Monday, April 27, 2009

May Newsletter - K. Henderson Art

Newsletter May 2009
 Greetings. The April Showers didn't bring much moisture here in the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico But we did have 8 wildfires in one day due to lightening. We are thankful for the volunteer firefighters. The hummingbirds are buzzing around the feeders and the return of the vultures are a sure sign that winter is over.Newsletter May 2009
Oil Painters of America

18th National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils

Sage Creek Gallery
Santa Fe, New Mexico
May 1 – 31, 2009

Over 1,500 artists entered the competition with a total of 2,400 oil paintings. Only 200 works of art were selected.

I'm am honored to be one of the selected artists with my painting "Jack in the Box". Jack-in-the-Box is oil on masonite, 16″ x 18″. The toys are from my collection of early 20th century toys. The toys include a jack-in-the-box, a spinning top, alphabet blocks, and a jointed doll with a china head. Also in the painting is an antique book.

I will be attending the Artists’ Reception and Awards Ceremony Sage Creek Gallery and La Fonda Hotel 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2009. I hope to see you there.

Gallery 822 Anniversary Show

I will also be attending this show . The opening reception is Friday May 8th 3-7 pm This show is featured in the May 2009 issue of Western Art Collector


Richeson 75 Still Life Exhibition

Still Life & Floral—May 21 thru June 8, 2009
Each show is physically presented in the Richeson Art Gallery in Kimberly Wisconsin and virtually presented at the Richeson 75 web site. http://www.richeson75.com

I had all 3 of my entries accepted into this show.

My painting "Red Globes" 30" x 30", oil on canvas is one of the pieces selected

  My Galleries
I love each and every one of my galleries. They do a great job representing me. Please stop by and see my work
Heritage, Gallery - Scottsdale, Arizona
Red Willow Gallery - Tubac, AZ
Spirits in the Wind Gallery - Golden CO
Atlanta Art Gallery - Atlanta, GA
Gallery at 822 Canyon Road - Santa Fe, NM
Miller, Gallery - Cincinnati, Ohio
Warrior’s Work Gallery - Hill City, SD
Mountain Trails Gallery - Park City, UT
Link Gallery- Cheyenne WY

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WIP - Ball Jar

I wasn't planning on showing more images of this painting until it was complete but someone asked me about it so heres what it looks like today

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Ball Jar - Work In Progress

I’m happy with the way this painting is coming along. I did a grisalle underpainting and am starting to lay in the colors. The jar is filled with pastel candy easter eggs but I will make the eggs bright with multiple layers of color.

The most time consuming part of this painting was the lettering on the jar. But I enjoyed the challenge

This painting is 24″ x 18″, oil on canvas

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Wholly cow - demonstration - Finish

As you can see I've finished the marbles. After painting all the object I fell that it was a painting of a bunch of objects and not a cohesive painting so I did a final wash of shadows to darken the table and push some of the blocks into the background. That seemed to pull everything together. This is the final result.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Wholly Cow - demonstration - day 5

Here's the ceramic cow finished.Since I did a gray underpainting on the cow I didn't need to add much color. I added the pink and yellow and a few spots of a very thin blue which you may not be able to see.

To get the  lines on the blocks, I put a layer of color on the block and then used a white waxy colored pencil to remove the color (the pencil is not adding any color to the painting). 

I'm still building color on the marbles. Most of the colors are very transparent so it's slow to build up. I'm adding Liquin to may paint to make the color washes.

You can see the color that I've added to the table top for the reflections.

Tomorrow I will show the finished painting. Any questions?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Wholly Cow - demonstration- day 4

More of the same. Building up the underpainting. Looks like the cow and blocks are ready for the first layer of color.I've added a thin wash of color to the marbles.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Wholly Cow - Demonstration - day 3

More layering of paints on everything. I put a wash of color on the marbles. I added shadows on the background and continued adding darks and lights to give the items depth. And I added the "tape" to the cow photo. I'm really pleased with the way it came out


Wholly cow - demonstration - detail

 I've decide to show this demonstration focusing on the ceramic cow. This is what it looks like at the end of the second day. I've painted it a pale gray and started to add the shadows. I can still see the line drawing underneath. The blocks have the basic light and shadow and the marbles are painted white

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Work in Progress - Wholly Cow

This is how I started this painting. I draw on a piece of tracing paper and when I'm happy with the drawing I transfer it to my gessoed board or canvas.  I then refine the drawing further and spray it with a fixative. Next, blocked in the background colorsand started building up the grays in the cow photo. I let that dry. Day 2 I added more to the background colors. Because my drawing was dark, I was able to add my first layer of paint on the object in my still life and still see the details underneath. I did a gray underpainting on the cows and an umber painting on the blocks. I painted the marbles white while I redefined their shape.

I'll add more as the painting progresses.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Food Art - Cherry Cake

I love painting food! This is my first 'cake' painting. Cherry Cake is 9 x 12, oil on board. It is a layer cake with marachino cherries on a white plate and a linen napkin.

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

First Hummingbird

Yes, I spend most of my time in my studio. But on occasion I look up to see the world around me. We have our first hummingbird of the season. When the season is at it’s peak we will have 12 large feeders hanging from our deck, each one of them being sucked dry by these little Flying Jewels.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

I'm a Semi-Finalist!!

The Art Renewal Center just posted the winners of the 2008-2009 Salon exhibition and I am a semi -finalist!! There were well over 1600 entries from 30 countries. No awards for me this year but it's great to know that I came THISCLOSE. It encourages me to work that much harder. The work in this show is really terrific. Take a look.
The pieces I entered were Saturday Matinee and Summerfall