Root to Bloom at Principle Gallery

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I am really thrilled to say that I was juried into the Root to Bloom exhibit at the famed Principle Gallery in old town Alexandria (VA) by the amazing Teresa Oaxaca. There are so many great artists in this show that I feel humbled to have my painting, “Feedsacks” (above) included. I am told that they had nearly 1,000 submissions to the competition and only 73 artists were selected overall.

There is currently a social media competition happening at the Principle Gallery for this exhibit. The artist who gets the most “likes” on their painting in the link below will win an award. I would really appreciate your “like” on my painting. Simply follow the link and click on my painting and hit like. https://www.facebook.com/principlegallery/photos/a.10154652878153383.1073741843.98926243382/10154652879903383/?type=3&theater

And I hope some of you will come out to the opening on November 11th from 6:30-9 PM. Thank you readers!

Technique Tuesday: A Tip from Elizabeth Floyd

"Persimmons on a Wooden Crate" by artist, Elizabeth Floyd. Oil on canvas. 2013. Available at Principle Gallery, Alexandria VA.
“Persimmons on a wooden crate” by artist, Elizabeth Floyd. Oil on canvas. 2013. Available at Principle Gallery, Alexandria VA. http://www.principlegallery.com

My wonderful friend & painter, Elizabeth Floyd is the talented artist behind the “Bountiful Observations” series of floral still lifes and the creator of the beautiful persimmon painting above. She also writes a really awesome creative lifestyle blog which you can subscribe to here. Her lovely paintings will be included in the Small Works 2013 show at the Principle Gallery in Alexandria VA in December. Elizabeth has graciously agreed to share this Technique Tuesday tip with all of us today:

“My tip that I find invaluable is that I like to use spice jars that have a metal lid when mixing my batches of medium.  I have found that these spice jars are the best because it is always better to mix small batches of medium and the threading of the metal lids are some of the best available.  Baby food jars do not work well over the long haul because the lids do not have quality threads and deteriorate over time.”

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Elizabeth Floyd’s must have copy of “Formulas for Painters”.
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In this photo Elizabeth shows us how she marks off the one inch measurements on her re-purposed spice bottle.
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The last step, filling her jars with medium following the desired formulation and labeling her bottles.

Thank you Liz for allowing me to feature your tip today! This is one that I for sure will start incorporating into my studio routine.

And to all of you in the States, especially to our service men & women abroad–may you have a Happy Thanksgiving!