Looking back at 2019! Not the best year as far as eye health. My eye still causes me some trouble but it is better as of September and for that I'm thankful. I wish there was more they could do to help me. It's just a PVD (Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD) is a natural change that occurs during adulthood, when the vitreous gel that fills the eye separates from the retina) that it blocks my vision making drawing difficult. The right lighting helps but I can't depend on natural light and that's what I need.
The 2 Rivers Painters met at my studio Friday for our first meeting in 2020. Yes, we had a great time. We didn't get to meet in December so everyone had a lot to share. Then to Fitz's for lunch, that's always good. A very enjoyable day.
Karen Black (silversmith/ jewelry maker ) just dropped off some beautiful jewelry at my studio. I'm trying to keep some regular hours this year. It seems my morning are always hectic but not so much in the afternoons. So, I'll be at the studio from 2:00 - 5:30 on Monday through Fridays except Tuesdays. I have most of my appointments on Tuesdays. If I'm not there you can call me 931 627 4872 and Karen or I can meet you.
I also have small mini paintings to large paintings in watercolor, acrylic and oil. I have small pen & ink drawings and note cards. And some wood turned birds nest and ball point pens. So shop by some afternoon. I have a few customers who have started taking mini paintings to the funeral home for the families.
Looking out my window at the studio. I don't know if you can see the water that's up to the side walk or not. There is a little water coming in under the door. Thank goodness, the landlord has a rubber mat insulted at the entrance. It rarely gets into the carpet.
And, yes I got my final coat of gesso on the aluminum panel today. Monday should be a very productive day in the ole studio on Main ST.
My supplies are in! So the preparation begins for my next commission work. I'm going to be working on a large 24" x 18" AlumaComp Unprimed Archival Aluminum Painting Panel. I've used them for plein air painting and loved them. I never working on one this large but I did some research. I talked with the winning Artist at the 2Rivers Paint Out this year and he mentioned that he loved them. They are archival and strong, they won't mold or mildew like a canvas and wood panels can.
I've put two coats of gesso on the panel and one more to go. Then let the painting begin.
As soon as the supplies come in, I'll be ready to start. I cleaned off the drawing board and got the Acrylics out yesterday! Come on UPS! I'm Excited!
I retired from teaching art in the public school system in 2010. I had one goal in mind, to be a full time artist.
Ten years and four studios later, I've pretty much been able to do just that.
I started at Tannery Row Artist Colony in Buford, GA and I do miss the Tannery and all the wonderful artists there. We came back to Tennessee in 2012 and I found a wonderful space but it was upstairs. I then went to Strawberry Alley just around the corner. A few years later I moved to E. Main St. That's where the truck came in through the door. I hope to have 10 more years to keep learning and creating.
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.