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After 6 weeks of painting the 25 painting series “Looking Through Windows” is done.

If you live in the Sacramento area, please come and see the exhibit! It will be exhibited at the 20th Street Art Gallery. The exhibit will be on display November 11 – December 24, 2009. To see a preview of the exhibit, check out the gallery’s blog here.

I photographed all the paintings and turned them in yesterday.  While I was at the gallery, I received some postcards and my sample piece that I turned with my application for the exhibit.  That reminded me that I haven’t shared this yet —  here is my sample piece,  “Rooftops”,  oil on canvas paper:

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To get ready for the exhibit, I put the images together in the order I would like them to hang on the wall.  I decided to order them based on color instead of when I completed them.  I think it looks nicer this way.  The five on the bottom will not hang in the exhibit initially, they are extras and will be hung as pieces sell from the exhibit. And thus they are my least favorites.  Here they are all together (click image to see larger):

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It’s amazing what a person is capable of under stress.  If you remember my last update was titled “yikes!”.  At the end of week four I had less than half the paintings completed and in the last week and a half, I finished the rest.  Here are some larger, individual photos of my favorites that I haven’t already shared in previous posts:

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Less than two weeks to go.  And I’m still behind. In fact, I’m a bit stressed out. At this point I need to finish at least one a day. So … I spent today sketching out all the remaining paintings and started painting a few of them. I feel a little better that I have a plan for each. But I need to work faster. And some of these remaining paintings are going to be simpler and less detailed so that I don’t run out of time.  In the interest of time, I will only share with you the 5 I finished last week (no in-progress shots).  And here they are:

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I may not post next week. We’ll see if I find the time. If I don’t, the next post will show all 25 completed paintings. Stay tuned!

Hello again.  Another week. Still behind, but I am closer to my goal.  Here’s what I accomplished this week:

Finished: Japanese GardenJapaneseGarden_FINAL_web

Also finished: City Flat with Flower

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And Hummingbird (though very slightly different from last week’s post)

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Close to complete: Moon

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And Cafe window.  I am going to add a sheer curtain halfway down the window.

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This snowy window is about halfway done — I still need to add icicles and window frame.

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This graffiti wall is also halfway complete.  The window will be run-down warehouse style.

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Just started: Burano Reflection

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And Ferry view/ Sailboat

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I also have 2 more sketched out on the panels. One – a serene beach scene from a hut. The other – fish through submarine window.  And if I finish all these by the end of the week, I will be on track.  So … I’ve got quite a bit to do.  Have a nice week and please check back for week 4 update next Sunday.

Week 2 already?! Ok, so I wasn’t as productive as I should have been…so now I am behind schedule. But it’s okay. My new plan is to figure out as many of my ideas as I can and get the basic composition and/or background painted out. That way I will not need to stress over coming up with ideas and I can just paint.

So without further adieu … here’s what I accomplished this week …

I finished Montbleu Window, Tahoe. (Btw — these titles are not the official titles, I probably won’t have them titled until the end). This is a composite of several different photos I took from our hotel room window a couple years ago.

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The Hummingbird Painting is mostly done.  I plan to spend a few minutes cleaning it up before it’s completely done and ready to be signed 🙂

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The Japanese Garden and City Flat Window are close to being done. Maybe an hour more each.

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According to my new plan, I have very rough drafts done for the next 4 paintings: Snowy Scene, Earth Sunrise, Cafe Silhouettes, and Full Moon.

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Now back to painting … have a nice week! Wish me a productive one.

I’ve been painting every day for a week now in preparation for  the 20-20 exhibit.  The gallery gave us more time than the last challange (the 50-50) I participated in, but this time I chose to work in oil which requires significantly more drying time.  So instead of completing a painting than starting a new one, I’m working on several at a time. I really like painting this way.

Here’s what I accomplished during week one.  I finished 2 paintings:

Orsay Clock window. This is from a photo I took at the Orsay Museum in Paris.

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And this one:

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And here are 4 that I’m working on:

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Please check back next weekend for week 2 update.  Now back to painting . . .

I’m very excited to announce that my painting was selected as the image for the Official Roseville Centennial Poster.  For those of you that live in the area and would like to purchase one, they are available at the Blue Line Gallery for $15.00. The poster size is 18 x 24 inches.  A copy of this poster can also be found at the Roseville Library Archives.

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Here’s my latest painting: Rosevillle

I created it for the Celebrating Roseville: A Centennial Exhibit at the Blue Line Gallery in Roseville CA. The city is celebrating its one hundredth year and the Blue Line Gallery is celebrating with the city 🙂

The painting is large (for me anyway), it’s 2′ x 3′ and very detailed. I had one month to complete it and I worked an incredible amount of hours on it. But alas it is complete!

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The exhibit opens Saturday night with live music by Gypsy Standard Time and snacks from Kelli’s cookies. Should be fun!

Here is the exhibit postcard. For more about the exhibit, click here.

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Hello! The opening of the Storybook exhibit at 20th Street Art Gallery was tonight.  There will be another 2nd Saturday reception in December and the show ends December 20.

The exhibit looks great and I enjoyed the opening.  There are 50 artists in the show.  Each artist was given one sentence of Debra Keller’s short story titled “The Gift” and were asked to create 3 different representations of it. The gallery is showing the 3 paintings by each artist and selling books containing the story and one artwork by each artist. The book is nicely done and I think they did a good job selecting the pieces for the book.  I am very excited; this is the first time my work was published in a book! 🙂 The opening was really fun because many of the artists and the author were there to sign the books and chat.

My three paintings (the middle one made it in the book):

“I glided across the top of the fence careful not to stab my slippers.”

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I just framed one of my 50 miniature paintings titled “Sand Castle”. The Blue Line Gallery in Roseville is having a summer themed exhibit called “Sea, Sand and Sun” starting this Saturday. My painting will be part of the exhibit.

Please excuse the poor photo (lighting conditions were terrible). Anyway – you get the idea – white frame with the image floating on top of the mat. I think it goes really well with the image.

I am all done with the paintings and I submitted them to the 20th Street Art Gallery yesterday afternoon. At the gallery I had the opportunity to pick up some postcards for the exhibit- see image below. I was excited to see one of my paintings made it on the postcard (circled in red). As it turns out the exhibit title has been shortened to “50-50” because they accepted about 75 artists. You can see samples from many of the artists here.

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The exhibit will be up April 9th – May 2nd, 2008.

Since I started the blog a little after I started painting, there are several paintings I have not posted yet and there are a couple that I replaced. So, here are the ones you have not seen yet and all 50 together in hanging order (click to enlarge):

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