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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 . . .

Lottery

The Lottery for the Arts exhibit is up at the Blue Line Gallery throught the end of the week. I have two pieces in the exhibit (see photos below … number 20 and 23). The actual Lottery event will take place this Friday evening and tickets are still available here.  Ticket buyers will  go home with one of the 104 pieces in the exhibit.  Should be a fun evening 🙂

PRESS COVERAGE:

I was mentioned in an article about the Lottery for the Arts that appeared in the Press Tribune last Saturday. Click here for the article.

#20 Jungle of Hair, engraving

#20 Jungle of Hair, engraving

Tomorrow night there will be a special artist reception during which the winner of the “People’s Choice” will be announced.  Since I work at Roseville Arts I have some inside scoop… as of yesterday, one of my peices #20 was in second place.  YOU can help tip the scales — if you are living in the area — stop by the Blue Line Gallery and vote for #20! 🙂

#23 Grand Oak, etching

#23 Grand Oak, etching

20-20

I am participating in another group exhibit at the 20th Street Gallery called 20-20.  It’s modeled after the 50-50 show I participated in last year. This time it’s 20 pieces of art by each artist! I got my panels today… so I will be busy painting every day. I will post photos of my progress, so stay tuned . . .

Hey There! Just wanted to let you know about this really unique new event at the Blue Line Gallery.  It’s an exhibit and fundraising event called Lottery for the Arts!

The way it works is the organization asked artists to donate some art pieces which will be exhibited Sept 1-11 at the Blue Line Gallery. And they are selling lottery tickets (which are not cheap, but well worth the cost) for the Lottery “party”. On the evening of Sept 11, there will be a private event for ticket holders and their guests — they will enjoy food & wine while they wait for their names to be drawn.  Once their name is drawn, they will choose their piece of art. Every ticket holder will go home with an original art piece art valued between $175-$1200! So it’s a lottery where everyone is a winner!

Should be a great event! For more information and to see the artwork donated so far or to purchase your ticket, click here.

I will have 2 pieces in the exhibit. They are both intaglio pieces, created using etching or engraving and aquatint on a copper plate and hand printed on an etching press. If you buy a ticket, you may win one of these (they will be matted and framed, I’ll post photos soon):

“Jungle of Hair”, engraving and aquatint, 12″ x12″

“The Grand Oak”, etching and aquatint, 13.5″ x 12″

I’m having a sale in my etsy shop! Please have a look-see! 🙂

All prints are on sale: buy 3 and get one of equal or lesser value FREE! You’ll save on shipping as well because I bundle ship items.  Sale ends Jan 31.

Over the weekend I visited a few galleries in Sacramento and found some really great art.  I want to mention 2 artists in particular: Patricia Gillespie and Kim Squaglia.  Both artists create amazing & detail oriented art that utilizes layered materials – however in most other respects are very different.

Patricia’s work is currently exhibited at the Verge Gallery, Sacramento:

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Her work reminds me of pop art but she presents it in a very fresh and unique way. I love the way she juxtaposes the soft quilted textiles with hard wood and and intense colors to create her work. She  balances the detail of the quilting with simple stylized figures in a very beautiful way. Each piece contains a clever word or phrase (also wood cut-outs) that adds social commentary in a whimsical way.  If you get a chance – her work is definitely worth a peek! For more about Patricia Gillespie click here.

squagliaKim’s work can be seen at Jay Jay Gallery, Sacramento:

I’m not generally a huge fan of abstract art unless it’s something really innovative and unique. Kim’s oil and resin creations are both and absolutely beautiful! Unfortunately photographs don’t do her work justice – you must see it in person and up close to truly appreciate it.  Her work contains numerous layers, which give it a lot of dimension and interest.  She is also a wizard with color and creates the most beautiful color combinations using her daintly, yet expressive strokes.  Her creations (some quite large) contain an incredible amount of detail — I can only imagine the time they must take to create.

The process she uses is fascinating as well.  Though I did not get a chance to talk to her, it seems she paints a layer in oil then covers in with a layer of resin, and so on for at least 20 layers.  If you have the opportunity to see her work in person, I highly recommend it. For more about Kim Squaglia and her art, click here.

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I hope you enjoy these talented artists’ work!

The Roadside Scholar is a wonderful blog I’ve been reading regularly for some time now.  It’s written by Gigi, a photographer and fellow etsian.  She writes about art and designs she comes across on etsy and elsewhere on the internet. It’s a great resource for discovering some really interesting artwork, designs, etc.  She recently purchased one of my prints and wrote a blog post about me.  So please check it out!

http://www.roadsidescholar.com/2008/09/18/the-art-of-veronika-nagy/

In other news: The Blue Line Gallery opened it’s long awaited Gift Shop.  I have some of my small original painting and prints on consignment there.  I was pleased to find out that I sold 2 items (1 painting and 1 print) on the very first day! 🙂

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! 🙂

Thanks to Diane Bell – a wonderful artist and person – I had the opportunity to print some of my old favorite etchings. She has a beautiful, spacious printmaking studio and a good-sized etching press. I spend about 5.5 hours in her studio today, printing and talking to her about printmaking techniques. She had some great tips and suggestions to share and I can’t wait to go back and print more.

So the popular “Monks” is now available in my shop once again and I will list the “Grand Oak” soon.

We also had an opening at the gallery for the Sea, Sand and Sun and Urban Art exhibits. After printing with Diane, I went down to say hello. It was a nice opening and my little painting sold already -so that is exciting. I know who purchased it – so thank you Bruce and Barbara! 🙂

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.

Hello – It’s embarrassing how long it’s been since my last post. The puppies have been keeping me busy and I haven’t had many chances to create new art. I do have something in the works and many ideas floating around in my head.

In the meantime, I’m listing originals and prints of my 50-50 paintings in the etsy shop. Please have a look!

The owner of the 20th Street Art Gallery,  Jim Ferry and artist Ernie Olson did some very nice portraits of the participating artists in the 50-50 show. Jim created the portrait of me (below) and I think he did a really nice job! To see more of Jim’s art, please click here.

Happy Friday!

One of the fellow artists participating in the 50-50, Francisco Castro, created a page on his website dedicated to 50-50 and he asked all the artists to send him their personal favorites from their own 50-50 series. Not everyone has responded to his request yet, but a good number of the artists have and you can view the web page here.

Those of you living the Sacramento Area, please come out 2nd Saturday (April 12) to the reception from 6pm-9pm. It’s at the 20th Street Art Gallery, 911 20th Street between J & I Streets. It should be a really fun exhibit with 3500 pieces of art hanging on the gallery walls.

And for those of you who cannot make it to the exhibit, I will post some photos after the artist reception next week.