Sunday, July 19, 2009

3 PAL Members come home with Awards

Three PAL members walked away with 3rd place awards at the Washington Thoroughbred Foundation in conjunction with Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association and Emerald Downs Equine Art 2009 Show in July. George Hinneman won third place for his lovely watercolor, Kris Nail won third place in mixed media with a dynamic entry, and Dianne Gardner also walked away as a third place winner with her oil painting Liked Minds.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

PAL's Summer Art Festival is Happening NOW!

Get on down there! The Peninsula Art League's Summer Art Festival is happening right now in Gig Harbor, Saturday July 18 , 10am-7pm & Sunday July 19, 10am-5pm, on Judson Street down by the Post Office. Over 120 booths of fine art, crafts, good food, music and lots of fun stuff. The weather's perfect for shopping and the good deals are going fast! While you're there, stop in at Key Bank to take a look at PAL's art show, where you'll see a dazzling variety of styles and mediums by our members.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Great American Artwork Award at NPS International Show

I was honored just to be juried into the Northwest Pastel Society's International Exhibit at American Art Company Gallery in Tacoma. It is a very strong show, beautifully hung at a lovely Gallery. I am so appreciative that my "Barley Cottage' piece won the Great American Artwork Award from juror, Greg Biolchini. The "cottage" is an original building in the Ebbey's Landing area on Whidbey Island. I used my plein air background to help me to capture the feeling of the evening light and the mood of the scene. I have been experimenting with using a textural underlay as part of my composition and intensifying my colors. I plan to explore this marriage of texture and pastels further. I have another textural pastel piece in the Peninsula Art League Summer Art Festival Show at Key Bank this weekend (July 18-19). It is a bit more abstract piece of lupine flowers (entitled Lupine Spires) and I had a lot of fun with the colors, and went back with hard pastels to draw and emphasize the flowers. I am still a dedicated Plein Air artist but I definitely think that the textural details will be part of my studio pastel pieces for the foreseeable future.
Anne Moore Knapp