Friday we did a lot of driving and made several stops for art. First, I had to deliver my paintings to the Customs House Museum in Clarksville for my July Solo Show in the Peg Harvill Gallery. Then to Nashville to deliver a piece to the Tennessee Art League for that show. We had some time to kill so we went by Centennial Park in Nashville and I took a photo of the Parthenon to share with you. Forward on to the "Frist Center for the Arts" for the opening of "Real Surreal" and the show is fantastic. Everyone needs to see this show whether you love art or not, you will find it so interesting. It will make you wonder! Then we headed out to "The Distillery" to pick up my artwork that has been on display there for the last 3 months. We finished there and went to eat at "BAJA BURRITO" and it was SOOOOO GOOOOOOD! Another great day in Tennessee.
My son was sweet enough to take me for a ride in his boat on the Cumberland River today to help me with my next artwork. I really never liked riding down the river in a bass boat but his was very enjoyable and I wouldn't mind riding in it again. It was fun and the river was beautiful. The Grand babies were with us and they were asleep most of the time. Thanks To MY Wonderful son for a great day.
The group from Dover came together for a Yupo Workshop today. Yupo paper is a lot of fun and you can learn a lot about mixing colors. I shared different techniques and they were all so different. That's the fun part of teaching.
I had to go to Nashville today to change out seven pieces of art so I could put them in the July Show at the Custom House Museum in Clarksville.
Also, Sweet Tea and Southern Arts will be July 11-13 in Erin, showcasing Local Artists.
"Sweet Tea & Southern Arts”
(A showcase for local artist)
July 11-13, 2013
At Shamrocks & Shenanigans
(On the Square in downtown Erin, TN)
The book cover left the studio today. It's been photographed and scanned. It is ready to go to the typographer to add the title, author and information on the back. I can't wait to see it in the Fall. The Settling Place by Ann Hagler is a Historical Fiction about Houston County. I so enjoyed working with Ann on this project.
I'm home from South Carolina and ready for bed. I'm exhausted but tomorrow I have to hit the Studio running. I have so much to do before the 27th. I did have a lot of fun in SC.
I didn't finish, too HOT! My paints were drying too fast and the bugs were getting too much to eat ! I can finish it in the studio when I get home. I had a really big alligator come up and said an unforgettable "hello". He scared me so bad, I didn't think to take a pic.
This small 5" x 7" acrylic painting is one of my favorites. I really don't know why but I love it. I think it's the colors. But I also love this spot in the road in Erin. I think I'm going to have to bring it home. I've had too many people commenting on it, and I don't want it to leave me. I know it's silly.
Most of my favorite painting are those I've done of family. That's why this one surprises me every time I walk by it.
I have several paintings I will never part with and several I wished I just hadn't done. The one of the left is one I painted during a plein air event in Georgia. It's actually part of Tannery Row in Buford, GA. It's one of those cases where I just wanted to try to paint that big metal thing and I like the perspective of the building. I've moved back to Tennessee and no one here knows anything about what this painting is about. So what do I do with it now? It's on my studio walls. If I hadn't painted it I would have always wished I had, just to see if I could. I did enjoy painting it that day and a lot of people ask me about it when they visit the studio..
My solo show coming up in July at the Custom House Museum will be here before I can turn around. I've picked out the works that I'll be showing, I've written my first two drafts for my artist's statement and touched up my bio. I've checked the frames for nicks and scratches and two need to be repaired. I also need to frame three of the artworks. I drove to Clarksville today to buy frames and I forgot the paint to repaint the frame.. I'm fortunate that I do my own matts and the hardware store across the alley sells the glass and Plexiglas. I'll be framing all next week. The labels, bio and statement have to be there by the 20th of June. So I need to finish that "Artist's Statement". The artworks have to be there on the 27th. Yes, it is stressful but I'm so excited too.
This is an adventure for me, something I've always wanted to do: to be a real Artist! So I rented a studio, lets see how it goes.