I spend a lot of time in Tipp City, Ohio. I work in the gallery there, shop and support community activities when I can. The small town is a destination for dining, shopping, and artisan shops. Then there is my favorite location, Studio 14 Art Gallery (no surprise there).
As I drove through the streets, I appreciated the lovely diverse flower gardens. So I decided to paint the "Tipp Flowers" Series. I'm almost finished with the paintings of the spring flowers and will shortly begin to paint the summer flowers. These will include, day lilies and cone flowers!!
They are currently available at (yep, you guessed it) Studio 14, 14 E Main Street
I smile as I share the news that my painting aired on CBS Sunday Morning on July 8th. Smiling because they
included it after a segment about the heat wave that has gripped a large part of the states this summer. I'm not sure that I'd really want people to remember it because of our extreme temperatures.
Oh well, it does glow. Although we expect the sun to be stationary, I created this one to suggest it has but one way to go. Amazing how our mood influences the art. I was feeling the heat of a particular difficult situation.
I actually painted it working at Studio 14 Gallery. People would stop to observe for a while. This is when I met a very talented Artist by the name Ben Fry. Hes is an incredible watercolor artist and I thoroughly enjoyed see his work some weeks later. The journey continues...and its good.
"Gentle Release" is one of the 42 original paintings that are on Exhibit in the Lobby Gallery of the Fifth Third Center downtown in Dayton. The 42 paintings are of four different styles and mediums. It is unusual for me to exhibit the different styles together. It works here because of the amazing layout of this fabulous lobby.
When Arlene called and invited me to exhibit in the Lobby Gallery, I decided the timing is perfect. It has been ten years since I decided to start an art business and this year has been full of exciting events, classes, and I've created work that I am very proud to show.
The last time I had art work in downtown Dayton it was at the CADC. I liked the constant activity that Christy was bringing to the gallery. Sometimes life changes happen and the wise adjust. Trying to live wisely, I made the adjustments and later reemerged at Studio 14 Gallery in Tipp City. I'm loving the gallery work there and a full schedule of classes.
Also exhibiting artwork at Wombat Art Gallery in Waynesville, I'd say I'm busy.
Its the right time to celebrate all of the my efforts, supporters and friends. And Downtown Dayton is the place to do it. Hope there is a big turn out.
With this warm weather it won't be long before the trillium are in bloom. Last Spring my Wednesday morning art group met at Studio 14 Gallery's owner, Evelyn Staub's home. Behind her lovely home is a woodland area which was thick with blooming trillium. Fellow artist, Sonnie, even spotted a knodding trillium. Even though I captured several wonderful references for painting on my camera, I find myself in great anticpation at returning again this year. I had time to sketch some studies last year. Perhaps my schedule will allow me to actually paint them "plien aire".
When I painted this one on Sunday afternoon, my mind went back to that day. I think that is one of the wonderful reasons to go out and experience the nature we strive to capture in our art. Did I mention the flowers that led to my life of crime?? Well, that's another post.
The Red Tailed Hawk is one of the wildlife ambassadors at the Brukner Nature Center, Troy, Ohio.
We are reminded that we share this planet with other amazing living creatures and what we do or do not often has an impact on their very survival. Education is the key. The proceeds of this sale will go to Brukner Nature Center, directly.
Isn't it funny how we collect coffee mugs with all kinds of pictures on them. When did that begin? Who thought up that incredible marketing idea? I don't personally have a collection but I enjoy looking at the variety when I'm shopping, especially at a tourist trap. They have the best mugs, don't you think?
Enjoy this Beautiful Collection of Sun Art created for The Artist Challenge and CBS Sunday Morning Show.
(This Calendar features a tribute to the Sun Art of the late Vikki North, creator of The Artist Challenge)
Sometimes you just find yourself somewhere you never expected to land.
I think a tornado just picked me up and put me down in the land of The Artist Challenge
and The Pub
Let me start at the beginning; A couple of years ago, I submitted artwork on an online site that challenged the artists to create work based on bi-weekly themes. I benefitted by producing artwork that would otherwise not be created and I enjoyed the additional online presents. Occasionally, I engaged in some friendly banter and gleaned tidbits about successful online promotion in the artist forum.
I consider myself a serious artist who doesn't take herself "too seriously". I love my job. I create art, I teach art, I mentor those who would be artists and I co-own a company that makes artist acrylic paints. (I do more but who really cares?)
In December when the owner/creator of The Artist Challenge, Vikki North, courageously faced death with an unexpected health crisis. I recieved an email with the request that I should keep her vision alive by becoming the owner and the moderator of The Artist Challenge. As I tossed about the decision, Vikki took aim and said that there was little time remaining, that I should pee or get off the pot. (Actually, her words were more to the effect, "I have little time left. Go ahead and do it, you can always close down the site later if you decide it isn't for you".
Did she choose wisely? I don't know.
Vikki North died January 31, 2012. I was able to honor her by creating a gallery of her "Challenge" work Vikki North and with submission of loyal artists get the first gallery of the year "Show Us What You've Got" posted before her passing.
The Annual Sun Art Gallery (One of Vikki's pride and joys) 2012 Sun Art was posted last week.
(I wish she could have viewed it. I am so proud of the artist participation.)
I have been so busy trying to figure out the bells and whistles behind the scene, assuring artists that I will work to make the site a viable platform for their artwork and laying a foundation to keep Vikki's ship sailing that I failed to mourn her passing. It hit me today. (Loss is like that, it sneaks up on the one who is trying tokeep the stuff going.)
I told Vikki that I would do my best...and I will.
Its time for me to add my goodbye to the others. Somehow I can't do it on her memorial gallery.
She was closer to so many others, I sometimes suspect that she really meant to email someone else about
I think I was a little tired of setting up still life arrangements of flowers for my Wednesday morning art class. I wanted something different for interest and challenge. There is a cupcake shop across the street from the gallery. What I had in mind at the time were some cute colorful cupcakes and some candies to make a fun painting. Instead, I couldn't resist the Cherry Cordial Chocolate Cupcakes!!!
So we painted them. As the day went on, we gradually ate them up! What a fun subject. I enjoyed painting the paper on the cupcake most. It is translucent and has great texture to try capture.
Rusty Harden is a self-taught artist who has lived in Ohio's Miami Valley for a number of years. Through perseverance, Rusty set about Learning the fundamentals of her craft. Discovering an affinity for watercolors, the synergy that followed began to inspire all of Rusty's artistic endeavors. Rusty has had the honor of her work being included in juried, community and solo exhibits. Her work is shown in numerous galleries, corporate and private collections. As an instructor of workshops and classes, she believes it is her privilege and responsibility to create new artists.
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