January 17, 2015

New Work -- Artichoke

I started a new painting today.  This is the sketch-in based on a photograph I took at the Desert Botanical Gardens.  With the basic value structure established, I can begin laying in some color.

20 x 16 inches

January 10, 2015

The Best & the Brightest
Opening Reception

What a delight!  I attended the Opening Reception for the new juried show The Best & the Brightest at Scottsdale Artist School.  It is a very strong show.  If you haven't seen it yet, plan to stop by. It doesn't close until February 27. 

Upon arrival I saw that my entry "Cactus Flowers" was sold.  I'm grateful to the art patron who found a place in her/his home for my painting.  You can view more of my work at my website, .

Cactus Flowers
Oil, 20" x 16"

January 7, 2015

The Best & the Brightest
I am pleased to share that my painting, Cactus Flowers, is accepted into the Scottsdale Artists' School The Best and Brightest juried fine art show.  The opening reception is Friday, January 9, 5 to 7 PM at the Scottsdale Artists' School, 3720 N. Marshall Way in Old Town Scottsdale, AZ.  The show and sale closes February 27.  Stop by if you are in the area.

Cactus Flowers
Oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches
Work in Progress
Well, after being sidetracked by the holidays, I'm back in the studio and finishing up this painting.  With a few tweaks, it may be completed.  I'm going to study the balance of values and color and make some final adjustments.

December 9, 2014

Work In Progress
I worked a little more today on my current painting inspired by a visit to Yosemite.  I've adjusted some color intensity in the sky, defined the background and foreground trees more with paint and color temperature, added more paint and colors to the river and defined the rocks on the river bank with shadows. 

December 8, 2014

Work In Progress
I've begun working on a new painting.  This piece is inspired by a visit I made to Yosemite in autumn.  Starting a new piece is always a bit of excitement for me.  I try to stay sensitive to the gestures, rhythms and movement I observe of the subject matter.  As I work on the piece I'm always reliving the experience I had at that time or place.

This first image is the initial block in, in which I sketch in the composition and suggest areas of value and perhaps lay in a little color.  The second image shows a little bit more of work that I've done on the painting.  I've made some minor adjustments in the composition and have started to apply paint.

I'll post a few more images later so you can see my progress.  Hope you enjoy.

Composition blocked in

Starting to paint

December 6, 2014

Donated Paintings Sold
I learned this week these five little 5x7s, which I donated to the Gilbert Visual Art League (GVAL) for its fundraiser, have sold.  Thank you to the purchasers who have helped GVAL in its future activities to promote and support the visual arts in the Gilbert area.

November 29, 2014

Gilbert Visual Art League Members Show
Something for all art lovers!  The current Fall Members Art Show is now showing through December 4 in The Gallery at the Gilbert Historical Museum, 10 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ.  I have the two pieces below hanging in the show.  There is a great variety of sizes and subject matter represented by the participating artists.  All art is for sale.  Visit the gallery during museum hours.   

 Reaching for the Light, oil  20x16

Facing West, oil  18x24

November 23, 2014

Paintings for the Family
I recently returned from a visit to North Carolina, where I attended our annual Beam family cousins reunion (held near Waynesville in the Blue Ridge Mountains) and visited my brother and other family members.  

While there and visiting cousin Evelyn, I had a great time painting alongside her in her studio and completed the painting below, "395 Oregon,"  which I presented to cousin Doris.  The painting is based on a photograph I took on one of my travels through Oregon on highway 395, which runs along the Silvis River near Seneca.  My second painting TooHolly Farm was a gift to cousin Lynda, whose Georgia farm is the site for many of our family reunions.

395 Oregon, oil  11 x 14  by Ann Hovis Wallace

TooHolly Farm, oil  11 x 14 by Ann Hovis Wallace

November 21, 2014

Gilbert Visual Art League 5 x 7 Show and Benefit Sale

I donated these eight paintings to the Gilbert Visual Art League (GVAL) for its 5 x7 mini show, held Nov. 15 on the lawn of Postino Wine Cafe in downtown Gilbert.  It was a sunny and moderately warm day in the mid 70s--a great day to be outdoors to view over 70 other paintings contributed by other fellow GVAL members.  Commissions from all sales went toward the guild's high school senior scholarship project and annual juried show.  Thank you to all patrons and visitors who stopped by and purchased art for a good cause.  If you didn't make it to this years show, look for the event next year.  It's a great opportunity to find one-of-a-kind pieces of original art and gifts for the holidays.  More of my art can be viewed on my website at



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