Karen Cooper is a figurative painter, who paint with oil or acrylic paints on canvas. She do not make reproductions of any of my paintings, so each one that you look at is a unique rendering of her point of view.
Welcome to the Cooper studio, Grinnell, where I complained about the temperature, during my afternoon commute home. All 11.5 feet of it. But this is a summer person writing this post, and ready for summer to come back!!
Enough with the weather whining already, eh?
And really, this post is about another matter entirely.
I would like to mention that all though Art On The Prairie 2018 is now in the history book, as featured artist of the event, my portion of the exhibit remains on display at La Poste (Perry, Iowa) One happy patron found that to their delight this evening and will travel back home with this little gem:
It's always a good day, when a painting finds a happy home!
Welcome to the Cooper studio, Grinnell. Where I can guarantee there will be NO plein air painting today. We are uber rain soaked and it continues to fall. On the upside, the grass sure is green .
We are going to talk about plein air painting.
This was my first summer where I actively participated in plein air paint outs. Yup, I scored success in some places, but definitely not all.
On my last post I did a bit of self promotion about a newly arrived notification of an honorable mention award from the Brush Creek Art Walk opening reception. (Gorman Discovery Center, Kansas City on October 2nd)
All artists were allowed to submitted two paintings to the exhibit, which I did, just before I put the trusty dweebvan back on I35 pointed towards Iowa. I was a good distance removed from Kansas City before I remembered that painting #2 had not been photographed. Alack and alas. But I was not turning back at that point in my weekend.
Today, however, I can share that through the miracle of modern science and some random person posting from their phone cam, I have a photo for you, of the evasive painting.
It's got serious shadow effect, and definitely not the best photo ever, but here we have "Sunday Morning кофе"
Sunday Morning кофе, a roasty-warm morning view of Starbucks, Kansas City Plaza area, KC, Mo.
Follows your ever handy zoom view link to my portfolio page of the same painting: (click link)
Welcome to the Cooper studio, Grinnell, where we are still trying to create a semblance of order after being at the AIS workshop/opening in FishCreek, Wisconsin, all last week. The workshop portion of the event especially, increased the speed of wheels turning, with the possibilities of where to go from here!
But that's not the focus of today's post.
The focus has a Kansas City origin.
Last night came the email about honorable.
Yup. An honorable mention. That thing that happens when you are just shy of first, second, or third place.
If you'll remember, a couple weekends ago, I was at the plein air event Brush Creek Art Walk. (hey, a couple weekends ago, it was still nice hot summer!!) Anyway, a bunch of artists, myself included, did our best to paint the Kansas City Plaza area, en plein air.
I think you'll also remember me lamenting that I was remiss in getting a good photo of one of my paintings from the event.
Yup, that one. That would be the one the event judge gave the honorable mention nod to.
Sunday Morning кофе
Otherwise known as a sundrenched morning on the veranda of Starbucks, at the KC Plaza location. (And by the way, it was lovely to be able to step away from my easel, over to the cafe, and order an iced latte in the midst of a morning's painting)
The exhibit of the event's paintings is showing at the Gorman Discovery Center in KC for the entire month of October, and I'd love for the painting to find a happy home in KC. The other option is for it to find a happy home from Grinnell! And in that case, I WILL get you a photo.
In the meantime, how about a look at the other painting I submitted for the exhibit?
Butterfly Flowers, because that's what she was giving out at the Gorman Center that weekend...
Only today, to be really honest, we must say Missouri. And Kansas.
It was road trip day, you see.
I made a followup trip to 2010 Gallery in Prairie Village. Not only did we sign on the dotted line, but 2010 Gallery is now showing my paintings, AND we penciled in a show for next February. Sometimes things just happen at lightning speed.
If you have not been to 2010 Gallery, you really must put it on your schedule. They love figurative work almost as much as I do!! And the two paintings at the top of this message? Yup. Just ask Tim or Christyn to show them to you !!
While the paintings are utterly enjoyable online, you will LOVEthem up close and personal.
Now for the Missouri part of this newsletter. You see, I never do things just half. This road trip is a double header.
Tomorrow, August 25th, the MVIS (Missouri Valley Impressionist Society) is sponsoring Paint Marceline. And so we shall.
I scoped out good vantage points late this afternoon, in preparation for the festivities tomorrow. We start at 8am and paint until exhausted. Then rumor has it, we drink wine and have an art stroll. If you are anywhere close by, you really should drop in. I read somewhere that NOMA (Northern Missouri Arts council says if someone wants to buy a painting right off the easel, well then, that's okay. Whew. Good times!
Thanks for reading, and have a lovely art filled day!