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Norman artist Tim Kenney painted this landscape in Louisiana. Kenney is painting 50 canvases in 50 states in 50 days.

Norman artist Tim Kenney painted this landscape in Louisiana. Kenney is painting 50 canvases in 50 states in 50 days.

I love a BIG project.  I have been developing a few ideas of a BIG project to do as a follow-up to my Painted Diamonds-30 Parks in 30 Weeks that I did last year.

One project that I think would be great would be to paint in all 50 states.  Well there is an artist doing it right now…and doing it in a BIG way.  Tim Kenney, an Oklahoma painter, is now toward the end of his BIG project.  He is painting 50 Paintings, one in each of the 50 states, and here is the kicker…in 50 days!!!  Wow!

I have been following Kenney on his Facebook page during this project and it’s fascinating.  Check out this article about Tim Kenney and his work and if you are on Facebook follow him for the next 9 days as he completed this BIG project.

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Seagull

Seagull

I had a few minutes to paint during art class last night so in honor of Picasso and finding his painting hidden under “The Blue Room”,  I painted over an old abstract painting I had done several years ago.

The Seagull is acrylic on 24″ x 24″ canvas and is available for $225.

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The Blue Room Picasso

The Blue Room
Picasso

Image underneath "The Blue Room" painting

Image underneath “The Blue Room” painting

I love stories about finding unknown paintings by famous artists or recovering stolen paintings.

Here is a really fascinating story.  A portrait of a man was found underneath Picasso’s “The Blue Room” painting.  Many artists “reuse” canvas especially if they are unhappy with a painting.

Since 1954 conservators suspected there was another painting underneath but didn’t have the technology to discover it without damaging “The Blue Room”.    Read more about this discovery here.

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Radish Paper and Acrylic, 8" x 8"

Radish
Paper and Acrylic, 8″ x 8″

Susannah Raine-Haddad's magazine cover

Susannah Raine-Haddad’s magazine cover

The second painting I did at the Nimrod Art weekend was a small paint and paper piece of a radish.  Working with paper collage is so different from just painting.  I am glad to get the opportunity to experience it with such a wonderful instructor.

Susannah Raine-Haddad was extremely generous in her teaching.   You can learn more about her and her work on her website ZouZou’s Basement.

One of her wonderful collage pieces made the cover of Cloth-Paper-Scissors magazine earlier this year.

Thanks Susannah for sharing your skill and knowledge with us.  It was great fun!

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Nimrod's Studio Row

Nimrod’s Studio Row

Nimrod Main House and Dining Hall

Nimrod Main House and Dining Hall

Inside the Dining Hall (Old Hunting Camp)

Inside the Dining Hall (Old Hunting Camp)

Nimrod Housing

Nimrod Housing

Nimrod Housing View

Nimrod Housing View

The Square House - More Housing

The Square House – More Housing

Post Office

Post Office

View of one Room

View of one Room

View of the Boat House and Pond from the pavilion

View of the Boat House and Pond from the pavilion

This past weekend I went to Nimrod Hall in Bath County Virginia to attend an artist workshop.

Nimrod was established in 1783.  Originally it served as a summer resort dating back to the late 1800’s.  It operated as Camp Nimrod for Boys and Girls from the 1930’s to 80’s then it became an Artist’s Retreat.

Read more about Nimrod’s history here.

I found the beauty of Nimrod to be the relaxed atmosphere where you could just relax and create with other artists  who were there to do the same.

The beauty is inspiring.  You feel as if you have stepped back in time with screen doors slamming, breezes blowing and wonderful old-fashioned 3 meals a day following the ringing of the dining hall bell.  I really loved my time there.

Check out the information on the website.  They have weeks and weekends for artists and writers.  Many people go year after year so when they release the schedule in January you must sign up quickly to be assured a space.   It’s worth the time and the money.  Consider enjoying it for yourself.

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I came to Nimrod Hall for a weekend workshop to try something new. Collage with paper and paint.   What an experience.   Our instructor was Susannah Haddad. Her knowledge of the subject and generosity with it made us all feel like we could do it.  I am thrilled to learn from her. 
This was my first attempt at paper and paint.  I call it “Checking the Pee Mail”.

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Nimrod Artist Retreat

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Getting ready for breakfast at Nimrod Hall, a wonderful artist’s retreat. I love it here. Wonderful artists…very inspiring!

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Kids Paint Bella

Kids Paint Bella

Bella's reference photo

Bella’s reference photo

Pat and Jean Painting

Pat and Jean Painting

We had a great week with in our art classes.

The young artists painted their version of Bella, a sweet little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that belongs to my friend Joanne.

Pat completed her Cardinal on the Fence Post.

Jean made a lot of progress on her beach scene.  And Shelly continued her painting.

We all have so much fun  painting and laughing in our classes.

Shelly at work.

Shelly at work.

Good job everyone!

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prom dress

Photo from HuffPost

This young lady has painted one of the best ideas I have seen in a while.

Yes, she copied Van Gogh but she brought her own ideas to it and the design to make it work and she got attention for fine art from millions of people…not just her classmates.

You go girl.  Be sure to click here and read the whole story.

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rembrandt-self-portraitA portrait long thought to be the work of one of Rembrandt’s students and credited as  “in the style of Rembrandt”  has been confirmed to be an actual Rembrandt self-portrait.  In this day of “selfies”, this is the ultimate selfie!!!  The portrait is dated 1635, when Rembrandt, who is considered to be one of the greatest painters in European art history, was 29 years old.  (Learn more about Rembrandt here. )

Valued at $50 million the painting was donated to Britain’s National Trust by a wealthy supporter.  (Read more about it here.)  I love these stories where art is “found”!

 

 

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