Here are some photos of the clothing that I've ordered created from artwork I have submitted to Le Galeriste! I am my best customer - hahahaha! I just love wearing these clothes - wrinkle free, throw them into washer with cold water, hang to dry and they are good as new. Fabric is fabulous and workmanship superb! See all my clothes at my storefront: www.legaleriste.com/andrea.burke
Lakefest comes to Clarksville every summer and the streets are filled beyond capacity with vendors and visitors! It's so much fun! This year I got there early, as I always do, and went on the bridge in hopes of capturing hot air balloons flying by. For the first time in the 8 years we have lived here, they actually flew over the lake! I was just beside myself with anticipation.
Anyway, they led me to paint some paintings from two of my favorite businesses here. Woodbine Vineyards and Buggs Island Brewing.
I submitted these three paintings for consideration in the upcoming juried VA Watercolor Society Show in Portsmouth, VA! I'll let you know if I get in or not!!!
I did a 30 day challenge on my facebook page to paint every day and post my progress every day for 30 days. I'm very glad I did it! It got me painting again and felt wonderful. I have a commissioned painting to do and I'm entering a contest for new town logo. I will post both when delivered! Here are the paintings I completed on my challenge:
"We are thrilled to inform you that your painting has been accepted into the Northwest Watercolor Society’s 80th Annual International Open Exhibition! Our first ever online International Open Exhibition has been extremely successful with 324 entrants submitting 674 total paintings, from 38 states and 12 countries. Juror Ron Stocke has selected your painting as one of 75 to be featured in this prestigious exhibition. Well done!"
Here is the painting that got accepted. "Pearishable" 15 x 22 watercolor
I have so much fun painting with this style that I decided to do some of our friends for Christmas Gifts. They don't check my website, so they are safe here!!!
I'm so excited. As part of Laurie Goldstein-Warren's Watermedia Career Essentials class, she has really encouraged us all to try to get into a long list of national/international shows that come up each year. So, I bit the bullet and have entered four!
I am currently enrolled in an 8 week online class, again with Laurie Goldstein Warren. In this class we are learning to pour paintings, and more importantly how to market, promote, brand, get published and how to get into national and international shows. The information is mind blowing and Laurie is just incredibly generous with all her information.
I am struggling with the pouring process. I've painted "realism" for 20 years now and these colors based on black and white values are just overwhelming for me. I'm so anal retentive - all black and white - there is no grey in my world. But with all this struggling comes great lessons and I'm all for that. I will not give up, and with each try I get a little better. Here is what I have painted so far - no keepers yet, and that's ok!
I just can't seem to stop painting using this process! It's so much fun!!!! Here are my latest paintings - these are all from the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade taken in DC several years ago.
This was the best class I have taken in a long, long time! I learned so much and just had a ball! And now I can't seem to stop painting with this process! Here are my latest endeavors!
What an ordeal this has been, hasn't it. My biggest fear is that if it comes back again, are we going to go these extremes? Small businesses are closing, many have lost their jobs, I feel for the parents of young children in school that have had to adjust their careers to homeschool their kids. I fell for the people who have to work and put themselves at such a high risk. I feel for the elderly, but then I always do. So many takes on this thing, political and not so political. Who do you believe??
I know one thing for sure, I've had a lot of time to paint! I have been working on a dolphin series after buying this cute little guy. The series is called "Fun with Flipper". I think #3 is probably the best representation of this cute little guy. Have until August 1st to come up with 3 good ones to submit for VA Watercolor Society Juried Show!
Sometimes I wonder why I do this to myself, but honestly it helps me hone in my skills and try to do better with each painting. I'm down to 4 paintings to choose 3 from. Which 3 do you like, or maybe the easier question is which one don't you like? Thank you in advance for your help!!
There is an upcoming National Show held in Lynchburg, VA that I would love to get in. Submission deadline is 2/14, so I still have some time. And if some of my paintings I submitted for another show will be revealed 2/5, so I may have some to pick from that as well. In the meantime, I am continuing to paint things I like and want to paint and it feels really good. Here are the 3 so far....wish me luck!!!!
With a new year and new decade, I've made some major changes in my life re art. While I enjoyed being in the Lake Country Artisans Guild, I did not enjoy cranking out work as quickly as I could to participate in these little shows all over both VA and NC with very low sales volume. I've decided to leave the Guild and go out on my own. I've joined the Virginia Watercolor Society and will submit artwork to various Juried Shows across both states, though most of NC shows are limited to NC residents, and that's fine! I want to take my time with paintings and do them to my very best - and get better with each one. I painted this recently for myself - as a commemorative souvenir at Hostfest in Minot, ND with my Besties from Concordia College! It hangs in our bathroom so I can feel the joy every time I brush my teeth! :-)
The "crafts" members of our group did really well at this Gala, the Fine Art not so much. Fine Arts and Crafts do not mix well, and lesson learned. Was set up beautifully and we met lots of nice people. Sarah and I "ran the store" for 4 days and it was really fun. The reception was 11/10 and we had fun there, too.
Lovely art, lovely audience, lovely sales. All in all a successful show and featured only members of our Lake Country Artisans Guild. Such diversity and talent - and nicest bunch of folks you'd ever want to meet!
This was a "Judged" Show meaning everyone gets all 3 pieces in and then they pick winners! This was first time doing show at the Danville Art Museum and hope to do many more - it's such a gorgeous place!! Twi winners from our Artists Guild - Rebecca Rodgers and Sarah Buldoc!
We had such a lovely time. Great turnout, fabulous art, and the Juror was excellent! Show is available for viewing until October 22nd! 43 W Main St., Yanceyville, NC
I had so much fun doing this and we had wonderful people watching the demo! Thank you, Shirley for a great opportunity!!
Almost time to submit images of the artwork for consideration to be in the next juried show at MMMG! Here are my 4 submissions! Wish me luck!!!
I'm doing a demo at this awesome gallery on how to make abstract paintings with spider webs - and a few other abstract tricks that require NO DRAWING SKILLS WHATSOEVER!! In preparation, I have a painted web ready to apply the shapes and spray acrylics; a web with 4 layers of shapes and paint ready for the big "reveal"; and 3 paintings that go just a little farther with this process just for fun. If we have time, I will also demonstrate how to make your own gelli papers! Will be a fun, fast hour and I do hope y'all can come!!!
Time to switch out some art and artisans again! Love having our work displayed so beautifully in downtown Clarksville - and now just in time for the crowds of Lakefest!!! We're happy!!!
Andrea Burke, WVWS
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