Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Visit to the Smithsonian

Ginevra De Benci', Oil on Panel, 1474-8,Leonardo Da Vinci
On my bucket list of places to visit was the Smithsonian Institution. So I finally went last month. The Smithsonian in itself is interesting, but so is the story of how it came about. James Smithson was the illegitimate son of an English Duke. He was a brilliant scientist and inherited and maintained his mother's wealth during his life. The English parliament refused to give James his father's title because of his illegitimacy. So when he died in 1829, his only heir, his nephew, had passed away also without heirs. Out of anger with the English government, Smithson stipulated in his will that if there were no surviving heirs, his fortune was to be sent to the new democracy, the United States of America for "an Establishment for the increase & diffusion of knowledge among men," in Washington to be named the Smithsonian Institution.

Against the will of my family I was able to visit the National Art Gallery, West Building and the National Portrait Gallery. I missed some other art museums and the East Building of the NAG which houses 20th century artists like Georgia O'keefe and Norman Rockwell. But with so much to see at the Smithsonian, I saw a fair amount.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Fall Apples

Golden Delicious I, Acrylic, 6x6

Granny Smith II, Acrylic 6x6
Get your Fall apples at Absolute Gallery in Old Town Lansing. These affordable 6x6s are available now in this beautiful gallery.
Gala on Green, Acrylic, 6x6

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Marine City Light

Marine City Light, Acrylic, 6x6
I dropped this commission off today to a new client. I love doing lighthouses and commissions. If you would like something I don't already have completed, I can paint it on request. Just e-mail me.

Earl's Flower Stand

Earl's Flower Stand, Acrylic, 8x10
I had the honor of painting with Heiner Hertling and the Michigan Plein Air Painters back in June. I had so much fun. It's been a very busy summer and I won't make it out again til September. But I am looking forward to getting out there again.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Autumn on Fish Lake Road

Autumn on Fish Lake Road, Acrylic, 20x16
Fall is not too far off. I just dropped this piece off to the beautiful Absolute Gallery in Old Town Lansing.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Holland Art in the Park

Empire Beach Sunset I, Acrylic, 12" x 9"
Join me in Centennial Park in Holland this Saturday for the Hollland Art in the Park. It should be a great show!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Fenton Artwalk

This Saturday is the Fenton Artwalk. I'll be in the big tent on the Fenton Community and Culture Center. Make sure to stop by my booth. I will be having a sale on my photography prints.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Saugatuck Waterfront Art Fair

Tomorrow is the Saugatuck Waterfront Art Fair and I am in booth B1. Come see my work. This should be a great show.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Art Rapids!

©Angela Hamilton, Wooden Beauty, Acrylic, 12x12
Sold! to a good home in Elk Rapids through the Art Rapids! show.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air Festival

©Angela Hamilton, Tridge View
One of the Quick Paints was at the Midland Farmer's Market in the afternoon so I set up my paints for the day in the neighboring park with a view of the Tridge in front of me. It was another warm day but a breeze made it a little more comfortable. It is a beautiful park and there were so many great options to paint, but I decided to sit in the shade. This painting is my third entry in the final competition in the Festival's Open Class.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Quick Paint at the SAM Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air Festival

©Angela Hamilton, Delta College Courtyard
I participated in the first Quick Paint of the SAM Great Lakes Plein Air Festival at the Delta College Courtyard. I competed against some very masterful artists and didn't stand a chance to win. Congratulations to Janet Kohler and Cor Van Spronsen, the winners of this quick paint. The wins were very well deserved. This is one of my 3 pieces I am entering in the final competition for the Open Class.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air Festival

©Angela Hamilton, Across the River, Acrylic, 8x10, Plein Air
This is my first plein air painting EVER. This is the view across Lake Linton from Ojibway Island in Saginaw. The first day of Saginaw Art Museum's Great Lakes Plein Air Festival was a very hot 91 degrees and very windy, but I anchored everything and the wind cooled things down. I loved it and caught the plein air bug. I found acrylic difficult to paint with on a hot windy day, but the key is to mist, mist, mist. I am entering this piece as one of my 3 pieces entered in the final competition of the Festival's Open Class.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

2017 Schedule

I am trying 3 new shows this year. My luck at Art Fairs has been not so great, so I am hoping that will change with these shows. All 3 shows are on the West Coast of Michigan--a first. I am looking forward to the shows, but hoping I am not disappointed. See my 2017 Schedule table to see which shows.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Felohahn Farmhouse

©Angela Hamilton, Felohahn Farmhouse, Acrylic, 9x12
This piece has had the most views on my Daily Paintworks site. This abandoned house stood on the farm property on Baldwin Road for years and once again after I finished my reference photos the house disappeared along with the barn across the street. I love the high contrast in this scene.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Evening Graze

©Angela Hamilton, Evening Graze, Acrylic, 24x48
Driving among the farms near Fenton in in the evening while the sun is setting, I caught these back-lit horses grazing.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Empire Beach Sunset II

©Angela Hamilton,  Empire Beach Sunset II, Acrylic, 24x30
I picked this one up from the Edward Jones office and will be available on Daily Paintworks. This is one of a few paintings that are the progression of the sun setting in one evening.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

West Michigan Sunset

©Angela Hamilton, West Michigan Sunset, Acrylic, 16x20
This piece was just added to my Daily Paintworks site. This is the view from a drive along M-22. Michigan sunsets are gorgeous.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Detroit Soul at Art Rapids!

©Angela Hamilton, Detroit Soul, Acrylic, 12"x9"
This piece is also going into the Art Rapids! show in Elk Rapids.  I will still be getting information as to which location I will be in. Details to come.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Elegant Egret

©Angela Hamilton, Elegant Egret, Acrylic, 20x16
This Snowy Egret was not shy of people at all. He let me get so close to him for this photo shoot next to the Naples Pier in Florida. The pier not only has many humans fishing and visiting on a regular basis, but also Snowy Egret, Pelicans, Dolphins and many other wildlife species. They come for the fish scraps that people leave behind. It's never a dull moment at the Naples Pier. This piece is available for sale. $340. Payment can be sent through Facebook or Paypal or contact me through email. Cash or credit card accepted.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Wooden Beauty

©Angela Hamilton, Wooden Beauty, Acrylic, 12x12
This piece is currently in the Mid-Michgan Art Guild Member Show at Framer's Edge but soon will be in Elk Rapids for Art Rapids! This piece is available for sale.