Come see me this Saturday, September 29th at the Orange County LocalFest at Blackwood Farm Park! It’s a family-friendly festival that celebrates and promotes local food, music and art. It’s the inaugural festival, so time will tell how it goes, but since it is so close to my house, I couldn’t pass it up. I’ll have prints, cards and originals there. Depending on how I move everything there, I might have a work in progress. Even though the park opens at 8am, the festival won’t start until 10am…. I might still be setting up, but you can come say “Hi” while I put you to work!
I’ve posted on Instagram and Facebook, but I realized I never added it here… so here goes… I will be part of a 2 person show for the month of June! The reception is Friday, June 8th, from 5:30-7:30. It should be pretty enjoyable for everyone since my art is totally different than Ann’s. My partner in this show creates “figurative assemblages from found objects”. If you can’t come see us Friday, our art will be hanging the whole month!
Isn’t that a movie with Joaquin Phoenix… or something like that…? (And yes, I googled to make sure, and while scanning wikipedia, I only needed to see the words “Buffalo Soldier” to then have that song in my head.) Totally not the point of this post, but is a very accurate depiction of me. Ugh, I’m all over the place. And you know that’s exactly how I write this blog thing. My husband was the writer, not me. Anyway, so, yeah, I’m still here. I’m actually not sure how to write this – do I gloss over my absence or do I just go ahead and talk about the elephant in the room? It’s not like I’ve NOT done any art since then, but it hasn’t been at the same pace. My family has weathered some tragically rough patches since the fall of 2014 (I’ve not talked about it outside my private facebook page so don’t worry about searching for it…
Here it is the last day of the Orange County Studio Tour. October and November are busy for me, but it’s been so much fun to talk to people about my art and studio space. This is the first year in my new studio since we moved in March. It’s a smaller space, (taking over the dining room instead of having my own custom built studio), and the lighting is far from perfect, but it works so far. I’m sure many tweaks are in its future, but that’s part of the fun! If you don’t catch me today (open from 12-5), then I hope to see you next year!
The Alamance Studio Tour is the second and third weekend in October – it’s right around the corner! (I’m not freaking out…ok, maybe a little). Artists around Alamance county are opening their studios, selling their art and maybe even sharing techniques. Since I live outside the county, another artist is sharing her studio with several other artists, including me. Mark your calendars! Click here for more information. (Did I mention it’s FREE?) I’m also participating in the Orange County Studio Tour in November… details coming soon!
My favorite thing about this is the cow’s expression! Using a black sanded surface, my intention for this was a simple “white drawing”. The other colored pencils were added before I reminded myself of my objective.
My 7 year old daughter would come in and critique it along the way, but it never met her full approval. Now I know why… Her favorite of all my paintings and drawings is “277” (a pregnant Belted Galloway at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC) because of all her fur.
This one is definitely cuter, though!
A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a local newspaper looking to do an article on me and my art. The writer left me a message on my phone and also sent me an email. I was typing up my email to respond to her (thinking out my answers so I wouldn’t have to worry about how many times I said “ummm” and “you know”). My plan was to call her back and use my draft email as notes (doesn’t everyone do that?). But before I could finish, she calls me again. And wants to come by my studio NOW. If you like my facebook art page, you might have seen a post saying I was rearranging my studio just the night before. Do you know how organized artists typically are? Can you imagine what my studio looked like the day the reporter wanted to come over? Most of my art was still hanging at the Roasted Coffee Depot
Of course, it’s called “Boxed In” because it’s a box turtle, right? There’s actually a pretty cool story behind it. “Boxed In” | 6″ x 18″ | Colored Pencil and Neocolor II on pastelbord We have this black tube attached to our gutter drain to direct water flow away from our house. It’s VERY long – like maybe 50 feet. One day as Mike and I were doing yard work, we heard a scratching sound that sounded like something was in the drain. When we (Ok, Mike) pulled off the black thingy to see what it was, (I was cringing because I imagine something would jump out at us), we saw a turtle. Stuck. For who knows how long?!?!?! The turtle made a long journey from the tube opening and I guess got stuck as the tube joined the gutter drain. Just like my grandmother did when she ran to get her camera before rescuing my brother who fell into