Now showing at the Lost Dog Cafe

Three Musicians -- oils on canvas, 16 x 20 in.
Three Musicians — oils on canvas, 16 x 20 in.

It’s been a couple of years since I last showed at the Lost Dog Cafe in Binghamton, NY. Although it’s awkward for people to look at the art when there are diners at the tables (and there are always diners at the tables in the Lost Dog!), it’s a lovely space, with three distinct exhibit areas, each with a nice hanging system. So this morning I parked my car full of art in front of their door, hauled my goods in, and set to work. This is the last time I’ll exhibit my Unlikely Dance series for a while, I think. But it looks wonderful in the Lost Dog space, as I knew it would, along with a couple of studies for the series and two new dance-themed pieces — The Grove and Three Musicians.

This First Friday night I’ll be in the Lost Dog Lounge holding forth at Meet the Artist (or so I imagine; this will be my very first Meet experience). And this month I’ll have a good excuse to have lunch and perhaps a dinner at the Dog — yummy!

I also have a few pieces in a November group show with the Fine Arts Society of the Southern Tier, at the Krembs Gallery, UHS/Binghamton General Hospital, not shown here.

 

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Coming up in August!

Stillness and Motion
Apples in a White Bowl, by Mary Robertson – 30 x 24 in., oils on canvas
Unlikely Dance: Beethoven Oaks, by Glenda Blake – 48 x 30 in., oils on canvas

Throughout the month of August 2014 the Broome County Public Library presents “Stillness and Motion,” a joint exhibit of still life and dance paintings by artists Glenda Blake and Mary Robertson.

Artist and designer Glenda Blake received a grant from the Community Foundation for South Central New York’s Artist Fund for the series Unlikely Dance, featured in “Stillness and Motion.” She began painting as a teenager, and, after a hiatus of thirty-plus years, resumed under the guidance of New England impressionist June Latti. Traditional dance is a frequent subject of her work in both oils and colored pencil. She has exhibited throughout the Northeast, and is currently teaching oil painting at Your Home Public Library in Johnson City, NY (July 28-August 25).

Taking up painting later in life, award-winning fine artist Mary Robertson has been painting for over thirty-five years now, studying locally with both William Grausgruber and the late Michael Tanzer, and teaching her own workshops on painting. Oils are her primary medium, along with watercolor and acrylic, and still life a favorite subject. Mary was Artist-in-Residence at Riverfront Antiques in Binghamton, NY.

Both artists have exhibited their work with the Fine Arts Society of the Southern Tier, at the Community Foundation for South Central New York, and at the Broome County Arts Council as well as in other regional venues. Their common ground is a love of clear colors and dramatic light.

Another painting started in a paint-together

KwanYin with Flowers 01
KwanYin with Flowers 01 — 16×20 in., oil on canvas, unfinished

Actually, I haven’t renewed my membership in FASST, the Fine Arts Society of the Southern Tier. I think my membership dues were due this last summer, but I haven’t been happy with the organization, with its muddle of amateur and professional affiliations, and its largely amateur exhibitions. But I have made some wonderful friends there, including Mary Robertson, mentioned in my last post. I’m thinking of renewing now.

Today we painted together at the temporary FASST gallery in the Oakdale Mall, in Johnson City, NY. Jan Wood, president of FASST, joined us. Thanks to Mary’s husband Rudy, who fetched her forgotten canvas and her clamp light, we set up a simple still life with the flowers and pots that Mary brought and the KwanYin figurine that I brought, and did our underpaintings. We also took photos for use in finishing our paintings. It was a very happy couple of hours.

Mary Robertson - Still Life at the FASST mall gallery
Mary Robertson – still life at the FASST mall gallery. My underpainting at right.

Meanwhile, a couple of days ago one of my singing partners from Diamonds in the Rough brought me a copy of last week’s Ithaca Times newspaper, which included an art critic’s review of the “Joy of Dancing” show at the Tompkins County Library. I was flabbergasted and delighted by what he said about my work. Wow! Thank you, Warren Greenwood!

Carousel Day, Two Biennials, and another Unlikely Dance finished

Unlikely Dance: Beethoven Oaks
Unlikely Dance: Beethoven Oaks – 30 x 48 in., oils on canvas

Got a lot to catch up on, here!

I’ve been back to the Roberson Regional twice, but both times was so bowled over by the art I neglected to take photos. I didn’t win any awards, but I’m honored to have work in such a superb show. That’s award enough! The show runs through October.

July 27 was Johnson City Carousel Day, my village festival — instead of setting up for on-the-spot portraits, which seem not to be very popular anymore (I made a living with them when I was in my early twenties), I worked on a demo painting… between tying things down and retrieving things the wind had blown down.

Working on Cutler Maples at Johnson City Carousel Day. Photo courtesy of Darlene Clark Photography
Working on Cutler Maples at Johnson City Carousel Day. Photo courtesy of Darlene Clark Photography
It was a lovely day despite the wind, and again I won two prizes, one each for booth presentation and for my artwork. The demo painting was a lot of fun — I do enjoy teaching, and there was lots of interest. The kids were wonderful — full of questions and very impressed. Some said, “I want to paint too!” so I had to explain that these were grown-up paints, and not safe for kids to use. I’m so grateful for the help and good company of my friends at the next-door FASST (Fine Arts Society of the Southern Tier) booth, and of course for my sweetie, Leo, who fetched and carried and helped put up and take down the tent.

Spurred on by the submission deadline for a themed FASST exhibit at the Broome County Public Library, I finally finished Unlikely Dance: Beethoven Oaks on July 31… JUST in time. In fact it was still a bit tacky in spots when I dropped it off, despite having a fan on it for 48 hours, applying a hairdryer, and using a ton of Liquin drying medium in the last paint applications. It looks marvelous on the wall of that cavernous room. I had to remove it for a day to photograph it for printing, for a customer’s gift request (after editing the heck out of an on-site photoshoot and ending up with an unprintable image).

AND… today I received word that two of my paintings have been accepted for the Northeastern Biennial, in October! They’re Princess Royal and Puppet Parade. (The acceptance of Puppet Parade in particular is a sweet vindication, for me.)

PrincessRoyal, PuppetParade
Accepted for Northeastern Biennial Twenty Thirteen: Princess Royal and Puppet Parade, each 16 x 20 in., oils on canvas


The “Unlikely Dance” project was made possible by a grant from the Artists Fund of the Community Foundation for South Central New York

To follow my progress in Unlikely Dance, just click on the “Unlikely Dance” link under TOPICS, on the left of any page in this blog.

Back to Beethoven Oaks: fun with whites and lights

Unlike Dance: Beethoven Oaks (unfinished) -- 30 x 48 in., oils on canvas
Unlikely Dance: Beethoven Oaks (unfinished) — 30 x 48 in., oils on canvas

After a few days off, I’m back into Unlikely Dance: Beethoven Oaks (actually, the least “unlikely” setting in the series so far). Really enjoying playing with the white clothing in the clear spring light — whites are seldom actually white. I’ve used cool colors — cobalt blue, cobalt violet, alizarin crimson, plus titanium white and some cadmium yellow medium to tone down a bit — in the shaded parts of the whites, and sparked it up with a complementary yellow-white mix for the lights. These whites are poppin’! Tree branches are roughed in, to be defined further by eventually painting the sky in between them — meanwhile I’ve begun to establish a bright blue “color trail” amongst the branches to lead the eye back into the center of the composition. I’m trying to paint more in value ranges than in color matches, and so far I like it.

River Willows - 20 x 16 in., oils on canvas
River Willows – 20 x 16 in., oils on canvas

I’ve finished River Willows, but something about it is bothering me. Too weighty, too dark, too something. I may have overworked it.

Once again a “bridesmaid” at the Fine Arts Society Members’ Show, in May I won an Honorable Mention for Dance Study: 2 and 1. It’s a nice recognition nonetheless — and I’m happy for the award winners, several of whom are good friends.

Dance Study: 2 and 1 - 11 x 16.5 in., colored pencil on laid blue pastel paper
Dance Study: 2 and 1 – 11 x 16.5 in., colored pencil on laid blue pastel paper


The “Unlikely Dance” project was made possible by a grant from the Artists Fund of the Community Foundation for South Central New York

To follow my progress in Unlikely Dance, just click on the “Unlikely Dance” link under TOPICS, on the left of any page in this blog.

‘Tis the Season, at GreenBoat Design

Cards and earrings from GreenBoat Design
Cards and earrings from GreenBoat Design. now at Old Barn Hollow Market

It’s now the season of Yuletide, and Christmas, and Hanukkah, and whatever other festival of light you may celebrate. And we love giving gifts. I have a few ideas to offer, in several different venues:

At Old Barn Hollow Market, on Vestal Avenue in Binghamton, I’m showing and selling Yuletide cards and earrings. It’s a lovely little store, full of the wonderful aroma of gluten-free baking, produce, and, at this time of the year, handcrafted gift items.

At the Fine Arts Society’s December Members’ Show at City Hall, you’ll find 3 pieces of my artwork (yet to be decided), as well as the artwork of many other talented FASST members — and on opening night only, December’s First Friday on December 7, you’ll find more of my earrings along with one-night crafts by other artists and artisans.

Cooperative 213 Holiday Show
Cooperative 213 Holiday Show, 213 State St., Binghamton NY
At Cooperative Gallery 213, on State Street in Binghamton, I’ll be showing more artwork and earrings, and perhaps some Yuletide cards as well, along with dozens of other Cooperative members showing their work and gift items in the annual Holiday Show.

And at the Broome County Arts Council gallery, State Street, Binghamton, also opening on December 7, you’ll find 2-dimensional art originals from me in the BCAC Members’ show there.

Profile: graphite pencil on paper, 5.5 x 8.0" unframed - Glenda Blake
Profile: graphite pencil on paper, 5.5 x 8.0″ unframed – accepted for the National Small Works Competition

The National Small Works Competiton show at the Windsor Whipworks Art Gallery, Windsor, NY, opens on December 1, and my drawing, Profile, is one of the juried pieces in that show.

AND… although I’m a great proponent of shopping local — which, by the way, is the only way you can find my earrings — remember my Etsy shop, and that you can shop local by clicking the “Shop Local” link on Etsy’s front page. Also take a look at my in-progress gallery on Fine Art America, where you can buy giclee prints of my work — and the work of other local artists — on canvas, paper, and many other substrates and formats.

Quite the exciting season. Let it snow!

A quick summary of the pre-holiday art season

Profile: graphite pencil on paper, 5.5 x 8.0" unframed - Glenda Blake
“Profile”: graphite pencil on paper, 5.5 x 8.0″ unframed – accepted for the National Small Works Competition

Life is not dull. In the past two or three weeks I’ve:

Hurricane Sandy, Alexandria VA
Hurricane Sandy, Alexandria VA
  • had what seems to have been whooping cough (pertussis), while sitting out Hurricane Sandy in Alexandria, VA. Thrilling combination. Still have the leftover hacking cough.
  • set up and sat at the American Civic Association’s Holiday Arts and Crafts Bazaar, which suffered mightily from lack of publicity.
  • taken on publicity duties, official and unofficial, for the December 2012 Members Exhibit of the Fine Arts Society of the Southern Tier and the Windsor Whip Works Art Center’s weekly life drawing session.
  • Kindred Spirits contradance
    Kindred Spirits contradance
  • photographed Binghamton Community Dance’s Kindred Spirits Day of Dance (contra and English Country) for Unlikely Dance, and culled through the resulting 2700-plus photos, reducing them to 500 or so.
  • posted a couple of hundred dance photos on Picasa.com and shared them with the respective dance organizations (not public due to privacy concerns).
  • had a piece accepted into the National Small Works Competition at the Windsor Whip Works Gallery (about which I’m thrilled!)…

Busy times!

Now preparing work for group holiday shows with the Fine Arts Society of the Southern Tier, Cooperative Gallery 213, Broome County Arts Council, The Art Mission and Theater… and Old Barn Hollow Food and Artisan Market, where I’ll be selling the earrings I make.

Earrings by GreenBoat Gallery
Earrings by GreenBoat Gallery

Will blog separately about some of these items when/if I get the chance!