Saturday, January 11, 2014

Painting In Person at Paint Outside The Lines in Mount Dora, FL


Yesterday evening, as mentioned in my previous blog entry, I painted live in Artist Alley at Painting Outside The Lines Gallery in Mount Dora, FL. I had been nervous about it the whole week, which I believe I also mentioned in the previous post. I was downright scared up until the moment I got there. It's never as bad as you imagine in your head, right? And it wasn't bad at all! It was pretty darn fun, actually! I chatted it up with lots of Paint Outside The Lines and One Flight Up patrons. They seemed to enjoy seeing my work and talking about the other artists exhibiting during the Art Stroll. I handed out cards and had my bio up, which seemed to spark a bit of interest, too. All in all it was a wonderful experience. I couldn't have done it without my support team, though. A large and special THANK YOU goes out to Melissa, Rob, and, of course, Joel. We joked about them being my entourage. Someone asked if there was another artist in the next room painting. When I told them it was my support team they said, "Oh, you have groupies!" I just giggled. No, they're not groupies. But they were very much needed and appreciated. 

I left a 24x24x1.75 work at the gallery as a preview for the upcoming exhibition in February.

Here's a photo of Artist Alley. The windows to the left of the photo look into the room where Melissa, Rob, and Joel were hanging out. The windows were open so I chatted with them during the evening. To the right are the other parts of the gallery.

Here's a shot of me through the window. Joel snapped this one with his iPhone while I wasn't looking. 

Here are the stairs you need to climb to come see me and my work during the month of February. Or now if you'd like to see the painting I have there at the moment. You'll see tons of beautiful work there by other artists, as well.

From outside.


I wish I had better photos to share than these iPhone snapshots. I had my hands full, though.

I hope to see you all come out in February!
xoxo,
Ri

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Society6 Shop


I have opened a new shop over at Society6. Go check it out if you're interested in prints! I only have 3 paintings there at the moment, but I will slowly be adding more as time permits. The weather has to cooperate with me so I can get more photos of my newer paintings. I'll also be adding products, like phone cases, pillows, mugs, etc... I'm sharing my new shop before I intended to share it because they have a free shipping promotion going on right now if you use this link.

If for some reason that link doesn't work, just copy and paste the url below:

http://society6.com/ArtistRi?promo=f92bf9

Happy Hump Day!
(Did you say "hump day" in the camel's voice? I did!)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Courage




As Friday nears my nerves about painting in front of an audience are taking over. Nothing worth having is easy, though, right?! I'll push through.

The image behind the quote is a piece of a painting I'm working on today. I started 3 new ones last night, so I'm rotating between them as they dry.

The quote is by Anais Nin.

xoxo
Ri


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Friday, January 3, 2014

Live Painting January 10th




I'll be painting live and in person during the Mount Dora Art Stroll on January 10th!! Come see me in Artist Alley at Painting Outside The Lines Gallery from 6-8 PM. The address is in the previous post and in the banner to the right.

The image above is a collage of bits and pieces of a work in progress. When it's complete, the original will be available at Painting Outside The Lines Gallery. Prints will be available at FineArtAmerica.com.

I hope everyone is off to a wonderful 2014!! Here are a couple of images that I've yet to share. :-)

Socks from Joel.


Me and my beautiful friend, Melissa.


And a beautiful mess.


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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My First Gallery Show in Downtown Mount Dora Florida


My first gallery show is coming up this February!!! I will be exhibiting in Artist Alley Exhibit Hall presented by Painting Outside The Lines Gallery. If you've never visited beautiful Mount Dora, Florida and have the means to do so, February is the best time to visit for art lovers. The Mount Dora Art Fest is the best I've ever seen and it takes place the first weekend in February. If you're more of a small events person, they also have an Art Stroll the second Friday of every month. All of the galleries stay open late and a lot of the shops, too. Either way, if you're in the area I would love for you to attend my show! The address is in the poster image above.

Paint Outside The Lines Gallery is such a fun place. You'll see Artist Alley first thing after you go up the stairs to the gallery. It's just to the left of One Flight Up Cafe.

Here's a little video of the gallery owner, Bev Neal, talking about Painting Outside The Lines.


I would love to see some of my blog readers there!! If you visit while I'm not in the gallery tell Bev that Rischa sent you. 

Happy New Year, Blog Readers!! I hope your 2014 is filled with blessings!
xoxo,
Ri