Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Feeling Like Fall

I always get a little down in the fall. I know it's beautiful, the weather is better, the colors... Don't forget the colors. I just happen to be a spring- summer kind of gal. Fall makes me sad. I know that cold is just around the corner.

In any case, it has been a busy time for me. I've had a show up at Earth Fare in Brier Creek and one in Clayton at Eye of the Eagle. I should have posted about my reception last Friday, but I'm just getting used to this blogging thing. We had a fair turnout, but I really wonder why all of these people in Clayton who claim they want to support artists never come to any art related events. Where are they when we open a new show?

It is a rare day that any of the members of either the Clayton Visual Arts or the Johnston County Arts Council ever shows up for an art opening at the newest gallery in downtown. Strange, don't you think, considering they are supposed to be the art supporters. It's a little disheartening for the artists to keep trying when it seems like nobody cares, and the art Oh well, so much for my little soapbox. I'll just keep painting and trying to get exhibits outside of this town.

I AM excited about the Mountains-to-Sea Trail exhibit and celebration at Portofino on October 18. I went out on the trail last week to work "plein-aire." It was so great being out in the woods painting. It's such a reconnect with nature for me. I LOVED it. I almost finished one painting, but took photos to work on at least 2 more. I can't wait!

Well, next time I promise to post some new pictures. I have a couple of newer pieces I think you'll like! Catch ya later.

Monday, September 14, 2009


Haven't been here in a while. Just in case you couldn't find the link to my new site it's www.1stArtescape.com. I love the new look of my website,and some of my latest works are featured on the Natural Instincts page. I don't know what's happening, but despite the million other things I am always working on, I have painted with abandon since last spring. I feel that something new is going on, and that I am truly letting go.

I have heard it said that you should paint for yourself. Don't make art with the intention to sell, and once you let go of the "I have to sell this" mode, you can really make progress with the art that represents you. I am definitely moving in that direction. Yes, I would still love to make money, get famous, etc. Right now, however, I am more excited about what I am doing with my art than the potential to make money. It's a good place to be. I hope that I will eventually get some followers on this BLOG who want to discuss the creative process. It's a complex thing that we do. Let me know your thoughts if you're out there.

ONE MORE THING: I have a show at Eye of the Eagle this month with my dear friend and travel buddy Jodi Aker. She has some fabulous photos, pottery and mixed media works on display. Please come by to take a look. The reception is September 25 from 6-9pm. We'll have some good refreshments and great art for you to peruse.

Also, I'm teaching a new Beginners Acrylic Class at Eye of the Eagle, http://eyeoftheeagleart.com/, starting on Tuesday, Sep 15. It's not too late to sign up. Just call 919 812 0557 and leave a message. Go to the website to see other classes and events.