Friday, October 29, 2010

Why I Haven't Blogged Lately

Where did October go? It's been a whirlwind for me. I will say that it's been exciting... but I haven't seen my family enough!

At the beginning of the month I hosted artist Peggy Root here. (that in my next blog!) We had a great workshop painting Trace State Park near my home. 
Artists Peggy Root and her sweet son, Charles.

The next week, some friends and I had planned to attend  the American Impressionist Society's (AIS) Exhibition at the Richland Gallery in Nashville, TN. (Judy Nocifora and Denise Rose, both from Germantown, TN,  and Debra Grossier from Nebraska) Deb was in the  AIS show and had an absolutely gorgeous landscape painting there. We all shopped, visited galleries, went to hear CW Mundy;s lecture and talked art together- we all had a blast! 

I had been accepted into the American Women Artists' (AWA) Show that was in Dallas, TX the day after the AIS show in Nashville, so I flew to Dallas, TX to meet Jackie attend the reception at Southwest Gallery. The American Women Artists is an organization that selects works for the annual exhibition which is held in different parts of the US annually... and they do not accept membership- they only have AWA Signature and Master Signature members who have been accepted into the shows many times. It is an amazing show to see the works by these master level women artists- painters and sculptors! 
With John Pototschnik at American Women Artists Show in Dallas

 While there, our friends John and Marcia Potoschnik and joined us (John is represented by the Southwest Gallery and we got a look at some of his wonderful larger works. The Southwest Gallery has a HUGE wall with John's name on it in 12 inch letters if that gives you an idea!) and they were kind enough to take us to dinner after the reception. At the end of the weekend I found out that John had work in the Oil Painters' of America western show and had taken the bronze metal for his painting but he'd not been at his own show - he'd been with Jackie and I at dinner! (more on that gallant and gracious man later!)

After I returned from Dallas I was invited and hung a "one woman show" at East Mississippi Community College in Scouba, MS. It was called "Plein Aire/Plain Studio" and featured my plein air works and my paintings I'm doing for Palmer Home for Children. (more on that later) I was so honored that EMCC bought a piece for their permanent collection! Terry Cherry the artist and head of the art program there is an inspiration to me and all the art majors lucky enough to have him as a mentor and teacher!

Also during this month I've painted, taken work to hang in two other shows,  taught two workshops: a three day workshop in Jackson for the Mississippi Artist's Guild and a one day workshop for the Red Hills Art Association in Louisville. 
My demo for the Red Hills Art Association

I attended part of the day with the Oil Painter's of America paint-out here in Mississippi, visited a while with my grandkids, and besides that all this activity was in the middle of getting some new counter-tops and new master bath vanities and kitchen island. 

 As I write this I have no kitchen or master bathroom counter top or sink (plumber says he is coming tomorrow and counter-top guy promised granite this afternoon. (Slab Stone Surfaces, New Albany, MS- highly recommend them, btw!) and Bob Harper is on his way here from Colorado due to arrive sometime today and we have 15 people due here Monday for the workshop!. I have to go to Collierville, TN to hang work for a show tomorrow (taking Bob with me) and deliver a sold painting to a collector elsewhere! 

Whew! I am explaining why I haven't blogged  this month... but I bet your month was just as busy.  I know that Jackie was just as busy helping me with all this... We will both be ready to rest sometime next month and paint some beautiful scenes like this:
My Next painting...

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