Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New book! "Nature in the Abstract", by Lynne Cunningham

My new book is now available!

"Nature in the Abstract", published August, 1014

NEWS: My book Nature in the Abstract is now available! Have you wanted to paint in acrylic, paint in a more contemporary style, or use inspirations and shapes from nature? 

The book is for all that! Includes tips, step by step instructions, 110 color photos of finished paintings and in-progress images. A high quality, softcover bound book of 65 pages. This is a fun, engaging and informative guidebook on acrylic painting techniques, describing how-to steps for contemporary paintings, inspired by nature. Written by a Signature Artist member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters, Lynne Cunningham. Funded in part by the California Arts Council.

"Nature in the Abstract", published in August, 2014 is a step-by-step guidebook for painting abstracts in acrylic and mixed media. This is an engaging and fun book for reading and reference. The processes described are easy to follow and will inspire you! 

The book includes these chapters and more: 
  • techniques
  • acrylic paints:  getting comfortable with acrylic
  • finding inspiration 
  • color and color mixing
  • step-by-step instructions
  • recognizing patterns and shapes found in nature  
  • insightful guidance on artistic growth for all painters
  • for Beginner / Intermediate level painters
  • more than 110 hi-resolution color images

California residents - $25,  plus salestax and $6 shipping -
see other option, or email me for HI, AK, International purchase

A preview is available in a PDF of 13 pages including:
 Cover, Table of Contents, 
Introduction, Sample pages from the Chapters, Finished paintings and in-progress images

You can request a Preview:

Select your option for purchase:

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A trip to the Central Coast

the coast and tidepools at Cambria

the former hot springs bath house, Paso Robles

My painting in the group show, 
"Places to Come From" (lower right)
17th Annual International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP)
Showroom Gallery, Paso Robles

We had a truly energizing and rewarding trip to the Central Coast, our old stomping grounds.  I lived in Arroyo Grande in the south county area for several years, bought my first two homes there, attended Cuesta College and graduating from Cal Poly SLO.  We had family connections as well, with my husband's family living in Paso Robles for many years . So good to be back for a nice long weekend on the Central Coast!  

It's one of my touchstone locations.  This time we were based in Morro Bay, and I loved the spontaneous walking around, biking and sightseeing, eating out. That foggy marine air envelops and wraps around you, it is like heaven.

The ISAP exhibit is on display through the end of August at the Showroom Gallery.  The gallery is a small, elegant gallery inside the Studios on the Park artspace.  The artwork in the exhibit is so much more rich and impressive seeing it in person! Art friends and mentors are members of this organization so it's meaningful to me, and I'm honored to be a Signature Artist member in the International Society of Acrylic Painters.  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Acrylic abstracts, news on Signature Artist ~ Lynne Cunningham

"Places to Come From", acrylic on cradled panel

20" x 16"

May, 2014

"Places to Go", acrylic on panel

16" x 12"

May, 2014

Been very busy, what can I say!  I have a bunch of good news so I'll be posting more frequently in the next several weeks.

The first news is that the painting at top "Places To Come From" has been juried into the 17th Annual International Open Exhibit for the International Society of Acrylic Painters.  I've painted in acrylic for 10 years, finding it to be a wonderfully explorative paint medium.  With this exhibit, I was selected for Signature Artist membership.  Many professional art societies and groups have different levels of membership usually starting with Associate, then Signature Artist member . A very nice honor and recognition to have!

17th Annual ISAP International Open Exhibition
July 31 - August 24, 2014

Paso Robles Art Association
The Showroom Gallery
1130 Pine Street
Paso Robles, CA 93447
(805) 238-5473 

I've been having a little fun with naming paintings in the last couple of years since I've been painting more contemporary / abstracct.  Not having to be so literal with the titles, these two titles make me smile.

Now to just locate the perfect frame - - the eternal quest!

I've updated my website - homepage, In the News, more :  http://www.lynnecunningham.com/

For availability and price on these paintings,  contact me H E R E 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

New work on display at Seasons Restaurant, by Lynne Cunningham

"Sea Island, Summer Afternoon", acrylic on paper 
22" x 30"

"Domain of the Frog, version two", acrylic on paper
22" x 30"

Now on display!  New work installed throughout the restaurant:

Seasons Restaurant
101 F St., at F and 1st Streets
Davis, California

the dining area

in the bar  

I hope you get the chance to visit Seasons in the next month or so!  My original artwork has been on display in a solo show for three years at Season Restaurant, with fresh work hung periodically.   The restaurant has a cosmopolitan atmosphere in the dining rooms and on the patio, and inspired seasonal cuisine.  The place for special occasions or for treating yourself to a great casual meal!   In Davis, California.  

All art sales are arranged through me - please contact if you have questions.  H E R E

View my website here:  http://www.lynnecunningham.com

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Honokohau", new abstract painting, oil on canvas

"Honokohau", oil on canvas

20" x 24"

available April, 2014

$750.     contact me   H E R E 

not including CA sales tax
or shipping costs

I had fun with this one!  I took the color palette of a special place that's inspired me for years, and painted an abstract painting from the colors.  I love playing with the juxtapositions of color.

Abstractions (for me) pull from the references to real life; and then I play with the ideas.  So abstracts can be personal and meaningful, as a reference to something I've seen or experienced.  OR, they can be based on pure design, with absolutely no inspiration from life experiences.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Abstract painting, "Pink", acrylic on paper

"Pink", acrylic on paper

12" x 16"  

available (unframed)  March, 2014   $275.
contact me   H E R E    for purchase and inquiries

I've been very remiss in posting.  What can I say, I have been wrapped up in an exciting creative project behind the scenes, and I'm now at a point where I can show some artwork.  The artwork is quite varied, NOT in a series however, so my posts for the next month or so will be very all over the place . . .a good variety, I can definitely say that!  

Every winter I usually take on some sort of project that changes me artistically or is a creative challenge in some way, and that's what I've done this past winter . . .this year it's certainly been a more long-term project.  It's been a good creative stretch.  All will be revealed in a month or so!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Another small abstract, "Cool Green Fields, version two"

"Cool Green Fields, version two"

acrylic, acrylic inks on panel   12" x 6"

February, 2014    available unframed

please contact me  H E R E   for inquiries 
purchase through Paypal or with a a credit card

Another version of a favorite small painting!    Our home is surrounded by agricultural fields and orchards . . .right now the winter wheat planted last fall is turning to an emerald green; the blooming fruit trees are blossoming in that same pink as in the painting above.  And so I have today "Cool Green Fields, version two".  These little acrylic paintings are so much fun to create !  ~ and would give a shot of vibrant color to any wall.  

If you have questions or inquiries or want to purchase, please contact me at the link above.  Shipping  / handling costs within the continental U.S. are $15.00 ~ California residents pay additional sales tax.

"Cool Green Fields" , the first version

Oct. 2013, available unframed

internet purchase, shipping and details:  http://www.lynnecunningham.com/contactform.html


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