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Events: The Rising Seas

I attended my very first performance by the Britt Festival Orchestra! Britt commissioned me to do two pieces for their summer series, “Sound of Nature”.
I did one for Beethoven’s 6th Movement and another on Debussy’s “La Mer”. Last night I attended “La Mer”! I’ve been published in their official 2019 souvenir program! I’m so honored! Thank goodness the air quality has cleared and the weather was lovely. The event was at the Britt Gardens in Jacksonville, OR. I’ve never experienced anything that could compare with that night! My friend was so kind to join me! We huddled under a soft blanket on the grassy lawn under the twinkling stars. The music was phenomenal and it felt like the surrounding nature was humming to the performance. The trees swayed and the mountains echoed. The animals peered out in curiosity. During the intermission, I stood by my paintings and got the privilege to speak with some of the spectators. It was a pleasure meeting Teddy Abrams, the passionate conductor who makes the magic possible! The whole night seems like it was only a sweet dream. Could I really have been braiding my friend’s soft, gold-tinted hair as the beautiful melody composed long before my existence filled the night sky? Sometimes reality and the dream realm blend into one. Dreams certainly can come true…

My Creations for Britt

“Blossoming Sweethearts” $900.00

“Blossoming Sweethearts”

This is an 11×15 inch watercolor painting of two lovely palomino horses. This piece is a part of my series entitled “Spirits of Animalia”. Creating the spirits of animals is such a fascinating endeavor for me. I absolutely love envisioning the animal’s soul and how it can be portrayed to reveal their personal qualities. These sweethearts are cantering in the midst of a Japanese cherry blossom tree. I wanted to portray the joyful love the horses share for each other through the means of hidden symbolism. The entirety of the tree forms the shape of a heart and the branches delicately form two small hearts, giving both horses their own heartbeats. “Blossoming Sweethearts” was inspired by Beethoven’s 6th movement, “Pastoral”. This delightful symphony makes my heart flutter with joy. I have such fond memories of my elementary teacher playing it in our classroom to create a ambient atmosphere. I can vividly imagine the immense beauty Beethoven must have witnessed when escaping to the Austrian countryside! I can smell the sweet aroma of the wildflowers in the meadows and hear the hoofbeats of cantering horses like the dancing beat of my heart. Nature is constantly gives us such precious little gifts, from the welcoming shelter of a tree to the humble buzzing of a bumblebee.

“Spirited Sea” $1306.00

“Spirited Sea” was inspired by Debussy’s “La Mer”. This watercolor painting is a part of my series titled “Spirits of Animalia”, focusing on spirit animals in our beautiful natural world. This intense piece truly expresses the mysterious wonder of the sea. From serene calm water by the port to crashing waves in a perilous storm, I can nearly feel what it must be like to be water. The fluidity and liveliness of water gives the sea such variance depending on the atmosphere. The sea can be soothing as well as strike terror into the deepest depths of your soul, yet it is always beautiful. It has been quite a while since I’ve submerged into the healing water of the Ocean. After this piece, I can almost hear the birdcalls in distant waves and smell the calming salty aroma of the ocean spray drifting in the wind… It’s as though the Ocean is calling me.

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Our Final Month of Summer!

Goodness, a lot has happened since my last post! Well firstly, let’s embrace the relaxing season of Summer! Don’t we all have fond childhood memories exciting rush that would come when school closed for the summer break! When I was young my mother would bring my sisters and I to Hobby Lobby to buy supplies to fuel our creative endeavors! Hobby Lobby was the place of summer joy! I still feel that little rush of excitement when buying art supplies from there from time to time. Those are some of my favorite memories and of course they are right next to those wonderful times when we would sunbath after swimming and my mother would come outside in a sundress and serve us some freshly cut, delicious watermelon! What are your favorite summer memories?!
I’m 20 Now! I had some beautiful strawberries for a cake! It was my birthday on the 24th! Looks like I no longer qualify as a teenager but I will always be a child at heart! It was my first birthday away from my family but Kiwi, Kenyai, and I celebrated like the happy mini family we are! If one of us has a birthday, it’s like we all have a birthday!  But no worries, we don’t age at a tripled speed! That would be rather unfortunate…
Unfortunately the forest fires have begun… The night after my birthday was horrifying. I stepped outside at sunset to find myself in a hazy grey fog that was suffocating. The field looked gloomy and spooky… That night I woke up and looked up at the night sky. The moon was a flaming shade of orange! It was quite terrifying… The following morning the mountains were hiding in a blanket of dense fog and the sun was an angry deep shade of red. It’s all been very bizarre…
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Currently In The Studio

I am so excited about my newest project! I’m doing two new elements in this painting, a human oil painting, and working from the reflection of a mirror! That’s right, I’m painting a self-portrait! This painting has brought me to venture new pathways but I’m up for the challenge. Stay tuned for the final painting, this one is going to be big.

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Eagle Watch Season!

I’m happy to announce that my painting, “Stardust”, will be on view in the Connecticut River Museum for the duration of the Eagle Watch Season! I’m so honored to be offered this wonderful opportunity! Here’s some details about “Stardust”…

“Stardust” $985.00

“Stardust” is an oil painting on a 8×10 wooden panel of a bald eagle. I created this piece in dedication of the eagle watch season in Connecticut this winter. I painted this while I was visiting my family in Texas. After painting all morning my little sister and I went on a walk to get some fresh air. We were treated with the extremely rare  surprise of seeing a wild bald eagle! He was perched on the top of a telephone pole looking like he ruled the skies. The sight was absolutely stunning. It is an experience that will forever live in my memory.

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Lyme Academy of Fine Art’s 42nd Annual Student Exhibition

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“In My Wildest Dreams”, $1,200.00

My giraffe was  accepted into Lyme Academy’s Annual 42nd Student Exhibition! This is an exhibition that my art school has once a year and is going to be held in two locations this year! It’s had all of us Lyme artists buzzing around trying to get everything just right! Here are the specifications… 

Chauncey Stillman Gallery at Lyme Academy of Fine Art

Exhibition on view February 9 – March 31, 2018

Gallery Hours: Mon-Sat 10am – 4pm

Hygienic Basement gallery, New London

Exhibition on view March 10 – March 30, 2018

Closing Reception on Friday, March 30, 2018, 6-9 pm

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“Envision”

I am so grateful for my lovely experience at “Envision” and am honored to have been invited to become a RAW artist. My next RAW show will be in May at Houston, Texas. I met so many lovely people and I hope to keep some lasting friendships. I gained so much professional experience and I’m ready to take on these wonderful opportunities as they come! Thank you so much if you attended and came to my booth. Your support means so very much to me.

 

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Updates on my Final!

     Sorry it’s been so long! Well, I ended up finishing my painting! Here is the final creation…

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   This is a 16×16 inch oil painting of a lovely bluejay. I was inspired to paint an Autumn themed scene due to recently moving to Connecticut and experiencing the beauty of nature’s painted colors for the very first time. The deep ruby red and fiery orange hues left me breathless. I drove past this incredible view on the way back fromBluejays looked like dashing sapphires. They are one of the few species of birds that are known for collecting shiny objects, so I thought it would be fitting to have him ring the bells of Autumn!
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Starting a New Assignment (My Final!)

    I’m a current art student at Lyme Academy of Fine Art, located in Connecticut! I recently got the specifications of my final assignment for painting. It must be at least 16 inches in dimension and must incorporate three elements; a still life, a landscape, and an interior! I will update this blog as my newest piece comes to reality! I’m definitely going to incorporate this photo I took from the side of the road on my way back from the car dealership….