I went down today to get set up. I will have my bird Christmas ornaments and / or magnets, Clarksville Note Cards, small paintings and pen & inks and some wood turned ornaments and tops. I hope to see some of you there.
Christmas Bazaars and craft show! I have a few things at the DAC (downtown artists co-op) Bazaar until Dec. 24th, The Spiritfest Dec. 1 from 2-5 (Clarksville) and Houston County's Holiday Craft Show (Erin) at the City Hall Dec. 7th. I'll be at each event and I hope to see you there. Happy Holidays
I headed to the studio to work today and when I got there I had a visitor waiting for me on my drawing board. I sat down before I noticed him. He was cold so he didn't move hardly at all. I did notice he looked a little dehydrated and provided some refreshment for him. He was extremely thirsty. About two weeks ago I thought we had had a small earthquake or my neighbors had been hamming on the walls next door. My artwork on one wall was hanging lopsided and items had been knocked off the shelves.. Well now I know it was the snake exploring around the studio. He must of come in to get warm.
I'm not afraid of snakes and I've always been reptile friendly. I've even had a few iguanas as pets. As a kid I always wanted a snake as a pet but my mother would NOT agree to that but lizards were ok!
I finished the last of the plein air paintings I started in Monteagle today. I worked on it yesterday and I tried to use masking fluid on it. I had two different kinds on hand. The first one was clogged, it has a fine needle like applicator. I tried the second one which has a regular tip on it. It was clogged too. So I removed the tip and applied it to the painting and noticed an unpleasant smell. I got some on my hands. I went to rub it off like you would do with rubber clement and it had turned rancid. Oh it smelled soooo bad and the more I rubbed the worst it smelled.
It was a wonderful fall day and I worked all day in the studio. I finished this Monteagle plein air piece and the other one almost done. I managed to get a lot done on the commissioned piece. I feel pretty good about what I accomplished in 8 hours today. I'll be at it again tomorrow. I love being back in the studio, working!!
I got up early to go to the gym and then to vote. I went with my husband shopping for shoes. We thought we would go to Jackson, Tn, that was a long ride but I got a very good lunch out of it. I got home and headed to the studio. I got the old watercolors out to work on a commission and touching up the plein air paintings I did in Monteagle. I did not get anything finished up. While I was working I looked up at my clock and panicked, I was only going to work until 6:00 and it was 20 til 7. I rushed home to realize I hadn't set back my clock in the studio. DUMB ME! I'll be working at the studio all day tomorrow.
October kept me hopping! I had a good time painting the great out doors with good friends. I managed to bring home some prize monies last month too. I got away to Monteagle with friends and saw some old friends from when I lived in the Atlanta area.
I blogged earlier that I placed in the Hoptown Paint Out at the first of the month. Well, I won the Quick Draw at the 2 Rivers Paint Out / Clarksville. I also placed in the Pennyroyal Exhibition in Kentucky with two honorable mentions. One in painting and one in drawing. The trip to Monteagle was beautiful and I got two good paintings from there . I can't believe October is gone and November is here!! I have two Christmas commissions I've got to get out and a few Christmas shows to be painting for. I need things to slow down just a little!
Twelve artists will be painting in Clarksville tomorrow and Saturday, so be looking for us out and around Clarksville. We will be painting outdoors with-in the city limits for two days. At 4:00 Saturday we will STOP and turn our paintings in to be judged and exhibited at the DAC (Downtown Artists Co-op). The show is from 6:30 - 8:30 and paintings will be for sale. The Public is invited and we would love to see a crowd there. While the judges are picking the winner, we will have a Community Quick Draw. If any of you would like to join in the fun for the Quick Draw, show up at the DAC tomorrow around 4:00 with your paints and canvas. I hope the rain waits until tomorrow night.
Where has the month of October gone.
The first of the month I took a road trip to see family in Evansville and then to visit Owensboro River Walk and the Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. I returned just in time for Hopkinsville, Ky's first Plein Air Paint Out and I placed 2nd with the watercolor above. That was Sat., Oct 6 and then I had duty at the DAC on Tuesday the 9th. I worked on the small 6' x 9" pen and ink above. It still needs a few more darks in it to make it to stand out. Yesterday, I made it to my first Nashville Artist Guild meeting and listened to artist Noah Saterstrom, who is making his living as an artist in Nashville. Click on his name and check out his work. Today, I had three visitors in my studio to talk art with and I did get some painting done. I need to get busy on some art, 2019 will be here before we know it.
The nice thing about keeping a Blog is I can look back on my life and see what I've accomplished. On this day for the last five years,I've created these works that bring back special memories.. In 2013, I drew this charcaol using a new technique and it went on to win several awards.. One of those awards came from an internationally known artist who I greatly respected. This win helped to build my confidence and gave me the courage to go forward. The other photos are each a year apart. The blue head was made from a neck cancer survivor's mask.. It was used to raise funds for cancer research. The next painting was created in a new town that I had never visited before, Owensboro. Ky. The last two paintings were simply completed on this day a year apart. My Blog captures memories for me to cherish. Thanks for all your support in my journey. .
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.