I painted today with four friends in Clarksville. It was very relaxing until the mosquitoes came out. I've learned a lot the last four weeks of painting out doors - the sun. Yes, I wear a hat but the angle the sun hits my eye can distort my vision. Today, It was cloudy and I sat up with the sun to the side of my face. When the sun came out,(still cloudy) I could not detect the true color of the scene. The other day, the sun was in front of me, in the shade. By the time I left there I was sick as a dog. It was kind of the way I feel when I'm surrounded by white (snow blindness). It was awful, both times. The sun is going to have to stay behind me from now on. I didn't finish today and I forgot to take a pic of my work. I'll try to finish up in the studio tomorrow.
The Williamson County Archieves will host the Tennessee Watercolor Society works of Williamson County Oct., Nov, and Dec. I will have the painting above in the show. There is parking at the Archives building in their lot and on Main Street and the show will be part of the Franklin Scene Art Crawls. The 3 Receptions will be during the first Friday Crawls: Friday, Oct. 2nd. Then Nov. 6th & Dec. 4th
My wonderful, talented Uncle Donny's service was today. A wonderful Sept. day. Lots and Lots of wonderful, funny, happy stories were told about him. It was a tribute fitting to this wonderful man. We all miss you Uncle Donny.
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I charged up my old phone and took it to the studio with me today to take some pics of what I've been doing. The photo above is from Monday's Plein Air outing. Below is the painting I'm working on for a show next week at the Franklin, TN Achieves. The painting isn't finished, but close. I also put the frame together today, got the plexi cut for the frame and came back and cut the matt. So as soon as I'm done, the frame is ready. Normally I wouldn't be so worried about time. BUT, tomorrow is my uncle's memorial, Sat. I'm having the whole family (30 of us) here at the house for a wiener roast at the creek. I might get to work on the painting Sunday afternoon before I have to take it to Franklin on Monday. After this, I have no more commitments until January. OH but I have to have about 10 news works for that solo show at the DAC..
I dropped my new cell phone in the toilet. It doesn't work anymore.
But, I started a new watercolor yesterday and worked all day on it today. I should finish tomorrow. I also went Plein Air painting Monday. I should get a replacement phone in two days. I'm lost with out it.
I met friends in Clarksville this morning to paint in one of the parks. I finished mine early today, I was so proud of myself. I think I'm getting better at this outdoor stuff. After I got some lunch, I needed to drop off paintings that I picked up for other artists from a group show we had his week end in Nashville . I also had to drop off three paintings for the DAC for next month's show. I got back to Erin and unloaded my plein air gear and varished a few paintings. It was a very long day, but a very good one. I got to see and visit with four art buddies.
The last one for a while of the plein air trip to the mountains. There are two more but they need some work - not my best. I do like this one a lot. I painted in on a square gallery wrap canvas 1.5 inches thick and it was 6" x 6". It can sit on a table or shelf or hang on the wall. I really like the gallery wrap because you don't have to frame them. Below are some pictures I took of the Wears Valley area.
Last year in Nov. I painted with a wonderful group of artists in Wears Valley. I usually use Acrylics when I paint plein air but I used oils that week-end. They were wet, so I stored them in a canvas carrier to get them home. I recently got them out and photographed them. I also enjoy painting in the Smoky mountains, Cades Cove and the Townsend area.
A few Photographs were awful that I take yesterday. I tried to take them too late in the day and they were dark. I had to be in Clarksville this afternoon to pull my duty at the DAC. I got down to the studio before I left to try to get the 10 am sun. I rephotographed four of the paintings. I should have known it wasn't going to work. The first ones were fine, but as the evening sun set, the light went with it. My shift at the DAC was delightful, I met another one of the DAC artist. It was a beautiful ride home too. You can't beat that! Great DAY!
I touched up a commission piece today. Then I photographed it and others that have been waiting for a while. Two of the paintings were oils. I had to wait until they were totally dry before I photographed them. Now I can varnish them. I then came home and put them on Fine Art America to make them available for prints for anyone who wants one. It was a very good day!
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.