Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Painting Talk- " Well Watered"

Is 58:11 The Lord will guide you always...you will be like a well watered garden.

This newly created painting reminded me of the above scripture.  Then after walking parts of California coastline several weeks ago and reflecting on my work at this time I got a real sense of affirmation. A seascape or landscape can be captured abstractly.  As in this case through movement, color and energy.

Isn't creativity wonderful - we can interpret the world around us in so many ways.

"Well Watered" will be part of the upcoming exhibit at Asheville School in Asheville, NC beginning
November 9, 2017.

Well Watered, Cindy Walton, 16"x16", oil and cold wax medium on panel, $700

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Juried Show, what's that?

Urban Movement, Cindy Walton, 8"x 8", oil and cold wax on paper, $450

You may see through emails and blogs that artists participate in all kinds of shows. A juried show is just one kind. Usually there is a national call for certain kinds of art or a specific organization asks its members to participate in a show.

In this case the National Association of Women Artists put out a call to its members for submission to an exhibit titled Works on Paper. There are very specific guidelines to be followed and a fee involved.  After the submission the juror (an expert in the field of art) reviews the work and based on his/her critique a show is assembled.

The above painting on paper Urban Movement was accepted!! Here are the show details:

B. Beamesderfer Gallery, 
6 N 2nd Ave, 
Highland Park, NJ 08904
Opening reception: September 23, 2017. 6-8pm
Exhibition: September 23 - Nov. 8, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Workshop wonders

We all had a wonderful time this weekend at the intro to cold wax and abstraction techniques at 310Art lead by me, Cindy Walton.

 Each student expresses themselves with new material such as powdered pigment, oil paint, pigment sticks and cold wax.  We work on small to medium size wood panels
Here is an example of the quick 2 minute sketches.  Warm up exercises.

Cindy Walton Intro to cold wax class. The end of a busy weekend
Lastly the end of the weekend tired but pleased.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

tools of the trade

As I prepare for this past weekend's workshop I always reflect on the tools I use and why.  A lot of reflection is to prepare me for the demonstration that is to come.   How the tools are used and encourage the participants to experiment.

 One of these tools I use are pigment sticks.  One brand I like a lot is R&F pigment sticks.

There is something about unwrapping the paper and paintings with these buttery sticks of pigment.
So many times there is a sense of freedom as I spread large areas of my paintings with the wonderful color.  Many times I use a brayer to spread the paint or just leave it thick and chunky.  This allows the history and mystery of the paintings to develop.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Rejection in the art world con't.....

Urban Movement, 8"x8", oil and cold wax medium on paper, $450 (framed)

I am following up from my blog from 2 weeks ago to let you know I was accepted to a show in NJ!!

As I talked about earlier and the article explained...you never really know what will happen until you get your art out in the world.  Many years ago I remember celebrating each rejection because I knew I would be closer to a yes.

If you have great art, good images of your work and all the directions followed in the application you will be seen.  It is all a bit of a numbers game.  The more you are seen the more will happen.

Good luck!!

If any of you happen to be near Highland Park, NJ please check out the exhibit.

B. Beamesderfer Gallery
6 N 2nd Ave, 
Highland Park, NJ 08904
Opening reception:  September 23, 2017.  6-8pm
Exhibition: September 23 - Nov. 8, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Ghost Ranch and cold wax medium

A view from Chimney Rock during our hike see the ranch below
You may ask your self why I feel Ghost Ranch is a great place for a workshop in cold wax and oil?

  The landscape and color is breathtaking especially for this east coast girl.  Artists have come to this area for years to seek inspiration and rest. The Native Americans find the canyon a spiritual place and "thin place" in the world.  I come back from this area with new ideas and friends.

I would love for you to join me this October at Ghost Ranch Oct 8 - 14 for abstraction and cold wax painting. 

Hike to Box Canyon

I have heard locals call this time of year "yellow season" the Aspens, Cotton woods and many wild flowers are yellow and with the blue skies of the south west what more could you ask for for inspiration.
Wild flowers that cover the hill sides.

Please consider this workshop! Your work will only develop in a positive way.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Rejection in the art world

Near Home, 8"x8", oil, cold wax, charcoal, on paper.

We all have to deal with rejection but there is something about putting you heart into your work and being rejected.  I recently submitted the piece above for a works on paper show.....Who knows what will happen. One thing is for sure is the painting will be seen by more people because of the submission than sitting in my studio:)

I found this article recently from Artwork Archive, "How to handle rejection as an artist"  This line really spoke to me:

"By leaning into rejection, it is possible to learn more about your audience, build your confidence, and become a better artist."
Hope you enjoy the article and I'll let you know how the show selection goes.