Tag Archives: Philadelphia

Plein air

The East Coast experienced many mild weather days this winter, which drew me out of my studio hibernation to paint in nature.  Once upon a time my outdoor painting would consist of small watercolor sketches or pencil drawings. This time around I decided to try quick paintings using acrylic paint and graphite on paper, spending about 45 min to an hour on each painting.

A recent purchase and a new love, the Sta-Wet handy palette, helped make outdoor painting easier. This palette box preserves paints for an extended period of time.. The smaller version was easy to transport and keep paint fresh. My preference of paint brush is more scrubby in texture, short bristle brushes..  Sometimes you just have to make adjustments, when you can’t find what you need, I gave my brushes a hair cut..

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Since I am painting on paper, I don’t need an easel, just a hard surface to paint on.. Most of the time I use picnic tables in parks, and or invert the lid to my sat-wet palette to place my paper on. Working small 8″x 10″ or smaller means less paint needed.

Reserve your time in nature……

Supplies I bring for outdoor painting: Reusable bag to transport my supplies, water bottle, water cup (I use an empty yogurt container) brushes, pencil, pre-cut watercolor paper (small various sizes) rag, clips (to hold paper together) Palette fully loaded with paint colors (I try not to bring extra tubes of paint) large ziplock bags to package up my palette and any loose materials. I use a rubber band to wrap around my palette to keep it from accidentally opening in transport.

Art drop #2

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A year ago at this time I participated in my first art drop, randomly placing small works of my art around the city to be found. I had so much fun with the art drop last time, I decided to do another one. On my birthday, carrying 4 small paintings, I scampered around the city of Philadelphia, leaving my art behind.. This day I felt like a tourist in my own city.

Places I visited:

Schuylkill River TrailBoat House Row , Edgar Allen Poe House

 

 

If you ever plan to visit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, here is some fun information about things to do in the city.

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Art of listening

The power to truly listen to that which wants to come through you can be a tough thing to accomplish. Life happens, distractions occur but finding a quiet spot to sit and let your mind wander works wonders…. When words find you in that space where your mind fades, magic happens. Sometimes we just need to get out of our own way.

Writing my morning pages brought forth this intuitive sketch..


 

 

Thank you for stopping by to view my work and videos..

Warming hearts at the glass studio

A spur of the moment invitation on Valentine’s Day, led to a warm adventure on a cold day.  We met with our friends at Bernard Katz glass studio, they shared in the glass process, gave a little demonstration and then we tried it out for ourselves.  I will take you on a little visual journey..

 

Safety demonstration of course.

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The rods were placed in a furnace and dipped in molten glass. After the rods were removed from the heat, it went through a little water bath so we could hold the rod. Then the fun part, twirling the hot glass and stretching it out to make a form.

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Letting gravity do most of the work

 

 

After a small demonstration of the sculpting tools, we tried working the glass. Very hot stuff! The temperature ranged over 1000 degree fahrenheit but the kiddo was not afraid to sculpt the molten glass.

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Glass sculpting bench and tools

 

 

The glass had to be reheated often as it began to cool down during the process. 

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Attempting to sculpt a flower

 

 

Samples of our finished pieces after a day of cooling.

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Not bad for our first time!

 

You can watch the professionals in action. This short video will demonstrate the glass blowing process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pop Up Shop

Wonderful opportunities happen when you least expect it. I was invited to open up shop for two days at Bernard Katz Glass Studio. I will take the opportunity to showcase my art pendants, whimsical mixed media paintings and art card stationary. Plenty of affordable unique gifts. Prices ranging from $15. to $55.

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If you are in the Philadelphia area stop by and say hello. Light refreshments will be offered. 

Holiday Event Hours:

Saturday December 12,  10am-3pm

Sunday December 13,  12pm-4pm

Studio Location:

Bernard Katz Glass

3739 Sharp Street

Philadelphia, PA 19128

Artist Bernard Katz offers contemporary hand-blown glass sculptures

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B.Katz hand-blown glass ornaments

 

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Art Pendant jewelry – J.Barrile

Let the fun begin

October 9th starts the first art drop. I will be placing art in the open throughout Philadelphia. Keep a lookout for a clue tomorrow morning. Good luck!!

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Dates of Art Grab October 9, 10, 11 & 13th

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It is time to grow those wings

Sometimes we need a little push to realize we already have our wings, its ok to fly

You are ready….

 

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Drawing: watercolor & marker on paper

Shaking off the winter blues, on foot with a camera.

Is it the winter blues or is it just lackluster days, bringing me to want to hibernate till Spring. Not sure but my creativity is at a low making me feel off balance.  So when I saw that bright yellow thing in the sky (the sun), and felt the warmer air, I thought it be a good day for a walk. Instead of the same walking routine, I decided to take it slow, with my camera in hand to take in nature around me. Stuff I might have normally missed, this is what I captured:

We have many huge trees in this part of the city.

Love the steeple and old houses

Hey that stone has hair.

Favorite park

What a slush mush, the only non shoveled sidewalk I encountered.

Tons of ivy not bothered by winter

My favorite, ornamental cabbage. I want a whole garden filled with these colorful leaves.