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.
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.