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!
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…
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!
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
Some of you are aware that I have a full time job that is NOT related to my art. AT. ALL. So in February, I decided to take a week off and not go anywhere or do anything but work on my art and art related marketing. This was a big step for me, because while I’ve been involved in the art community for a few years now and see myself as an artist, I see myself as a part-time artist who can’t spend a lot of time doing art things. I have excuses galore! My productivity isn’t anywhere near what it would be as a full time artist, but I think I did pretty well on my week “off”.___I started off by going to several galleries in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Pittsboro with my sister (check out her blog here). We visited Fearrington Village and took pictures of the Belted Galloways (rare breed of Scottish beef cows), Of course