Friday, October 29, 2010

Thank you, Amanda!

I enjoyed meeting Amanda and her daughter at the recent Magnolia Gallery event.  Here's what she posted on the EBSQ blog:

An Evening with Artist Pat Burns

Under ordinary circumstances artists of online communities rarely meet up beyond the computer monitor, but there are always exceptions. When I learned that EBSQ’s Pat Burns would be a mere twenty miles from my home, for a gallery event, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Last Thursday my daughter and I headed out to another small town in the south, for an evening of fine art, wine (for me), and snacks.
Artist - Pat Burns
The evening event took place at Magnolia Gallery, just outside Greensboro, GA. They specialize in southern art of all mediums and genres, but with a strong emphasis on Nature and Still Life. Pat’s paintings, especially her paintings on stone were a perfect match for this beautiful setting. If you’ve never seen one these paintings on slate outside of a photograph, you really are missing out.
Survival by Pat Burns
Even my photographs don't do them justice!
As Pat took us on a tour of the gallery she shared with me the process involved when painting on slabs of slate. Two things you cannot tell from a photograph:
  1. The colors on these paintings are incredibly rich and the varnish gives them the slightest glow.
  2. The texture you think you see from the painting is actually straight from the shape and ripples in the stone.
Pat encourages people to feel the paintings, to run their fingers over the surface. Only then do you realize what you are really seeing. My daughter and I were enthralled and soon other visitors began to flock around Pat to listen to her talk about the stones.
Stone Paintings by Pat Burns
We were lucky enough to also have a look at beginnings of her next painting on shale. Can you believe that stone was not cut to the shape you see? Pat makes no changes to the original stone. Inspiration hits her when she “sees” something in the folds and textures. Wow!
Thank you, Pat for making our evening a delight. My daughter enjoyed listening to your talk as much as I, and for once she was allowed to touch a piece of art. I hope we are able to meet up again in the future!
You can view more of Pat’s art on her website, and in her EBSQ Portfolio.

Thanks, Amanda!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Old World Bread Pots

"Old World Bread Pots"
34" x 44" acrylic on canvas

In submitting some examples of larger work for the possibility of being part of an 'XLG Show' next year, I  unearthed a 35mm picture of this painting that I did several years ago (before I was keeping half-decent records).  It has such an abstract quality about it, but it's based on the very ancient art of baking bread in earthen pots in a fire pit.  Cool, huh?... or should I say HOT!
It hangs fittingly above a large fireplace at a client's fabulous cabin.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


24" x 48" acrylic on gessoed masonite

These lovable, laughable Jack Russell terriers were fun to photograph and fun to paint in this whimsical portrait that now resides in a client's sunroom with bright, bold colors.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Magnificent Small Works Show

This month is fast getting away from me... I should have posted this way sooner!  As soon as September comes, it always seems a mad dash to Christmas.  Tonight will be a fabulous reception as only Art on the Avenue can pull off!  I do hope that you can join us for some wine and munchies while we enjoy great little gift-size art and great big fun-size fellowship.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Congrats to recent winners!

 Michelle Womble just happened to come back to my booth at Arts on Riverdale to see who won as my niece drew her name from the fishbowl!  She chose to receive "Buckskin & Baby".

Gwen Roese put her name in the fishbowl and chose to receive "Muff"... one of my personal favorites.
Ann Ricketts won a print from the Darien show and chose to receive "Marsh Cat", who resembles her daughter's kitty.

Onie Sanders, who bought my painting "Apple Orchard in Spring" from Art on the Avenue's spring solo show, also won a print which she has yet to choose.

Congratulations to all the winners of these 8" x 10" prints from the drawings I've held at recent events!  Thanks to all who participated and I hope you enjoy your artwork.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Arts on Riverdale in Macon this Saturday!

Featured art for the 2010 Arts on Riverdale, by Heatherly Darnell
Lovers of jazz, outdoor concerts and the arts have one event to satisfy all three this weekend. The Jazz Association of Macon closes down a block of Riverdale Drive, between Ridge Ave. and Overlook Ave., for Arts on Riverdale. Live music, an artists’ market, free fun and creative activities for the kids, and a great weather forecast promise to make it a great day this Saturday, October 23. The music begins at noon and continues until 6 p.m. Admission is free but if you purchase or renew your membership to the Jazz Association, you get access to the VIP lounge where you can enjoy complimentary food & beverages. For more info call 478.475.4202. See you there! 
Look for my booth #8 near the jazz stage.  I'll be having a sale on 8x8 and 8x10 prints for $20 each (normally $35) and closing out cowboy motif t-shirts for only $6 each (normally $12).  I'll have framed and unframed original paintings and a few 'Spirits in Stone' as well.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Magnolia Gallery Art Event

I'd like to invite everyone to Lake Oconee Village to enjoy a collaborative event that seven shops within Parkside Commons is hosting this Thursday evening from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.  Come meet featured artist, Mary Leslie, especially if you love horses or dogs!  I'll be there along with other artists represented by Lynn Blair's Magnolia Gallery of fine art.
Lake Oconee Village is located on Hwy 44 between Greensboro and Eatonton, GA near the entrance to the fabulous Reynolds Plantation.  Enter the shopping center between the Publix center and Spotlight Theatre building, turn right just past the theatre and then take the first left and left again.  It's a charming little village of upscale shops that you are sure to enjoy.  Come have a glass of wine and participate in drawings and door prize fun!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

New Plein Air Group

 "RR Gingko"
12" x 12" oil on canvas
plein air in Madison, GA 10/13/10

The Fall Line Gang... that's what we are calling ourselves.  Newly formed, this group is the brainchild of Matthew Songer and the name refers to the region where we all live.  The Fall Line is where the Piedmont Plateau falls off and the Atlantic Ocean used to be millenia ago.  This group is like a breath of fresh air to me!  It is stretching me beyond my comfort zone and into new territory.  In the near future I will introduce you to each member and hopefully we will add more plein air lovers as we go.  So far we have watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastels represented.  We critique each other's work and learn from each other as we paint.  We enjoy the camaraderie that is so special to a group of artists.  I will post when and where we are gathering and open an invitation for you to paint with us if you are in the area.
Tomorrow, Monday Oct 18th, we will meet at 9:00a.m. at the Old Depot in Barnesville, GA and will be painting in and around the station.  Contact me by email (sidebar) if you think you can make it.