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7th Annual Art-a-Day Challenge, January 2015!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Gail Roadhouse
full time artist
childrens instructor
member of :
Allied Arts
Urban Sketchers Tri-City WA.
There is a special event on Sunday March 22 from 4pm-5:30 pm.  TriART for giving invited me to show 3 pieces at John Williams home on Badger Mountain.  This host is also making appetizers and will have a musican playing in the main room.  The home is painted in very vibrant colors and he has a baby lamb in his yard too.  It is going to be very interesting.  Please RSVP on the TriART for giving website to get directions to his home. 
This is one of my pieces that is hanging on a bright green wall.  The other 3 walls are school bus yellow. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

 
This is the right side - hard to get all in on photo
 
 
this is the left side of the canvas

the white paper shapes may be Canadian Geese?? we will see what transpires.

 
Gail Roadhouse
Full time artist & Part time Children's instructor
Member urban sketchers
Chair, Allied Arts Children's Summer Workshops
gailsgiftsandgallery.com
seven hours of sketching out the drawing and color composition for:
A Beautiful Day
24x48 acrylic
 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Gail Roadhouse
full time artist
gailsgiftsandgallery.com
 

Spring Daffodil's the perfect happy yellow flower.
Here are 4 easy steps for drawing Daffodil's.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Gail Roadhouse
full time artist
gailsgiftsandgallery.com
finished 11x14
Sweet Tea
companion piece for Blue Willow 16x20
acrylic collage-coffee filter, printed paper
and blue sharpie
 
Bobbi: I am not sure if we are supposed to be publishing our
work throughout the year or just in January?
I hope I am doing the right thing.
Please just let me know.
Gail

Monday, February 16, 2015


Gail Roadhouse
full time artist
gailsgiftsandgallery.com

I'm thinking Spring Has Sprung by the looks of my Maple tree.  Also the winter birds have returned.  I was at McNary on Saturday Feb.14 for the Winter Bird and 50th anniversary of Audubon.  Today I needed to paint and have a lot of things I need to paint but short on time so I made these watercolor and sharpie spring cards.

Sunday, February 8, 2015


Gail Roadhouse
full time artist
gailsgiftsandgallery.com
Finished -Grace Notes
16x20 acrylic collage-coffee filter, printed paper
and blue sharpie
 Have you heard the Chinese story behind this magical
blue willow pattern on china????
Legend behind the Blue Willow Pattern

In order to promote sales of Minton's Willow pattern, various stories were invented based on the elements of the design.  The most famous story usually runs as described next.  The story is English in origin and has no links to China.

The Romantic Fable:

Once there was a wealthy Mandarin, who had a beautiful daughter(Koong-se).  she had fallen in love with her fathers humble accounting assistant (Chang).  This angered her father because it was inappropriate for them to marry due to their difference in social class.  He dismissed the young man and built a high fence around his house to keep the lovers apart.  Mandarin was planning for his daughter to marry a powerful Duke.  The Duke arrived by boat to claim his bride, bearing a box of jewels as a gift.  The wedding was to take place on the day the blossoms fell from the willow tree.

On the eve of the daughter's wedding to the Duke, the young accountant, disguised as a servant, slipped into the palace unnoticed.  As the lovers escaped they were chased by the Mandarin, whip in hand.  They eventually escaped on the Duke's ship to the safety of a secluded island, where they lived happily for years.  But one day, the Duke learned of their refuge.  Hungry for revenge he sent soldiers, who captured the lovers and put them to death.  The Gods, moved by their plight, transformed the lovers into a pair of doves and sent them on a journey from human to immortal life.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Gail Roadhouse
full time artist
gailsgiftsandgallery.com
 
Painting Stage -Grace Notes/Humming Bird
Geranium collage
16x20 acrylic with music and rice paper. 
Tried to improve the look of the humming birds
(they were lost in the see of yellow & green.)
I could not finish I am still working on another
collage.  Two at a time slows it way down.
HAPPY PAINTING EVERYONE!!!!

Gail Roadhouse
full time artist
gailsgiftsandgallery.com 

"Bird and wildlife lovers" put this event on your calendars.
Saturday February 14,  9 am - noon McNary Wildlife Refuge is
hosting a WINTER BIRDS Event
I plan on taking photographs and sketching.
I may even paint for a while.
Blue Mountain Wildlife will be there with LIVE birds.
They rescue injured birds of all kinds from Pendleton Oregon.
I invited them to my Audubon Summer Children's Workshop
two years ago. 
The kids loved painting the live models that summer.
I hope you will be able to attend. HAPPY PAINTING!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Tonight! First Thursday ArtWalk

Tonight!
First Thursday ArtWalk in Historic Downtown Kennewick
and DS Watkins Studio & TurtleDove Press will be featuring local artists
Kris Bottino, Dave Poynter, Annette Bouchey, Felicia Follum, Jan Nilsson, Donna Reynolds, DS Watkins, Laura Gable and Bobi Wilson with their handmade Valentine cards, plus a special showing of Tom McClelland’s bronzed Heartstone Series.

You don’t want to miss this rare opportunity meet the artists and purchase an extraordinary Valentine for your sweetie.
5-9pm at 17b North Auburn Street
See you soon!



Monday, February 2, 2015



Gail Roadhouse
full time artist
gailsgiftsandgallery.com 
Painting Stage -Blue Willow 
Taking the sketch to canvas and blocking in color.
It has changed to more yellow in the background.
Then I need to block in the Tea Pot and Cups.
The coffee filter has the blue willow design drawn on
it with a blue sharpie.
After coping my design on the printer I attached it
to the background with modpodge.
I need to stop this days process is 5 hours.
Go to the gym and sweat!
Happy painting you all.

End  of  January, this is a sample of  the finished paintings for this month.

 
18"x36" acrylic on canvas
The Market
 
 
 
18"x 36" acrylic on canvas
Thunderstorm
 
 
 
18"x36" acrylic on canvas
Searching
 
 
 
 
12"x36" acrylic on canvas
Seasons return
 
 
I'm finally getting better at this.  See you next year.   Kathryn
 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

What a Pleasure. Thank you.

It is such a pleasure to share this space with you. Thank you for your generous spirits, creative magnificence and willingness to play and to encourage.

There are no rules on this being a January only thing...Feel free to continue writing, posting images, sharing. I'm thinking I might this time.

Much love and appreciation to you all!

"Aunt Dorothy"

Today I worked hard to finish off the art-a-day challenge with this Assemblage.  A close friend had an aunt who traveled all over the world with a man she wasn't married to (scandal!) and lived a very exciting life.  She was also an amateur writer.  Here's to you Dorothy!

Red lips, Red hat vinyl block prints

Red lips, Red Hat, agent carter inner artist tapestry, 10" x10"

Fun experiments with supplies, first with red/orange ink and then water colors.

Just water colors

Yes, lots of vinyl block prints!  Next, crazy fun colors!  Thank you Bobi for the Art a Day  January Challenge!
Patti Kirch


 

Gail Roadhouse

full time artist

gailsgiftsandgallery.com
I have been a very busy artist all weekend. Last night I enjoyed being on the panel at THE REACH with Patrick , Michael, and Judith.  Our artwork was selected to show at the site for 6 months and they had a reception for the opening.

here is a photo-
 
Then today I had 9 little artists to teach SNOW PEOPLE in acrylic at Allied Arts Gallery / The Gallery at the Park Richland WA.
They were very creative and eager to paint.  See for yourself.
 

What I Am Learning

As I am having a hard time with seeing the reflected colors of light outside in plein air, I decided to do a little study I found in Kevin MacPherson's book Paintings with Light & Color. I used a box and changed the color around the pear  with construction paper.  Here are my results.
 These are on little 6x8 panels



 I am hoping I can apply this to the  great out doors.  I should probably do a few more but my pear was getting too ripe and changing color ;)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Year end goal, to be accepted into a juried show

This 16" x 48" at 10epi (ends per inch), tapestry is woven vertically, but the scene is sideways.  So view this taco style!
Each bobbin bundle has six strands of color. Gobelin and Aubusson Tapestry methods are woven with discontinuous
 weft (horizontal).  Therefore shapes are built up like individual bricks, one on top of the other, not all the way across.  

For the month of January, I wove 32 hours, only 96 hours to complete the weaving!  I moved the bobbins out of the way for this picture.

The pink cone in the back most resembles the full ounce that all of these cones initially were wound with.  The greens, black, brown are on the right side of the tapestry loom. Tapestry Nerd,  Patti Kirch

Homage to Maxine

This is an assemblage I started last fall and finished up gluing down today.  It is in memory of my aunt who spent most of her adult life in the Topeka State Hospital.  She was a sweet and gentle woman and I loved her very much.  Hanging down is a scroll I wrote on what I know about her life and my memories.

Valentine Cards

Cards are coming along.
Each is unique, contains at least one copper heart and it's own story. ie, "Totally Bound to You," You, Me and the River" etc.
The 'card' is made from vintage photo album pages and the envelopes from old player piano scrolls.
18 or so prepped thus far.

The Olympic Mountain Range, WA State Ferry, Bald Eagle and ….

Can you spot the seven hidden dancers? They are not the focal point so you might miss them if you don't look closely. I finished the painting on 01/28 and have already started the first layers of paint for my next one. It won't get finished in time for the Art-A-Day, but I will keep doing art each day all the same.

It was fun. Everyone did such cool things. There is a lot of talent out there. Thank you for inviting me and thanks to all who shared.

Please "like" my page on Facebook. I am trying to get my work out there and that is not an easy thing to do.

Susan E Wheeler - SEW