Saturday, February 25, 2012

Rainy Day Treat

Rainy Day Treat, oil on canvas, 11 x 14 in.

Rainy Day Treat is my response to the theme of this year's Thompson Community Art Show. The theme is "Weather", and though the them could apply to many of my works in terms of a sunny day, I chose to go with a form of weather that is not commonly depicted in paintings. For reference, I drew from a series of photos I shot at this year's Ride for the Cure, a miserable, rainy day for a ride, and I challenged myself to capture that grey, wet atmosphere of the day. I participate in this show every year--it's a huge collection of work by professional, amateur and student artists, all jammed together on the walls of our local library community center. The opening reception truly brings the community together, and gives everyone a chance to display their creations in a public place.

"Clouds over Cayuga Lake" is my second entry, a little 8 x 10 oil on canvas study of a sky full of clouds. It was a chilly day in August when we visited this area on New York's Finger Lakes, and the wind coming off the water was ferocious. I am glad to have two works in the show that embrace the theme. The show will be open for the month of April.