Preparing for an Open House – October 30

I, along with my fellow artist neighbors, am preparing in full force for the annual open house on the 30th of this month. Besides the paintings being signed and dry, I am finishing the framing of the new pieces I will feature.

Framing I like to do myself when I have the time. Once the pieces are framed, which I have scheduled for this week, I will take to the studio and hang.

Then there is the party itself. I’ll prepare for wine and edibles for our visitors. All the details should be completed by Saturday morning.

So what happens in an Open House? Well, the artists open their studios for visitors. They hang the latest works and are available to meet and greet while telling the stories of their newest works of art. Guests get to see what’s inside, they sign the artists guest book and enjoy a glass of wine while perusing the art. Conversation includes biographical, the stories behind the artwork, and provides an opportunity to learn more about each artists and their motivation.

I hope to see you between 2 and 8pm!

Real Heroes Right Here In Texas

This week I had the opportunity to attend a book signing by David Todd.  It was for his The Texas Legacy Project, Stories of Courage & Conservation.  The Brazos Bookstore was standing room only. Among the attendees were real live heroes of skin and bone.

 

GB Heron

Lilibeth André, GB Heron, colored pencil on paper

 

As an artist who enjoys painting Texas landscapes, wildlife and the people that share the varied ecosystems the Houston area holds, I can appreciate the work to preserve and protect the environment. The efforts of these regular folks to step up and drive sustainable use of our natural gems is certainly admirable.

Most of these folks have been working relentlessly for most of their adult life to help protect a part of the state that is unique and vital to the overall natural habitat we share.

David Todd’s book is but a small slice of his complete project, a joint effort with David Weisman, to record the oral history narrated by these heroes. These ordinary people like you and me who decided that preserving what they love was important enough to do what they could to save and restore what they feel is important, not just to them but to others who may come after them.

The group is diverse. It includes ministers,  farmers, musicians, scientists, politicians, ranchers, attorneys and teachers, to name a few, but the thread that holds them together is the courage to conserve, to take action, and to persevere.

So to David Todd and to these real heroes: Thank you! Thank you for your efforts to protect and preserve the stories and the environment that helps our world remain one of the most unique and diverse natural ecosystems.

I will continue to venture out there to enjoy and preserve on canvas with brush and paint what you have helped preserve for us to enjoy and appreciate.

Collecting Art Sustainably

In a recent article by Lindsey Pollock, for Bloomberg Businessweek, she points to the fact that even in recession times, corporations continue to acquire art.

As an artist I can say that this practice is good news.

 

Farm Road 605

Lilibeth André, Farm Road 605, Oil

 

One point I like to make in regard to corporate acquisition of artwork is that these buyers should look at adding to their collections the work by local artists.

Why buy local art?

By buying local art you are helping to sustain the local art community. Corporations that make their home in town are investing in the growth of this local industry. They are granting recognition and worth to the artists who share their hometown elevating the quality of life for everyone, those who create, acquire and enjoy the artwork.

Here in Houston, we have a tremendous community of artists. Everything from contemporary abstract to representational, impressionist to super realism, iconic to ethnic. And these artists are self-trained, in training or classically trained. They work a wide variety of mediums and genres. Some paint for fun and some paint professionally.

If local corporations bolster their art collections with the work by local artists they would contribute to the sustainability of this industry. By acquiring the work of local artist they are recognizing their work. Granting accolades at home keeps the arts in Houston and increases the value of the artwork. It helps to grow the art community and calls others to come to Houston for our art.

Perhaps it is time to invest in this clean industry and promote our cultural assets.

Final “September Model”

September Model

Lilibeth Andre, September Model, Oil, 16x12

Here is my final attempt at September Model. The week was very hectic with many things coming up this fall so I was not able to get any more sittings.  Nonetheless, I rather like the raw finish on the background and shirt. What do you think?

In this sitting, my focus was on the skin and hair. I made some corrections to get the likeness where I felt comfortable with it and I worked the paint a bit to detail the features.

September Model detail 1

September Model, detail

In the detail shown here you can see a close up of the work on the hair, the eye and nose. You can also appreciate the coloring of the skin to model the face. Of course, there is nothing like seeing a live painting but hopefully you can get an idea from the full picture and the details I provide.

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