Category Archives: Landscapes

Reworks

oil, 16x24, ©Chris Willey

Christine Relaxing, oil, 16×24, ©Chris Willey

New Mexico Arroyo, pastel, 11x14, ©Chris Willey

New Mexico Arroyo, pastel, 11×14, ©Chris Willey

 

One work accepted into the 2014 Pastel National

I had one pastel accepted into the 2014 Pastel National at the Wichita Center for the Arts. The show runs from March 28, 2014 to May 11, 2014. The reception is March 28 from 5-7pm.

I entered three works. I like this piece, but it was my third choice. It was their first and only choice. You never know.

Pastel, 9x9, ©Chris Willey

Pastel, 9×9, ©Chris Willey

September/October Plein Air Events

• September 20 – October 6:  Parkville in Art Plein Air Event. Paint out

    October 10 – 31: Exhibition (Cathy Kline Art Gallery, 173 English Landing Drive, Parkville, MO),

    November 21: Auction ( Auction at KCAI, 1801 NW Platte Rd., Ste 275, Riverside, MO)

Downtown Parkville Afternoon, oil, 11x14, ©Chris Willey. 2nd Place, People's Choice Award, 3rd Place, oil category, Parkville Plein Air 2013

Downtown Parkville Afternoon, oil, 11×14, ©Chris Willey. 2nd Place, People’s Choice Award, 2nd Place, oil category, Parkville Plein Air 2013. SOLD!

 

Rush Creek Sun Streaks, oil, 11x14, ©Chris Willey. 2nd Place, oil category, Parkville Plein Air 2013

Rush Creek Sun Streaks, oil, 11×14, ©Chris Willey. 1st Place, oil category, Parkville Plein Air 2013. SOLD!

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• September 13 – 15: Brush Creek Art Walk Plein Air Event. Work will be on exhibit at the Bruce Watkins Cultural Center on October 3rd, 2013

West Plaza Brush Creek, oil, 14 x11,©Chris Willey

West Plaza Brush Creek, oil, 14 x11,©Chris Willey

East Brush Creek Marsh, oil, 9x12, ©Chris Willey, 2nd Place, Zone 3

East Brush Creek Marsh, oil, 9×12, ©Chris Willey,
2nd Place, Zone 3, Brush Creek Art Walk 2013. SOLD

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New work (or work that I finally finished)

New Mexico River, oil, 24"h x 36"w, ©Chris Willey

New Mexico River, oil, 24″h x 36″w, ©Chris Willey

oil, 24x24, ©Chris Willey

Flint Hills Light Patch, oil, 24×24, ©Chris Willey

I’ve got a few too many paintings going. I get stuck. I move on. I get stuck. I move on. So the studio is overflowing with 85 to 90 percent finished paintings. Today, three of them got wrapped up. Yippee. I haven’t photographed the third. It will come later.

 

STEMS Plein Air Event

The STEMS Plein Air Painting Event just wrapped up. I went out painting almost every day and created at least 14 paintings. That doesn’t mean I’m displaying all 14. Lots of days I did some stinkers or just never finished them. But ALL were great learning experiences. Here are some that I’m willing to post.

Giverny in Kansas, oil, 24×24, ©Chris Willey
2nd Place, Oil, STEMS Plein Air Painting Event 2013

Giverny in Kansas is a 3 day plein air. It is larger, more finished than most plein air works, but it was fun to do. I did two smaller plein air paintings of this view. The first two were unsuccessful paintings, but successful studies for this one.

Overland Park Florist, oil, 12×16, ©Chris Willey

Arboretum Vista, oil, 11×14, ©Chris Willey

Dragush Produce, pastel, 12×16, ©Chris Willey

Red Bushes, acrylic, 11×14, ©Chris Willey
SOLD!

 

 

 

 

 

UCM Student Artist Coalition Fundraising Art Exhibit

I was an art professor at the University of Central Missouri for 22 years. This May faculty, emeriti faculty, and students will be exhibiting and selling artwork as a fundraiser for the Student Artists Coalition. Works are 6″x 9″. Student work will be priced at $15 per piece or two for $25. Faculty work will be priced at $50 per piece. All proceeds are donated to SAC. April 23 to May 3. If you are near Warrensburg, come in and buy some art, support a cause. Here is my piece — a landscape of Marr Park in early spring.

Mark Creek, Early Spring, oil, 6×9, ©Chris Willey

Two works accepted into the 2013 Heartlands Juried Show

Kansas Giverny and Swope Park Winter were accepted into the Heartland National Juried Show. The show is at the Tim Murphy Gallery, Merriam Community Center, Merriam, KS.

Show runs March 2 through April 3, 2013

Juror: John Roush

Reception: March 2, 2013, 5-7pm

Kansas Giverny (Overland Park Arboretum), oil, 16x12, ©Chris Willey

Kansas Giverny (Overland Park Arboretum), oil, 16×12, ©Chris Willey

 

Swope Park Winter, acrylic, 12x24, ©Chris Willey

Swope Park Winter, acrylic, 12×24, ©Chris Willey

Recent Work

One of the joys of being an artist is being able to visibly see change. It feels like a good period right now.  Carmel Gardens was an unresolved painting that sat in my studio for over a year. One day parts of it were cropped from view by stacks of other paintings — and there was the painting that it was meant to be. I unstretched it, and restretched it into its newer, smaller, better composition.

The markets are companion pieces, although one of the companions sold, so they are separated.

Summer Flower Market(1), oil, 24×24, ©Chris Willey. SOLD

Summer Market, oil, 24×24, ©Chris Willey

 

Summer Storm, oil, 24×24, ©Chris Willey

Carmel Garden, oil, 16×20, ©Chris Willey

 

 

Flint Hills Fall, oil, 18×24, ©Chris Willey

 

 

Summer Sales

Well the weather has been dreadful, but painting continues on. Four paintings sold this summer. I’m happy.

SOLD! Brush Creek Sanctuary, oil, 12×16, ©Chris Willey

 

Brush Creek Sanctuary won an Honorable Mention from the Brush Creek Art Walk Juried Show, now showing at the UMKC Art Gallery. It sold that night. Yay!

SOLD! Paris Gossip,24×24, ©Chris Willey

 

Paris Gossip sold through Strecker-Nelson Gallery. Thanks Jay and Barbara.

 

SOLD! Farmers’ Market, oil, 12×12, ©Chris Willey

 

Farmers’ Market was created at the Overland Park Farmers’ Market and finished in my studio. It was purchased by Pat from Hastings Greenhouse — thanks Pat.

 

SOLD! Fall Evening Vista, pastel, 18×24, ©Chris Willey

 

Fall Evening Vista was the first place winner for Symphony in the Flint Hills. It was auctioned off and purchased that evening, and I was very pleased. What a wonderful event. Posters of this work are available through the Symphony in the Flint Hills website.

 

 

 

Three Works Accepted into “Kansas City Seen” Show.

Swope Park Winter, acrylic, 12×24, ©Chris Willey

Loose Park (March), acrylic, 24×36

Kansas Giverny, oil, 16×12, ©Chris Willey

Three works were accepted into the “Kansas City Seen” juried show at the Buttonwood Gallery Space, 3013 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64108.

The show runs from August 1 to Sept 28, 2012.

The receptions are:

First Friday, Sept 7, 2012, 5-9pm

Saturday, Sept. 8, 10am to 3pm