Morton Pumpkin Festival Art Show

The Hawk & the Goldfinch – 2nd Place, Morton Pumpkin Festival Art Show, Professional Division

The Morton (Illinois) Art Guild hosts an annual art and photography show during the annual Pumpkin Festival. I always enter something, just to support the MAG and local art community. There are three divisions and a “junior” segment. There were 96 entries this year in the art show, which is amazing. The show has grown every year, and every year, the subject matter becomes more diverse. This year I entered The Hawk and the Goldfinch in the Professional Division, and was honored to receive 2nd place! It surprised me that many of the winning paintings chosen in each division were of birds or animals! I hope this means that more people are paying attention to nature! It’s something we desperately need to do!

Artists for Conservation – Exhibit in China

Artists for Conservation member artists’ work will be exhibited at the Lanwan Art Museum at Lanwan Eco Art Park in Qingdao City, China. The exhibit opens with a reception on August 4th, and runs through September 30, 2017. A delegation of 11 AFC artists will be in attendance to represent the exhibit, conduct demonstrations, and act as ambassadors for the AFC mission, and its member artists whose work is included in the exhibit. I am happy to say that my painting, What Was That, is among the artwork on display beginning August 1st.

Lynx

What Was That? Canada Lynx

Jeff Whiting, President and founder of AFC is among the member delegates attending. He has been instrumental in putting together another venue to promote the AFC mission and that of the AFC artist members. Read more about the exhibit and the AFC mission: http://artistsforconservation.org/blog-entry/afc/afc-announces-new-exhibit-qingdao-china

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Artists for Conservation Annual Exhibit

In 2009 I became a juried member of an exemplary group of international artists who, through their art, help support the conservation of wildlife and natural resources worldwide. Artists for Conservation holds a multi-day art and environmental education festival, featuring a world-class conservation themed juried art exhibit and expo in Vancouver, British Columbia. I have submitted my work to the jury for the art exhibit only twice. I was accepted for the virtual exhibit (website only) in 2011, and I’m happy to say that this year (my second time to submit), I was accepted for the live exhibit in Vancouver, BC in September. “What Was That” is a 14 x 18 acrylic painting of a Canada lynx. The lynx is also native to the state of Illinois where I live, so rather than a typical western setting, i.e., mountains etc., I choose a more Midwestern background for the painting.

Lynx

There were 85 pieces from 80 artists chosen by the jury for the live exhibit in Vancouver while the virtual (online) exhibit will feature 200 pieces from 143 artists. I am honored that my work was chosen by the jury for AFC’s prestigious annual event. Thanks to the jurors whose task, I’m sure, was a difficult one!

  • Brent Cooke – Artist and AFC Board Member;
  • Michael Dumas – Artist and AFC Member;
  • Pollyanna Pickering – Artist and AFC Board Member;
  • Holly Swangstu – Art Institute Director, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum;
  • Debra Usher –¬†Publisher & Editor in Chief, Arabella Magazine

Pieces chosen for the traveling exhibit and award winners will be announced soon.

“Preening Heron”

Great Blue Heron

 

My latest painting of a preening Great Blue Heron. The reference photos were taken at a nearby waterfowl refuge. I watched him for quite a while perched on that little log, on a windy day. His feathers were blowing about in the wind and I was amazed he was able to maintain his stance. This is a 12 x 16 acrylic on canvas painting. I’m still tweaking things a bit, as I always do when I “finish” a painting, but I’m quite happy with the way it turned out. Once I’m finished “tweaking” things, I’ll add a larger image to the bird gallery.

“Summer Fun” – Whitetail Fawns

Whitetail FawnsIt seems I didn’t follow up on the work in progress for this little painting so here is the finished piece. Originally it was on a 12 x 16 canvas, but I decided to make it a 12 x 12 inch. This is the final painting – a minimal style that showcases the fawns. There is a larger photo in the Mammals gallery. ¬© Marti Millington 2016

WIP – Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Another work in progress, this one in oil. Its 8 x 8 and because its oil, it has to dry between paint applications. It will be some time before I finish. I photographed the blue jays in an oak tree just off my deck last fall. I liked the way he was looking up with his beak open slightly.