Friday, June 20, 2008

Commission arrives at its home!

So here it is, up close and on the wall as well! The
proud owner smiles beneath and I am so very
happy that it all turned out so well. Work that
is done long-distance can be really challenging!
Especially abstract pieces that take on a life of
their own. I look forward to hearing your comments
about how you think it looks in place at last!


Last year I completed this commission and shipped it rolled up in a very long mailing tube to Texas. It measures 36" x 60". My client took it to a frame shop where they stretched it and this is what it looks like now. I will post a few more shots of it in place over the next few days. But I thought you would like to see it at its destination! Tell me what you think!

These are the TRUE colors!

OK, so the nature tour continues! I could hardly
believe the BLUE ivy when I was looking straight
at it, but nevertheless, there you have it!

Clothesline vine

My dad was a professional photographer. His
excellent eye gave me the education to develop
one too. I only hope it is half as good as his.
At dinnertime, when I was growing up, my dad
would often bring photos he had taken for one
of his fascinating jobs. He would explain why he
composed the shot the way he did. It was a
painless education in composition. And of course
I saw his countless photographs and slides over the
years and barely realized just how much I was
learning in the most wonderful of ways ~ by
When I started teaching art, I realized that
while I understood composition, having absorbed
it all those many years, I had to actually knuckle
down and pull together a way to teach my students
what it is ~
the heart of any piece of artwork ~ good composition.
Thanks Dad!


OK, so today I am wanting to post something for
you just for the heck of it, because it is beautiful.
This was in front of my car on a wall in a parking
lot. Rather electric, wouldn't you say?
I am painting, but you will have to wait to see it
as it is not yet 'dressed' enough to present!
Enjoy this instead and keep looking around you
for the great little beauties in everyday life.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Dinner Party Fun!

We each make an 'art' gift to give
at the dinner. A number is given to
the attendees as they arrive and when
that number is called, they can pick
whatever they want from the table!
And what was in that long tube? A
handmade and embellished walking
stick. There were many wonderful
original pieces and we always wait til
everyone has theirs and then we all
open them together! (you have to be
a grownup for this...). Then we each
get to show the art gift we got. Very
special and a good way to end our year!
Now we're in recess til September.
Take a look at
to see more of what we do.

Who ARE these people???

Twenty-five years ago, I founded The Art League
of Germantown. I'm really proud to say that our
numbers have now reached near critical-mass!
We have over 80 members. About half of them
made it to the end-of-the-year dinner and here
you see most of them having a really good time
being waited on. We work so much the rest of the
year, we like the reverse flow for the wrap-up to
a busy year.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Check out my Slide Show!

Since I have been posting a few pics of the reception

each day, I thought just going for the whole thing

would be better! Besides, seeing all these at once

(and NO, these are not all my photos of the event!)

would give a closer 'feel' to how it was. So there you

have it.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Art viewing at the winery

Some friends and visitors to the winery looking

at my work (always gratifying!). And then a shot

of the whole place with the wine bar on the right

and the art on the walls to the left. Gives you an

idea of the set up. It was so enjoyable for all who

came from their comments and smiles!

At the reception

In this shot you see me between two guests. This
is my table with guestbook and various promotion
pieces so people can find out more about what I do.
Behind the three of us is the winery. The walls with
my artwork are on the left, and the lovely long wine
bar is on the right. It was just the right touch to have
both together.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Hang it all!

The day came this week, after months of creating
new works and all that goes into it. My wonderful
friend Robin (on the right) and my new and angel-like
assistant Kathy helped me hang the winery show!
(If I called Robin angelic, she would get a devilish
look just to prove me wrong!)
I, smiling in the middle, could not have done this on
my own. Robin had the SUV and between that and
my own vehicle, we loaded twentyeight pieces and
set forth up the road to
where tomorrow night the reception will be.
Expect to see more photos soon.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


One-person show in Frederick, Maryland for the month of June

Lynne Oakes is the artist of the month in a one-person show
at the Frederick Cellars Winery.
The theme is "Up Close and Far Away"
and will begin with an opening reception on June 7th
from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the winery.
This is also Frederick's "First Saturday",
a monthly event which showcases the town's shops and galleries.
For directions, go to

Sunday, June 1, 2008

What have I been doing?

No new posts for a good while now. This is because I am in the
throes of preparing for a one-person show for the month of
June. Today I opened the box of 19 small frames I ordered
and began framing small panel paintings for this show. My
photographer has about 5 new pieces that she is shooting
before the show and I still need to varnish two of them. So
the blog is on hold for the moment. Just to let you know what's
up around The Joy of Art Studio!