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Self Portrait

urban landscape, window scene, spartanburg sc, venus pizza

Waiting, Oil on Canvas, 30″ x 30″copyright 2014 Isabel Forbes

Recently I was part of an art exhibit where artists were invited to paint a portrait of themselves on a 30″x30″ canvas.

I really found this idea a fun challenge. After many thoughts came and went I landed on the idea of painting myself in one of my own paintings.

The window scene is from a local Spartanburg, SC USA restaurant/landmark named Venus Pizza. Several years ago this was the subject of one of my paintings and I loved how the window divided up the space.

Gallery East Self Portrait art reception

Gallery East Self Portrait art reception

Have Studio, Will Travel

Paint NC Plein Air event

Paint NC Plein Air event

This Summer I had the pleasure of traveling to many places. As an artist I’m always looking at the landscape around me and marveling at the beauty and thinking about how I can translate what I see in to a painting.

Photography is a great tool but with the click of a button your image is captured and you are off to the next beautiful thing. Plein-air painting (painting on location) is more like a meditation on a view.

Adirondack Painting trip

Adirondack Painting trip

I travel with a back pack which holds my palette, paints, brushes and other supplies… a portable studio!  Once I set up to paint I know I have no more than 3 hours to capture my interpretation of my view before the sun has presented me with a whole new light and shadow pattern.

Mosquitos love me!

Mosquitos love me!

Adirondacks in NY

Adirondacks in NY

When I look back on the painting I created on site I can remember the smells, the temperature, the sounds and yes sometimes even the bugs. I could never get this with a photo.

November 21st Gallery East in Spartanburg, SC – 512 East Main St will be showing a collection of my paintings created en plein air and studio paintings inspired by plein air paintings. If you are in town I hope you will stop by. Some other surprises during the reception are also being planned.

Hope you enjoy some of the images below for this year’s painting adventures.

My early rising friends

My early rising friends

 

Early Morning St Regis Lake

Early Morning St Regis Lake

Early Morning & Boathouse AdirondacksEarly Morning & Boathouse Adirondacks

Urban painting at the Art Lounge

Urban painting at the Art Lounge

Lil Talbot FL

Lil Talbot FL

Ill Talbot State Park, Florida

Ill Talbot State Park, Florida

sunset painting

sunset painting

Early Morning Modoc

Early Morning Modoc

Modoc State Park, SC

Modoc State Park, SC

One Night in June

One Night in June

Last Light Lowcountry

Last Light Lowcountry

Lilly Pads Study

Lilly Pads Study

Artist Among Us

Hub City Press

Please join me with many of the 100 Spartanburg artists who will spread out across eight local art galleries on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 17 as Spartanburg celebrates the publication of Artists Among Us: 100 Faces of Art in Spartanburg, the newest book from Hub City Press.

From 6-8pm on the city’s regular Art Walk night, the artists will meet the public at the following galleries: The Showroom, Carolina Gallery, West Main Co-op, Spartanburg Art Museum, the Guild Gallery, Galley East, Art Lounge, and TJC Gallery. Books will be for sale at each site, and a free trolley, sponsored by the Community Healing Arts Program, will move between the galleries.