Friday, July 25, 2014

National Juried Fine Art Show, Louisville, CO

I'm honored to have my painting chosen from 560 entries for the

29th Annual National Juried Fine Art Show
 Louisville Center for the Arts
801 Grant Ave, Louisville, CO 80027
Sat. Aug 30 - Sun Sept 7, 2014 (closes at 4:00 pm Sun)
Opening Reception Sat. Aug 30, 6-9 pm.
Cheese & Wine Reception - Fri, Sept. 5, 4-8 pm
Various events during the week.
Presented by the Louisville Art Association

Please join me at the opening reception or visit the show!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Student Winner!

Congratulations to Mary Jo Wickstrom, who won an award in the Arapahoe Community College, Community Education Student Art Show!

Her butterfly picture, "Beauty in my Garden," won 3rd place in the painting category.

Mary Jo is a student in my Beginning/Intermediate Oil Painting Class.  Great job, Mary Jo!   

Monday, June 16, 2014

Oil Painting Safety

Found this link today on the ACC Community Education Facebook page.  It concerns toxic oil painting materials and protecting yourself.

Safety Tips:
Oil paints can contain toxic minerals such as lead and cadmium which can build up in your body over time.  Protect yourself:
1.  Never eat or drink while painting
2.  Never put brushes in your mouth.
3.  Use a barrier cream to protect your hands if you don't like vinyl gloves.  I use Gloves in a Bottle.  The writer in the above link recommends Art Guard Barrier Cream.
4.  Always ventilate your studio well.
5.  I use odorless Turpenoid Natural (in the green can) to clean brushes.  It's non toxic and non flammable.  Other odorless turps still contain mineral spirits (dangerous to breathe).  Check the label.

By the way, another scientist friend tells me that tattoo pigments can contain the same toxic minerals.  Would you put those under your skin?

Saturday, May 3, 2014

First Place Award

"Snow Day" 20 x 30 oils  ©Valorie Snyder 
Thank you to the Center For the Arts in Evergreen for the First Place Award for my painting, "Snow Day."  This is their Tenth Anniversary Show and will be up through the end of May.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Lost in the Music

"Lost in the Music"
6 x 6  © Valorie Snyder
I have wanted to capture this musician in paint ever since I photographed him downtown one day.  I was drawn to the diagonal lines created by his pose, the perspective of the building and the angle of his trumpet.  It was necessary to simplify the busy reflections in the windows.  

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Girl and Her Horse- Best Friends

"Best Friends" © Valorie Snyder

New Series -  Small Figurative Paintings in Oils

What little girl doesn't love horses?  This is to honor all of those special friendships.  5 x 7, oils.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Example - Value Sketch by Cliff Austin

Students take note!  See how my artist friend Cliff Austin uses the value sketch for his plein air (outdoor paintings) and his studio work.  This tool can save you hours of wasted time.

Cliff writes:  The Photo Resource (top left), The design sketch (value sketch, top right), the acrylic color sketch (bottom left), and the 6x8 acrylic study on canvas (bottom right).
 Next, do a final on 11x14? or 12x16? or go back to the design? Maybe an expression or impression, hmmm what to do?

Find Cliff at