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Adventures in the Land of Enchantment

My daughter and fellow artist, Emily Devine, and I were accepted to a 1-week Artist Residency at Mission Street Arts, in Jemez Springs, New Mexico, in July 2022. We were, indeed, enchanted by the gorgeous scenery, from which we took inspiration, and together we painted four 16″x 20″ paintings. We each painted part of all 4 paintings, collaborating on what should appear in the work. Our styles are quite different; mine is more impressionistic, hers is more graphic. We explored the area and decided to paint the view outside of the residency + local plants, the Red Rocks, The Gilman Tunnels, and the Battleship Rock. All of these pieces are available, email me if you are interested (each artist gets 1/2 of the price, which is $450 per canvas + shipping. (Each piece is on gallery-wrapped 1 inch canvas)

After we completed our paintings, we taught a class on our collaborative techniques, to members of the community. We got rave reviews, especially since my daughter has also performed as a stand-up comedian. We really enjoyed interacting with the class and found the reception in Jemez Springs extremely warm and friendly.

We really appreciated the hospitality of Billy Ehret, Eva Murphy, and Devin Williams at Mission Street Arts. We hope to apply to future art residencies together in other locales.

Recognition

I’m thrilled to announce my painting, Red Thread, won a Bronze Award in the Camelback Gallery’s international “Red” show! This painting is still available through this website, under Abstracts.

2021 in review

In November, I held a studio sale of work from throughout my career. It was a good opportunity to clean up my studio and get organized. I met two local artists who attended and we got to talk “shop”.

I joined the South Carolina Artists this year (southcarolinaartists.com). I met more artist friends while hanging my work at the Land Bank Lofts in Columbia, SC, the Lexington Administration Building in Lexington, SC. I look forward to the upcoming show at Musician’s Supply in Columbia in January.

I continued to hang work in several shows with the Summerville Artist’s Guild, including at Toast in Summerville, SC.

Exploration of abstract, landscape, and portrait work were all focuses in 2021. I combined abstract and portrait work in one piece that was sold to a collector in Florida. I began a series of creature paintings, which will combine animals, insects, and abstract. I’m even trying to figure out how to combine music into these works.

I hope to participate in some outdoor shows in 2022. I will continue to push the envelope of creativity and discovery in art in this new, promising year.

Good News!

My daughter, artist Emily Devine, and I were accepted for an artist’s residency at Mission Street Arts, in Jemez Springs, NM. We will be spending a week in the Santa Fe mountains at an art retreat, collaborating, creating art, and teaching our methods next July.

I was very pleased that my painting of Beidler Forest was awarded 2nd place in the Summerville Art Guild’s annual exhibition, “A Moment in Time”.

Second place painting, Thursday Morning, Beidler Forest

Painting in the Plain Air (plein air painting)

In early April, I went to Wannamaker Park in North Charleston, SC, with my paintbox and a small canvas. I have never been very enthusiastic about painting landscapes, but that first experience had me hooked. I have now completed 4 small pieces that I started outdoors.

Painting outdoors (the term plein air was started with the Impressionists in France) is a lot harder than it looks! There are so many shades of green! The sun moves around and changes your composition within hours! On Beautiful Beaufort, it was a good thing I had taken pictures of the scene when I started, because the tide went out and messed up my water painting! These works will be posted as soon as my web developer can help me add a new “Nature” page.

Zap! Superheroes in Training

I just finished this commissioned piece for the Mom of these two boys.  The painting is a gift for her husband, who is a fan of comic superheroes.  I thought it would be fun to put the boys against a background reminiscent of a comic book.  She loves it!

 

Art in the Arboretum

Eleven of my paintings are being offered through an online sale through the Wilmington Art in the Arboretum sale.  30% of the proceeds go to the Arboretum.  Please go to artinthearboretum.com to purchase.  Wouldn’t someone you love like a more unique holiday gift this year?  How about some original art? There are various sizes of work available, all at affordable prices, some featured below.

 

More time to paint during the time of COVID19

 

I finished two paintings this week (well, the little boy one was started a few weeks ago, but still). I’m going in for a third.   Tropical Storm I (short for Isaias, which nobody could pronounce or spell), was inspired and painted during the storm’s trip through South Carolina.  Hungarian Farmer Gen 4 is my great nephew, aged 2, supervising his beloved chickens.  I loved the subject, but the frosting on the cake, so to speak, was the dappled light on the grass.  It will be on it’s way to the boy’s Geeg (grandmother) for her birthday after it is varnished and framed.

The more the world of commerce opens up, and the higher the infection rate of the Virus goes, the more we stay inside.  Hence, more time for painting.  We ask one another on Friday night, “What do you want to do this weekend?”  The answer is the same each week, for now…we don’t want to go where there are crowds, so we pretty much stay home.

We are glad for Zoom and Facetime, so at least we can see friends’ and loved ones’ faces and hear their voices.  Look for regular updates on my instagram (lindadeliafineart) and facebook (deliafineart) pages.

Feeding America

 

I recently ran a special sale to benefit Feeding America and the Food Bank for New York.  I was happy to be able to raise almost $600!  Two of my small, abstract seascapes were sold to an old friend from high school (he kindly sent me a pic of the two hanging in his home), and the other was sold to a woman in Texas.  The deal was, if the buyer made a donation directly to the non-profit, I would send them their chosen painting.

#artistsupportpledgechs

I am currently participating in the Instagram campaign#artistsupportpledge and the local #artistsupportpledgechs.  I’ve been posting works for up to $200, and once I reach $1000 in sales, I pledge to buy $200 worth of work from a participating artist.  Anyone can buy my work.  Many artists have lost their income because of COVID19.  Many gallery openings, classes and art shows have been cancelled, leaving artists with no resources aside from the internet to sell work.  I have posted 10 paintings on paper, all under $200, and will continue to post through the duration of the campaign.

The pieces for sale through #artistsupport pledge are found on Instagram at lindadeliafineart, or any art can be purchased through my website: lindadelia.com.

Social Distance

On April 23, 2020, my painting, Social Distance, was included in an article in the Post & Courier about all kinds of artists making art during COVID19 Quarantine.  I painted this intentionally to hold a memory of this weird time in my life.  The colors were painted on first, representing the different people with different feelings and thoughts about the pandemic.  The white paths were painted over the color to create the distance we were required to put between ourselves and our loved ones.  

Rosewood Arts Festival Oct 5

I’m excited to announce I will be setting up a tent full of abstract paintings at the Rosewood Arts Festival in Columbia, SC on Oct 5, 2019!  If you are in the area, please stop by!  I will have work from very small to 24″x30″ available for purchase.

Lulu in the Garden of Peace

This is Lulu.  I finished per portrait just in time for her Grandma’s birthday!  Lulu is 2, and she and her Mommy go to this garden every day to escape the chaos of our world today.  Lulu is learning to count and helps her Mommy remember what is important in life.  As I mentioned, I have been doing abstract painting for about 8 months, and am deliberately letting that genre of painting flow over into my portrait work, as you can see in the background.  I still love doing both, and hope you will think about contacting me to do a portrait of the cute child in your life for either your own home, or for the home of someone you love.

Dual Personality Painter

You may have noticed that I have been branching out into a new form of painting in the past year.

I decided to stretch myself and try abstract painting!  It’s not actually very easy to do, even though it may look like a bunch of paint splatters.

With portrait or still life painting, you know what your subject is supposed to look like.  With abstract, you can either map out a composition, or just paint intuitively.  I’ve done both in my abstract journey.  It is a freeing form of expression, and is still like solving a puzzle, which is how I look at all painting.  Is the composition balanced?  Is there any tension in it, which for abstract work seems to work best.  It’s best to not have things too symmetrical.  Color values, light to dark are used to create interest.  Is there a looseness about it, or is it too tight?

I haven’t given up on painting children’s portraits, in fact I’m working on one now which is a surprise.  But I hope that both forms of painting will cross-pollenate each other, creating a more interesting product.