4th of July parade painting
4th of July Parade was jury-selected for the July/August 2018 “Celebrating UA” show at the Concourse Gallery honoring the l00th anniversary of the founding of Upper Arlington, a Columbus, Ohio suburb. The inspiration for my painting was a memory of a 4th of July Parade in Upper Arlington in 2010. I was sitting on a lawn along the parade route with several people including a man and his young son. As the parade began led by U.S.A. flags, the man got up, held his son’s hand and said, “Let’s stand up son, the flag is passing by.” A tear ran down my check. I felt pride in my heritage and community. As a former teacher and a school psychologist, I delight in seeing how children learn. The little boy proudly modeled his father. It was a Norman Rockwell scene. He was my muse in painting this memory.
Gala is an acrylic painting of a formal event which focuses on a well-dressed older couple with background ball participants dancing or strolling about. The painting was selected for an August 2018 show at the Riffe Tower, an Ohio State Government Building where the House of Representatives meet. I did the painting from a photograph of my husband and me attending a 100th celebration of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.
Studio Model #3 was selected for the annual show of student work at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center in July 2018. I have been taking three studio hours weekly of life painting and drawing at the Center for over four years. Studio models pose for us allowing us to gain skill in drawing and painting human forms. We work so intensely for three hours trying to paint with acrylics, water colors, pastels, or oil or draw human figures with charcoal or pencil to express the form and spirit of the model. Since we had only one session with this model, I kept my design simple using white, grey and black oil paint on a black/purple background to paint a portrait of this lovely model. The painting sold!