I entered this piece, called "Pond Confab" in the juried Springfield Art Guild's "Art in the Garden" show, and it was accepted. This show will be at Green Spring Gardens Park , a Fairfax County Park, from August 27th-October 27th. If you have never been to this jewel of a park, it is definitely worth a visit. I walked around after dropping off my painting and, sure enough, saw turtles in the pond! Stop by and see the show (and the turtles)!
From AWEsome Art! Amazon Web Services issued an AWSome Call for Art for the purpose of showcasing original art from the Washington Metropolitan Region. My Spring Tree was selected to hang in their Virginia office, with the possibility of a purchase for their corporate collection. I am excited to have been selected....
We had hardly hung the show in the Arlington Offices of SAIC when I got a nice email from the Venue Coordinator to say my painting, Gingko III had been sold. That's always a nice email to get. This is one of my "Leaf Impression" paintings. I start the process with a very wet sheet of watercolor paper, then apply paint to the leaves I have gathered. As I paint each one, I press it down into the wet paper. Once many leaves are on the paper, I paint over the whole sheet in a different "background" color. Then comes the hard part.... I have to let the whole thing dry overnight, without lifting the leaves to see what is happening on the paper. Once dry, I remove all the leaves and look at my image, some beautiful patterns have taken shape. Sometimes I will go back in and add more color, darken some leaves, put details on others. I apply more paint to the actual leaves and use them as stamps, pressing them into the paper and leaving behind vein lines and impressions. I have printed up sets of notecards from these paintings. They are available at Stifel & Capra, and at the gift shop at the American Horticultural Society at River Farm in Alexandria. Or you may order some here, just send me an email....A set of 8 is $14.00 plus postage.
Dance 6 by Elisabeth Hudgins
I am honored to have been selected to be the Featured Artist for the month of August by the Arlington Artists Alliance! My artwork, Dance 6, will be posted prominently on the Arlington Artists Alliance website, which is doubly cool because the Alliance just unveiled a new and improved website. You can check it out here. For any Arlington Artists out there, this is a great local organization... we have lots of new and fun opportunities. I am really excited to be the newly elected president.
Corn Bouquet by Elisabeth Hudgins
This watercolor painting, "Corn Bouquet" is a commissioned piece I did last winter. It has an interesting story... A patron of mine wanted to give his wife an anniversary gift that reminded her of a piece of "family lore". When they first started dating, he was asked to her home to have dinner with her family to Meet The Parents. He, thoughtfully, brought along some..........Corn. Ever since, her family has teased him about how romantic he was to bring her a Bouquet of Corn. Well, I say he more than made up for it, 25 years later, when he commissioned a painting for his bride of the famous Corn Bouquet. Extra husband points!!
My paintings are on sale at Stifel & Capra! This is the once a year Anniversary Sale, and many of the artists celebrate by putting some of their paintings on sale (not normally something artists do!). I have a selection of my framed watercolor paintings on display, all marked down. This watercolor, titled "Purple and Gold" is included in the sale.
Stifel & Capra is located at 260 West Broad Street in Falls Church, VA 22046.
My art studio is locate there, along with about a dozen other artist, and it's a vibrant place. Theresa and her husband, Bob run the place, and Theresa is an artist too. She came up with the vision of combining Local Art with Funky Vintage Finds to create Stifel & Capra. You can find Art, cards, jewelry, stained glass pieces, CeCe Caldwell paint, vintage furniture, Art, antique tools, mid century cocktail shakers, Art, frames, upcycled clothing, stylish hats, and, did I mention Art?
And this weekend, alot of it is on sale! So go and have fun!
Dark Irises by Elisabeth Hudgins
Here's an inside scoop... Every year Stifel & Capra has an Birthday Sale, and many of the Artists (including me) have marked down special items. I have looked through some of my framed watercolor paintings, and decided to mark them down by 50% . There are bargains to be had! But here's the catch, this is for one weekend only, Friday, July 19th through Sunday July 21st. If you like to be the Early Bird, you are invited to the Sneak Preview Party on Thursday, but you must RSVP.
All the details are below...
Thursday, July 18, 2013
6 to 9pm
Private "Sneak Preview" of Stifel & Capra's 6th Annual Birthday Sale
Enjoy birthday cake, a toast and general merriment as you tour the 19th century storefront and peruse the eclectic offerings of the resident artists & artisans at Stifel & Capra as we celebrate our 6th birthday. Special sale items marked from 10-50% off, including selected artwork. This event is free but you MUST rsvp to be admitted. Say you will join us at firstname.lastname@example.org . If you miss the party Thursday, the sale continues through Sunday, July 21st.
I am absolutely thrilled to be featured in elan Magazine this month! I had such a good time talking with reporter Donna Cedar-Southworth and Editor Alice Ross. They truly are supporters of the Arts, and show that through their great work with elan Magazine. Elan featured my "Common Threads" series of paintings, even publishing one on their Table of Contents. Below is the rest of the article.
My "Exes" (actually these are my husband's Grandmother's Exes) was juried into the June Art League Show, "Con(text): Art With A Message. The Juror was John James Anderson. This is one of my "Common Threads" series, which came about when my husband and I were cleaning out an old family house and found a cache of old photographs and letters. In the background of this piece are some of the love letters written to my husband's Grandmother, Lucy. I think she must have broken some hearts!
I had a great time at Stifel & Capra last night on FIRSTfriday, and I hope my many friends and colleagues who stopped by did, too. I can't believe my friends Theresa and Bob made lemonade out of the lemons that were pouring down from the sky in the form of raindrops, and managed to fit everyone inside... The awesome Pluckerland Blues Band, the folks from the delicious new restaurant, Little City Gourmet, and Me! My friend, Jim George from Examiner.com was there with his lovely artist wife, Maureen. Jim wrote a really nice follow up article on FIRSTfirday, which you can find here. Now I am getting geared up for the mixed media classes I am offering at Stifel & Capra...
They will be offered on Monday mornings, and students may sign up for one, two or all. Workshops are for beginning as well as advanced students who wish to learn new techniques. One session $60, Two sessions $100, Three sessions $130. For more information and to sign up visit www.stifelandcapra.com .
Monday, June 10th, 10am-1pm
Workshop: MAKING PAPERS
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Learn different ways to make beautiful papers for mixed media collage. We will stamp, scribble and paint. We will repurpose old papers to make exciting new designs.
Monday, June 17th, 10am-1pm
Workshop: DESIGN for Mixed Media
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Back to basics with some straight forward design ideas to organize your mixed media pieces. Make your painting and collages more cohesive with these basic design tools.
Monday, June 24th, 10am-1pm
Workshop: MIXED MEDIA MAKING
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Bring your materials, and your design ideas and we will cut and paste our way towards finished mixed media pieces.
I have been an artist all of my life. I can't help it. Drew on the walls in kindergarten, painted pictures in high school, went to Art School, worked as an art director, started painting again. And am loving it.