“Beautiful Illusion” a new painting by Camille Engel

"Beautiful Illusion" by Camille Engel

Every artist dreams of the collector whose commission is to “paint anything you like” — This was my commission for which I was handsomely paid… “Paint anything you like as long as it depicts stage magic.”

Of course, my mind was filled with the possibilities as if someone said to me, “Here’s the world, choose something!”  Since I am known for my bird paintings, my first thought was to paint a magician’s hands releasing a white dove.  Or, I love to play games, perhaps a magician’s hands showing a reveal from a hand of playing cards. The more I thought of it, the more the ideas flowed.

Then it hit me… I’ve always wanted to take the time to begin painting the human figure. This is the perfect commission to paint a figure and the Levitation Illusion had all the mystery and beauty my heart was trying to capture for this collector.  So here is the final result of my “Magic Commission” titled: “Beautiful Illusion” a 20 x 30-inch oil painting on canvas.  I truly enjoyed the commission and am grateful he trusted my creative dreams.

Thank you for reading.  I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts.

3 New Paintings for ART HOUSTON • Sat, July 12, 2014

These are my three newest bird paintings for ART HOUSTON – this Saturday, July 12, 2014. If you are in the area, please swing by the Dean Day Gallery on Colquit to see the show!

To see more of my paintings, please visit my website: http://Camille-Engel.com

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Title: “Handsome Redhead”
Artist: Camille Engel, http://camille-engel.com/
Size: 12 x 12 inches
Medium: Oil on Panel
Descrip: A Northern Cardinal male from the “Welcomed Trespasser” series of bird paintings.
International Copyright (C) reserved


Title: “Well, Hello There!”
Artist: Camille Engel, http://camille-engel.com/
Size: 12 x 12 inches
Medium: Oil on Panel

Descrip: A Red-Bellied Woodpecker from the “Welcomed Trespasser” series of bird paintings. International Copyright (C) reserved


Title: “Woodland Friend”
Artist: Camille Engel, http://camille-engel.com/
Size: 12 x 12 inches
Medium: Oil on Panel

Descrip: A Dark-Eyed Junco from the “Welcomed Trespasser” series of bird paintings. International Copyright (C) reserved

Located in Houston’s prestigious Museum district, Dean Day gallery has been representing Camille Engel paintings in Houston, Texas since September 2006.

This album displays the DDG inventory of paintings… even the ones that have sold.

If you will be in or around the Houston area, please stop by and introduce yourself. Tell them you are a member of Camille’s Facebook page and take your photo in front of her paintings in the gallery & post it on our FB wall – we’ll send you a free box of notecards to say “Thank you!”

Dean Day Gallery
2639 Colquitt
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 520.102
Cathy Albright, Owner

“FLOCK” Art Show Opens in Santa Fe This Weekend

“FLOCK” Friday, May 23 – Sunday, June 8, 2014.

I am honored that my Santa Fe art gallery representation, Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, NM, asked me to participate in a two-woman show… Camille Engel realism bird paintings hang with watercolorist, Mary Alayne Thomas in “FLOCK”.

Birds are an integral part of my life and work. Surrounding my woodland Tennessee home are several birdbaths and bird feeders that attract a menagerie of wildlife. We live near the lake, so our feeders are also visited by unique flocks during migration and we take lots of photos. With my oil paintings, I typically paint a single bird and hone in on its intricate colors, features and personality. While Thomas creates whimsical paintings. Our two styles of bird paintings compliment each other as you can see in these photos posted by the gallery.

If you are in Santa Fe, NM, please drop by the gallery: http://www.giacobbefritz.com

To see more oil paintings from Camille Engel, visit her website: http://camille-engel.com

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I Won “Best Wildlife” at International Guild of Realism 2013!

I couldn’t be more excited right now!

We just returned from the 8th Annual International Guild of Realism exhibition hosted by the Tempe Center for the Arts… a beautiful museum and arts center.  The four-day weekend was filled with social opportunities, buy workshops, and two art openings for our exhibition. It was amazing! And, I’m excited to share that my wildlife oil painting of a Black Swan Cygnet won the International “Best Wildlife” award!

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It was a wonderful time getting to know more of my fellow realist artists during gallery walks and social parties.  The workshops were informative and appreciated. I teach two workshops to various art groups… for this weekend,   I had been asked to combine them during my workshop time:

“How To Get Your Work Into Galleries and Keep It There” and “Conservationist Tips on Protecting and Shipping Your Art.”

My workshop was last on the schedule… and, because others ran late, I had to cram 1-1/2 hours of info into 30 minute time slot. I was sad that the participants didn’t get the full benefit of the “meaty” information I had prepared but I did my best to present the highlights… perhaps next year!

I created these workshops based upon my own personal experience along with input from galleries, successful artists and museum conservationists. I began to paint in the year 2000 after a 30+ year career in marketing, advertising and graphic design where I created successful campaigns for various great companies. I like to share these workshops because I saw the need for talented artists to learn more about the business end of the Fine Art world.

Tempe Center for the Arts is an amazing architectural beauty… I’ll post a few photos for you to see how spectacular this venue is for exhibiting artists.

NEXT BLOG I’ll share some of the other paintings and the gallery exhibit itself. Stay tuned!

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My first “Blog” — Woodson Art Museum 2013 “Birds in Art”

"Floating Between Two Worlds" 24 x 36 inches, Oil on Linen

“Floating Between Two Worlds” 24 x 36 inches, Oil on Linen

So many of my friends and collectors have encouraged me to begin a blog but as many of you well know, it is difficult to slow down a busy life to begin yet one more thing. I’m sure I’ll get the hang of this blogging thing soon enough, but please bear with me… and please let me know what you want me to share.

I am very honored to begin my first blog with the announcement that my new oil painting “Floating Between Two Worlds” has been selected for the very prestigious “Birds in Art” 2013 exhibition at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.

“Birds in Art 2013”

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
Wausau, Wisconsin
September 7 – November 10, 2013

The exhibition is amazing so I hope you’ll have the opportunity to visit. You’ll experience creative paintings, drawings and sculptures by talented artists from all over the world.

Organized annually since 1976 by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, “Birds In Art” presents the very best contemporary artistic interpretations of birds and related subject matter. Each year, a jury selects approximately 100 works to take part in the exhibit. This year, 605 artists from around the world submitted 974 pieces of art. My painting, “Floating Between Two Worlds” is one of 94 juried artworks selected for the exhibit.

This exhibition produces a beautiful catalogue and I encourage all who love birds and art to contact the museum to purchase their “Birds In Art” 2013 catalogue.

My Artist’s Catalogue Statement:

“I have always loved the watery world. Growing up in Oklahoma, I spent endless summer days swimming, diving and playing mermaid in rivers, pools, and lakes. My parents’ friends often quipped that I must have gills. As a teen, I was the state synchronized swimming and diving champion to the Junior Olympics and spent years ‘floating between two worlds’ either in practice or relaxing. With this painting, the challenge was to capture the realism of an auk floating on the ocean surface and its enchanting underwater perspective. I unknowingly embarked on a personal journey; each brushstroke brought me closer to my childhood and home — reminding me to seek joy not only in nature and in simple things, but also in cherished memories.”

For more information about the exhibition or Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, please visit them online at lywam.org.

This is my second year of acceptance into “Birds in Art”. Those of you who follow me on Facebook might remember when I announced that my painting, “Strike A Pose” was selected for the 2012 “Birds in Art” exhibition.  We were thrilled when the Tennessee State Museum chose “Strike A Pose” for their permanent collection!

"Strike A Pose" 16 x 20 inches, Oil on Panel

“Strike A Pose” 16 x 20 inches, Oil on Panel

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