|8" x 8" acrylic on 1.5" deep wrapped canvas w/painted edges|
Saturday, August 27, 2011
I love my art group! We continue to meet almost every week and it's the very best way to stretch and grow for me! I painted this one on Thursday. Here's how the day went....9:30 meet & greet at the depot gallery in Barnesville, set up painting station, lay-in sketch, cup of coffee, paint, critique each others' progress, walk to 'Slices' pizza and meet up with three other friends for lunch, talk, laugh, plan our new year-long art adventure(more later), hurry back to the depot, paint some more, call for critique, finish painting, gel time & place for next get-together and start breaking down around 3:00. Peter was busy framing his paintings for our Fall Line Painters show coming up while Eleanor, Bambi & I were painting. He was telling a funny tale about some jalapeno peppers at a tailgate party, so I named these peppers after him. They aren't as hot as his story!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Monroe County Arts Alliance has a very impressive art show coming up! Thirty-five local and regional artists with over 100 artworks vie for $700 in cash prizes plus honorary ribbons in a display that showcases the area’s best. “Close Connections” set out to encourage artists who had a connection with
to participate. All counties that touch our borders are included, as well as artists who are connected by family, work or organizations. Monroe County
As coordinator for the show, I am excited about the response from the art community. We put out the call for artists and they responded! We hope the community will come out to support these artists and the devoted efforts of so many MCAA volunteers that desire to keep the fine arts alive.
The opening reception is Thursday, Sept 1, 5-7 PM at the gallery at
54 N.Jackson St.
Judge, Karen Strelecki, will speak at the awards/reception evening at 6:00 PM, explaining what she looks for in a show piece and how she has come to her decisions regarding the winning entries. Not all judges are willing to give this critique and it is valuable information for artists entering the show arena as well as the general viewing public, who sometimes wonder why a particular piece has won an award.
“Close Connections” will hang from Sept 1 to Oct 21 and will be viewable during regular gallery hours of 11-4 Weds –Fri. Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours will get to see the show, as MCAA hosts their September meeting. The gallery will also be open during
$300 Best of Show
$100 First Place 2-D
$100 First Place 3-D
$100 First Place Mixed-media
$100 First Place Photography
Peoples Choice Ribbon - Please come vote before 6PM at the reception!
Honorable Mention ribbons at the judge's discretion.
Participating artists (over 100 artworks!):
Debbie Anderson - http://fineartamerica.com/
Nancy Barnes - www.metallikos.com
Dr. Steve Barnes
Ashlin Breland - email@example.com
Donna Brown - http://fineartamerica.com/
Pat DeVane Burns - patburnsart.com
Hazel Caldwell - hazelcaldwell.com
John R.L.Isaacs XV
Mary Leslie - http://fineartamerica.com/
Coni Merritt - http://www.facebook.com/pa
Peter Nishanian - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Parks - http://www.artfromtheheart
Bambi Rogers- http://facebook.com/bambi.
Bill Rogers -http://www.jacksonprogress
Joy A. Smith - http://www.paintingsbyjoy.
Martha Thompson - Martha Adams Thompson on Facebook
Martha Tisdale - http://www.marthahtisdale.
Sam Traina - myspace.com/samtraina
MJ Venrick - http://fineartamerica.com/
Julie Yamamoto - http://www.windwalkerdream
I invite you to visit our event page on Facebook.
MCAA is appreciative of local sponsors Jonah’s, Prime Palate and Grits, who all helped with printing promotional material for the show. Enjoy their delicious eats and please tell them "thank you!"
Most of the artwork will be for sale, although ‘not for sale’ pieces are also entered for competition.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
|I'm grateful my dog's foot missed these new sprouts literally by a hair!|
Yesterday I got Robert Genn's twice-weekly letter about being grateful from his blog , The Painter's Keys. I heartily thank you, Robert! It promised to be a hectic day of artistic errands instead of painting, which usually puts a wrinkle in my brow for the day. His letter completely changed my attitude and turned what could have been a harried day into one of pleasure. As I finished reading his letter, I looked out the window from my computer and saw new sprouts breaking ground in a row of zipper peas in my garden due to a nice rain we'd had the previous night. Gratefully, I took out my camera and took a picture of them. Would I have "seen" them in my previous state of mind? As I did, a photographer friend from down the street showed up to take pictures of the butterflies on the volunteer zinnias that bless my abundant garden. We gratefully shared a brief time while I unloaded my car in preparations for the 3-hour trip I had to make to retrieve artwork from a gallery today. I knew I would have a full load picking up a fellow artist's six pastels as well as my own ten or so paintings, several 'Spirits in Stone', some wire sculptures, prints and notecards. The gallery is changing it's focus to double its' classroom size and promote the art of the two owners. The economy is affecting everyone! I am grateful that I can still do what I love to do. I wished them well, grateful that all our paperwork matched and everything fit into my car. I made a quick phone call to Preston, whose pastels I had, and luckily he was having lunch with Peter, another of my paint buddies, not too far off my route home. I met up with them and shared a glass of tea and some laughs while Preston retrieved his work from my car. I'm so grateful for art friends... they 'get it'...they understand...they keep me reaching for the next level! Stopped at 'A Novel Experience', the bookstore that held a show for my plein air group, to retrieve a small painting and deliver some promotional material for the fall show I'm coordinating for my local art alliance. I'm grateful to have venues that welcome and promote my artwork!
Home again, after adding a few groceries to the car, to a full answering machine. My husband showed up about the same time. He is an independent cuss like me, so I'm grateful that he 'gets it', too! We check all the mail and phone calls and head back out to meet the couple we have selected to rent our old farm house on five acres. I'm grateful that we took applications until we found what we hope will be a responsible couple who will take good care of the property. We have learned from past mistakes, folks! I took pictures of the house while we were there, grateful that the previous tenant left the house in spotless condition.... and believe me, that is something to be grateful about!
Home again with a glass of wine on the porch while the charcoal fires up. Late supper tonight, but grateful that it includes fresh veggies from our garden... grilled zucchini, zipper peas, okra, tomatoes and baby bell peppers.
No TV tonight. We both have computer work to do to finish up the day around 10:30. Reading a few pages in bed before gratefully dropping off to sleep.
Thank you again, Robert, for making me aware that being grateful is the key to making each day a successful entity unto itself. I can only live one at the time anyway. I look back on the day and can see how each thing I did could have been a hassle. Attitude makes the difference! Sound sappy? So what!
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Just click here or on the right hand sidebar on "Dog Days of Summer". Enjoy....I know I sure did!
Thursday, August 4, 2011
|Me with Georgia Governor Deal|
|Gov. Deal speaking to the Arts Clayton artists, Board of Directors & guests|