The Art of Flowers — show at the IMA

I am happy to announce that these three watercolors were juried into the Art of Flowers show that opens June 3rd at the International Museum of Art, 1221 Montana, El Paso.  The opening is 2-4 pm.  The show has flower paintings in all media.  Hope to see you there!

Watercolor of rocks and flowers by Rachel Murphree

Stumbled Upon. Watercolor. matted and framed to 18″ x 22″ $300

Buzzing in the Mountain Laurel #2. Watercolor on Yupo

Buzzing in the Mountain Laurel #2. Watercolor on Yupo Framed to 18″ x 22″ $300

Columbine Vignette

Columbine.  Watercolor framed to 11″ x 14″ $200

 

Don’t Ruin the Jellyfish!

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Under the Sea? Yupo demonstration

Doing the Yupo demo was such fun on Sunday!  lots of people were there, and stopped by to ask questions, watch the painting and lend their support. I talked to probably a dozen or more people about the art they do, where they are in their process, and also to nonartists who appreciate art.  I started putting on paint without a plan and started demonstrating what the paper could do, and we were off and running. What do you see in the above painting?

I had people say, OK, add some darks but whatever you do, don’t ruin the jellyfish!  I think that’s in the top right corner.

The top left froth and foam was made by spritzing rubbing alcohol and letting the paper and paint “do its stuff”.  As with other art on paper, it’s fun to see what happens if you cut and crop. The first is the froth.  The second, what do you see in it?

froth on yuporiding the waves on yupo

It’s important to note that even with yupo, you can overwork a painting and lose the freshness and texture you had, and I’m sure that happened here.  But all in all, it’s a fun freeing way to paint!

And I was pleased that my painting Spring Morning had a mini bidding war and was purchased!

 

YUPO demo today @ IMA

Quite a last minute reminder I know, but I will be doing a demo of watercolor on yupo paper today at the International Museum of Art on Montana Street during “Elevate your Art” an afternoon of fun from 1-5 today to raise funds to repair this historic building’s elevator.

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There will be a silent auction from 1-4 of small masterpieces donated by local artists, and tons of other fun.  Here’s complete info: 

ELEVATE YOUR ART 8X10 SILENT Art AUCTION
May 7, 2017 1pm – 5pm
Bid on a wide selection of art by outstanding El Paso artists to repair the elevator!
Bids begins at $35 and close at 4pm
Go home with a masterpiece!

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT WITH RECEPTION & MARGARITAS
1:30 PM THE DESERT DIAMONDS – Barbershop quartet
2:15 pm TIM THOMPSON
3:00 pm CLIFF SEAMAN – THE TEXAS TROUBADOR
SIX GUNS AND SHADY LADIES

ART DEMONSTRATONS BY CandyMayer – Rachel Murphee – Judy Hampton

HAVE YOUR PORTRAIT DONE Charcoal Portraits By Manny Guerra and Pastel By Barry Martin Suggested minimum donation $10 – all proceeds to museum

Childrens’ art activities with Carmen Navar

International Museum of Art
1211 Montana Ave, El Paso, Texas 79902
Lots of free parking!

My plein air painting Spring Morning is available at today’s auction:

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Spring Morning. Plein air watercolor framed to 8 x 10.