Wednesday, January 29, 2020

A Patient Patient. Sort of.

Marlon my beautiful and beloved studio mascot, 2014-2020.

Well, the new year of 2020 is off to a "mixed-ish" start, to use a trendy term. My husband and I unexpectedly lost our beloved dog, Marlon, in early January. He was only 6.5 years old, far too young, but he had heart cancer, a nasty, silent killer that didn't reveal itself until the day we had to say goodbye to him.

About a week and half later, I had hip surgery. It was planned and elective following some issues last year. But then my designated driver and husband got into a minor car accident with our brand new car. Luckily, he was not seriously injured.

Blech-hh, to quote Charlie Brown.

So, I'm looking forward to February. February will be a much-needed reboot on this new year. I'm still rehabbing from hip surgery and it's going well, but too slowly for my taste. I'm excited about my art show schedule as it shapes up with favorite events that I've done in the past together with brand new events. But I'm not well enough to paint yet, so the hardest thing right now is to just be patient. I'm not a very patient patient, but I'm trying.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for new paintings. I've been sketching and working out new ideas that I'll tackle, just as soon as I'm off of my crutches. Uff-dah.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

25 Days of Minis

The holiday season is almost upon us. In fact, it snowed here in eastern Tennessee last night and now I'm really in the mood for the upcoming season. This season, I'm excited to participate in a fantastic project called "25 Days of Minis," a program that promotes small original artwork created by 42 selected artists throughout the country. Each day, a new original artwork is unveiled from each participating artist.

25 Days of Minis is a wonderful group of artists representing a variety of styles and subjects. If you're looking for a gift for that impossible-to-buy-for individual (or even if you just want to splurge for yourself), look no further.

To learn more about this project, I invite you to visit the 25 Days of Minis web site, where you can also sign up for email updates to see new artwork from all participating artists as soon as they are available.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Get Lost

Tailgate Painting: When I need to get a higher vantage point for painting,
the back bed of my pickup truck fits the bill perfectly.

It's been a long, hot summer in eastern Tennessee. I'm still acclimating to the hotter conditions in my new home state.

The good news is that I've been able to get out and explore my new surroundings more this summer. Our first months in Tennessee last summer were chock full of home repairs, home maintenance, and general home upgrades. Do you sense a theme?

Anyways, this summer things have been better and more sane. It's been good to get out of the confines of our home and to explore my surroundings a bit more. I still have a ton of Tennessee state parks to visit, but I've spent more time working in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as rural farm areas north of Knoxville.

When I go out into the countryside, I set a goal to get lost. I'm always intrigued by what may lie around the next bend in the road and I enjoy veering off of the beaten path to find places to paint. Shown above is a recent photo from an outing near New Market, Tennessee. The grasses along the roadside were over the height of my head, so I had to go with my "tailgate" painting set up on the back bed of my truck. I'm happy to have that option.

I look forward to sharing more with you on my "Get Lost" excursions. Stay tuned.