This week, I’ve been participating in the second annual Harford Plein Air competition, hosted by the Center for the Arts. This is the first year the event was juried, and both local and national artists are participating. The ticketed preview reception and awards ceremony ($20) is tomorrow night, Friday, October 14, 7pm at the Liriodendron Mansion in Bel Air, MD. On Saturday, you can view the exhibition for free from 2-5pm. If you come earlier on Saturday, you can watch the juried and non-juried artists compete in a “quick draw” event on Main Street. Artists will complete paintings live from 9-11am, and then there will be a judging and sale of the quick draw work from 11-1pm. Visit the link above for more details.
Next week is the opening for the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association’s “Cityscape” exhibition at the historic Peale Center in Baltimore. It is a juried collection of plein air paintings depicting the urban environment, completed this year by artists throughout our region. Two of my scenes of Baltimore will be included. There is a ticketed ($50) reception on Friday, October 21 at 5:30pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public on October 22, 23, 27, 29, and 30.
October is a month of daily drawing challenges in the world of social media. On Instagram, I’ve been participating in “Inktober” and “Drawlloween,” posting new Halloween-themed drawings in pen and ink each day. Artists from around the world are participating, following either the official prompts for the events, or coming up with their own themes for the month. It’s been fun, because it’s motivation to draw a lot, and to play with ideas and techniques I might not make time for otherwise. I’ve already come up with something I want to expand into a full illustration for my portfolio. I’ve also been connecting with a lot of new artists online as a result. If you want to see the new work posted each day, you can follow me on Instagram or Facebook. (I’ve also been posting my plein air paintings as I finish them, and other works in progress) Or, you can check back here at the end of October, when I’ll post a full gallery of the 31 drawings on this blog.
Hard to believe, but it’s time to start thinking about holiday shopping if you want to commission original artwork. December 1 will be the final deadline for standard portrait commission orders shipped within the US for delivery by Christmas. However, if you’re located abroad, want extra time to frame your gift, or want to commission something a little more complicated, please order sooner. If you’d like to purchase ready-made artwork or prints, you can always check out my Etsy shop, or you can visit me at the Authors & Artists Annual Gift Sale in Bel Air, MD on Saturday, December 3. I’ll be selling a selection of prints, originals, note cards, and jewelry featuring my work. Some of the locations where I consigned my work closed this year, so I’m trying to clear out some of my ready-made inventory, and I’ll have sale items not available online! I also plan to have a bargain bin of older unframed artwork that needs to get out of my studio and find good homes.
Did you make it to the end of the post? Here’s “Escape Velocity,” a self-portrait I finished recently.