Monday, October 28, 2013

Ring Guy Extraordinaire!

 Jack, the Ring Guy is a 7x5 oil by Shirley Fachilla
Please meet Jack. He was my daughter’s ring bearer at her wedding and now her son for ever. He's in his ring bearer duds. The painting is one of twelve that I did as gifts for her wedding party. They were all small, and Jack’s was the only portrait. I think I captured his sweetness but didn’t manage to show his mischievous twinkle.

Doing twelve little paintings all in a row reminded me that small is hard! I learned that I liked doing roses and beer, wish I had planned and painted more autumn leaves, and discovered that though I love drinking champagne, I find it exceedingly hard to paint.  Of course, I loved painting Jack and will love having him as my grandson even more. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Georgia on My Mind

Wedding Rose No. 1 is a 6x6" oil done from life by Shirley Fachilla
Georgia O’Keeffe said she painted individual flowers in extra, extra large sizes so viewers would really look and see the beauty of the flower.
I’m sure that was at least part of her reason. But I also think she painted super big flower portraits because she loved to demonstrate the abstract design created by those petals.

My flower is hardly supersized; it’s definitely a mini. But by making my painting an extreme close-up, my rose becomes an exercise in abstraction as well.  

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A Brand-New Juried Show

Lightfall is an 18x24 oil done from life by Shirley Fachilla.

I’m very happy to be included in a new national juried show being held in my hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. This is its inaugural exhibit. There will be about 100 juried pieces from artists across the country plus new work by the originators of the show, the Cumberland Society. It promises to be a beautiful show.
It will be up from October 3 to November 1 with an artist reception from 5 to 8 on Thursday evening, October 3. The place is Richland Gallery on the second level, 4009 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville. Everyone would love to see you at the reception. Or you might plan a day to come while it’s on display. (There’s a very good restaurant next to the gallery.)

Peggi Kroll Roberts is the judge of awards; here’s a link to most of the pieces in the show. 

Is it too early to send an invitation?

Pieces by (clockwise from left to right) : Susan Harlan, Janet Garner, Shirley Fachilla, Mike Martino and Topper Williams. So many ...