Tuesday, May 31, 2011

June Baby

Confetti
6x6" Encaustic
©2011 Giselle Gautreau


There's so much going on in June... graduations, Father's Day, beginning of Summer. June begins with my birthday, and on the first day of the month, I share a birthday with Marilyn Monroe, Andy Griffith and Heide Klum.

Last year happened to be one of those milestone birthdays for me, marking the beginning of a new decade, and I celebrated. This year I feel like GIVING on my birthday. I've seen a few online friends do a giveaway on their birthday, and I thought I'd also share the love.
Here's what I'm going to do: I'm giving away one original painting. It'll be one of my small scale oil paintings or an encaustic... I haven't quite decided yet.
Here's what you need to do to enter: leave a comment here on my blog under this post AND/OR join my Facebook page. All names will be added to the same pile and a name will be drawn randomly.
About a week from today I'll announce a winner both here on my blog and on Facebook. The painting that you see above is not necessarily what I'm giving away. Chances are I'll give the winner their pick from a few available pieces.
Thanks for your wonderful support!


Friday, May 27, 2011

Art events: May & June

Moss Landing, 36x48", oil on canvas

My painting, Moss Landing, is part of a special exhibit that opens today at the Santa Cruz Art League. The show is titled Earth Portraits: Contemporary Landscape Painters of California. This is SCAL's 81st annual Statewide Exhibit featuring landscape painting. You can read more about the history of this special exhibit here. The show promises to be a good one. According to SCAL's website, you can expect to see "the best of the best in living California landscape painters. You can expect to see inventive, colorful, daring, sublime and refined artwork presenting the beauty of the State of California."

Beach Glass, 20x20", Oil on canvas

It's the final weekend for my solo exhibit at Regale Winery, here in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It's a such a beautiful venue with really wonderful wine. If you're looking for something fun to do this holiday weekend, be sure to stop by Regale's tasting room on Saturday or Sunday.


Approach, 6x6", Oil on panel

This little painting is on view at Many Hands Gallery, in Capitola, CA. I'm one of the featured artists for the months of May & June, 2011, with the themed show of Birds & Bees. There is lots of other wonderful work there as well in a variety of media. Definitely worth the trip!


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Circling Bees


Circling Bees
4x4" Oil on canvas

SOLD

Yellow Glow

Yellow Glow
4x4" Oil on canvas

sold

Uncaged

Uncaged
4x4" Encaustic painting on panel
©2011 Giselle Gautreau

This painting is available at Many Hands Gallery, Capitola, CA

Crow

Crow
3x3" Encaustic on panel
©2011 Giselle Gautreau


Bee specimen, under wax

HoneyBee
3x3" Encaustic painting on panel
©2011 Giselle Gautreau


Blackbird

Blackbird
6x6" Encaustic on panel
©2011 Giselle Gautreau

This painting is on view at Many Hands Gallery, in Capitola, CA

Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird.

-Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, by Wallace Stevens

Octopus

Cephalopod
©2011 Giselle Gautreau
4x4" Encaustic painting on panel
NFS

True story: My seven year old son went on a field trip recently to the UCSC Seymour Marine Lab in Santa Cruz. The students heard about the octopus that they have there. Apparently at one time fish kept disappearing from a tank at the lab and the folks there decided to set up a video camera to find out what was happening to the fish. The octopus was seen leaving it's own tank, going across the floor to where the fish were and eating them before returning back to his own tank.
Smart!


Greyhound

Greyhound
©2011 Giselle Gautreau
Encaustic painting on panel
4x4"

NFS

About this painting:
I've had two greyhounds in my life. Our first dog, Gus, came to us by way of Tennessee... a stray dog in need of a home. My husband & I were renting a 2nd floor apartment in Charlottesville, VA that didn't allow dogs, so it was rather challenging trying to sneak a 75 lb dog past our landlord's office, which was right across the street. We weren't successful, so eventually moved so that we could keep Gus.
Our second greyhound, Soprano, was a retired racing greyhound. He had a silver face and a slate grey coat that got more silver-grey as he aged. He moved across country with us, enjoying his last days in sunny California. Not a bad retirement for a race dog who spent the first five years of his life working hard in snowy New Hampshire.
This little painting is my homage to these gentle & regal dogs. They make fabulous family members, by the way.
Soprano was adopted through Greytexpectations, an amazing organization based in Maryland.

Lady Hen

My exploration of encaustic painting continues. This little painting uses a vintage image of a hen, which I've combined with layers of wax and paint.

Lady Hen
©2011 Giselle Gautreau
Encaustic paint on panel
4x4"

You can see this painting and more at Many Hands Gallery in Capitola, CA
Announcement below for their Birds & Bees show in May & June.
Just in time for Mother's Day weekend!



Friday, May 6, 2011

Bird on a branch

Taking a Moment
©2011 Giselle Gautreau
Encaustic paint on panel
4x4"

This painting is on view at Many Hands Gallery, in Capitola CA
I have 13 paintings there for their Birds & Bees exhibit.
May & June, 2011


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