Artwork by Brenda M Sylvia

November 2, 2016

In October 2016, I was given the opportunity to teach a 3-day workshop at the Rappahannock Art League. My goal was to demonstrate to them how to work on colored ground with rapidly drying acrylic paint. I set up three different still life scenes for the class to choose...

August 31, 2016

The Rappahannock Art League's 55th Annual Labor Day Show opens on Wednesday, August 31st at 10AM.  The show will be open daily from 10AM until 5PM through Saturday, September 10th except for Friday, September 2nd when the show will close at 3PM and reopen from 5-7PM fo...

August 5, 2016

"Beautiful on the Edges - The Beaches of St Thomas" is a series I began in 2015. I am planning to paint all 40+ of the beaches here. Whenever possible I am working on location in plein air using 

either oils or acrylics.  The title of the series is f...

July 13, 2016

 When working on a painting in acrylic or oils, I often start with a colored ground.  I find it much easier to work on then a white canvas.  I also enjoy the energy created by the interaction between the colors in the background and the newly applied brushstrokes.  At...

June 26, 2016

In 2008 I entered a contest to present my ideas to decorate jet and air plane sculptures which would be temporarily on display in Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.  I was contracted to create two of my designs and I was given three months to execute the completed sc...

June 9, 2016

After a many month process of making this piece come to life, "Butterfly Bloom" was installed at the May 2016 Caribbean Color Art Show held at Yacht Haven Grande on St Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands.

The actual installation took 15 hours, but the creation of...

May 17, 2016

Friday, May 20th from 5:30 to 9:30PM is the opening reception for the 2016 Caribbean Color show sponsored by ArtVi Advocates.  It will be held in Yacht Haven Grande and will also be open to the pubic Saturday through Tuesday from 10AM to 6PM. The show highlights the wo...

March 2, 2016

One Monday night in January I was leaving for work when I found a stray dog in a red halter next to the dangerous main road by my house.  I parked my car and he came to me so I coaxed him back to my patio, gave him food and water, and rushed off to my job as a fire dan...

January 11, 2016

Opening Janurary 15. 2016 at The Mango Tango Gallery. This exibition highlights the artwork of Brenda Sylvia, Adrienne Miller, Kat Stevens, and Janet Guthrie. The theme of my part of this show is "Beautiful on the Edges" and includes more than a dozen paintings of the...

September 2, 2015

After I moved into my condo, I realized the fencing around my patio did not afford me much privacy.  

One day on an airplane i had an idea which I sketched onto a napkin.  It translated into this sketch:

Which ultimately led to this project.  I experimented with dif...

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