Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Peace, Joy and Merriment

The gift-giving season is meant to be wonderful but it can bring a level of stress and frustration as our desire to meet the hopes of our loved ones may be a bit overwhelming. Our loved ones? Well, it seems they're fine with anything that's wrapped. More or less.

If finding the perfect gift isn't what brings the greatest satisfaction, the joy of knowing folks well enough to have a sense of what will bring a smile to their face, can be pretty amazing. One year I experienced great joy finding the time to make meringue mushrooms for a yule log (what can I say, it seemed like a big deal at the time).

So here's the point of view that I hope to maintain - trust that the people we love already know that we want the very best for them ...always. Not just at Christmas! And beyond that, try to creatively reinforce that truth.

Many thanks for all the kind words of support for my art endeavors throughout the past year. I wish you and your loved ones all the joys of the holiday season and a peaceful New Year!

It's a wonderful life... jingle all the way!

Jingle ©2014 Dorothy Lorenze

Friday, December 12, 2014

It's a Wonderful Life!

Thanks to the support and encouragement of fellow artists and new friends and collectors Its been a productive and rewarding year of painting. Like many artistic folks I tend to have more doubts than bravado, so I truly appreciate those who spur me on! 

Recently, an artist in our monthly-meeting coffee group encouraged me to enter the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club's annual exhibition. (I'd been rejected in the past so it was a hard sell.) This time I was delighted to be accepted and thrilled to win an award for still life in oil for my painting Back to School, Back in the Day!
Back to School, Back in the Day ©2014 Dorothy Lorenze

The exhibit is at the National Arts Club, housed in a mansion on Gramery Park in New York through December 19. With carved wood panels and stained glass, this historic home is beautiful on an ordinary day, but decked out for Christmas, it's positively magical. 

Oh, and then there is all the amazing artwork! The walls are hung with paintings by American master painters who have been members over the past years. 

The National Arts Club

Ongoing gallery exhibits by prominent arts organizations means there is always something new to inspire at the National Arts Club. It's truly an honor to be part of this show.

Thank you for joining me on my art journey!