I was in New York City this week and happened to stumble across a store front that I painted in 2006. With the help of the mobile interwebs and two smartphones, my husband and I were able to capture a quick shot of the actual scene behind an image of the painting (sorry about the car in the shot; it’s difficult to take photos in the streets of New York). I guess after years of painting, fun and entertaining moments like these are bound to happen.
I’m feeling pretty good about the progress I’ve made in two days in my new studio. My latest move to Pittsburgh, PA has inspired me to do a series of paintings of bridges in the three cities my husband and I have lived in together (Cincinnati to London to Pittsburgh). It feels liberating to be painting in an enormous room versus a London-sized sardine can. I think I can get used to this.
Big news! I’ve made a legitimate crossover as an international artist.
Soon I’ll be exhibiting the painting above at my first group show in London at Bankside Gallery (next to Tate Modern). The exhibition, titled “London Lives,” will run from September 9th through the 19th.
This competition was announced in the Guardian newspaper, which certainly attracted a large number of entries. Nonetheless I have been selected among a short list of 100 artist invited to exhibit their work AND I’m one of just over 20 being awarded a prize (the specifics of which will be announced at the private opening). It’s certainly quite an honor. If you’re in the area, please come and see the show.
I must give a huge “thank you!” to the painting’s owner, Cat Scott (an amazing artist and illustrator) for letting me borrow it for the exhibition. I promise to return it to you dinning room soon, Cat.
Although the original is obviously not up for grabs, prints and greeting cards of the painting are available here on my ImageKind account.
As this painting was created and sold last month, it was the final piece contributing to the $50 donation made to CASA. I’ll soon be announcing the next charity, likely to focus on relief efforts in Haiti or the oil leak in the Gulf Coast. Suggestions kindly welcomed in the comment section of this post. Thanks!
7.5″x8″ ink on paper
I’ve realized while settling into my new home in London that the local scenes are inspiring me to draw and paint faster than I’m keeping up with service organizations. Although it’s invigorating to be painting urban street scenes again, I won’t leave out the charitable component of my work. So, while I’m painting and finding my footing here, I will be making contributions from art sales to Court Appointed Special Advocates, one of my all time favorite nonprofit organizations.
CASA is always looking for volunteers to advocate for abused children engaged in the legal system while a safe home is identified for them. With over 1,000 local community offices throughout the US, there’s bound to be a CASA office near you. I volunteered for CASA and would be happy to answer any questions about my experience, just email me at ashley.cecil(at)gmail.com.
So this is square one in a new city. I’ve always thought of myself as travel savvy, but I was humbled last night by missing a social art event due to my inability to navigate my way from my borough to a theathre in the city center. Apparently I’m only as travel savvy as a my smart phone makes me, which I’m without at the moment.
It’s almost overwhelming to take in all of the options in a city as big and rich in culture as London. My paints arrived yesterday so we’ll see how the sights translate on canvas. I’m pleased with this first piece of a pub in Soho just as people were leaving their offices. Happy hour is taken very seriously here.