Oil and Acrylic Paintings by Cindy Vener Arts & Education Lobby, Academy of Fine Arts Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri, 9am-5pm Open evenings during Warehouse Theatre performances AFA July Performances I have 15 paintings on display in the lobby of the Warehouse Theatre at the Academy of Fine Arts. It’s a beautiful space to have an exhibit! Stop by if you have time. The exhibit is on display through August 1.
A group of us have been painting weekly at diferent locations around Lynchburg in April. This week we went to the Ann Spencer House and Garden on Pierce Street. Ann Spencer’s granddaughter, Shaun, gave us a wonderful tour with great stories of her family. If you don’t know about Ann Spencer, she was a poet and member of the Harlem Renaissance. You can visit the Ann Spencer Museum website for more info. Ann Spencer’s house has many beautiful interiors to paint and a wonderful garden where she spent alot of her time writing. Here is my little study of her garden cottage. I will probably paint a larger version of this in my studio. I have painted the garden before from a photo taken on Garden Day last year. My painting buddies this week were Karen Bowden, Laren Baum and Deliece Blanchard. The Ann Spencer house has been restored with alot of her own furniture and art. I can’t wait to start on painting some interiors. The ligt and colors were wonderful.
Members of the Lynchburg Art Club hand-paint the tops of lunch boxes for Garden Day every year to raise funds for our building maintenance and other expenses. Lunches are provided by Oakwood Country Club and cost $17.50, which is a bargain for a piece of original artwork and a yummy lunch. You get your choice of pimento cheese or chicken salad sandwich, chips, fruit and dessert. This year I painted 12 boxes as my contribution. Here is a sampling of what I painted. There will also be special “Collectors” boxes available for purchase, as well as a Silent Auction that will run until 6 PM on Garden Day. Last year the bids started at $25-$45, still a bargain for a nice little piece of art! If you have not already reserved your lunch, the deadline is April 14. Call the the Lynchburg Art Club and reserve one!
Several months ago I decided to experiment with oil and Dorland’s Wax Medium. At Nimrod Hall last summer, Diego Sanchez talked alot about ways to add texture and he mentioned cold wax but you have to use it with oil, not acrylic. Well, I had bought a tub of this stuff awhile back but had never tried it. So, I looked online for YouTube videos of other artists who used this. It seems that cold wax is great for layering, since it dries really fast and many artists were using it to create beautiful abstract paintings. Ruth Andre and Serena Barton are two artists who paint with cold wax and have video demos. I love their work. Here’s one by Ruth Andre. The process of painting with cold wax is similar to the way I paint with oil and a palette knife, but you mix a small amount of the creamy wax with your color on your palette first. My first piece was an attempt at layering bands of color and scratching into the paint to see what effects I could get. I am currently working on a more representational piece from a photo that […]
Every year our Timberlake Garden Club raises money through our Christmas Bazaar to beautify the public spaces around our lake. We have gotten pretty good at coming up with interesting things to make and sell in addition to the traditional wreathes and arrangements. For the second year in a row, we had roof slates donated and I paint a variety of things on them using acrylic paint, mostly lake and whimsical holiday themes. It doesn’t matter to me…I’ll paint on canvas, paper or slates…I just love to paint! I guess they are really more craft than art but folks seem to like them. They sell out every year! This year, some of our funds were used to buy benches and a pergola for our Friendship Garden, that overlooks our beautiful lake, Timberlake!
I was invited to participate in the “Paint Lexington” 8th Annual Plein Air Paint-Out this past weekend. It is a two-day event painting wherever you prefer in Lexington or in Rockbridge County. It rained for two days so having my trusty, lime green patio umbrella was my saving grace! Day 1: Sitting in Hopkins Green looking towards the Bookery shop. Day 2: Standing on Washington Street looking at the Washington Inn. Purnell Pettyjohn, set up next to me and provided me with support and continuous entertainment! My painting buddies, David Eakin and Purnell Pettyjohn showed me the ropes since they are both very experienced at this event. We had a great time! My “Bookery” painting hanging in the Nelson Gallery.
I just returned from a wonderful week of painting, relaxing and hanging out with my art friends at Nimrod Hall, in Bath County Virginia. Nimrod is an artist retreat where your total focus is on your art, learning from others, meeting new people and just having a good time. I do this every summer for 5 days and try to pick a different artist-in-residence to study with so I can learn new techniques and just get a different perspective from as many great artist teachers as I can. I met Jane Kafigian and Cynthia Erdahl at Nimrod a couple years ago. We became good friends and paint together every year at Nimrod. We always laugh alot, paint alot and drink a little vino! Nimrod is not fancy, but the cottages are comfortable with a great view. My home away from home had plenty of space to paint inside and on the porch. There is no AC but plenty of fans and a beautfiul, COLD, spring-fed swimming hole complete with inner tubes! This year I studied with Diego Sanchez, a Richmond, VA artist. Diego is a great teacher, who […]
One of my acrylic paintings, “Chickie” was chosen by the HOME magazine design team for the cover of HOME, Roanoke Valley Fall 2013 . They want to draw attention to the article “Backyard Chickens”. A big thank you to their editor, Laurel Feinman! She also purchased the painting!
I have been painting since the mid-90’s. I don’t have a formal art degree but I am constantly taking classes and workshops to learn new techniques and improve my art. I hope to share some of my art-related experiences here that might be interesting and helpful to other artists or non-artists…..afterall, creating art is a journey!