Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wild Solitude" 12x36 original acrylic, artist Darcy Gerdes

"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language" M Bube

"Wild Solitude" is an original acrylic by artist Darcy Gerdes, a 12x36" acrylic on Russian Linen Gallery Wrapped (3/4") Canvas at Ebay:

"Wolves tend to typcially live & hunt in packs, but this lone wolf is in the state of being solitary & secluded in a natural state with a "serene" look in his eyes while walking along the snowy mountain top much like it is behind my cabin in the national forest. I love tranquil solitude & enjoy my walks in the seclusion of the woods."

artist bio: Darcy Gerdes
"Art is a Pigment Of Your Imagination"

Although she grew up in the shadows of Disneyland, Darcy Gerdes didn't have to "wish upon a star" to make her dreams come true. The self-taught artist has built a thriving career from her artistic passions... She began drawing & doodling at an early age and by 5, Darcy could be found selling caricatures of her neighbors for nickel each...

In the past, selected pieces of Darcy's multi-media works were available in prints, puzzles, cards, cross stitch & magnets, from such notable publishers as Figi Graphics, Leanin Tree Cards, Leisure Arts, Dimensions, Art in Motion and her own Flying Pigment Studio...
Armed with such a unlimited source of inspiration, Darcy says she "has no one favorite subject to paint...each idea, each concept seems to want a life of their own...each design stands on its own merits...I learn from each piece"...

Darcy now favors watercolors, acrylics and color pencil. "I've always felt the subject suggests the type of medium to use, which I think naturally changes my style slightly. The limitations or quality of the mediums chosen can also make a difference"...

Darcy's only formal training was in high school, where she took as many art classes as she could and studied under a "most excellent teacher", Mrs. Adele Mason. She did however pay particular attention to her neighbor, Ken Southworth, an incredibly ingenious animator...( In loving memory of Ken Southworth (1918-2007)

Along with personal success she says her greatest rewards come from the way folks react to my art...

"I love to see a perceptive knowing smile or chuckle! :}

Darcy is very active in the local art scene of Idyllwild, CA. and does take special pride of showing her award winning works in the past as a juried artist at Art A Fair, Laguna Beach, CA..

I In October 06, She opened her own gallery, Flying Pigment Studio Gallery located in midtown Idyllwild, CA. The gallery was also "member gallery" with Art Alliance of Idyllwild and actively particpanted all the events from March to October..

This October 09, the artist decided to close the gallery for various reasons & is now working out of her brand new Studio joining AAI as artist & studio member 2010.
Stay tuned for detail's coming up for studio tour event!


"The Studio, a room to which the artist consigns himself for life, is naturally important, not only as a workplace, but as a source of inspiration. And it usually manages, one way or another, to turn up in his product" Grace Clueck

Endowed with innate talent and amazing eye for detail, a wonderfully humorous approach to every day events, Darcy shouldn't lose her appeal either...

Please feel free to drop me a note, ask a question or comment at the contact me page * most images are "clickable" for a larger view

Thanks for stopping by,
Happy Bidding!! Darcy

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Incredible Audible & STUDIO Tour!!!

Saturday, July 10, 2010
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Idyllwild, California


Tour Idyllwild Galleries featuring localmusicians and refreshments. Then visit local art studios to see where the creativity is unleashed! (Noon-5pm.) Idyllwild Gallery Tours: AAI Member Art Galleries feature local musicians & refreshments.

Idyllwild Art Studio Tours:

AAI Member Artists reveal aninsider’s view of their art studios! COME VISIT MY STUDIO!!!!

Get your gallery & studio mapsat the Village Centre Gazebo from 10am to 4pm.

Sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. David Butterfield

Sunday, June 6, 2010

AAI Plein Air Festival & 3-D Show


The weekend of June 12-13 promises to be one of the liveliest of the year in the art town of Idyllwild as the Art Alliance of Idyllwild rolls two of its most popular events into one fun-filled weekend. The annual Plein Air Festival and the annual 3-Dimensional Art Show and Gallery Tour are sure to thrill visitors and locals alike.Plein Air is French for “Open Air” and, on Saturday, AAI artists will be scattered throughout the forest, capturing lovely and picturesque outdoor scenes on canvas. Enjoy appetizers and drinks as you stroll from gallery to gallery, watching the artists at work. The idea of Plein Air is to capture, with paint and canvas, a single moment in time. The result is a colorful “snapshot,” which will serve as a keepsake that will evoke fond memories for years to come.

The three-dimensional show presents art in 360°. AAI member galleries will open their doors to feature fine, original 3-D works that include ceramics, wood, clay, fiber, glass art, carved porcelain pottery, jewelry, furniture and mixed media. It all happens Saturday, June 12, from 12pm-5pm. Stop by any AAI member gallery to pick up your route map.

The culmination of both events takes place Sunday morning with a champagne reception, from 10am-noon, hosted by the Quiet Creek Inn (26345 Delano Drive). Come see the finished Plein Air creations and cast your choice for the Community Favorite Award. A juror will choose the First, Second and Third Place awards as well as Honorable Mentions.

Artists SIGN UP HERE: http://www.artinidyllwild.com/AAIPleinAir3D.pdf
Quiet Creek Inn Living Room Gallery Directions to Inn: Take 243 from Town, Make Right Turn on Tollgate Rd., First Right Turn, take Delano Drive. Inn is located on left, block and a half from turn. 26345 Delano Drive, Idyllwild, CA 92549 (951)659-6110 http://www.quietcreekinn.com/

For more information on these or other AAI events, please visit their web site at http://www.artinidyllwild.com/ or call the toll free number: 877-439-5278.

To download a copy of AAI's Gallery Guide, click : http://www.artinidyllwild.com/AAI2010GalleryGuide.pdf

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Friday, June 4, 2010

this is exactly how it is..for me.

"I do not know myself how I paint it. I sit down with a white board before the spot that strikes me. I look at what is before my eyes, and say to myself, that white board must become something." (Vincent van Gogh)