Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Heartfelt Thanks

I'd like to extend a truly heartfelt thank you to everyone who followed me through the 30 Works Challenge!
Though I finished 7 days later than I planned, I did finish all 30 pieces. The experience was just as challenging as the past 3 years, and I have again learned a lot about my process.
Thank you to all my supporters and fellow art patrons who bought one or more paintings, and thank you to all of you who "liked" a piece or two on my FaceBook Fan Page, Dreaming Lotus Studios.

Happy Holidays to all and may we all be happily creative in 2012!!

Warmly, Dana

Thursday, December 15, 2011

#28 & #29 - On the Road & In the Garden

The Way to Uniontown
Oil on Canvasboard 10"x8"
$40 plus $5 shipping (US)

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Stone Lantern
Oil on Canvasboard 8"x10"
$40 plus $5 shipping (US)

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

#26 & #27 -The New World & Moonrise

The Edge of the New World
Oil on Canvasboard, 10"x8"

Oil on Canvasboard, 10"x8"

Sunday, December 11, 2011

#24 & #25 - Clouds & Clementines

Remembering the Ancestors
Oil on Canvasboard, 10"x8"
$40 plus $5 shipping (US)

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Gold Lotus & Leaf
Oil on Canvasboard, 10"x 8"

Monday, December 5, 2011

#22 & #23 of 30 - Fruit & Flowers

A Pair of Apples
Oil on Cavasboard, 10"x8"

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Sunflower Crush
Oil on Canvasboard, 10"x8"

Sunday, December 4, 2011

#19, 20 & 21 of 30 - Of Land and Sea and Wood

Shorline with Cedars
Oil on Canvasboard, 10"x8"

Japanese Garden Path
Oil on Canvasboard 8"x10"

The Old Door
Oil on Canvasboard 8"x10"

Sunday, November 27, 2011

11/27/11 -15, 16, 17 & 18 of 30 - Flowers & Landscapes

Pink Cylcamen
Oil on Canvasboard, 10"x8"
$40 plus $5 shipping (US)

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Oil on CanvasBoard, 10"x8"
$40 plus $5 shipping (US)

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Meridian Park
Oil on CanvasBoard, 10"x8"
$40 plus $5 shipping (US)

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The Distant Shore
Oil on Canvas Board, 10"x8"

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

11/22/11 - 13 of 30 - Antique Chair & Long Life

Antique Chair & Long Life
Oil on Found Paper and Canvas Board, 8"x10"
$40 plus $5 Shipping (US)

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Monday, November 21, 2011

11/21/11 - 11 & 12 of 30 - Pomegranates & Persimmon, Three Figs

Pomegranates & Persimmon
Oil on Found Paper and Canvas Board, 8"x10"
$40 plus $5 Shipping (US)

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Three Figs
Oil on Found paper and Canvas Board, 8"x10"


Sunday, November 20, 2011

11/20/11 - 9 & 10 of 30, Fuschias and Glitter, Forest Funghi

Fuschias & Glitter
Oil on Found Paper and Canvasboard, 8"x10"/$40 plus $5 shipping (US)

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Forest Funghi
Oil on Found paper and Canvas Board, 8"x10"/$40 plus $5 shipping (US)

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

11/16/11 - 6 & 7 of 30 - Man with Jug of Wine, Little Musician

Man with Jug of Wine
Oil on Canvas Board and Found Paper, 8"x10"/$40 plus $5 shipping (US)
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Little Musician
Oil on Canvas Board and Found Paper, 8"x10"/$40 plus $5 shipping (US)
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

11/10/11 - 1 of 30 - Morning Landscape

Oil on Canvas Board, 8"x10"/$40 plus $5 Shipping

Dahlia - A Close Up

Beautiful Intimate Dahlia close up. Original Oil painting by Dana Aldis, Signed on the back.
$75.00 ($10 shipping plus 6% Idaho Sales Tax)

30 Paintings in 30 Days, A personal Challenge

For three years while I lived in Seattle I had the opportunity to participate in The Forgotten Works Challenge, where up to 50 Artists created 30 pieces of art on 8"x10" canvasboard panels, in a limited time frame of 30 days. The event is still going on, and now I hear they have up to 100 artists!

Alas, I cannot participate in the Seattle event, as I am now living in Moscow, ID. However, I love the idea of the 30 day Challenge, so in honor of the event in Seattle, I will post one 8"x10" painting a day, from today (November 10th, 2011) and end on December 9th, 2011.

Each painting is available for sale at $40. Unframed, though I will include a gummed eyelet to hang the piece as is. $5 Shipping. Just click the Paypal button under the artwork image to purchase.
Each piece will be signed and dated on the back, carefully wrapped and shipped to you as soon as the paint dries (two days, approx).

For updates please follow my blog, or "like" my Facebook Page - Dreaming Lotus Studios, or follow me on Twitter - aldisdl.

I will post the first painting at 4:30pm Pacific Time. Stay Posted!

Monday, November 7, 2011

50 Artists and Hot One Inch Action!

Hot One Inch Action is a show of tiny art - 50 artists were selected, and their work printed onto 1" Button badges. My friend Kathy Fuerst and I were two of the 50 for Seattle! And then the fun began... I wish I could have been there, Sure looked like fun. Kathy said it was quite the event. Check out some of the previous years buttons. Hope they will have this year's up soon!

Conceived by
Jim Hoehnle and Chris Bentzen in 2004, Hot One Inch Action is the original, one-night only show of button art and social interaction in Vancouver, BC. The tiny art of fifty different artists is reproduced on one inch buttons. These one inch buttons are displayed on the gallery wall and the audience is offered the opportunity to buy randomly selected buttons in mixed bags of five for $5. Didn’t get the button you want? Trade with the people around you… how bad do you want that button?! That’s when the hot action starts. In 2010, the show expanded to include Seattle, WA and Portland, OR.

Artist & blogger Patrick Lennox Wright took some great pictures at the Seattle event, which was this past Saturday, November 5th. I'm including one of his pictures, because my "duckie" button in on the second button down on the left. And his expression... priceless. Check out Patrick's other pics on his site: http://plwp.blogspot.com/2011/11/hot-one-inch-action-piranha-shop_7017.html

See if you can spot the Duckies on other people too! A bonus is that they made each artist 20 pins of their design. Pretty cool, eh?

Friday, September 30, 2011

Palouse Plein Air 2011 - My forays into painting in the great outdoors

8x8 Oil on Wood Panel
The Last Titan

4.5"x6.5" Oil on ArtBoard
Palouse Impressions

5"x7" Oil on Ampersand Panel
Palouse Impressions 2

10"x8" Oil on Masonite Panel
The Far Hill

10"x8" Oil on Masonite Panel
The Path Home

Friendly Visitor

A big THANK YOU to my plein air buddies for all their great advice. I am participating in the the Second Annual Palouse Plein Air (2011) - http://www.moscow.id.us/art/pleinair.aspx - the show opens tomorrow evening (Saturday) at Moscow City Hall. It's juried, so fingers crossed, one piece gets in.

Please come by - the reception is from 5-7pm.

I'd never participated in a Plein Air event before. I had the luck to attend one day of a painting workshop with Jim Lamb (www.jimlambstudio.com)while I was still in Seattle, and that gave me a first taste of painting outdoors. So this time, it was, well - "for real".

My first day, I stopped by City Hall for Kathleen Burns to stamp the backs of my (blank) panels. Though I am only entering 3 paintings, I can have as many panels stamped as I want. I guess it's just in case the muse hits and you have enough supply ready...

Each of us received a "goodie bag" - with maps of the suggested locations, a laminated "Artist Working" sign (great idea!) some snacks. Of course I got completely lost, but ended up finding the first location I picked - A nice lady's farm out near Viola, ID. As you can see, I had company.

Day Two (today)This morning I painted up near Iverson Loop, a couple miles out of Moscow. This place is gorgeous. I can't do it justice. I hope to eventually. I am constantly amazed by this landscape, of the Palouse. In the afternoon, I painted across the street from my house, wedged against a fire hydrant. My subject - the *huge* grain elevator directly across the street.

As the weather stays dry and sunny, I plan to keep painting in the mornings. Armed with my maps and my laminated sign (and portable easel, paints, sunhat... ) At the moment my attention span is about an hour and a half per painting, I need to learn patience. Practice, Practice, Practice, and don't waste time, Antonio.

Friday, September 2, 2011

My Own Private Idaho

On August 18th, 2011 we loaded (stuffed) the final boxes and remnants from our life in Seattle into a 17 foot U-Haul truck. Packed up our Corolla Station Wagon, herded one dog (Dan & Darcy, Dana & Pete) into each vehicle. At about 7:30 am we started the 5.5 hour drive across Washington State to our new home in Moscow, ID.

It was a hot, dry trip across the state, it was also a welcome change from the coolness of the Pacific Northwest. We arrived early afternoon, it took about two days to unload, unpack, and settle down. We were delighted to discover we are within walking distance of the "downtown" area, small local shops and restaurants, and access to most of what we need without having to get in a car. The University of Idaho campus is also within walking/biking distance.

Our new place is roomier with a nice large yard for the doggies. It's been very exciting for them, and they are taking it in stride. Mostly basking in the hot sun in the yard. Pete likes to spend most of his time in his bed in the bedroom (when not outside). The dogs have also discovered any toys the previous owners' dog abandoned in the yard - found toys are the best!

Dan started his job as part of the Nez Perce Legal Team on Monday, August 22nd. I'm still getting my bearings, but am optimistic about the opportunities a town like Moscow can offer an artist. I will maintain my art sites on Etsy etc.. so of course, my work is still available for purchase!

We don't miss Seattle per se, but I do miss my friends. Thankfully they are only a commuter flight away. ;)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Direct Painting, Sessions 6, 7 & 8

Each painting took approximately 2.5 hours. I'll probably re-visit a couple in the future. What a great class. I recommend anyone who wants to improve their painting (or drawing) to take Barbara Fugate's classes, either at Gage Academy (www.gageacademy.org) in Seattle or in West Seattle. (www.fromlife.blogs.com)

Emotive Color - 24"x24" Oil on canvas

Bright Color - 24"x24" Oil on Canvas

Neutral Color - 24"x 30", Oil on Canvas

Friday, May 13, 2011

Direct Painting - Sessions 4 & 5

Session 4 - Oil on Stretched Canvas - 22"x22"
2 hours

Our goal in Session 4 was the concept of deep space - foreground, middle ground, background. Manipulating paint - thinly in the background, thicker in the foreground. We were encouraged to use a toned canvas in a bright color - I chose an intense, hot pink, allowing it to show through in spots.

Session 4 - Detail

Session 5 - Oil on Stretched Canvas -21"x30"
2 hours

Our Challenge in Session 5 was shallow or flat space. Looking at various artists, we used a toned ground (this time, blue) and tried to maintain similar value throughout the painting. A way to think about it would be - If I took a black and white picture, there would be little to no contrast, mostly greys in a similar range. Another way to flatten space is the use of a consistent pattern.

Session 5 - Detail
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