It's been six years since I painted at Monteagle Tennessee with my Atlanta friends. I've missed being there, so I decided to go this spring and I leave tomorrow. I'll be painting on location for three days with the group from the Atlanta Art Center.
I have to brag on my painting buddy and best friend, Hilda Waide. We paint together most Wednesdays at the Chamber where I volunteer.. We are both members of TnWS and DAC. At this year's TnWS Biennial Exhibition at the CHM she won a major award. Her painting "Moon Light" received the Tennessee Aquarium Sponsor's Award of $1200. I'm so happy and proud for her. The exhibition is a juried show. Our Juror, Lian Quan Zhen allowed 60 artists / paintings into the exhibition from 150 plus entries. I was proud to have gotten my painting included into the exhibit this year. And of course, Hilda"s got in too!
The show will be up until July 27th at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, TN. It's located downtown Clarksville on the corner of Commerce St. and N. Second St., right at the Court House. They are closed Sunday and Mondays.
I painted this small oil painting (above) at the Arts and Heritage day of Plein Air painting in Montgomery County a couple of weeks ago. The weather was perfect. Thanks to our hosts for inviting us to come paint on their beautiful land with this incredible view of the Cumberland River.
Last month The Downtown Artists Co-op (DAC) had their Art Auction and Gala at F & M Bank. This lovely couple, O'Neal and Kimberly went home with my artwork, The Redbarn! I truly appreciate all the wonderful people who came to support the DAC and the Arts in Clarksville. Thank you so much Kimberly and O'Neal.
I went to Career Day a few weeks ago at Erin Elementary School. The kids were cute and entertaining. I found them very polite and helpful, the parents would be proud of them.
I did a demo while I have there, some of the students thought that was cool. Most of the students were more interested in my manikin than the different kinds of ART careers. I explained how artists used the manikin but they just wanted to play with it. I finally put the manikin under the table, out of site.
I put the finishing touches on my demo painting today while volunteering at the chamber office. It's a small 6" x 12" gallery wrapped canvas done in oil and of course, it's for sale at the studio.
I will be sharing the gallery walls with Honey Doramus and Ronald Baldwin for the month of May at Parks Green Hill . Parks Realtors have been supporting the arts in the Green Hills / Nashville area for while now. They share their beautiful office space with local artists works and host a wonderful reception. I've been invited to hang my work for the next few weeks. Music, food and art all in one night, April 26 from 6-8 and I'll be there. If your are in the area, stop by.
Thanks to Parks Green Hills for supporting the Arts and Artists in the Nashville area.
One of the advantages of keeping a blog is you have a record of what you were doing in years past on a particular day. I looked back at my blog posts and this time in years past I was in a workshop or attending plein air paint outs. Sad but I don't have a workshop or a paint out this year. I'm helping with the Biennial Tennessee Watercolor Exhibit in May this year so I could not schedule any paint outs or workshops, etc.
Here's some photos from past April posts of different art activities I've attended.
I do enjoy what I do!!
This is where I live. The Jeep is parked by the creek with the bluffs in the background. It's beautiful here all year round. I love being back in my home state of Tennessee. We moved back 6 years ago.
I did these paintings five years ago. Both are scenes here in Erin, TN where I live. Both paintings hang in the Drug Store near the stairs to the hardware store. I do love living here, Erin is a wonderful place with wonderful people.
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.