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



                               Sold                                          Sold    

November 20, 2014

Surprise Invitational 2014
The Surprise Invitational art show opened November 15 and runs through December 18 at the West Valley Arts HQ gallery.   There was a full house at Opening Reception night with many people enjoying the art and the wonderful jazz band in the courtyard. Talented one-and two-dimensional artists are represented in this show.  It is a pleasure to have my oil painting, Waiting for Twilightbe a part of this event.  I hope you can stop by to see the exhibit. It is open to the public with free admission.

You can see more of my work on my website at .   

Waiting for Twilight, oil, 18 x 24

August 14, 2014

Honorable Mention Award

Orchard, Woodstock Farm    16 x 16 inches,  oil

Honorable Mention Award

Awards Juror, Mitchell Albala
NW Landscapes Intimate show
 artEAST Art Gallery, Issaquah, WA
Northwest Landscapes Intimate Show

 These two oil paintings were accepted into the juried show, "Northwest Landscapes Intimate," at artEAST Art Gallery in Issaquah, WA.  The show of collective works runs to August 28th.   

Orchard, Woodstock Farm    16 x 16 inches, oil

Late Afternoon    16 x 20 inches, oil

June 9, 2014

Exploring the Southwest through Paint
 My new series of oil paintings, Exploring the Southwest through Paint, is currently being exhibited at DIS on Cornwall Avenue in downtown Bellingham, WA.  The show is up through the months June and July.  Stop by to see what I've been up to this past winter.

March 6, 2014

GVAL Artists Reception           
 The March 1st opening reception of the Gilbert Visual Art League Juried Fine Art Show was well attended.  The Gallery was full of artists and guests.  The art was enjoyed by all ages.

Ribbons were hung for the art work in the judging categories of Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Mixed Media, DrawingPhotography, and Best of Show.  Winning artists received awards.

The art can be viewed and purchased through March 29 in the Gallery at the Gilbert Historical Museum, Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please come by to see a diverse selection of fine art.

February 16, 2014

Accepted into Juried Show
Now it's time to get busy framing.  These three paintings have been accepted into the Gilbert Visual Art League Juried Fine Art Show and Sale, March 1-29, 2014, in the Gallery of the Gilbert Historical Museum, 10 S. Gilbert Rd, Gilbert Arizona.

February 5, 2014

Gilbert Visual Art League
11th Annual Juried Fine Art Show and Sale -- March 2014

                                                                                                   Phoenix Rising,  18 x 24, oil  by Ann Wallace

                               (Awarded 2nd Place, Oils  2013)                              
Come view and have the opportunity to purchase the best of artists' works at the Gilbert Visual Art League Fine Art Show in the Gallery at the Gilbert Historical Museum, 10 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ 85233.  The show runs throughout the month of March, closing March 29.

Meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments at the opening reception March 1, 6 to 8 p.m. and/or the closing reception, March 29, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The show can be visited Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the historical museum operation hours.