Now that we are starting into summer, I wanted to update my blog by reflecting on my busy spring. Two of the newest paintings added to my Currently for Sale section are “Spring on Journey Way” and "Spring on Journey Way #2" that I did close to home here in Texas in March. Everything was blooming, and the yellow was so exciting that I just pulled off the road and painted one after another.
In April I went back to my beloved Kentucky to participate in the “First Brush of Spring", a paint out in Indiana where about 150 artists gather to paint the beautiful town of New Harmony every year. We paint, have a competition, and then a sale afterward. I met up with some of my best friends and painting buddies for the 9th or 10th (?) year in a row and had a wonderful time. We are so lucky to have been doing this together for so many years - and we always have so much fun! “Painting in the Peony field 2016” was completed there.
In May I attended a fantastic workshop in Fredericksburg, Texas with Dawn Emerson. We worked in mixed media and I discovered a whole new world of Monotype printing. My only other experience with print making goes way back to my college days as an art education major. What a blast! This workshop was inspirational, challenging, and fun. Watch for future developments in this area as it warms up outside and I come inside to start playing around in the (air conditioned) studio this summer.
My two daughters, Audra and Erin, and I just returned last week from New York, where we attended the opening reception of the International Association of Pastel Societies' Annual Juried Exhibit at the Salmagundi Club in Greenwich Village. I was extremely honored to have a piece accepted in the show for the first time in my career. I was able to see my work hanging in the same room as talented teachers and mentors I have had over the years, and got to hear all of the works reviewed by pastelist Richard McKinley. We had an incredible time going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and to the Museum of Modern Art where we saw a very inspirational exhibit of Degas monotypes.
Now it’s summer here in Texas, and very hot. Yesterday I did two paintings in the shade of the backyard. One depicts our walkway of day lilies and sunflowers and the other is our recently completed chicken house. I think I may feel a chicken series coming on...