| 21 March, 2019 21:04
| 18 March, 2019 17:19
| 03 February, 2019 17:56
Hello! It's still winter but I'm making teaching plans for warmer weather. I've been invited to teach a pastel workshop at the Morton Arboretum in October 2019. A few people have suggested a plein air workshop focusing on fall color. If there are any topics you are interested in learning or would like more information on, please let me know. Happy painting!
8" x 10" soft pastel
| 13 October, 2018 20:22
I'm very happy to tell you that three of my pieces have been accepted into PSNM's 10th Annual Small Works Show which takes place from November 3 - December 1, 2018. The show will be held at Studio J Gallery, 6601 4th St. NW, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM. The opening reception is Saturday, November 3 from 4-6pm. Please stop by!
Last Light on the Sandia
| 18 March, 2018 17:55
I'm very pleased to announce that two of my pastels will be included in the Pastel Society of New Mexico's 'Members' Only Show'. The exhibit will be held at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Art, 251 Main Street SE, Los Lunas, New Mexico 87031 from April 21 - June 2, 2018. The opening reception will be Saturday, May 5, from 2-4pm. Hope to see you there!
'A Cool Spring Day' 9" x 12" pastel
'Wetland Tangle' 11" x 11" pastel
| 22 January, 2018 15:37
Good News! I'm pleased to announce that my pastel "Winter Solitude" was accepted into the Pastel Society of New Mexico's 26th Annual National Pastel Painting Exhibition. The exhibit will be open daily at Sorrel Sky Gallery, 125 W. Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM from March 2 - 31. Opening reception and awards presentation is Friday, March 2 from 5:00-7:30pm. The public is invited - so please stop by!
'Winter Solitude' 10" x 20" pastel
| 07 August, 2017 16:32
From September 2-28, I'll be participating in a show at the Placitas Community Library with five other local artists. The public reception is on September 8 from 5-7pm. The library is located at 453 NM-165, Placitas, NM 87043. Please call the library at 505-867-3355 for more information. Hope to see you at the reception!
| 28 April, 2015 21:32
Many thanks to everyone who participated in the workshop at the Arboretum this past weekend. What a hard working group of students! We had lots of April showers on Saturday, but Sunday was pleasant for drawing outdoors. The magnolia were blooming and it was a gorgeous spring day!
For those of you who are interested in seeing a "paint-out", there will be a plein air competition held at the Trickster Gallery in Schaumburg, IL on May 2. This event is part of the Prairie Plein Air Competition and will be held from from 10am - 1:30pm. The competition will be followed by judging by popular vote of the participating artists. At 2:00pm,. the awards presentation will take place. I'll be there (unless the weather turns nasty), but the prediction is for a beautiful spring day.
The Trickster Gallery is located in Town Square, 190 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg. Please stop by and thanks for checking in.
| 01 April, 2015 17:50
On April 13, at 7:30pm, I'll be doing a pastel demonstration for the Downer's Grove Artists' Guild. The demo will take place at Brigantine Gallery, 734 W. Ogden Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515. My plan is to work from a photograph of a spring landscape and use an underpainting technique. We'll see how closely I can stick to that! The demonstration is open to the public and is free of charge. Please stop by.
There are still a few places left in the April 25 and 26 pastel workshop at the Morton Arboretum. If the weather is pleasant, we will work outside both days. Keep fingers crossed!
| 22 February, 2015 15:45
When I dropped off my work at The Healing Gallery at the beginning of last month, it was bitter cold. So it should have come as no surprise that the temperature for Thursday night's reception was only 3 degrees and falling! In spite of the weather, there was a small but brave crowd that gathered for the reception to make the evening fun and lively. Ann Geraldo, event planner for Presence Saint Jospeh's, did a wonderful job ordering the food, wine and flowers. It was beautiful!
My heartfelt thanks to Ann, gallery curator Lillian Pagni, the hospital foundation and all the others who made the reception such a warm and cozy event on a very cold night. The show can be seen at Presence Saint Joseph's Hospital, 77 N. Airlite St. Elgin, IL through March 25. Call 877-737-4636 for more information. Below are a few photos from the gallery.
Lillian Pagni, in her purple hat.
Ann and Susan, event planner's from Presence Saint Joseph's Hospital.
| 19 January, 2015 11:39
Seems like we were just celebrating the new year and January is half over! The upcoming weekend workshop at the Arboretum is now full. The weather should be great (for Chicago) and I'm excited about seeing both old and new faces.
On a windy, sub-zero degree day a few weeks ago, I dropped off fourteen pieces at The Healing Gallery located inside Presence St. Joseph's Hospital in Elgin, IL. According to Lillian Pagni, the curator of the gallery, “The Healing Gallery is a rotating gallery that exhibits works of art from local artists. Often seeing beautiful images can evoke a sense of peace and serenity. That is what Presence Saint Joseph Hospitals’ art gallery, the Healing Gallery, is all about." I was fortunate to meet Lillian through my association with Yellowhouse Artists. She is the founder and curator of the gallery in additional to being an extremely generous person who hosts all day paint-outs on her property.
"Laverne Bohlin's Landscapes: Art of Serenity" runs from January 8 to March 26 and is located at 77 N. Airlite Street, Elgin, IL 60123. A "Meet the Artist" reception takes place on February 19, from 5:00-7:00pm. Please call the hospital at 847-695-3200 for more information. Having a family member, loved one or friend in the hospital can be a stressful time. I hope my art is able to bring some solace and comfort to those viewing it. If you're in the area, please stop by!
"Tranquility", oil pastel, 12" x 12"
| 21 December, 2014 15:07
Here we are again at the time of the winter solstice. There has been a lack of sunshine in our area during the month of December. So it’s time to think of the daylight hours getting longer and the return of warm days and sunshine. To mark today’s solstice, the excerpt below is from Hal Borland’s book, Twelve Moons of the Year. For three and a half decades he wrote what he called “a kind of weekly report on what’s going on up in the country” for the editorial pages of The New York Times. His writing always makes me stop and appreciate the natural world whether it is a warm summer day or a cold cloudy one like today.
Winter Solstice by Hal Borland
“The year achieves another solstice as the great wheel of time turns with the earth and the seasons. Winter, by the calendar, begins in midmorning today, though the year’s shortest days have been upon us for almost a week. The solstice is a marker on the charts, but winter abides by its own schedule of wind and weather.
Since man was first aware of the changing seasons, the winter solstice has been occasion for awe and wonder and a challenge to faith. Hope and belief are easy in a warm, green world, but when the cold days come and the sun edges farther and farther south, cutting a constantly smaller arc across the sky, the imminence of utter darkness and oblivion seems at hand. Then the sun stands still. The turn comes. The crisis passes and the sun slowly climbs the sky once more, reaching toward another spring, another summer.
It was, and it still is, an annual miracle. Hope and belief were, and still are, once more justified. There is order in the universe. The seasons still march in their eternal sequence, and the winter is neither pause nor punishment, but a part of the year’s whole. Ice and stormy wind are inevitabilities, but they pass even as the leaf and the blossom, equally inevitable in their own season, ripen and are gone.
The year has its own fourfold truth, indelibly marked on the turning earth. Now we know it whole for another turn of the great wheel. The cold verity of winter completes the cycle.”
Best wishes for a lovely holiday.
Winter at Thornhill, Soft Pastel
| 08 December, 2014 16:47
Good news! A few weeks ago, my pastel "Audubon Preserve" was accepted into this year's Scottsdale Artists' School 2015 Best and Brightest Juried Student Art Show and Sale. I was in this show two years ago and am very happy to be accepted again.
Today, I picked up my art from the framer and brought it to the local UPS store to be shipped to Arizona. So what is it like to ship original framed art with glazing (the framer's term for glass)? Well, the store was busy and it's the holiday season, so I took a deep breath before leaving. I'm always hesitant to ship framed pastels because of the glass and because the tiny pastel particles can be disturbed during shipping, ruining the white mat. The last time I shipped an oil painting to Scottsdale, the box was on and off the truck five times before arriving safely at the school. However, oil paintings don't have glass or fine little particles of pastel.
In the past, I've shipped matted pastel art to Texas and Missouri and used an Air Float Strong Box. These boxes can be ordered through Air Float and they totally encase the art in foam padding in addition to being sturdy and strong. But this time, UPS is doing the wrapping and shipping. I framed the art without a mat to avoid pastel dust falling onto the mat and a spacer was used to prevent the art from touching the glass. I'm really happy with how the framing turned out.
Now, "Audubon Preserve" is on the way to Scottsdale, where it will be unpacked by the school and then up on their walls for the show. If you would like to see the show, all entries will be displayed on the school's website: www.scottsdaleartschool.org beginning January 9 - February 27. Keeping fingers crossed until it arrives!
| 03 November, 2014 19:22
This weekend the Nature Artists' Guild of The Morton Arboretum is having it's Annual Holiday Exhibit of Natural History Art. The show will be held in the beautiful Thornhill Education Center of the Arboretum which is located at 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL. Show hours are Saturday & Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. This year's featured artist is Denise Fisk, who does wonderful depictions of wildlife. Her animals look so real, I want to reach out and stroke the fur.
The reception for members and guests will be on Friday, November 7 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Consider yourself my guest and please stop by if you have a chance. I'll be doing a pastel demonstration on Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00pm and would enjoy talking to you about the process. Hope to see you there!
| 15 October, 2014 21:38
For a number of years, I've entered the Danada Art & Photo Show which is sponsored by the Friends of Danada. One of the reasons why I like this show is because it is nature art only and no presence of man or man made objects are allowed. No fences, roads, etc. No cute puppies or kittens either.
The pieces are judged and awards are presented for Best of Show, 1st Place and Honorable Mentions in the different catagories. Also a People's Choice Award, which is always an honor to receive. This year I entered a small plein air landscape that I liked, but seemed tiny and insignificant compared to the large, beautiful art that was being dropped off. And the scenery division usually has a greater number of pieces compared to the plant and wildlife category. I never even considered that it would win an award.
So I was totally shocked to learn at the reception that it received the 1st Place Award for Scenery! What a great surprise and honor! And a good lesson. One never knows which piece the judge will choose for an award. So keep entering shows and one will come your way. Here's the little painting that was chosen.
"September at Lake Marmo"
Oil on Panel, 8" x 10".