Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Art Festival!

Downtown Acworth, Georgia
Splash Art Festival
Saturday April 8 10am-6pm
Sunday April 9 11am-5pm

This weekend I will be selling in my first art festival.  I've talked about doing this for years, but my kids were younger and they were my first priority.  I'm excited to meet a lot of new artists and art lovers.  I feel very fortunate that I'm able to start this new chapter in my life.  Thanks to all my supportive family and friends that have cheered me on and helped this happen. 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Sometimes It's Always Messy

I've seen a lot of pictures of neat, lovely decorated studios on my Pinterest strolls lately.  I admit I feel a little jealous of all of the space and light I don't have.  Most of the time, though, I'm sane and know how lucky I am to have an entire room to devote to my art.  Here are some true and undoctored photos of what a studio currently in use looks like.

Everything, and I mean everything at my fingertips.  It's a Find It picture (I loved those in the Highlights magazines).  Golden paints, a teal pig, doll appendages, a happy tree made by a special student, a dusty lamp, a painted leaf, a maraca waiting to be Day of the Deaded, Falling Water made out of Legos by my son, Captain Spaulding, and a sparkly clean palette ready to use

My poor, unfinished paper mache chicken models draping fabric for me.  One day I will do right by this chicken.  I stepped on his wonky foot and now he needs totally reconstructed legs.  He's standing with the aid of heavy books and lots of tape.

My current painting in process--the empress finally has babies!  There's more design work to put on the fabric and flora to be added to the background.  If I can force myself to stop making Halloween themed art, I will get this one finished soon.

One day I needed to paint something THIS color.  It was during a particularly gray week outside.   I have no idea what I'm going to do with it now--probably gesso over it and make something totally different.  It's all part of the process.  There's plenty of art I make that no one ever sees.  It's kinda like exercise. There's a lot of behind the scenes work going on before anyone notices the results.

The table is covered in paint.  Looking over my shoulder at the rest of it now, there is not a single spot my eye rests without a spot of paint or glue or ink on it.  

Almost as important as paint, I've just gotta have music.  Sometimes I listen to only one artist during a particular painting, testing the patience of those around me.  Sometimes my mood is totally in control.   Sometimes I went to a concert the night before and I'm slightly obsessed with the band.  This summer I made a playlist of carnival/circus themed songs to play while working on The Universe.  It all works.  

So there you have it, a peek into my studio.  Pardon the mess.  It'll be here when you come back. Thanks for looking around. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Something In My Pocket

Something In My Pocket
Mixed Media 11'" x 14"

Every day.  That's how often I need to MAKE time to paint or create something with my hands.  I don't want time to pass and have wishes of personal feats from the past.  My Inner Critic has been rather loud lately, making me want to hide.  So, I share with you my unique vulture friend and we say, "shut yer traps, negative voices."  

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Sun

The Sun
24" x 36"
Acrylic on Canvas

This is the fourth painting in a new series I've been working on.  Yesterday, I started #5 (yippee!).  One day, the plan is to make prints as I go, and eventually have the entire deck of  78 cards made.  Progress is slow now, but maybe when the kids are in college, I'll paint all day every day. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Fun with ATCs

A few years ago, I learned about Art Trading Cards (ATCs).  I shared them with family, friends, and students and the reactions were unanimous.  They were a hit!   For one, the cards are small (2.5" x 3.5") making them less threatening to the wary artist.  ATCs can be made collaged, drawn, painted, sewn, etc.  The idea is to make a card then trade yours with someone else.  Age and artistic experience matter not.  What matters is having fun and sharing with others.  Today, I set up this bulletin board at our co-op in preparation for the rest of the school year.  I can't wait to see what happens.  There are a few cards from helpful artists to get the board started.  

 The instructions are clearly stated to make this an easy board to navigate.  Grab a blank card.  Put your art all over it.  Sign it and hang it back up.  Pick another artist's card to take for your very own.  

 There are pencils, pens, markers, and crayons in these handy holders made out of duct tape.  


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Loosening Up

Argh!  Struggling with a painting is so frustrating.  Off and on for over a month, I've been working on an armadillo.  Today, sickness gave me an unexpected chunk of time to get in the studio.  I'm trying out a different color palette and am not happy with it at all.  It made me angry and then I just pouted for a while.  I felt like I wasted half the day.  Poor me.  The armadillo had to go sit in the corner, but I wasn't ready to give up yet. There was an old, gessoed over canvas sitting on the desk half covered with paper towels.  Dammit, I had to make something today.  I forced myself to work loosely and finish  fast.  So here's my childish response to an irritating morning.  I have to admit that I feel a lot better now.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Painting For Others

Digging through old photos, it was surprising to see all the paintings I had the pleasure of giving to others, either commissioned or gifted.  Over the next few weeks, I'll put more of them up here and free up cramped camera space.  Here are a few pet portraits.  It's no secret that my favorite part of painting an animal is the eyes.  It's so much more than iris color, black pupil, and white light reflections.  You might be surprised just how many different colors and shades I have to use.   Sometimes, it's just the matter of one teensy speck of color in that exact spot that makes all the difference.   In such a tiny space, a world of emotions, expressions, and intentions can be observed.   They say the eyes are the window to the soul.  I have to agree.