Ellen Starr Lyon

commited to creating art while being a full-time working mom


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A BIG THANK YOU!

The 2016 Bloomington Open Studios Tour is over and I have so many to thank for a great weekend! A huge shout out goes to all my visitors and supporters. My parents came for a second year in a row to help me ready for the event (including providing the snacks), my husband and son got out of “Dodge” to create space, my friend Ceci covered the dog-watching and my daughter stuck around to clean and greet guests.The threat of thunderstorms made for a slow start but the visitors came in a steady stream afterwards.

In the days leading up and directly afterwards, I had 100+ visitors and sold work to new and experienced art collectors. Many took advantage of my once-a-year sale on “littles”, the 4″ x 4″ oil on canvas works created solely for this event. It is my way to insure than anyone that has the desire, can own an original piece of art. Buying from a local artist is the best way to start your collection and to support your local creative community. Who wants to live in a place where there’s no art being made? If making it is not your thing, you can still be an important part of the process. See below, shining examples of community art supporters! If you’ve ever bought a painting from me and don’t mind sharing a photo of you with your painting, please send me a copy at ellenstarrlyon@gmail.com. I will be creating a scrapbook on my blog to track the happy homes that my “children” have gone to. Many thanks in advance!!

For recent images of what’s happening in my studio, follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ellenstarrlyonfromthestudio and on Instagram @ellenstarrlyon or contact me for a private studio tour.


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Wed Nite Art Show with Saffron at Pygmalion’s Art Supplies

 

The title refers to annual event at Pygmalion’s Art Supplies in Bloomington. Here is a description of the event from their website:

Announcing our Wednesday Night Art Show: Wednesday, April 20, from 5:00-9:00, right here at Pygmalion’s! Each year we invite everyone to buy a tube of our Custom Color, use it in a work of art, and enter the work in our one night art show and party. We hang the work all around the store, and offer a delicious buffet of gourmet food prepared by Pygmalion’s owner John Wilson.

For photos from last year’s Custom Color Art Show and Party, please visit our Cat’s Tail page and scroll to the bottom of the page.

This year’s deadline for submitting artwork with Saffron is Monday, April 18 at 6:00. At least $600 in prizes will be awarded by juror Heidi Gealt, Director Emeritus of the IU Art Museum.

Whether or not you have submitted work, we hope you will come see the show, and enjoy some delicious food, on Wednesday, April 20th!

I try to always buy the special color especially because all proceeds from the sales benefit a charity; this year it is Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County. I’m not sure if the painting I started (above) will be what I enter but I do like to show process shots. These photos show the roughing in of a composition over another painting. Who doesn’t want to see a drawing over a gravity defying bowl of fruit? This painting is inspired by two USA ceramic pieces I was given by my mom on Easter. Thanks, ma! Check back to see the evolution of this work or to see if I choose another to highlight this years’ color.


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Still Life Show @ The Evelyn E. Jorgenson Gallery in Missouri

The Evelyn E. Jorgenson Gallery presents

Still Lifes: Perceptions of Inanimate Objects

October 1- November 12, 2015

An international curated exhibition exploring the still life theme. Including works from: Laura Aish, Pamela Delaura, Joseph Holsapple, Steven Hughes, Christina Kerns, Ellen Starr Lyon, Sarah Malakoff, Katrina Majkut, Ann Mansolino, Matthew McLaughlin, Emily Newman, Chee Wang Ng, Melodie Provenzano, Susan Sidebottom, Robert Thurlow, Susan P. Tolbert, Randall Tosh, Radek Vizina, and Tom Wagner.

Evelyn E. Jorgenson Gallery

Moberly Area Community College

October 1 -November 12, 2015

Opening Reception October 8th 5-7 pm

These three paintings of mine were accepted into the show- enjoy!
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Sunny Succulent

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Here is a sneak peek at what you’ll see when you come visit me at my home and studio. Please visit the BOST to plan you weekend and remember to bring your friends!

“Welcome to Bloomington Open Studios Tour 2015! My home and studio at 3629 S. Bainbridge Drive in the Sherwood Oaks neighborhood, will be open to inquiring minds, curious neighbors and art lovers alike. Please come to the front door through the front court yard and roam around. All ages are invited to have a snack, look at finished work and see a work-in-progress on the easel in my studio. I will be on hand both days to answer questions about my process. While you wait for June to come, check out my website https://ellenstarrlyon.wordpress.com/ for insight into my world and how I see it.”

2015 4th Annual Bloomington Open Studios Tour

 Saturday, June 6, FROM 10AM – 6PM

Sunday, June 7, FROM 10AM – 4PM

Be Inspired

www.BloomingtonOpenStudiosTour.com

In my studio

In my studio

Ellen Starr Lyon

ellenstarrlyon@gmail.com

ellenstarrlyon.wordpress.com     (812)631-9711


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Stay Tuned for More Leaves.

I find myself drawn to depicting plants. As I worked on this portrait of my begonia I tried to distill the reason why. It’s not news or unusual that I love to garden. I love the new foliage, the bright juicy colors, the delicate flowers. I love the feel of dirt and enter a happy trance while I weed. I value having something living in my space, especially through the dark cold months. For these reasons and a hundred more, planting and tending are a part of me. That, however, is not why I paint them so often. It is always the same three things that drive my work: abstraction, light, and negative space. I do use objects that I have an affinity for but only as tools to create fascinating (to me) passages, niches, nooks and transparencies. The end product is a naturalistic portrayal but that really is secondary or tertiary to me. Perhaps in the future I’ll allow that to fall away and paint what I love without the context. For right now, stay tuned for more leaves.IMAG5657IMAG5824IMAG5661IMAG5672


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My Space- My Studio


In my studio

In my studio

My space- my studio……well that is the idea but not the reality. This space tends to be a high traffic area at times. Let’s see: one painter(me), one husband, two kids, one brother, cousins, one dog, three cats, neighborhood kids- you get the idea. In fact, my daughter (who should be in bed) just interrupted that last sentence. But, she’s also the one who caught me on “film” with paintbrush in hand and behind my shoulder is a portrait I painted of her; Odessa my almost 8 year-old beauty. Back to the reality of my studio. My husband is also an artist, he gets to color comic books for a living! We have always shared a studio space and after 12+ years of marriage would have it no other way. Sometimes we chat or not but we seem to be able to compromise on the music played and are content to create and to just be in the same room. It tends to be pretty homey. On the floor there’s half of an apple core that my son gave to the dog, beautiful rugs (covered in said dog hair) and a futon in the corner for the above mentioned brother. With all that, it is a place for art. Nothing gets put away when I’m done. The still life set ups stay set up, paint tubes live out in the open and paintings in progress stay out to be ogled until they’re up again for the next round. Batter up!