Friday, March 7, 2014

Huffington Post Article

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

This is a very interesting read...


18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently


Enjoy and have a great weekend!
Annette Weiner

Saturday, July 6, 2013

"Unfiltered" exhibit at the Griffin Art Center

Two of my oil paintings will be on display at the Griffin Art Center for the month of July.  Opening reception is today, Saturday, July 6th from 5-8pm in Frederick, Maryland.

 Lavender Bloom
Oil on canvas
framed in brushed gold floater frame

Red Tulip
Oil on canvas
framed in brushed silver floater frame

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

"Lavender Fields"

  Lavender Fields, oil on canvas, 11 x 14, © Annette Weiner 2012

I couldn't resist painting these beautiful lavender fields and charming stone house in Provence, France.  Since I haven't traveled there yet, I painted this scene from a photograph.  In an attempt to loosen up, I chose to paint in an impressionist style.  I have to admit, it was very difficult to keep myself from painting the details.  All in all, I am happy with the way this turned out.  Just think how potent the scent of lavender would be standing in the middle of these fields!

Now, photographing this piece was quite the challenge.  By daylight, the purple is purple.  By night, it becomes more violet.  I couldn't figure out why it looked like two different colors.  Then I realized that it was changing as a result of the light it was in.  Whew!  Mystery solved.

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Art by Annette Weiner: Rockville Art League Juried Members Show, Varied M...

Art by Annette Weiner: Rockville Art League Juried Members Show, Varied M...: Two of my paintings were selected for the Rockville Art Leagues Juried Members Show, Varied Media.  I was excited for my pieces to be chosen...

Rockville Art League Juried Members Show, Varied Media

Two of my paintings were selected for the Rockville Art Leagues Juried Members Show, Varied Media.  I was excited for my pieces to be chosen as these are two of my first three oil paintings I've done since returning to oils recently.  The show was juried by renowned art critique, Lenny Campello.  It is hanging at the Glenview Mansion Art Gallery and will run from April 29 - May 29, 2012.  It includes 110 pieces of wonderful art, both two dimensional and three dimensional work.  There was a great turnout for the opening reception last Sunday.  At the artists walk through, the juror, Lenny Campello spoke to the artists, explaining what he looks for when selecting the art for the show.  First he looks for presentation of the work.  Is the frame in good shape?  Is the glass scratched?  Are the mats acid free?  He will not select a piece that is not presented well.  Then he looks for color, composition and technique.  It was informative to hear about the jurying process from the juror's perspective.  If you live in the area, please stop by to see the show.  The Glenview Mansion and the surrounding grounds are just beautiful!  As is the show...  Below are my two oil paintings that are hanging in the show.  You can click on the image to enlarge it.

"Bird of Paradise"

"Red Poppies"

Have a nice day!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sunflowers and Water Lilies!

I have finally edited many of the sunflower and water lily photos from my "way too early in the morning" shoots.  Despite getting up and shooting before I'm actually awake, I loved every minute of it.  The sunflower field was eye catching to say the least.  So many bright and cheerful yellow sunflowers in one huge field.  It was amazing!  Even more amazing were the beautiful lotus and water lily ponds.  It was challenging finding flowers close enough to photograph.  The prettiest ones were sometimes in the middle of the pond, out of reach for the 70 - 300 zoom lens.  It was fun searching each pond for different varieties of these beautiful flowers.  After photographing them for the first time I have to say they are, without a doubt, my favorite flowers.  I have chosen some of the images I like the most to share with you.  Here they are.  I hope you enjoy them.


Have a nice week!

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Jersey Shore

I took a little trip to the Jersey shore to visit family I hadn't seen in over 40 years.  It was wonderful to experience a part of my roots I didn't realize were still so dear to me.  As usual, I took my camera and had some fun shooting in between catching up with my relatives.  I went back to the same lake several times to shoot a beautiful flock of swans.  I returned home to photograph a sunflower field, then water lilies and lotus over the next two mornings.  Fortunately the weather was 80 degrees and beautiful on those days.  During the sunflower shoot I accidentally dropped my new zoom lens.  I thought for sure it broke but the noise I began to hear was just the image stabilization.  Funny how I never heard it before.  One must become clumsy when not used to waking up at 6:00 am to photograph before the sun is too bright and the bugs get buggy.  Below are some of the swan photos I so enjoyed shooting.  I'm still editing the sunflower, water lily and lotus photos.  I will post some of those soon too.

Enjoy your weekend and stay cool!