Experimental abstract and non-objective paintings
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Plenty of Art - Spring shows and Beyond

| 28 May, 2015 21:17

I am participating in one show this spring and it is this coming weekend.  The show is Arts in the Middle in Urbanna, VA which s approximately an hour and a half from Hampton Roads.  The show is open from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 30th and 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on Sunday, May 31st. There will be entertainment at the show and later that evening in the town of Urbanna as well. Please refer to their site for more informationhttp://www.artsinthemiddle.com/

Some of you may have noticed that I was missing from a couple of the spring shows that I normally participate in.  I missed East Beach and Stockley Gardens as they both conflicted with family commitments and celebrations.  It felt really odd not to be at these outdoor shows this year, but I wouldn't have missed our son's college graduation for anything.

There are two very exciting shows on the horizon.  I will be exhibiting in a one person show in Richmond and an invitational in Smithfield.  More information will be sent soon. 

Laura Gibbs Studio Etsy Store Open

| 05 February, 2015 17:04

Etsy Store is Open

Laura Gibbs Studio on Etsy.com

My Etsy Store is now open and to celebrate, I have listed my 6"x 6" fruits and veggie paintings at a Grand Opening special price of $50.00 each (usually $125.00 each). During the Grand Opening Sale, shipping (in the continental US) is included.  

Follow this link to me store https://www.etsy.com/shop/LauraGibbsStudio The sale price is only available through my Etsy Store.

MOCA Art Show at Coastal VA Wine Fest

| 15 January, 2015 21:31

The painting shown here, Ocean Continuum is a mixture of ink and acrylic on heavily textured canvas.  I will have it on display this weekend in an art show sponsored by the VA Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).  The show is part of the Coastal Virginia Wine Festbeing held this weekend (January 17 & 18) at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.  The hours are Saturday Noon - 7:00pm and Sunday Noon - 5:00pm.Event and ticket pricing/purchase may be found by following this link: http://coastalvirginiawinefest.com

Workshops & Classes  I will be teaching a one day workshop at d'Art Center in Norfolk on Mixed Media Yupo. Students will learn basic information on painting abstraction in watercolor and gouache on Yupo synthetic paper.  The class will be held Friday, January 23rd.  More information here http://www.d-artcenter.org/classes.html

Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival

| 10 October, 2014 10:44

The Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival in Newport News, VA is being held this weekend. I would love to see you there. I will have several new paintings on display including the one shown above.  This painting is mixed media on board.  It has a lot of texture, some dimensional and some visual.  "Serpentine" was so much fun to paint.

The show is October 11-12, 2014 Sat, 10am - 6pm – Sun, 10am - 5pm.  More information may be found by visiting this website http://www.pwartfest.org/

Art show this weekend

| 08 October, 2014 21:30

Getting ready for an art show this coming weekend.  This one is the Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival in Newport News, VA.  I have been painting a lot, but have had to put the unfinished ones on hold so that I can pack up the paintings that I will be taking with me this weekend.  

The show is October 11-12, 2014 Sat, 10am - 6pm – Sun, 10am - 5pm.  More information may be found here.



The painting shown above will be on display at Port Warwick. I have been fortunate to finish a number of new paintings since June including several very affordable small studies. Resurgence is comprised of a variety of media and many layers.

Seawall Art Show

| 22 August, 2014 19:31

This weekend is the 44th annual Seawall Art Show in Portsmouth, VA.  The show hours are Saturday August 23rd from 10-6 and Sunday August 24th from 10-5. More information may be found here. Please stop by and visit this weekend.

As I mentioned in my last post, I worked in watercolor quite a bit this summer.  The painting below is another watercolor, gouache and watercolor crayons on Yupo synthetic paper.


What I did with my summer vacation

| 18 August, 2014 19:28

I know summer isn't really over,  however, I participate in an art show (Seawall Art Show) that is always the weekend before Labor Day. Since the Labor Day weekend is generally the unofficial end of summer, I consider the art show to be mine.

This summer was very busy at times.  I took a trip to Alaska with my sister.  We took a cruise that left from Seattle, so we were able to see a few things there as well.  Alaska was wonderful, it is one of my all time favorite vacations.

I also painted quite a bit, seven new paintings.  I will have all of them at the Seawall Art Show in Portsmouth, VA on August 23rd and 24th.  More information on this will be posted in a couple of days.

Most of my work this summer is in water color, gouache, and water color crayons.  The painting shown above, Seeking Pythagoras, used these three media on a surface of Yupo synthetic paper.  It is 16x20 framed under glass.

Garnet and Gold

| 03 June, 2014 19:27

The painting shown above came together as I was planning a commission.  The commission was for a 30x40 abstracted landscape in the colors shown above.  This small painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas and is ready to hang.

Stockley Gardens Arts Festival

| 16 May, 2014 19:23

This weekend is the  30th Annual Spring Stockley Gardens Arts Festival.  I will be in space C-9.   We will be open Saturday May 17th from 10 am until 5 pm and on Sunday from noon until 5 pm.  The show is in Stockley Gardens Park in Norfolk's Ghent neighborhood. More information may be found here 
The painting shown above is new this spring.  It is 11x14 on Yupo synthetic paper and I used watercolor, gouache and watercolor crayons.  Please come out and stop by this weekend.

Arts in the Park Richmond, VA

| 01 May, 2014 21:02

Come out and see my art this weekend at the 43rd Annual Arts in the Park in Richmond, VA.  The show is held at the Carrilon in Byrd Park.  We are open from 11 am until 6 pm on Saturday, May 3rd and 11 am until 5 pm on Sunday, May 4th. I am honored to be one of over 400 artists from around the country to be participating in this art show. More information may be found here http://www.richmondartsinthepark.com/

The painting shown above is one of many new pieces that will be on display.  Juncture is watercolor, gouache and watercolor crayon on Yupo.

Mid-Atlantic Art Exhibition Opening Friday, April 4th

| 03 April, 2014 20:34

I am fortunate to have a painting in the Mid-Atlantic Art Exhibition that opens Friday, April 4, 2014 at d'Art Center in Norfolk, VA. The opening is from 6-9.  The work will be on display through May 18th. This show is a national juried show and is part of the 2014 Virginia Arts Festival.

My painting called Reaching was accepted.  This painting is acrylic on a heavily textured canvas and is 18x36.

Below is an excerpt from d'Art Center's website http://www.d-artcenter.org/410.html
"The 24th Annual National Mid Atlantic Art Exhibition celebrates the Visual Arts during the Virginia Arts Festival in of the d'ART Center wide variety of visual arts mediums from around the nation including; Mixed Aqueous, Oil, Sculpture, Pastels, Digital Photography and much more!"

Stockley Gardens Fall Art Festival

| 17 October, 2013 22:09

This weekend, October 19th and 20th is the Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival. I will be in space C9 .  The show is open from 10am - 5pm on Saturday and 12pm - 5pm on Sunday.

Below is a new painting called Coastal Breeze.  It is 8x10, mixed media on panel. I have a number of new paintings that will be on display. Please stop by for a visit.

Aerial View

| 05 October, 2013 20:34

Aerial View is mixed media on handmade paper.  The painting was then mounted to a cradled panel so it is ready to hang without a frame. I often start several paintings at one time and finish them when “they speak to me”.  Even though I looked at this start a number of times, it just didn't speak to me.  Along came a new product that I wanted to try – Golden High Flow Acrylic.  I pulled this painting out and began finishing it.  The painting was started with some texture mediums and ink.  It was about 80% finished and the remaining 20% was finished using these new paints.  I was extremely pleased with the glazing properties of the transparent colors.  I particularly love the lower right hand corner where I was able to glaze purple over the yellows and neutrals.11x14 mixed media on cradled panel

Caribbean Duet

| 03 October, 2013 12:42

Caribbean Duet is an 8x10 mixed media on board.  It evolved by starting with a layer of texture using ink.  The next layer was a few pieces of newspaper collage, and then numbers were stenciled in the upper right.  From there, I applied many thin layers of acrylic paint, watercolor crayons and Pearl-Ex powders.  The painting was then varnished with a thick glossy layer and framed in a wide matte black frame