If I have enough interest, I’m thinking about scheduling some workshops this winter. I’m thinking that I might schedule an Intro to Palette Knife Painting in December and then my ‘Playing with Knives’ open studio type workshop in January or February. If you are interested, please complete this survey to help me schedule dates that will work for the most people. Thanks for you interest!
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Centerfest this weekend in downtown Durham!
Fall is one of my favorite times of year, and typically one of my busiest. I’ve been busy painting out in my studio, and I also have several exhibits and art shows coming up. I am once again participating in the Centerfest art festival, which is this weekend (September 16th and 17th) in downtown Durham. I’ll be in booth B13 on Chapel Hill Street. It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend, hope to see you there!
Exhibit at Duke Hospital September and October.
I was fortunate enough to be one of the artists selected to exhibit a solo show at Duke Hospital this year. The exhibit will hang until the end of October. It’s a wonderful space in Concourse between Duke Hospital and Duke Medical Pavilion.
I am excited to invite everyone to the Silent Art Auction and Gala event in Cary, NC Friday June 9th from 6:00pm – 8:30pm. The Auction features plein air paintings that were created by numerous artists during the ‘Paint the Town’ event in Cary on May 6th. This was my first plein air event, and I chose to paint at Bond Park where there were numerous wooded and water scenes to chose from.
Painting in the outdoors definitely comes with some challenges, and this was a great learning experience for me. It turned out to be a fairly cold day for May, which was both good and bad. On one hand, hot weather is tough on acrylic paint and can make it dry up and get sticky and hard to work with, so I was pleased to see the cooler temperatures in the forecast. On the other hand, it was very windy and ended up being a lot colder then I had anticipated (especially on the water). I was pretty chilled by the time that I finished up for the day.
All paintings needed to be completed entirely during that day, so this was a break from my normal process of working on each piece over several days. I was able to complete two paintings during the event which will be available on the silent auction. One piece (Bond Park Path) features a path through the woods, and the other is a scene from the lake (On the Water).
Friday, June 9, 2017 | 6-8:30 p.m.
6-8:15 p.m. Silent Art Auction
7-8:30 p.m. Gala with live music, dancing and refreshments
8:30 p.m. Juried Awards
Free and open to the public
Address: 101 Dry Ave, Cary, NC 27511
Mark your calendar for the grand finale of the en plein air Paint the Town event: the Silent Auction & Gala at the Cary Arts Center.
Cast a ballot for your favorite painting for the People’s Choice Award. If you find a painting that you would like to take home, you may participate in the silent auction from 7-8:15 p.m. View the paintings.
Enjoy live music and dancing at the Gala from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available. The cash bar is optional.
First and second place, and the People’s Choice award, as well as the silent auction bid winners will be announced at the end of the Gala. View the invitation.
I am excited to have my work in two exhibits in Hillsborough for the Last Friday on May 28th. I have three paintings hanging at the Skylight Gallery which is located on the second floor at 102 West King Street Hillsborough, NC 27278. One of the paintings shown at the Skylight is the piece from the stop motion video that I created last year with the help of my very talented son Miles Neuvirth. I also have a few pieces hanging in the Gallery space at the Chamber of Commerce (Located behind the Hillsborough Gallery) at 121 N. Churton Street Suite 1C Hillsborough, NC 27278. The Chamber of Commerce gallery space is a permanent display space for Triangle Visual Artists and rotates new art in every month.
Hillsborough hosts a downtown art walk on the last Friday of every month. Several businesses and galleries in the downtown area feature new artists each month. From April through September, 6:30 to 9:30 pm on the last Friday of the month a free concert is featured on the old courthouse lawn alongside visual arts, dance, and literature. I’ll be dividing my time between the two locations, so come out and enjoy some art, wine, food, and music. Be sure to stop into my two exhibits and check out my work.
‘Maritime Path’ is on exhibit at the Skylight Gallery the May 28th art walk in Hillsborough. It is also featured in my stop motion video.
‘Flowers in the Meadow’ is on exhibit at the Chamber of Commerce for the May 28th art walk in downtown Hillsborough.
It’s been a while since I have scheduled a workshop, and I have had quite a few requests, so I am considering scheduling something in the next few weeks. If you are interested in taking a workshop this Spring, please fill out this quick survey so that I can which format and dates would work best.
When should I schedule a 'Playing with Knives' workshop this Spring?
I wanted to let everyone know about a silent auction event to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I have donated a palette knife painting workshop for 4 people (along with a small painting) as item for the silent auction. There are also many other cool items on the auction. If you are interested, tickets are 20 dollars and can be purchased here. There will be 20 plus silent auction items and raffles ticket prizes. It is 3/19 from 3:00 to 6:00. Take a look at the flyer. Come out and support the team and the LLS. Please feel free to forward this along to anyone that may be interested.
Very seldom do I have the opportunity to show as many of my paintings together in one location as I have hanging right now at the Saladelia restaurant on University drive. It took all a Thursday morning to hang the show, but I’m very happy with how the exhibit looks. The main room of the cafe, with its large high walls and great lighting is a great place to feature my larger works and was able to use the back room to feature several of my smaller works.
The exhibit will be up through May 2nd, so stop in and see it in person. Address is 4201 University Drive, Durham, NC 27707. Check out the schedule for live music at http://www.saladelia.com.
On this eve of the new year, we can look back on the past 12 months, muse over our accomplishments, reminisce about the fun times, and hopefully learn something from our failures. But for me, 2016 is so weighed down by negative emotions that I can only bring myself to focus on the next year and how I can make it better. I have several personal goals for myself revolving around health, and relationships, but today I would like to share with your my goals as an artist for 2017.
For numerous reasons I haven’t been completing my daily paintings for the past few months. Completing one of these tiny paintings each day is an important part of my growth as an artist, and I intend to start doing them again, but with some new rules. As I renew my focus on my art, I also want to remind myself everyday of all of the little things that I have in my life to be thankful for. So, this year I am starting a ‘Thankful Project’. Each day (Monday thru Friday) I will complete a tiny painting and I will also jot down something that I am thankful for and post it on my artworkdaily.com website and send it out on Instagram. Also, each painting will be used to create a Thank You card so that I can show others how much I appreciate them and their support.
I would like to invite all of you to join me in my Thankful Project. Create a painting, or a sketch, or a doodle, or whatever your heart desires and write down something that you are thankful for. If you would like to share it, post it out on Instagram and let the world know what you are thankful for. Turn all of these little artworks into Thank You cards, and let those around you know how much you appreciate them.
These are tiny under-paintings that I have prepared for my Thankful Project. Each one will become a daily painting that will be used to create a Thank You card.
This project is one that I have been envisioning and procrastinating about for a few years now. It just seemed like such a cool idea to create this stop-motion video in which my work would seemingly paint itself in a matter of minutes. The amount of work that would take though seemed overwhelming, and thus the procrastination. As with any daunting task, I decided that If I was going to get it done, I needed to break it done into small manageable pieces.
The first step was all about preparation. I knew that this project would extend over several weeks and that I would need to be able to paint at any time during the day or night, so I needed to be able to control my lighting. In order to accomplish this, I designated one room in my house exclusively to this project and used heavy duty garbage bags and duct tape to cover the window and block out all light. I set up photography lights, an easel with a prepared canvas, and my camera on a tripod.
Once the preparation was complete, I could start the process of capturing the images. After each stroke of the knife, I would take a picture. I have a remote for my camera, which made it a little easier, but it was still a lot of walking back and forth in order to stay out of the shot myself. My first attempt did not turn out so well because I had my camera set to auto adjust, and so it kept changing the color balance and focus as I added paint to the canvas. I ended up starting over with a completely new painting, this time setting the camera to manual mode, which worked much better.
After I captured the images, I could move on to step 3, building the actual movie. Fortunately there is a lot of software out there that will allow you to do this. First I found a batch photo editing app that allowed me to crop all of my photos exactly the same so that I could crop the background out of the movie. I used an application called Smoovie to build the actual stop-motion. I liked it because it allowed my to edit or remove individual photos from the movie and control the timing of each image.
The fourth stop wasn’t actually mine. Fortunately my son Miles is a singer/songwriter and offered to write a song to accompany my movie. The song that he wrote (ADD it up), is truly a wonderful song, and it was great to create this collaborative project with him. If you’d like to know more about Miles, you can check out his website http://milesneuvirth.com