With "Untitled (Pigtails)," at the opening of the Artists' Choice Show at The Anton Art Center this past Saturday. Photo courtesy of The Anton Art Center.
Studio Newsletter, September 2019
Remember last month when I told you about all the exhibition rejection letters I was bracing for? well, to my surprise, they did not arrive. I was juried into 4 different shows, which delighted me to no end. Which means you can now see my paintings in the 59th Annual Thumb Area Art Exhibition atStarkweather Gallery(Romeo, Michigan), as part of theDetroit Society of Women Painters & Sculptorsannual show (Grosse Pointe, Michigan) and at theAnton Art Center(Mt. Clemens, Michigan). At the end of this month, theGreater Michigan Art Exhibitionwill open at the Aldon Dow Museum of Science and Art (Midland, Michigan), and I'll have work there as well. I've included links to each of the shows so that you may see their various details and plan a visit to one - or more - of the spaces.
I am painting as much as possible, although between delivering artwork for exhibitions, various board and guild meetings, multiple trips to The Princess's college campus, and the tail end of the summer concert season (did you know that I am a volunteer bartender for a Detroit area ampitheater?), I've been running running running. Things should settle down in the next week, and I can build a routine that involves more easel time. I find that I'm the happiest and most balanced when I am creating regularly, and I'm very much craving more of that.
Looking towards the cooler temps, and the impending holidays, means planning, too, for an increase in pet portrait commissions. Which translates to fewer Daydreams and Figments. And preparing a body of these non-commissioned pieces right now so I am ready to submit for several winter deadlines (I am notorious for waiting until the last possible minute to send in my entries). I am considering applying for a fellowship and a museum show, among other goals - ultimately it boils down to whichever opportunity best suits the work.
But, going back to the (cough cough) holidays, if you are considering a pet portrait, please begin the commission process now to guarantee a delivery window. My calendar fills quickly. Projects begin at $399. Message mefor more details.
I am grateful to the new students in my online classroom. If you are a new student and reading this newsletter, thank you!! This month we talked about color mixing and the germination of an idea - from the ah-ha moment through to the signed painting. The online classroom is centered around video, text and other materials, all available online for students' perusal at their convenience. $5/month grants access to this exclusive content. It's a fabulous investment in your own creative growth.
"Lashes and Corkscrews," 5" x 8", buckskin tobiano curly horse portrait, acrylic on board, $289 to the first taker. Do I see any hands? Inquires to email@example.com .
I really DID intend to paint today, but things got out of hand quickly. I think it was the Snickers bar breakfast that me going in the wrong direction right off the bat. Then the mid-morning helping of caramel corn followed by a Kit-Kat lunch.... straight downhill from there.
For the last hour I have had my palette open and the brushes out, but trick-or-treaters are coming thick and heavy, and it's becoming very clear that I will NOT be finishing the sheltie paintings tonight (so sorry JB - they are coming, though!!).
Instead I'll share with you a piece I did last week for an art competition. I won't find out about the juror's decision until December, but in the meanwhile, please enjoy Percy, my friend's new gelding. Isn't he a dear?!
I am so excited to share with you the lessons I've created exclusively for this year's Make Create Express event. The first one features butterflies and will be part of the free Creative Retreat Weekend July 11-12th. The butterfly lesson will only be available, entirely for free, during this weekend event. However BOTH lessons, the butterfly and a wonderful rabbit painting workshop, are part of the year long Make Create Express. And I'm just one of 25 other artists who have made extraordinary content. Want in? Of course you do! We are less than 3 weeks out from the Creative Retreat Weekend, and to celebrate we are having a Blog Hop Giveaway. I get to give away 1 place in the Make Create Express year long workshop. This is a $120 value - think of the art supplies you can buy with that sort of savings!! To enter just share this particular blog post on Facebook and be sure to tell me that you have done so (shared this) by commenting here on the blog by 8pm on June 25th. I will an…
"Blue," 16" x 20", acrylics on panel, not for sale. Not even if you ask nicely. My family will burn me at the stake if I let this one go.
When My Better Half works nights (like he is tonite), I play while the sun's up and work at the end of the day. It's a fun change to my normal routine.
Today included a little day trip with one of my favorite peeps in one of our favorite places. It was a delight to enjoy each other's company while the rest of the world was at work.
And tonight I had blocked time out to paint for a juried exhibit. My entry is due next week, and, true to form I waited until the nth hour. Because the next painting is always going to be the better one. Well, not always, but I do like to pretend. And I think tonite I might have played my cards well.
Well, mostly I played my cards well. You see, I turned my back, and Blue - yes, sweet little adorable - ate half my pizza** while I was feeding Gertrude Stein. Gertie the bunny, not Gertie the art…