Sunday, July 28, 2013

Play Day

Greetings Dear Readers -

It's too lovely outside to spend another minute at my computer, so I'll simply share a painting I've done this last week. 

For as rich and robust as geraniums are when they're in full bloom, there's something delicate and lovely about them as the petals fall and what remains is revealed.

©2013Patricia Scarborough  All That's Left, 10 x 8 oil
Lets all go outside and play now, shall we?


Sunday, July 21, 2013

New Direction

©2013 Patricia Scarborough  Hot Start to an August Day  12 x 12 pastel
Greetings Dear Reader -

The Day Trips exhibit is safely hung on the walls of The Burkholder Project. Suddenly I'm without an anchor; no deadlines, no focus, no theme to corral my ideas.

I feel a little like a kid in a candy store. Where do I start?

I enjoyed the challenge of the piece above from the Day Trips series. Could it be a new avenue for me to pursue?

For a long while I've been coveting the lanky spare lines of Nebraska's grain elevators. They are a completely different animal from my usual landscape, yet, in a way, still from the same rural place. Despite their very gritty, dusty machine-like appearance, elevators have a kind of exotic elegance that fascinates me.

I've been trying out some ideas. You get to be the first to see what's been on my easel.

It's not just about the structure of these gigantic insect-looking things. It's about what they represent, their purpose, the time of year...

...birds mysteriously roosting on invisible cables...

the unintended beauty of their architecture...

... the way they bump up against, and fade into, the atmosphere.
©2013Patricia Scarborough  As yet untitled pastel, about 14 x 16
It's a terrifically exciting challenge.  Rather than leap into what I know and allowing muscle memory to take precedent, I'm back in the game, wondering

There's no better place to be.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Day Trips Review

Greetings Friends -

If you've been paying any attention at all, you know I opened a new collection last Friday evening at The Burkholder Project with ceramic artist Sharon Ohmberger.  Also exhibiting their work were
Karen Krull Robart in the Skylight Gallery, Susan Hart and Tom Quest in the Outback Gallery, and Albert Maxey and Herschell Turner in the Special Exhibit Room. 

Yes, it's a big place.

I heard many times during the evening, "Hey, you been workin' hard!" 

Yes, I have.

What does it take, exactly, to get an exhibit like this up and running?  It's fairly simple, really.

First, you get yourself a Handsome Husband. Without HH, none of this would be any fun.

 Me and the Big Double H. Thanks for the photo, Mary!

Spend several months challenging yourself to make the finest art you're capable of making.

Then get yourself a friend, mentor and gallery owner...

Anne Burkholder and me

Don't forget the details...

Ready? Pick up from Warren, your Framer Extraordinaire, wrap carefully and deliver to your gallery space!

Be sure to work with a terrific artist and all around delightful person...

Sharon Ohmberger setting up earlier in the week
Ta da!

Open the doors and spend a lovely evening with friends and patrons, who will hopefully become one and the same!

Be sure to thank those folks who work hard behind the scenes making sure you look good:
Anne Burkholder, Lisa Holmquist, Pam King, Warren Cradduck, Handsome Husband and others who put up with my whining...then

spend the next day relaxing and being grateful!