhapsody in Blue II"
Petite Peinture
© Nancy Laliberte
4" x 4" x 1-3/8" acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas

I am having a blast painting irises this week. This is the second in a series from my June 2nd post. If you remember back in my June 4th post, I mentioned that it was looking like my iris plants were finally going to flower. And, guess what? They are blooming! And I am painting them. 

Available at the Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau, WI. 715.842.4545

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Sketchbook Saturday: Experimenting

"African Violet"
© Nancy Laliberte
sketchbook journal page
canson sketchbook, pentel brush pen and watercolor

I have an African Violet plant in my dining room that is in dire need of transplanting or something because it has a "twin" attached to it. I keep a coffee mug under the "twin" for stabilization. What amazes me is how, despite being in a teeny pot, both plants continue to flower and flourish on a regular basis. Maroon, the goldfish, may be the one to thank for that. ;-)

This page involved experimenting with a Pentel brush pen. It can make thin, thick or calligraphic lines depending on the angle and pressure. Sketchbooks are great for experimenting and practice. You don't have to show anyone if you don't want to; the main thing is to just dive in and do it. 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Sketchbook Saturday

"In The Garden"
© Nancy Laliberte
sketchbook journal page
Canson sketchbook, micron pen and watercolors

A mini tour of a few plants and findings in my front garden. Our azalea bushes are looking beautiful this year. Pine needles and acid fertilizer seems to be the trick. And, yesterday I noticed that my iris bulbs are finally going to bloom; I'm so excited! Enjoy your weekend, and get out and sketch! 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Discovering Inspiration

"Rhapsody in Blue"
Petite Peinture
© Nancy Laliberte
4" x 4" x 1-3/8" acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas
You just never know when inspiration will strike. Take for instance, folded laundry. I walked into my bedroom the other day and noticed the lovely color harmony of my folded laundry. So what is an artist to do? Use that color scheme in a painting, of course. 

 Side view
Inspirational pile of laundry. Who knew?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Love those Flowers

"Proud Mama"
© Nancy Laliberte
Recently my high school daughter's soccer team had their Parent's Night recognition game. All of the parent's received a flower from their daughter as they announced the player and parent names. I still had some of my Mother's Day flowers so I added my "Parent Night" carnation to the mix...and here they are for you to enjoy.
$100 / 6" x 6" acrylic on panel