Not too long ago I received an invitation to submit work to an art auction sponsored by the Allentown (PA) Academy of the Arts Alliance. This group is a non-profit created to support the Academy of the Arts program at William Allen High School.
The auction takes place on November 20 and is composed entirely of works 8″ x 8″. Though I have no connection with the school, I have many Allentown friends and have shown my work in the city for years. It’s been a very supportive place for me and I am glad to have a chance to say thank you.
So I got out some 8″ x 8″ boards, pre-primed in a smooth finish and with a 3/4″ cradle. This way, I can just paint around the edges in black when the paintings are finished and they won’t require framing. I decided I’d make four paintings – I do a better job on small pieces when I have a group of them and I don’t focus all my attention on one. I do tend to paint quickly – I finish before I’m ready to stop – I want to keep painting, and so I go on and ruin something. If I have a group, I bounce from one to the other. Problem solved.
This time, I took some pictures as I progressed. I am a bit hesitant to reveal the absolute chaos I start with, but eventually, thank goodness, it all works out ok.
I chose some photos to serve as references. Each scene means something to me in my daily life. I hope that auction viewers will see something in them as well that might induce a desire to bid.
So here goes. First up, a scene at the Jenkintown (PA) train station, in the wintertime.
Next, a line of vehicles parked along the fence at the gas station we go to in Abington, PA.
My living room. I did a pen and ink sketch of this same photo not too long ago and thought it might be fun to try a painted version.
And this last one is a scene from Allentown – it’s a house near West Park, where I do an art show each summer.
Now – here is my group of paintings, all at once. I’m happy with how they turned out.