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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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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″

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.

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.

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.

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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I decided to go ahead and replace my least favorite one – the boy tying his shoe laces. I think the idea was good, but the execution was not. Actually I never truly finished it. You haven’t seen this painting yet unless you looked at the photo of the first 28 paintings very carefully – it’s on there. However – it will not make it in the final 50.  Instead, I am working on a painting of a little boy helping in decorating a Christmas tree. It should be a really cute one.

And here are the toys that I’ve been working on all weekend:

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Guess who this little rascal is? I’ve been thinking with all these trips down memory lane and not a single painting includes me. So here’s little Veronika with Grandpa about to push me on my red wagon.

Now that the painting is done, I have little dilemma: I don’t want this painting to sell. However, my contract with the 20th St Art Gallery for the upcoming 50-50-50 exhibition states that all 50 paintings must be for sale. My solution is, I will just have to buy it myself (or get someone else to buy it for me and I will pay them back). That’s right, as silly as that sounds, I’m going to buy a painting from myself. The gallery keeps 50% of the profits, so essentially I can get it for half off :). The reason I don’t want to risk this painting selling at the gallery is because I want to give it to my grandparents as a gift. I think they would really like it.

I also want to note on the painting I posted yesterday “Training Wheels” is actually my brother, Gabor on that bicycle – his legs anyway 🙂 . And the two photos I referenced for these two paintings were taken on the same day, same location.

Unfortunately, my scanner cannot get the the red tones right and not even my photoshop magic could correct it perfectly. The reds in the original painting are more rich and crimson rather than the slightly orangy color in this picture.

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