Most of my day was spent on researching images in the early 1900's. I was on the internet looking for photos of the old Train Depot in Erin and found nothing. The Depot was torn down years ago and I know I've seen photos of it either at the City Hall or Court House. So Monday I'll try the Houston County Library first, then the other buildings. I'll be sure to take a sketchbook and pencil along with my phone to take a photo or two. I did draw some before I got to where I needed the Train Depot reference. While searching for photos, I did run across a lot of history of the L&N Railroad. I enjoyed reading all that good stuff and I might have linger a little too long on an article or two. I'll try to manage my time better in the achieves on Monday.Have a good week-end everyone.
Today was family day. My father would have turned 100 today and the family celebrated his life by visiting his grave, flowers placed on the grave and then out to eat at one of his favorite places. Good memories and fun together.
Tomorrow it's back at the studio and back to work. It was a wonderful day and I hope tomorrow will be just as wonderful. I love family, friends and fans, Thank you all for your support.
What happens when you are out Plein Air Painting and the wind kicks up or it starts to rain. Well, when painting with Acrylics the rain can wash your paint off the canvas or put little dots all over the painting. The wind can blow the painting off the easel and it ends up painted side down on the ground. Little pieces of dirt, leaves and tiny twigs stick to the paint. So you put the painting in the car with the hopes your can save the painting in the studio. Well, that's what the photo below is all about. These are canvases that were victims of wind and/or rain. So I got them out yesterday and started with repainting the skies. I was using up paint so I painted mini canvas backgrounds and the skies on the messed up paintings. I let them dry and painted three minis today, they are 1.5" square.
My client let me know yesterday that the pen & ink was a "big hit". It was a gift to a friend. I love to hear from a satisfied client.
I also finished the painting from yesterday. I added a little color in the trees on the left and softened the pillars under the bridge. Today I met with my new client again to look at my sketches from her ideas and she approved them. Now for step two, a detailed sketch or rough, finished size to be proofed. I'm excited.
Fun day! I met with a new client to do some work for them and I think I'm going to love working on their project.
After lunch it was back to the studio to try to finish the painting from the other day. It was supposed to be practice for Plein Air Painting. I wanted to do it in two hours but that didn't happen. I have four plus hours in it and it's an 10" x 8" and I think it will need some finishing touches tomorrow. I think the bridge pillars need softening and straightening. I also think it need a little more color in the tree tops on the left.
Yesterday at the Reception of the Train Station Painters I was asked about doing three different commission pieces. I thought that was a very good initiator that my work as an artist met with approval. This means a lot to me that people like, better yet, love my work. I'm going on my third year as a professional artist. I've improved in my work and I've learned a lot and will continue to learn and improve. My anniversary as a Studio Artist is March 1, that's the official first day at Tannery Row Artist Colony in GA.. That was a huge step for me.
We had a wonderful turn out today for the "Train Station Painters" I want to thank all my wonderful friends and family for coming to see the show. I had friends from Erin to make the trip down. Friends from my high school days and my best friend from college (APSU). My sisters and my brother in law were there, grandchildren and my sweet daughter in law. The best husband in the whole world was there by my side and working the crowd because I couldn't get around on a broken leg. IT WAS GREAT!! I feel so blessed. Thanks to all who came today, your support means so much.
Tomorrow is the Reception at the Train Station in Clarksville (3-5 everyone invited). Today I had to go pick up the things I needed for the reception. I hope we have a good turn-out.
Train Station Painters Reception
Sat. Feb. 22, 2014
at the Historic L&N Train Station
10th and Commerce Streets
Featured artists: Myself, Polly Elliot, Eunice Kern, Patsy Sharpe and Hilda Waide. (Hilda and I taught Art in Nashville about the same time (1992 - 1995).
David and I went to a play tonight, "The Mousetrap" by Agatha Christie, right here in Erin. It was at Shamrocks and Shenanigans right on the square.A simply wonderful venue.
Today was our Houston County Leadership meeting which you can't help but love being with this group. Today's topic was Tourism and I learned so much about the area.
Wells Creek Basin Meteor Crater, Our house is very close to Wells Creek. A meteor hit this area about 200 million years ago creating a crater around HWY 149. The crater is 8 miles wide and 2000 ft. deep! The meteor weighted over a 100 million tons. They also told us about the lime kilns, the Celtic Quilt Trails, Tennessee River Trails and the Screaming Eagle Trails. Long story short, you need to visit beautiful and historic Houston, County.We also have really good restaurants but on Sundays they close early.
Most of my day today was spent shopping for the reception on Sat. at the Train Station. I didn't find what I needed so I have to continue looking on another day.
The reception will feature the Train Station Painters which are five artists who paint together at the train station (my Clarksville painting friends). Each of the artists will display about 4 works. I will have three drawings and one watercolor on display at the station. We have one room of the station and the other room has an exhibit of Northwest High School Art Students work.
I went to the doctor yesterday and I can now put some of my weight on my injured leg and ankle. I feels really good to be able to half way walk again. I'm so happy it is healing well.
The photo above is one of the drawings on display at the station. The work is done on Mylar and it's a wonderful surface for drawing with charcoal or conte'.
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.