I love all the ARTS! Visual Arts (of course), Music, Dance and Literature. Today was a fun day, I played hooky from the studio and went with a friend to buy a guitar. I have played the baritone ukulele since my days at Girl Scout Camp and singing around a camp fire. Well, today I caught the "Bug"! I'm thinking I want to move on up to a guitar. The chords on the Baritone ukulele are the same but with only the four higher pitched strings. I've played enough guitar that I know most of the chords anyway. I always found the guitar to be too large for my hands but I played what they call a "Travel Size Guitar" and the size was a good fit and the sound of those bass strings - I fell in love. I played a Taylor GS Mini and a Martin travel size. Wonderful sound! Wonderful day!
I use Fine Art America to sell prints of my work. They also have little contests that artists can participate in. I got this in my email: 'CONGRATULATIONS on your tie for FIRST PLACE in the Watercolor and Ink contest!! Beautifully done and well-deserved win, Janet!!! :)' It was a wonderful surprise, made my day .
The drawing was done at Montgomery Bell State Park at the campground. I remember drawing it but I can't remember what happened to it. I don't remember selling it. I really like the way I did the colors, I just might do some more of these.
The TnWS holds two major juried exhibitions, held in alternating years:
You can see the Online Exhibition by clicking here!
The show is for TnWS members only and I'm excited to have been included in the Exhibition. The show will remain up until the next online exhibition.
Again, thanks to my model Jackie, my wonderful sister in law!
I retired from teaching and I wanted to do MY ART . I just couldn't get motivated to do it. A artist friend told me, if I wanted to get serious about my art, I had to get a studio away from the house. So I did. Then came the website a few months later, the end of April 2011.
I still wasn't as committed to MY ART, but I loved the Tannery Row Artist Colony where I had my studio! Then in August 2011, I was told I had CANCER, medullary thyroid carcinoma. They removed my Thyroid and I was fine, all was well. It was a wake up call, a big scare, so I got busy doing My ART!
Here is something I wrote on my blog just before the surgery:
I decided to commit . . . . . to get myself motivated to do my art. I’ve painting more than ever but not what my inner self wants to paint. I’ve done a lot of landscapes when I want to do painting with feeling, something that touches someone and makes them think.
. . . .
Well, I'm getting closer but I'm not where I want to be yet or maybe I should reevaluate my goals. The paintings at the top are some that I consider have meaning.
The workshop was great, Don Andrews is a wonderful instructor. I would say one of the best I've ever had. He's great teaching color and putting the human form into a landscape. I learned so much in five days. His explanation of color harmony was the best I've ever heard. He also has online classes on his website: https://www.donandrewsstudio.com/#/ Watching him paint the figures in the landscape was actually entertaining, I wanted to paint a crowd into just any space.
David did get the camper ready to go for me and I enjoyed having it. I get migraines (hemiplegic) and I suffer with trigeminal neuralgia which triggers the migraines, they think! The camper is a small toy hauler with few window and it can get very dark inside even in the day light. It's also well insulated so it's extremely quiet in there. When I feel bad on a trip or during a workshop, I can always find a dark place to go and lay down, yes it's air conditioned. It's also is so easy to clean. The floor is Teflon coated so my paint comes right up. The camper has a bathroom and a kitchen and then the back in a roomy box. The bunks/ couches fold up on the sides and the floor is wide open. The back lets down and you can load your bikes, motorcycles, kayaks, etc. I load up my, air mattress, rocking chair, art easel and art supplies. You can make the ramp into a little patio because there is a screen (tent like) that lets down to keep the bugs out and allow privacy . It works out great for me. David says that most women would hate my camper but I love it. It's not fancy or not pretty. I allows me to paint and draw and be left alone.
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.