I am finally getting around to sharing some recent work with you! The oil painting at the right is one of my newest pieces. The painting shows a little angel statue, which stands as a monument in Bonaventure (meaning Good Fortune) Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia. Girl with the Upturned Shell was sculpted by John Walz. Pam DeCamp, a photographer, mentions a visit to this beautiful sculpture in a blogpost, "Clearly this person was loved by her family. The care in which the statue
The exhibit goes up today at the Bennett Civic Center Library! Yay! Other than group shows and the collection at Coffee Bean, this is my first solo show with the stained glass style oil paintings, and I'm grateful to the Livonia Arts Commission for the opportunity. The exhibit Fusion of Light & Color: A Stained Glass Inspiration will be displayed in the Fine Arts Gallery through the month of March and is open during regular library hours. You are all invited to the Artist Rec
What is your preferred atmosphere to work in? I love being in and painting in my studio. It's not large or fancy, but I have everything I need in there. I flip on the lights and Pandora, pour myself a cup of tea, set up my paints and get busy. I especially enjoy it when the weather outside is extreme. By extreme I mean a wind storm, snowstorm or pouring rain. The quietness of the snow falling and piling up creating a white blanket. Or the rain bursting from the sky to pound n
Snow is piled up outside and the wind bites at our cheeks, but inside my studio I experience the best of two worlds. It's warm and cozy with unlimited hot chocolate - that alone is great on a snowy day. The second part of the equation is that my wonderful husband filled the bird feeder just outside my window and being able to watch them and listen to their chirping has been so much fun! A beautiful cardinal came three days in a row, but mostly I see chickadees, robins, wrens
You might recognize these walls if the Coffee Bean in Plymouth is one of your haunts. Today was the day I put up a collection of my paintings in the Cloud Room (so named for the clouds painted on the ceiling). Boy was it ever crowded! Stepping around customers, excusing myself to rearrange a title card, shuffling paintings from one spot to another to avoid tripping - that was our challenge today as my husband and I fastened nine of my oil paintings to a very bright wall. The
I began this project several months ago with an April deadline in mind; that time frame came and went, but sure enough, another deadline presented itself in the form of a group show at a Detroit gallery called The Annex at 333 Midland. Currently this piece, along with other excellent artwork submitted by the Detroit Society of Painters & Sculptors, will be displayed from September 28 through October 6. The gallery itself is interesting in that it is part of an industrial park
Check it out! I'm happy to report that both Dragoyle: Aniticipation and Kittygoyle: Study in Self-Control were juried into the Visual Arts Association of Livonia Spring Exhibit 2018! The display will be up throughout the month of June at the Livonia Arts Commission Fine Art Gallery. There is some excellent artwork in this show; if you are in the Livonia area, head over to the Bennett Civic Center Library (2nd floor) and see for yourself. The next art fair is right around the
My Charleston adventure has begun! As planned, the Flex was stuffed to the hilt complete with carrier on top. I found a My First Art Fair Checklist online from another art blog (thank you Moshe Mikanovsky!), checked everything off, added a bunch of my own things and off we went! The driving went without a hitch and here we are with a couple of days to enjoy the Charleston area. There are wharfs, boats, pelicans, antebellum mansions - a ton of tours to take and places to eat.
Oh yes! It's time! Aitken art is indeed leaving the studio and hitting the streets. The tent I purchased in December is now going to be put to good use at three scheduled juried art festivals. My debut into the summer art scene begins in Charleston, South Carolina, which may seem a bit random. Why so far away, you ask? It just so happens that I have three children living there - one being an artist herself, who is participating in the fair along with me (or am I along with he
It's always fun when something you have ordered arrives on your doorstep - isn't online ordering great? Well, yesterday's truck brought some frames - I thought it might be a good idea to offer a frame with my work, or at least to show what the painting looks like framed. So I ordered a few sizes. Understand that to frame or not to frame is personal choice if the canvases are painted on the sides, like mine are. The edges become an extension of the painting, and many collector
It's a rare person who doesn't love a beautiful flower - and they certainly abound in the wonderful world of nature. Very soon (March 20th, to be exact, if the calendar is to be trusted), we should start to see the beginnings of a fabulous season of bright greens, yellows, pinks, lavendars - a whole host of colors to remind us once again of the amazing cycle of life. A bit poetic, right? It is true, though, even if we don't articulate it; anyone who plods through a season of
I have been very busy lately, painting, planning, painting some more! Still on the easel, this little guy has a bit more to go before making his debut. I think he must have hitched a ride with the frog from Frogoyle: Escape from Washington Cathedral and was distracted enough to get stuck in my painting - you'll find out why when you see the finished painting! Speaking of Frogoyle, he will be hanging in a new exhibit in the art gallery at Madonna University in Livonia, March 1
A touch of spring for those of us who have seen too much white, not enough sun, and just need a little green! Spring is officially only fourteen days away... hmm. I guess we will have to see if nature agrees with the calendar. Since this wintery weather seems fairly persistent at the moment (at least in Michigan!), I thought I'd post this oil painting Crimson Field (18x24") to brighten your day! To see more paintings like this check out the View Paintings page on the website!
Frogoyle: Escape from Washington Cathedral (18 x 24", oil on canvas) has just hopped off the easel. Fun for me was the frogoyle, inspired by a gargoyle who is normally firmly attached to the Washington Cathedral. Obviously, he is amazed to find himself in the U.S. Botanic Garden instead. Or in my own little pond - whichever! Reminiscent of the statue in Tranquil Garden, Frogoyle explores the idea of sculpture as just a part of a stained glass composition. Plans are already in
What do "one painting, a tent and an Indian wedding" have in common? Well, I suppose they could be the start of a bad joke... OR they just be the latest news from the JS Aitken Art studio! I'm excited about this new painting, Tranquil Garden (oil on canvas, 24 x 30"), because it includes a sculpture. I visited the Linnaeus Teaching Garden in Tulsa with my sister last summer and fell in love with this sweet little statue. I incorporated the idea of silver stain (used in orig