I'm trilled beyond words to have been awarded the Viewer's Choice Award at this year's "Sweet Tea & Southern Art". The event showcases local Visual Artists in the Houston County area and surrounding counties. My Pen & Ink of my son exploring a creek on a neighbor's farm was picked for the award. I'm pictured with Houston County Arts Council President Ann Hagler. This is the fourth year for Sweet Tea and Southern Art. Thank you so much everyone who came out and supported the show and voted for my work. I'm so glad you liked it.
These are the artworks I exhibited in the "Sweet Tea and Southern Art" for the 2016 year. I went with some personal works to share with my town of Erin. The piece above is my self-portrait, "Obviously Me", The back ground is leaves because I love trees. Then there's my family, my husband and my two wonderful sons. My silhouette is in the lower right side of the piece with my church, my drawing board and a tree with large leaves. I love my family, love trees, love the Lord and thank him for it all, yes, even my talent for drawing.
The two Pen & Inks were part of a Series, entitled Chris. My Son exploring the great outdoors. The Series was done when Chris was a young man and now he has a family of his own. This will probably be the last time I exhibit these works because they will be going to live with Chris.
The last two are of the Erin area. The Red Bud sold the first night and I was trilled that it will be going to a new home. Tree Tops and Spring Red Bud are both pen & ink with a watercolor wash. They are a lot of fun to do.
I'll be at Erin's Sweet Tea and Southern Arts again this year, please stop by. The Exhibit of local artists starts this Friday. This year's show is limited to 15 artists who will display mostly 2D art. At Shamrocks & Shenanigans, on the town square in Erin, TN. It's a beautiful venue, and lots of friendly folks, talented artists and yes, sweet tea and cookies. .
Friday & Saturday, August 26th & 27th from 10am to 4pm
Sunday, August 28th from 12noon to 4pm
at Shamrocks & Shenanigans on the Square in Erin, TN.
I accompanied a friend today for an outpatient procedure, Cataract Surgery. So I didn't get to the studio but I took my drawing pad with me and completed the drawing above. I'll check it tomorrow to see if I need to add, darken it,etc. Also, tomorrow I have to work at the Chamber, so maybe I can get to the studio Thursday. I have a huge basket of green beans that need tending to and I really don't want to mess with them tonight.
It's been a great year for the garden this year and I've been so busy for about a month now with it. I've picked, canned and put a lot in the freezer. Just a few more days and it will be gone. The tomatoes have really slowed down, I'll miss fresh tomatoes the most. It's been a good month for the garden but my artwork has suffered greatly. I've done nothing in the studio in weeks. Tomorrow I need to start a painting of my church for the cover on the cook book they are putting together. I should be fun.
The Tennessee Watercolor Society is having their Regional Show in Nashville this month at the Gordon Jewish Community Center. Some of us from the Clarksville Area made it to the Reception last Wednesday night. Jim Diehr was there too, but he left before we took the photo. It was a wonderful evening with friends and fellow artists.
In June I did this commissioned piece for a client. The piece was given as a gift this last weekend. The client told me that they loved it and I sincerely hope they do. I took this photo before it was totally finished. The address of their new home was included in the painting just below the concrete curve and the road. It was a fun piece to do and I enjoyed doing it. Thank you, Janet, for thinking of me to create this special gift for your daughter. .
Regional Juried Art
Juror Dawn Whitelaw awarded my "Trees on the Greenway" a Second Place in the Drawing category and (below) third for my painting "On the Loop at Cades Cove" in the Painting category. This year's Expos was the 5th and is open to Tennessee and Kentucky artists. Many thanks to the Downtown Artists Co-op in Clarksville, TN. and Dawn Whiitelaw. for this opportunity to share my artwork. The show will be up thru August 27 at the DAC Gallery.
My artwork will be on exhibit at the Brentwood Library through the month of August. You can see by the photos above that the 'Library Gallery' is spacious and beautiful. I'm very proud to have my artwork in such an incredible Library. The Brentwood Library is so impressive, especially the Children's Library. Yes, they have their own library on one end and the regular library at the other.The Gallery is between the two libraries, A child can read and get lost in their book there. Walls are painted is murals with forests and wildlife. They have a Story Room! I had to take pictures. I could stay there forever! If you're in Brentwood, stop in and take a look. The adults have a wonderful quiet room, (NO TALKING) with some wonderful history books complete with antiques. And of course, the periodical room has a fireplace,enclosed in glass windows and wonderfully comfortable furniture.. Click here for more pics!
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.