“Pair of Glasses”

Pair of Glasses, ©Tracy Wall

Pair of Glasses
20″ x 16″
oil on canvas
©Tracy Wall

Just a week away! Plan to stop by and tip one at my Solo Exhibition at Abend Gallery in Denver next Friday night.

See you there!

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Detail of “Where in the Bowl Are You?” and Creating an Exhibit

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Detail from “Where in the Bowl are You?”
30″ x 30″
oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
©Tracy Wall

Creating a solo exhibit has been a new challenge for me.
What to paint, what to paint?  I have so many different subjects I find compelling, how do I narrow down?  Who or what would I omit?

While I like to have a theme to the show, the space I’ll be filling is gargantuan.  It can be hard to step back, and objectively look at your own work and determine commonalities.  I don’t want to limit myself .  So I am including all sorts of work: still life, figures and landscapes.

I like to believe that it is not the only subject matter that characterizes my work.  I like to think that my compositions and the style/manner of laying down of paint are common threads that tie my work together.  That’s why my subject matter is all over the board for this.

If I had to find a category that all these pieces fall into, I’d say I chose subjects that are all meaningful and important to me.  Not to step on the toes of Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp, but these works will focus on my favorite things.

Here’s a close-up detail from a new painting.  More about this piece next post, but what’s not to love about cereal?
: )

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“Aspen Grove Sentry”

Aspen Grove Sentry, ©Tracy Wall

Aspen Grove Sentry
8″ x 24″
oil on canvas
© Tracy Wall

Here’s my next exploration into landscapes.  I just loved how this little aspen grove guarded the entryway into his section of Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Colorado.

Truth be told, the way that aspen grow, this is probably a small part of a much bigger aspen grove.   For those who don’t know, aspen reproduce by cloning themselves and sprouting from out-shoots of roots.  Essentially, a grove of aspen trees are all part of the same tree.  This is why they offer a striking pose in the fall, as they all change color at the same beautiful time.

(This is one of many that will be on exhibit at Abend Gallery in August.)

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Solo Exhibit and “Trail Study #20″

Trail Study #20, ©Tracy Wall

Trail Study #20
5″ x 7″
oil on panel
© Tracy Wall

Just to keep folks informed, I did not participate in the Art Students League of Denver’s Summer Art Market.

The ASLD Summer Art Market  (aka SAM) is a fabulous street fair with a history of tradition; you get to interact with the artists themselves. This outdoor show truly has the artist in mind.  : )

I’ve participated in SAM for the last 10+ years through all kinds of weather and booms/busts.  Due to a number of extenuating circumstances, I am unable to participate this year.  Truthfully, it was a little strange visiting as a spectator.  Still a fabulous show!

On the other hand, I am very excited to announce the main reason: I will be having a solo exhibit at Abend Gallery in August!  (yay!)

I’m so delighted, blessed, and grateful for the opportunity.  It’s a gargantuan room, so I’m busy preparing all kinds of new works.  I’m excited about some new things I’m working on too, so I can’t wait to share a peek with you in the coming weeks.

As of late, I’ve been exploring landscapes and all they entail.  This one here is from one of the many bike paths surrounding Denver.

I’ve been doing a few super small miniatures to explore about landscapes.  So much to learn!  More about that next time.

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“Trouble with Cherries” and New Website!!

Trouble with Cherries ©Tracy Wall

Trouble with Cherries (private collection)
9″ x 12″
oil on panel
©Tracy Wall

The “Art for Life” benefit event last week raised enough for Project Angel Heart to provide for thousands of meals.  (yay!)  In addition to the previous Cheerios painting, I painted theses cherries live at the event.  Then it, too, was put up for auction.  Thank you all so much for all of your support for this wonderful organization!

Outside of the auction last week, I wanted to announce I’ve also updated my website. (Yay!!)

It’s been way too long since I’ve made any changes to it and was much-needed.  I thank my personal web-guru Kim for creating and helping to maintain, but it was time for a change.

After researching the options, I’ve jumped on board and now have my site on FineArtsOnline.  You can still find it at TracyWall.com, but just a different host and appearance.

For what I was paying multiple sites, I now have website, links, newsletter, blog, and a few other benefits, all on one site.

Yes, that’s right, they also have a blog attached to the website.  These days, I’ve been double-posting both here and there.  There will be a time soon when I may be closing this down and transferring all to that one.  Although I’ll be letting you know, you may want to jump on board that site’s email list .

Take a peak and see what you think.

Thanks all; have a lovely start to June!

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“Cheers to Breakfast” at Art for Life

Cheers for Breakfast, ©TracyWall

Cheers for Breakfast
10″ x 10″
oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
©Tracy Wall

It’s that time of year!

Next Friday, May 29th is the fabulous fundraiser: Art for Life, benefiting Project Angel Heart — a tireless organization that provides and delivers healthy meals to those suffering life-threatening illnesses.

Join us at the live event where you can silently bid over 100 works.  Held at Abend Gallery, (2260 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO) the fun happens on Friday, May 29th, 6:30-10:00pm.  In addition to fabulous food, beverage and music, you can also watch over a dozen artists (including me!) create works during the event and later bid on those as well.

New this year: you can bid on-line! Follow the links here:
this takes you directly to my page with the above piece
this takes you to the auction’s home page where you can see all the works
(if links fail, go to silentauctionbid.com)

I hope you can join us either live or virtually to support Project Angel Heart.
Thank you so much for your support!!

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“Water Under the Bridge (Dedisse Park)” + Landscape Exhibit

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Water Under the Bridge (Dedisse Park)
9″ x 12″
oil on panel
©Tracy Wall

It’s here!  A new exhibit at Abend Gallery— “Group Show: Landscape“.

Join us on Friday, April 24th, in Denver to see a spectacular show of nearly 50 artists all celebrating their interpretation of the landscape.

I don’t do a lot of landscapes, even though I love hiking around the Rocky Mountain area.  I’ve always found it so challenging to try to adequately represent the work of Mother Nature, and never seem to be quite satisfied with the work.

Who's painting at Dedisse Park in Evergreen CO?  (photo courtesy of Sally White)

Who’s that painting at Dedisse Park in Evergreen CO? (photo courtesy of Sally White)

I’m working on some new trail paintings now to explore exactly that and will keep you updated.

In the meantime, come see the show!  There’s nationally respected artists with work in the show, and I’ll have the one above in the exhibit.

It opens on Friday, April 24, 2015 and will be up through May 23rd.

NOTE: This was a “plein aire” piece, painted on location at Dedisse Park in Evergreen, Colorado.  (plein aire painting means painting outdoors from life)

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