I'll be painting with the DAC Plein Air Painters tomorrow morning at Rotary Park in Clarksville. I might just draw tomorrow, I don't know if I'm up for the challenge just yet. Plein Air painting has a little different mind set. The photos above are from past plein air outings created in oil and acrylic!! All 9" x 12" or 8" x 10".
This watercolor painting was commissioned back in the summer to be a gift but due to Covid it had to wait to be delivered. I wasn't sure now I was going to handle painting it so I did two at once. My wonderful client took both of them. There are two different paintings pictured at the bottom.
Due to Covid the Erin, Houston County, Irish Day Festival will be in May this year. Last year, we had to cancel. It doesn't feel right around Erin without our Irish Week. Hopefully things will be back to normal next year. And we will have fun the first part of May!
This home owner sold her home recently after living there for many years. She had talked about how pretty her dogwood tree was, so I was asked turn the winter photo into a spring painting. It was a joy to do this one. The top photo is a little dark.
Joining the DAC was one of the best things I've ever done. I enjoy the people, both the artists and the patrons. It's established me as an artist in the community. So thankful to be a member of the DAC, Downtown Artist Co-op, Clarksville, TN. Clarksville is my home town, where I was raised and I now live in Erin, just 30 minutes down the road.
DAC hosts a photography juried competition as well as a juried Art Expo to all artists in the region, not just their members. They offer each artist a solo show every two years. The artist can also exhibit in the window of the DAC. There is a Holiday Bazaar and an Annual Auction. They are one of the sponsors of the 2Rivers Paint Out in October along with the Clarksville Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Developmental Council. They do so much for the community, stop by and visit. Due to Covid they are only open Fridays 1-5 pm and Saturdays 11-4 pm and by appointment.
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I've been wanting to print some note cards of motorcycles, YES, Harleys! I need to paint my husbands first!!!!!! Then I need to find one more to add to a five card collection. The three above were done in acrylic because the colors are so rich. Right now, I'm working on commission pieces but maybe in the Spring, I'll spot one. The motorcyclists start cruising through Houston County in early Spring and continue through the end of Fall. They start on Thursdays and keep coming all weekend right in front of my studio. We do have some great scenic roads to travels on a bike, curvey and hilly!
I have been working on the silverpoint drawings between a commissioned piece I'm working on. I made the mistake of going back in on two I had finished. I wish I'd left them alone. I messed them up, I pulled up the paper from under the drawings. If you look at the pics, the little white spots are the paper shining through. I pulled up the surface of the paper. So now, I have two finished drawings and I need to start on two more.
I'm trying to decide what size matt to put around them. I thought I liked the wider one but maybe the smaller one looks the best. I would love your input on the size of the matt. Thanks for looking!
I usually keep a pen and ink going to work on at doctor's offices and car serving, I have my little drawing kit I keep close by my side. I started this one when I had the car served a while back. Because of the virus and my virtual doctor's appointments, I haven' t drawn as many as in the past. I decided to finish this one at home this week.
At the studio I have the arrowheads and a new commission going. Life and art are good!
A client, who is a photographer, asked me to do a drawing of one of his incredible photos recently. I loved the emotion of this photo and was so pleased to get the opportunity to draw his image. Below are two other commissions I have drawn from his wonderful photo work, he has a true gift. His compositions and lighting skills are wonderful. Thanks so much for the opportunity!!!
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.