Friday, September 18, 2009

Celebration by Kay Wyne

36" x 36" Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
This painting is hanging at Studio Art & Soul.
It is rather large and needs a pretty large wall to hang on.
Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this painting, or any of my other paintings posted on my website or blog.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

DSFDF Challenge Cupcakes - An Encaustic painting

Sunday was cool enough to open the studio for ventilation, which is necessary when working with encaustic paints. So I ran down there and pulled out my encaustic equipment and painted these cupcakes. The painting isn't great, but I am very pleased, after all, it has been over a year since I last painted with encaustic paints.

The cupcakes are from the Different Strokes from Different Folks Challenge. I haven't decided if I will submit them. It was a very good exercise for me. And I had a ball.

I've started a blog to share my progress in encaustic painting. Encaustic Paintings

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Eat Your Veggies by Kay Wyne

Eat Your Veggies
Oil on 6" x 8" Cotton Panel
This painting is for sale.
It is framed up in a gold plein air frame.
It would be a great addition to a kitchen wall or countertop.
Please feel free to view my other paintings.
Have a great (rainy) Sunday!
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Friday, September 11, 2009

More Candy by Grant Schirpik

My latest paintings in my candy series, and perhaps my last. I had planned on six, but I'm getting antsy to move on to another subject matter. The only thing that stops me is the Animal Crackers. They do look fun and I'm trying to figure out a way to be a little more creative with them, so that does inspire me to do one more (if you consider those to be candy). These 2 paintings, along with the Dots candy painting are going to be vying for attention on Sat. evening at a benefit auction. I gave the Dubble Bubble painting to them, but they will be collecting a commission for the other 2 paintings. I requested they hang the Good n Plenty painting, but they said they didn't have the room, so that's a bummer. I hate doing these things, comparing myself to the other artist. I felt like I was dropping off coloring book art to a museum and if felt embarrassing. Why are we our own worst critics, and why do we always compare ourselves to others? How can I compare myself to an abstract artist, yet I do! I'm going to go vomit, and that was just in response to dropping off the paintings. I can't wait for the actual show. Maybe I'll just stand right next to my art and listen to the comments. That sounds like a great plan... not! I'd rather vomit. At least I'll loose weight in the process. Wish me luck!

UPDATE: I returned from the show, and I am pleased to announce that the Dubble Bubble I donated to this worthy cause received 2 bids and did sell, saving my face. It was an interesting night. I heard some good buzz, which was good for my ego.  I joked about standing next to my paintings to hear critiques, and I actually found myself overhearing a precious older woman dissecting my paintings. She started with a positive which is always the kind thing to do, saying the painting of the gum was very realistic, but.... and I could not hear the rest of the sentence. Then she went on to comment on the other 2 candy paintings, but every time she said something significant, her voice dropped too low for me to overhear. You know what? It was actually liberating, because no matter what she said, it really didn't matter. A)Because I can't please everyone, and B) she was talking about them! At least it struck a cord. Anyway, the others didn't sell, but I don't think any of the painting that were not on the silent auction sold.  I really don't think there was any other painting that would be in the category of realism. It was mostly abstracts, or contemporary art. Also, my friend overheard someone discussing my Dubble Bubble painting and they were unsure as to why I misspelled the word Double. Had I done this intentionally, or had I just made a terrible mistake. I had to laugh at that!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Still Life w/ Beets, 40x30

This still life is deceptively large...but the 40x30 size gives each element significant impact. I love beets...the color, the starchy stems, the large leaves, and this leaf wanted to be important in this painting. Perhaps I should de-emphasize the vegetables to push the focus to the leaf? It's a possibility...or just paint another composition and try to soften/lose edges on all but the leaf.
does anyone have a thought about this?

Grandma's scale, 14 x 11

OK, I had the perfect onion, then I blew it. Ahem. I took another run at it, putting the parched skin back in, etc....still not as good as the initial rendering, but improved. Sometimes, it is hard to know when to leave well enough alone....In the words of Kathleen dello Stritto, "Step away from the canvas".

Thursday, September 3, 2009

New York City by Kay Wyne

New York City
22" x 28" Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
I had to post this painting of Times Square in NYC...John took a great pic of it last year, and I did a palette knife painting. I wanted to get the life, color and energy of NYC on the canvas. We are returning to NYC next week, and I hope to visit museums, tour the city and eat some great food! Looking at this painting really puts me in the mood for our trip!!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Floral Abstract by Kay Wyne

Floral Abstract
Palette Knife Oil Painting
8" x 10" on Cotton Panel
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