Tuesday, May 27, 2008

painting the park

Hi there!

Do you remember I described this as a journal blog, hoping to tell what causes me to paint the way I do? :)
Well, I spent the last couple of nights at my daughter and son-in-law's house trying to help them get some sleep. Two little babies were trying their hardest to keep that from happening. :) I have never heard babies moan and groan like these two do. My daughter and I discussed the possiblility this morning that they (the girls) are already developing their 'special language' Liberty got to go home from the hospital about ten days earlier than Mia, but once they were back to being room mates, the 'talking' started!

So did it affect my painting? On my project blog, I talked about 'daubs and splodges' as being a better definition than 'impressionism'. The park I was painting is beginning to look like someone slung paint around with abandon. Oh yeah, wait a minute, I was. :) The true test of 'impressionism' vs 'daubs and splodges' will come tomorrow morning when (after a whole night's sleep!) we see if I am compelled to tidy up those messy brush strokes. And besides, I can show you some pretty famous impressionist paintings with seriously messy brushstrokes, so maybe I should just sign it?

Here's the painting so far:

"Park Bench Confidantes"

Later, Cooper

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Cooper summer art show schedule


I have decided to stop being exhausted after long days at the greenhouse :) and just get back to being an artist again. Maybe burning calves and aching arches are really just a form of procrastination! At any rate, at the greenhouse, we are actually starting to empty out buildings, which means the 'annuals department' will be winding down the season soon.

I got in about three hours in the studio tonight and like what happened. The images are on my project blog.

Here, I decided to post my summer art show schedule, so, drum roll please:

May 31st and June 1st
Countryside Village Art Fair in Omaha, Nebraska, Pacific at 87th.
"We are the oldest and finest outdoor art show in Nebraska. Dedicated to fine art. 140 artists"

June 14th and 15th
Stone Arch Art Festival, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Riverfront District at St Anthony Main

June 28th and 29th
Fountain Square Art Festival, Evanston, Illinois, Downtown Evanston

July 19th and 20th
Boulder Art Fair, Boulder, Colorado, Pearl Street Ped Mall

July 26th and 27th
Geneva Fine Arts Fair, Geneva, Illinois, Downtown Geneva

August 2
Art In The Park And The Blues Fest @ Preservation Plaza, Arnolds Park, Iowa

August 29th, 30th, and 31st
Artspash, Sioux City, Iowa, Anderson Pavilion on the Sioux City Riverfront

September 27th and 28th
Art In The Barn, Barrington, Illinois, on the grounds of Good Shepard Hospital

October 4th and 5th
A.R.T. Northwest Iowa Artisans Road Trip

October 10th -
Go Figure, Pearson Lakes Art Center, Okoboji, Iowa
"United by subject matter, local artists Doug Genschmer, Karen Cooper and Lissa Potter will present a selction of colorful works relective of their studio time together."

And that's it for now. If there are any additions, I'll be the first to let you know!

Later, Cooper