Please join me at the 2017 Holiday Arts Tour!
I actually painted the location I'll be at: Rogers Furniture, now known as Trenton Interiors.
December 1st & 2nd! Join us by responding to the event on Facebook!
December 1st & 2nd! Join us by responding to the event on Facebook!
As a creative person, sometimes my brain jumps from subject to subject, thought to thought. Yesterday, my original attempt to clean and make my office look better, turned into sitting quietly and listening to music and painting for a few hours. (I was not about to argue with myself against doing that.) I had been given a package of left over samples of water color paper. So I dutifully found my little travel water colors and got to work.
So this is the direction the paint led me...
And then I made these four lovelies.
It's a nice break from painting in oils, and I think it's going to help me get back into oils with some new, fresh ideas. Peace!
Friday I drove down to Baton Rogue, making the 3.5 hour journey to Southern University. I got there early, had time to eat a quick lunch and started over the bridge to Southern. Upon entering, i was greeted by a worker, whom I promptly asked, "Where is the small business center?" He shrugged his shoulders, saying, "I have no idea." I glanced to my left noting to myself a bright, white washed building, noticing how new it looked compared to the rest of the area. He gave me some instructions on how to get to campus security to get a guest parking pass for the day.
I snaked around campus, driving on roads supposedly closed to student vehicles during certain hours. I made several wrong turns, finally finding campus security. I filled out my parking pass and asked the lady where this building was. Of course, she told me, "Oh the business building is across the street." Um... no, I'm pretty sure this isn't the business building is what I was thinking, so I snaked around again, look, searching, knocking on doors to buildings to find someone who knew where this building was.
Finally, I asked a random student, and she thought maybe it was out by the entrance of the university, and I remembered that white building. I told her thanks, and thought again, I should have just listened to my intuition. Finally, I got to the building, parked with my art, ready to go.
So I hung eight lovely new works in their building, check it out below.
This coming Thursday 21 is the Opening Reception: 2017 Irene Rosenzweig Biennial Juried Exhibition. It's in Pine Bluff, at the Arts & Sciences Center for Southeast Arkansas. I am pleased to share that my work, In a Jiffy, was accepted to be a part of this show. I will post an update on the show after the reception. But the exhibition Runs through the beginning of January. If you can stop by and see the show, please do & enjoy!
Facebook is a strange place, where real life friends can be made.
One day I was perusing Facebook, and a guy commented on the local game shop page, he was interested in starting a local Dungeons and Dragons game on Saturdays. Being that my husband loves playing that game, I commented asking for more information, knowing he would be interested.
Saturday, my husband decided to go, and at the end that guy, David Lane, mentions he's writing a book. It's almost done but he's been through about three artists to do the cover art, and still has nothing. My husband mentions I paint and offered for me to do the work. I agreed later on and got the assignment.
The day we delivered the finished painting, David was so excited, he had no words. Finally, the last piece to his book was complete. He self-published the book later on Amazon, and we got our copy this week.
All this to say, yes social media has it's bad parts, but this was an excellent way to find and do business, even on accident.
My work was up at LSMSA beginning on March 6th, but this week is the closing reception!
Louisiana School for Math, Science and Art has invited to me to have a solo exhibition in March 2017. Here are some progress shots of me getting ready for the show!
In 2000, I was seven years old. As a so-called millenial, I don't remember much from the 1990s, I don't remember the "good ole days" but I do remember the 2000 New Year's Eve. The party I went to was at my local church camp, with local church friends, who probably tried to protect the children's ears from the scare of Y2K. I could still sense the fear, anxiety and intensity of that night. As we went home, fireworks cracking over the hillsides, every one was tired, but more relaxed, relieved even.
in 2016, we have again allowed fear of many things and anxiety plague our days. Last night, with the bringing of a new year, we felt a sense of relief that this year we had is over. On a macro level, there was war, attacks, celebrities died and new viruses broke out. In my own life, I was a recent graduate, who was swept into a job, a decent job, that ended up controlling the last six months of my life. During this time, I ran a frame shop & small gallery, essentially by myself, organizing the mess that was left for me. Success took several months, but after taking the reigns, I felt like I had mastered the job as best I could. I could even consider the possibility of going into curation in the future. Nearing the end of 2016, I had a large meltdown. Shouting, screaming, fighting with the one person I love most. And that is when I decided I needed a change. One many people did not see coming.
I decided to make space. Make space to create: so I cleaned my studio. Make space to be quiet. Make space to be happy. I quit this job. I have decided that making art is a priority. I took a job with less hours, so I could have space for this. Space to think, make, be well and live fearlessly.
If you have felt fearful, anxious, screaming at the life around you, or just depressed and unsatisfied, let this year be the year to allow yourself to make space.
Happy New Year, here's to more love, peace, and space!
My first solo exhibit at a library! How cool?! My mom is a librarian, shout out to Mom! She is awesome, and I'm so glad to be showing at a library space. I wish she could see it! :)
Also, it's my Dad's birthday and voting day. So this week is pretty incredible. Here's a preview of some work for my show.
I am loving playing with pattern, and most of the work has never been seen before. I am grateful because this year I get to have this small show and a larger solo show in February. I get to show off new work that I've been making and thinking about for a long time.
I am in love with pinks, corals and reds right now. So that is a common theme of my work. I'm trying not to over-analyze it, however it has a strong presence. I've also noticed how much of my work is pushing me further into abstraction, without losing a sense of landscape. I like the idea of landscape, but for me it's less about what's actually there and more about the feelings one may gather from observing or moving through a space. And some days I question whether I should be painting or doing something further with fiber or installation.
Thanks for the chat. I hope to see you at my show! The details are:
November 10th, 2016 from 5-8PM at Ouachita Valley Branch Library. The show will be on through December 5th, 2016.