One of my eight babies!
We had almost everything done on the chicken coup. The coup has a dog pen around it but predators could still dig under the fence or climb over. Today David and I put a one half inch Hardware Cloth all the way around it with a foot of the wire turned out on the ground so they can't dig or crawl under. These little guys are so sweet, I don't want anything to happen to them.
Tomorrow I should be back at the studio but Friday and Sat, I'm on the road. Friday I'll be with grand children and Sat. I'll be at a watercolor workshop.
but that's all the art I've done today. I had to go get some supplies for the workshop I'm taking Sat. with Alan Shuptrine http://alanshuptrine.com/ We will start at 10 and finish at 4:00. An artist friend will be going with me for the workshop, it will be in Chattanooga. I have to get up early and I have to remember the time change.
The drawing I did the other day, the tree (above). I think that's going to be a pen and ink soon and then I might try it in Watercolor with a lot of dry brush. I did the other e pen and ink the other day of the wagon and now I'm wanting to do another larger one. The tree above is the same image from the other day but it doesn't look like this now. I took a lot out but I haven't finished it yet. I might be sorry I erased so much of the background out but I wanted more of the paper to show. No photos of the mess I made just yet.
No art or art studio today, I picked corn, froze corn and gave away corn. 150+ ears of corn, I put up 80 and gave away the 70+ (I enjoyed the giving part). I have a workshop coming up Sat. so tomorrow I'll be shopping for supplies for the workshop.
"Sweet Tea & Southern Art" finished up today and I was awarded the "Viewer's Choice Award". The visitors to the show picked "Guitar Artist, John M. G." as their favorite artwork at the show. Everyone in town knows John and I'm sure that's why the painting was so popular. Thanks to John for letting me paint him and thanks to all who voted for the painting, it means a lot to me that so many liked the painting and the subject matter. Thanks again to the Houston County Art Council for this event, it was wonderful.
and there are more photos below of the "Sweet Tea & Southern Arts". Twenty local Houston County artists are showcasing their works at Shamrocks and Shenanigans on the square in Erin until Sunday at 4:00 pm. The show started Thursday night and we have had a steady crowd each day. The venue was beautifully done and I think everyone has been very excited about this event. This was a first and I don't think it will be the last. Houston County has so much talent to share, the event has been a wonderful experience for all. Thanks to the Houston County Arts Council for doing such an excellent job putting this together..
10" x 8" Pen & Ink
Well, I still forgot to take photos today of the local art show but I stayed most of the day at Shenanigans and worked on the Pen & Ink to the left. Three artists were there to demo their skills. This is a really bad photo and I'll try to remember to re-shoot it tomorrow. I'll also try to get some pictures of the actual show. We had a lot of people pass through today and they took their time to enjoy everyone's artwork. I will be hosting tomorrow morning so I might not have time to draw at all tomorrow.
What can I say but another great day in Erin .
The sponsors' Preview Reception was tonight for "Sweet Tea & Southern Arts". There was a nice crowd and the Houston County Art Council did an excellent job setting up at Shamrocks and Shenanigans. I think there are 19 local artist displaying their wonderful works of art. I really enjoyed the artists, sponsors and visitors, everyone is so wonderful and supportive in Houston County. The show will last until Sunday and each artist could display up to five pieces of art. I naturally took full advantage of the event and displayed my five. I loved seeing all the different styles and media. It reminds me of all the wonderfully talented students I had the opportunity to work with. Everyone was so different and totally amazing. The hours are 10: 00 til 4:00 pm Friday and Saturday and Sunday 1:00 -4:00.
14" x 18 Charcoal & White pencil
We will see tomorrow when I go to the studio to check the drawing one more time. The cameras in our smart phones are so practical. I helps me to photograph the work and look at it once I leave the studio. When you have looked at your artwork for hours you tend to overlook fundamentals. The phone allows you to stand back and study the work without the work being there. Looking at my drawing now, I know I'll be doing some touching up tomorrow. This method or technique is a little tedious for me. And, for a landscape like this one, no more staining the paper. Staining is nice when you're going to see the paper. And, I didn't leave enough of my paper showing, I got carried away with the white pencil. But my drawing just looks dirty in places. This method is also a lot like painting. I enjoy painting but I love drawing. I want to see more marks and not smudges. I've never liked using a stump or blending so if you do like to blend your marks, this technique is for you. Don't get me wrong, I love the Kassan's DVD on Drawing and I've learned a lot. I'll take a lot of what I've learned into painting and drawing. He also is coming out with a Painting DVD, I want it too.
NOT Finished, I'm still working
It's not finished but I had fun. I hope it turns out ok. I'm trying the technique I learned from David Kassan's Drawing DVD. Its a lot of layering and erasing and going back in with black pencil, white pencil - but it is fun! I may be wasting my time. I'm wanting to do a watercolor of this tree and what better way to study a subject you want to paint than to draw it. Here are the basic steps to this process.
Sky & backgrounds were already painted.
David helped me today with photographing some of my artwork. It took us most of the morning. After lunch I went back to the studio to clean up and put things in their rightful place from our photography session. I had three little canvases that had the backgrounds painted. I painted on them and then came home. Two tiny irises and a 5" x 3" landscape. It was a fun afternoon. Below is our photography set-up in the back of 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.