What a Difference a Frame Makes

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Elephants On Parade all dressed up.

You can see from this photo that we are not quite cleaned up from Christmas but I did get “Elephants On Parade” framed. This is the first time I’ve floated a painting and it looks great. Willis Group made the frame and they do a wonderful job. A good frame can showcase a painting and keep your eyes in the painting instead of wandering off to look at the cookie your eating.

I guess the same holds true if you are giving a presentation. I’ll have to dress up a bit to give the art talk tonight. Or maybe not. Maybe I want people to be looking at the refreshments instead of the presenter.

All I need to do now is put the wire on the back. And the painting is ready to go.

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Elephants On Parade

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Elephants On Parade

Sometimes creativity is a combination of ideas that come together to make a new creation. Thing rumble around in your brain and at just the right moment they all come together and waalaaah (this is the American translation of the French word voilà) something new appears. I had these baby elephants in a picture book that I’ve been working on but they were not combined on the page.

My daughter-in-law (which they are all my daughters seeing that Dave and I had no girls) asked quite a while ago if I could paint a painting for the kids room. I said sure. The thought went in and out of my brain. When I asked what we could get the grandkids for Christmas, this year, my daughter said, “I know you’re busy but would you have time to do that painting of an elephant?”

When it’s just the right moment, the idea won’t rest and you just have to paint. And so “Elephants On Parade” came into creation. I had a great compliment from one of my students in my watercolor class. She had been to Africa and seen baby elephants at play, and she thought I had captured in my painting that playfulness she had witnessed in Africa. You create the art and then hopefully it brings joy and happiness to those who view it.

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The Party’s Over, It’s Time For The Work To Begin.

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Bear Poppy Trailhead, Mixed Medium, 24.5” x 60”

Here is my Bear Poppy Trailhead Painting. I have been enjoying it on my mantel with my Christmas decorations, but now it’s time to put the decorations away and get ready for January. This painting is going down to the Sears Dixie Invitational where hopefully it will find a new home for others to enjoy.

There was a line of nine or so Grandkids in the kitchen holding paper plates. I was dishing up spaghetti, the perfect Christmas Vacation meal.

“How much spaghetti do you want?” PLOP

“Do you want red sauce?” DRIZZLE

”Do you want cheese? It’s mozzarella. No, we don’t have Parmesan.” SPRINKLE

”Here is your fork and go sit down at the table.”

”No, you can’t have ice cream until you eat something good. No, caramels are in the same category as ice cream.”

”You have to wait until everyone is dished up before you ask for seconds.”

And the parents ate after the kids. It was a great Christmas vacation with lots of kids and chaos and joy and laughter. Thanks to all of you who bought giclee’ prints and paintings. I hope they bring you great joy.

But now it’s time to get back to some art projects. I have to get my presentation ready for the St. George Art Museum. The show is up now but the official opening ceremony will be January 17th, 2019 at 6 – 7pm. Becky Hartvigsen  and I will be doing an art talk from 7 – 8 pm. The address is 47 N. 200 E., St. George, Utah. Come and join us for a great night.

Upcoming Events

Friends in Art” January 17, 2019: St. George Art Museum 47 N. 200 E., St. George, Utah, Opening of show 6 – 7 pm and art talk 7 – 8 pm. with Sherry Meidell and Becky Hartvigsen 

“Living the Creative Life” Library, Vernal Utah February 7, 2019  We will talk about making books. The size of the class is limited so contact the library to reserve your spot. (Time to be announced later.)

”Illustration and Caricatures that Live in your Paintings or Books” Two day workshop in Vernal, Utah for the Uintah Artists Association. February 8th and 9th from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

Dixie Invitational Opening Gala and Show February 15, 2019 Sears Art Museum Gallery 155 S. University Ave., St. George, Utah

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Had To Make A Movie

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‘Holiness to the Lord” watercolor

I’ve made a movie of the trip Becky Hartvigsen and I made to Nauvoo, Illinois this summer. We went to Nauvoo to do a meet the artist event at the Havenlight Gallery.  I tried to capture a bit of the past and present in my paintings and whenever you travel with art, you find an adventure.

Here is the link to the movie: https://youtu.be/QbW3n1eMOWU

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Straight Way

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“Straight Way” 16” x 24” Mixed medium by Sherry Meidell.

”Straight Way” is hanging in a show at the Cottonwood Presbyterian Church 1580 Vine Street, Murray, Utah.  The shows theme is Come Holy Spirit. For the setting of this picture I used a photo which I took in Israel years ago when Dave and I went. It is of the upper Jordan River. There were a lot of people lined up to be baptized in the same river that Christ was baptized. One of the amazing things about the trip was to see so many people worshipping and honoring there God in so many ways.

A lot of my relatives saw the painting last Sunday while they practiced for the Messiah which they will be singing in this December with the Oratorio Society. Go see the show.

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November Shows

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Desert Rocks And Blossums 24” x 60” mixed medium by Sherry Meidell

There are two up coming shows this month.  Becky Hartvigsen and I will have a show at the St. George Art Museum. The opening is the evening of Saturday November 24th, 2018. It is scheduled to run from November 24th until March 9th. We would love for you to join us for the opening.

There is also a show of children’s book illustrations that I will be participating in at the Viridian Event Center 8030 South 1825 West, West Jordan, Utah. You can contact the Illustrators for information on buying prints. I will have the print “Read to her Chickies” and a full spread train one from Full Steam Ahead available.

So if your in the mood for looking at some art work this November, check out these two shows.

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Detail from “And Read to her Chickies” 12” x 12” watercolor

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#inktober Day 31

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Thank you for taking this Inktober journey with me. It’s been fun to have you ride along. Here is a final quote from me and by me:  “We learn to love and how to be strong in the face of adversity from those who have traveled this life before us and with us. We set an example for those who will come after us. – Sherry Meidell

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#inktober Day 28

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