Friday, September 26, 2014

Street of Dreams

Each year, our local co-op art Gallery, Currents, hosts several juried shows, & invites submissions from area artists. 

Cityscapes show - 3 paintings on  L by Kathleen Buck
In early August, I stopped by the Merri Artist for some Golden paint (ON SALE!), then went down the street to browse the Gallery, & chatted with the Artist on duty. She brought out a canvas (8 x 16") & the submission form, & before I knew it, I was out the door with both, & on my way to paint a 'cityscape' ....

Earlier in the summer, our town was voted one of the top two Main Streets in the whole US, in the Parade Magazine contest! If you peek at the photos, Currents Gallery is just beside R Stuart Wine Bar (just beside the photographer) & we have a very sweet main street ... 
I thought of people on park benches (Kathleen Buck did a pair of those, plus a painting of the front of the gallery, which will be used in future promotions), mmm, perhaps a skyline ... & I took pictures as I walked downtown, but nothing quite gelled .... then I thought of painting little 'hobbity houses,' little round cob houses, & Street of Dreams was born! 

Street of Dreams
Mid September, I filled out the paperwork & dropped off my picture, then waited to hear if it had juried into the show... yes!! 

The opening was last Saturday, during our monthly 'Art & Wine Walk' and ... it had already sold!! See the red sticker? (a few days later, a musician friend let me know she bought it 'the first piece of real art I've purchased!'

Nadya & Street of Dreams
After our book group, several friends & I went downtown to the opening, & Ingrid snapped this picture of me with my little Street of Dreams. We decided we both wanted to live in the house with the Red Door (Ingrid actually lives in a lovely round wooden yurt, & just painted her door purple!  

I love the piece on the top left behind me - a mosaic of buttons, & little LED fairy lights on the trees! The lights go on just after Thanksgiving, & brighten up our winter streets! 

I'm posting to Paint Party Friday - happy painting!


Neesie said...

Congratulations Dia,
No wonder you had the red sticker.
I think it's amazing how everything just fell into place. Obviously it was meant to be.
I can see a whole village might be forthcoming ;D
Thanks for sharing
Happy PPF to you

My name is Erika. said...

Love your painting. Street of Dreams is so colorful and cheery!

sharon said...

Love your painting! Congrats on the red sticker.

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely painting, congrats on your success! Valerie

Beth Niquette said...

WOW! Congratulations. That is SO cool. And I'm not surprised at all--that painting is a beauty.

denthe said...

Congrats on the sale of your beautiful painting! It doesn't surprise me it was sold right away!

Giggles said...

Congratulations on the sale of your adorable painting!! Love the photo of you standing beside it!! How exciting!!Thanks for sharing!

Hugs Giggles

Dia said...

Thank you, ladies!
This has been one of my most popular pieces!