Flowers, Gardening and Painting: 100 Flowers # 11

Flowers, gardening and painting…

Prismacolor pencil on paper

© Holly Herick

Where has my passion for painting flowers come from? I grew up in Arizona where flowers were maybe not as big, beautiful and bright as they are in Oregon. After having children, I became more interested in nurturing things. Whether it be a child, flowers, or creativity; I knew it was important to nurture. In Scottsdale, Arizona the weather was often hot—too hot to weed a garden. I did not like taking care of the yard when I was young. It seemed like a chore, using too much water—a precious resource. Now that I have lived in a more temperate climate in Southern Oregon, with more rain, I feel more inclined to the use of water, the climate and nurturing flowers. Painting flowers has been a life long study of nature beginning in the Arizona dessert with California Poppies on the Four Peaks of Scottsdale, AZ and concluding with the flowers native to Southern Oregon. Most of these images come from my memory. Whether it be the Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona, Oahu, Hawaii or Portland, Oregon; it is all committed to memory. Somewhere from my mind, come the images in these floral paintings. Favorite flowers of mine include multi-petaled flowers including Hydrangeas, Gerber Daisies, Peonies, Austin Roses, Poppies, Ranunculuses and more.

Look at my paintings and guess what flowers may have influenced my paintings. Sometimes I don’t even know…

Above is the next one, what kind of flower is this? Prismacolor pencil on paper.

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creative adventure.

XOXO,
Holly

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100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #22 and #23 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

On My Way to Painting 100 Faces: Here is “What’s Her Name?” #22 and #23

INTRODUCING “Helga”

"Helga" © Holly Herick

“Helga” © Holly Herick

 

INTRODUCING “Aisha”

"Aisha" © Holly Herick

“Aisha” © Holly Herick

 

If you would like to suggest a name please comment below.

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100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #19, #20 and #21 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

On My Way to Painting 100 Faces: Here is “What’s Her Name?” #19, #20, and #21

I am running way behind in posting so this is a catch up post. Thus the many faces.

INTRODUCING “Camille”

"Camille" © Holly Herick

“Camille” © Holly Herick

 

INTRODUCING “Jerria”

 "Jerria"© Holly Herick

“Jerria”© Holly Herick

 

INTRODUCING “Maylin”

“MAYLIN”  © Holly Herick

“MAYLIN” © Holly Herick

 

If you would like to suggest a name please comment below.

Better yet, follow my blog to get updates and new faces every couple of days.

 

 

 

My Day Job

My Day Job:

I get to work with the most
amazing artists each day.

The Artist at the Studio at Living Opportunities may have disabilities, but all I see is the ability to enjoy the present. I see creativity and the ability to share love. I am a lucky person to get to share my time with these people.

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© Living Opportunities by Mieke Ryneal.

This month I would like to share about one of our most well-known artists: Mieke Ryneal. Mieke has been painting at the Studio at Living Opportunities for about 7 years. Everyday I watch Mieke paint in her own individual and unique style—all while happily listening and signing songs of joy on her iPod. Mieke’s ability to paint in a pointillism style is only rivaled by the masters of art history. As Mieke paints with her one-of-a-kind wooden tool she does not even touch the surface and her paint magically dances onto the canvas. It is a miracle to witness.

Working backward in time from December 2012;  I want to share with you some of her artwork. It takes Mieke three to four months at eight hours a week to complete a painting. Here is the current piece she is working on (with details) plus a couple of past pieces.

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FurnARTure

Third Annual FurnARTure Auction for the Studio at Living Opportunities

Once again this year I will be donating a piece of furniture or “FurARTure” to the Studio at Living Opportunities. On October 7, 2012 at Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville, Oregon from 2-5 pm, the Studio at Living Opportunities will hold the Third Annual FurARTure Auction. Artist from around the Rogue Valley will gather together and donate their art to benefit the Studio at Living Opportunities. This year the auction will include a raffle for a fabulous wine rack painting by Gabriel Lipper—including almost $2000 of wine. Anything Gabriel paints is worth tens of thousands so these raffle tickets will go fast. Raffle tickets can be purchased from me for $50 each—what a steal! (winner does not need to be present to win). Last year I painted a pre-set table which you can see below and read more about here.

© Holly Herick. FurnARTure piece 2011.

This year I am also painting a table and I am super excited about it.

© Holly Herick. In process: the paint is visibly wet in this photo.

My table design is loosely based on a zinnia flower. I have been working on it over the past month. If you are interested in bidding on this table you will have to attend the fabulously fun and feel-good event that is the Third Annual FurnARTure Auction to benefit the Studio at Living Opportunities. Tickets are $25 per person and include a bidding number, live music, appetizers, beer and wine. You can contact me for tickets or call Living Opportunities at 541.772.1503.

Poster design by Snapshot Group

During the Third Friday Artwalk in Medford on September 21, 2012 Terra Firma Home will be hosting a sneak preview of the furnARTure that will be auctioned this year.  The Third Friday Artwalk event will be from 5-7 pm at 309 East Main Street,
Medford, Oregon. Thanks Terra Firma for your support! Did you see all the other wonderful sponsors we have on the poster? Thank you Snapshot Group, Valley Immediate Care, Southern Oregon Endodontics, Cutler Investment Group LLC, Newswatch 12Fox 26 and again, Terrra Firma.

© Holly Herick. After about seven coats of paint.

After about seven coats of paint—I think it still needs something to make it pop. It needs a little bit of the unexpected. Maybe…a little bit of purple. Did I mention that I want to keep this table? You will be prying it from my paint stained fingers at the auction. No—but really—the funds could not go to a better cause.

© Holly Herick

© Holly Herick

© Holly Herick

 

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This is the most up-to-date photo of my table that I am going to show you. Did I change it up a little or not? Come to the event to find out…

I have mentioned the event—all the great art, music, food, beer, wine, and great people in a beautiful historic setting in Jacksonville, but the best reason to attend this event is to support the artists of the Studio at Living Opportunities I would love to tell you all about each one of them because each artist is so special to me. To learn more about some of the artists that attend the studio workshops weekly between 2-4pm click here. Check it out—you will be amazed. And the Studio has a facebook page so like us on facebook.

FurnARTure to benefit The Studio at Living Opportunities of Medford, Oregon

On Sunday, October 2, 2011 from 2-5 pm at Bigham Knoll in Historic Jacksonville, OR. I will be donating a piece of furnARTure  to the Studio at Living Opportunities for auction.

One of my favorite local ways to volunteer is at The Studio for Living Opportunities. This year I will be donating a painted piece of furniture for the “FurnARTure Auction” My piece this year is a kitchen table painted to look like it is already set.

I procrastinated on this project all summer, but sometimes one just needs a little pressure to get things going. I had many ideas, but finally decided on the sketch below. I removed the legs from the table in order to actually move it. The table is solid wood and is quite heavy. Then I sanded and prepared the table for paint. Look below and you will see some of my process as I painted the table runner, plates and cups. I wanted the table setting to look real, but not be too literal so I used a gel medium to build up the paint and create a lot of texture. Most of the paint is house paint from Benjamin Moore left over from painting our home seven years ago. I also used some bright acrylics when needed.

The finished piece of furniture or in this case FurnARTture.

The perspective changes for each setting. In order for the person sitting at the table to not feel like their glass was tipping over, I decided this would be the most fun. The perspective also entices one to walk around the table and look at it from each view, making this piece of art interactive, and functional too.

Third Friday Art Walk in Medford, OR

Last Friday evening my table, along with other FurnArture, was on display at The Studio at 32 Central—across from the Ginger Roger Theater. It was such a joy to watch people walk through the door and say “wow” and walk over a feel the table. This table and most of my acrylic paintings are very textural. Part of the experience with my acrylic artwork is touching the piece and I want people to do that. My piece and the other FurnARTure will be on display at Terra Firma Home on Main in Medford until the auction at Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville on October 2, 2011.

If you are interested in bidding on this piece, you will need to attend the furARTure auction at Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville on October 2, 2011. Proceeds from this table will be donated to my favorite charity, The Studio at Living Opportunities here in Medford. If you would like to commission a painted piece of furniture, you can use my contact me tab on the top right of my web page.