Monday, July 15, 2013

"Simpler Days" plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Simpler Days", 12 x 12" plein air oil painting on panel

I did this painting of the "Art & Soul Gallery" in High River on the day of our official grand opening. I had just been to a Dreama Tolle Perry workshop (more about that later!) so I did this in her style. Sad to say, less than one month after, this beautiful house sustained substantial damage due to the flooding in June. Here is what it looked like after the flood hit:
That's the gallery in the upper left of the photo. It took almost 3 weeks for the residents of the town to get back in to see the damage and begin to rebuild their lives. This is what the gallery looked like on the day after High River was once again opened and all the water drained off.
The silt laden water FILLED the basement and came up 2" on to the main floor, requiring the bottom of all the drywall to have to be removed as well as all the flooring. Luckily not much artwork was damaged! I just lost a few frames but all the paintings were unscathed. Here is some of the cleanup crew. WHAT A MESS!!!
I am not sure if or when the gallery will reopen, but will keep you informed. In the meanwhile I now have a house FULL of framed art, if you need/want anything! Great gifts for the wedding season : )


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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Come Paint Tuscany With Me!!

"Tuscan Balcony", 9x12" oil on Arches Oil Paper
On auction at DPW beginning at $80, click here to bid

I did this painting from one of the photos I took while I was in Tuscany in May. You've just got to love the way the Italians use every possible use of sunshine to brighten up their lives with flowers.

I also want to remind you of my upcoming plein air class in Tuscany, September 1-15, 2013. I have attached to poster to tempt you, and all the details are on my website. Please note that this will be a small intimate workshop, so each painter will get tons of individual attention. Also, the price of this workshop is incredible! Most other Tuscany workshops are this price for one week, and this one is for TWO WEEKS. Everything is included except for airfare -I booked mine with points and only had to pay the taxes. I will be teaching a pen and ink and watercolour quick sketching method for when we don't have have the time or the space to set up our easels, as well as providing daily demonstrations and easel to easel instruction. We will be going on daily expeditions to the countryside and hill towns of the Val D'Orcia region of Tuscany in our own chauffeured bus, to paint, visit and perhaps even do some shopping! It will surely be a wonderful time of learning how to be a better plein air painter, as well as a cultural highlight of our lives. Time to get this one off our bucket list!

Please let me know ASAP if you are interested in joining us!!!

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