I started out with a plein air painting (painted outside) I did at Rotary Park in Clarksville, I'm always a little disappointed with the color of some of my outside paintings. The sun plays tricks on your eyes and you think the color is right on and it's not. The sun moves as you paint and the colors change. You can end up with muddy colors.. I came back to the studio and added acrylic paint, color pencils and sharpie markers. It was a lot of fun! The before and after photos are below. Which one do you like best?
The ground is glued to my fingernails and some of it just won't come off the plexiglass I was using to protect my table. I used lots of paper towels and a few rags that I brought home to wash tonight. While they were washing, I picked some blueberries. Now I have white and blue fingernails.
Silverpoint is a fun new medium for me and I'm still learning. Silver or metal point drawing has to be done on prepared paper. Metal won't leave a mark on regular paper.
Thursday and Friday, July 29th and 30th 1:00 - 4:00pm.
Thursday and Friday of this week will be your last chance to see Betty Liles and my artwork at the DAC. Betty and I would love for you to stop in and see our artwork if you haven't already. Our artworks will then travel to the Hopkinsville KY Community College Auditorium for the month of September, Thanks so much!
I'm lazy, unmotivated, and I don't want to get that paint out.
I went into the studio to work this morning and I just could NOT get myself together. I was so sleepy and why, I don't know. I knew what I wanted to get done. I dosed off several times in my chair and decided to just give into it.. I got my cot out to take a nap just as my Hubby call to go to lunch. After we ate, I perked up! I got two painting ready to start on. But I didn't want to open up any paint. I just didn't want to deal with the mess! I hope I do better tomorrow!
An artist friend and I traveled to Belmont University in Nashville Saturday for a 6 hour Silverpoint Botanical workshop. My goal was to learn more about silverpoint and the grounds used to prepare the surface to which to draw. The day was spent drawing in silverpoint. The first photo below was done with the stylus and the sunflower was done with silver spoons, forks, knives and silver coins. The stylus is like a pen and nib but the silverware was so much like drawing with a pencil. And they look very different! I had not used the silverware before Saturday. Now I have to start shopping for old silver dinnerware. Mary Lee Gwyn lead the workshop that was offered through the Walkins College of Art / community education. The facility was roomy, great lighting and wonderful parking for a Saturday.
After a series of wonderful opportunities, I took a week to clean up after a very busy 9 months. I was blessed with many commissioned works to create, and sold every new painting I created in 2020. Then to be able to exhibit my art again after a year of shut down was exciting and fun. But, with all that creating, things got messy. Art supplies diminished, supplies got missed placed and even damaged. Storage is always a problem in a studio. The catalyst to all this reorganizing came with some new heavy duty shelfing. Big, heavy wood shelfing. This last week, I've been redoing and cleaning. I also moved some lateral files from the back to under the window for display. I think files look really good. You need to stop in and visit sometime.
I drive by this scene often. It has always intrigued me due to the two sources of water side by side. Of course, there is the beautiful tree clump that sits right beside it that this artist just can't resist. I love trees and Tennessee's beautiful landscape. You might recognize it as you are coming into Erin on the right side of Mobley Lane.
I had a great week end. I picked Blueberries, watched the Lighting Bug and got to do a little pen & ink. I love my life!
I'll be teaching a Pen & Ink workshop in Hopkinsville, KY for the Hopkinsville Art Guild Sat., Aug.14, 2021 starting at 9 am til 1pm . Pen and Ink is my favorite medium to work with, I love it. If you are interested, please go to the menu and use the contact the artist form or just email me. Thanks!
Betty Liles and I have a show this month at the DAC Gallery in Clarksville, TN. The Opening Reception was Thursday night and despite the weather we had a full house. I saw so many friendly familiar faces and I appreciated you all being there. I enjoyed every minute and all your wonderful comments on my artwork. I think it's a beautiful show. Betty is so gifted with color and her paintings are proof of that. I have mostly drawings, including drawings done is silverpoint, pen and ink and digital. I have eight new paintings on display. The show will be up the month of July. The DAC is open Thursday and Fridays 12 - 4 pm and Saturdays 9 am -5 pm and by appointment. Call me if you want to set up an appointment. I can arrange that for you.
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.