How many times in our lives do we get caught in the rain? Or have to deal with the nuisance of an umbrella? Rain is one of those things that we need but often find rather inconvenient.

Have you ever taken the time to closely examine a raindrop?

For one of my pieces in the September exhibit of Landscape Bodyscape, I decided to do just that. Even though I magnified these Raindrops a few thousand times, the painting is only 8.5” by 7”. It’s done with Prismacolor colored pencils on Stonehenge paper. There are ten or more layers of color in places to develop that wet look.

Part of the challenge with Raindrops was actually the color itself. It’s my personal opinion that Prismalcolor pencils are a bit lacking in the green family. This required more layering to achieve the desired colors. But I’m hooked on the blending ability of these pencils, so I don’t mind the extra layering. It’s quite therapeutic actually.

“With each raindrop, is cast a magical, mystical spell,
Overflowing with dreams that may one day come true.”

From “Raindrops Cast” by Samuel E. Stone

Have a grand day!

Upcoming Exhibit: Landscape Bodyscape

September 6 – 29, 2007

Riverside Arts Center
76 North Huron Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

A two person show, featuring the works of
Dee Overly and Dan Trimbath.

You’re going to see different views of the world when you look through the eyes of these two artists. You’ll want to stand back and take it all in when you gaze upon a landscape oil painting by Dan Trimbath. You’ll be drawn in close to examine the detail of some facet in nature that Dee Overly magnifies in a colored pencil painting. Their individual styles and love for landscape also carries over into their personal approach of portraying the human figure.

Well, there you have it. That’s some of the formal wording that went out via press releases. But you never really know what the newspapers will actually print. Mostly, it’s just hopeful that the dates and times are listed correctly.

Until the show opens, we’ll be taking a closer look at a few of the pieces that will be exhibited in the gallery of the Riverside Arts Center.

Thanks for reading and have a grand day!

Change is Good, Change is Exciting

Moody Night

Moody Night

My first home computer consisted of a small TV, a Texas Instrument keyboard, and a cassette player. The program was on the cassette tape. The concept of memory was nil. But it was fun and I upgraded with the multitude of changes that came along. There was a rumor about internet where some government folks were linked somehow via their computers. The idea of such possibilities at the time was baffling. Step by step, day by day, something in our lives keeps changing.

I thought I’d reached my internet possibilities when I created a website for my artwork. Of course, that’s small thinking. I should know by now that there is always something more. And now, it’s “The Blog.” So, welcome to my online art journal.

The artwork that I’ve decided to give honors to for this opening day is a 6 x 4″ colored pencil piece called “Moody Night.” This little gem is my contribution to a display built by the members of the Colored Pencil Society of America Detroit Chapter 104. It’s short life will exist at the CPSA convention this year in Bethesda, MD from July 31 through August 4, 2007. Unfortunately, I can’t make it to the convention this year, maybe next.
Welcome aboard. Have a grand day!

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