a painting by Helene Ruiz / acrylic

That was a real fun art opening last night at the Petersburg Area Art League

That was a real fun art opening last night at the Petersburg Area Art League

This is my favorite one of Helene’s paintings from her “Skulduggeries” series. Helene illustrates life’s hardships and the strange people you meet, with humor in her paintings.

The show I entered with her group, the Urban Individualists, was titled “Entangled”. It’s a collaborative effort between visual artists and poets. The authors wrote a poem for a painting, and a painter illustrated a poem. The paintings and poems are hung together. And Helene had a section of the gallery for her Skullduggery paintings. The show is GREAT!! in my humble opinion.  If you’re in the area and didn’t get there last night, you should go check it out.

This is my daughter, Sarah, and me standing in front of two of our entries. (my paintings and her poem and story)

This is my daughter, Sarah, and me standing in front of two of our entries. (my paintings and her poem and story)

We also enjoyed the poetry readings and the Latin music !

Black Eyed Susans / pastel study

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I worked on my sketch in the shade at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for a while, then came home and worked on it again. It’s for a collage I’m doing for a show titled “Entangled”, happening at the Petersburg Art League, Fri. Oct. 14.

The theme Entangled is a collaborative show with visual artists doing an illustration for an author, and the author writing a poem for a painting. It’s always good for artists and writers to get together and exchange ideas. Artists find a lot of inspiration in in the other art forms.

I’m entered with my daughter, Sarah Hill, a writer. She wrote a book for teenage girls. The story is about a girl who’s mother is like Wonder Woman from another planet, and her dad is a normal human. The daughter has some super powers too, and the scene I’m illustrating is the chapter where the mother teaches the girl to fly. It’s a real fun subject to illustrate. And Sarah is writing a poem for one of my paintings. The poems and the paintings will be hung together.

I need to cut this sketch up into clumps of flowers for my collage, and arrange them in among the trees in their back yard. Then I can work again on my 2 figures floating slowly down to Earth. Doing the figures is kind of like making paper dolls for this collage. Fun stuff!!

If you’re in the area, you should make it to this opening. It will be great. People will be reading poetry and there will also be Latin Jazz and Salsa music.

The Resurrection of the Exquisite Corpse

It's a Surrealist art game. Here's one I lifted off Wikipedia.

It’s a Surrealist art game. Here’s one I lifted off Wikipedia.

Shelby and I are excited about the exquisite corpse game! Here’s how you do it:

Both artists should agree to use the same colors and media. It can be a pencil drawing, but Shelby and I both like collage, so we’re doing that. The first artist covers half the paper with half of their design and then covers what they did except for 1/2″ in the center, so the second artist has no idea what the first artist did. Then the second artist has to connect their design to the 1/2″ they can see on the unfinished corpse. After the second artist is finished, they can take the wrapping paper off and see the CRAZY !

Both artists start a corpse and trade so both get to finish and keep one. I sent one to Shelby. I hope she can’t guess what’s under the wrapping.

Here's an exquisite corpse I'm sending to Mary Beth Brath.

Here’s an exquisite corpse I’m sending to Mary Beth Brath.

I tinted the board with gold acrylic, and I’m sending her the colored paper I used. She can finish this on and start one for me. We’re planning Exquisite Corpse shows in Richmond VA and in PA. If any of our friends out there in computerland would like to participate, let us know.