I finished a commissioned piece last week and now I'm working hard to get ready for my next art exhibit in July. I have one faithful helper, she worked so hard this morning at the computer graphics for my show that she felt asleep. My hand is her pillow.
Betty Liles and I will have our artwork on exhibit in July at the DAC. The Opening Reception is July 1st starting at 5 PM until 8PM. We share the same birthday in July and we are both representational artist. I will have mostly drawings and she will have pastel artworks. So mark your calendars.
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.
I wanted David to get the camper ready for me to use again, but it's not working. So I thought I would place a few pics of the camper to help him remember the fun times we had traveling. I have to admit, I used the camper more than he did because I used it for workshops, I miss it. It worked out so well for me to paint and work in. I'll let you know if it works but I'm not holding my breath. .
I'll be headed to Milan, TN for my annual learning workshop through the GCVAA (Gibson County Visual Arts Association). I leave Sunday! Don Andrews will be teaching the week long workshop in Watercolor! I'm not as familiar with his artwork but I've never been disappointed with any of the workshops I've taken through GCVAA. These workshops take me out of my comfort zone and are always challenging in many ways. The group of artists that attend annually are amazing and it's always so good to see them each year. I did miss not seeing everyone last year.
Also, David might get the old camper up and going again for me to use it. I love the toy hauler for these workshops. I can make a mess and hoses it out. I'm so looking forward to my trip.
I went down to our creek and the blue bells are so beautiful this year. There's a few red buds still and the dogwoods are gorgeous. I had a few blue bells last year and a friend gave me several to plant. They all came back this year and they are so pretty. I love this time of year. I like to go plein air painting (in the open air) this time of year and in the fall when it's nice out. The painting above was painted 8 years ago in Chattanooga, TN. at the Reflections Riding Nature Center. If you are in the area you need to at least drive through it. https://www.reflectionriding.org/www I'll be painting plein air again tomorrow in Clarksville with the DAC Plein Air Painters.
Two more pics from Chattanooga plein air trip:
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.