I’ve decided that this summer needs a title to sum it up, a long awkward title. The best one I’ve come up with to describe it’s effect on this blog is “The Summer in Which a Sudden Move was Decided Upon and The Artist’s Blog was Left to Die”. Eh, not too catchy but VERY appropriate. 🙂
Yes, we are still in the midst of it…hope to sign on the dotted lines yet this month then follow that with a month of labor-intensive relocation and settling in. After that? Then the building begins…which includes a new studio space for ME. Happiness! I’m guessing that to be a many-month long process. In the interm I will be creating art when and however I can…be it outdoors, at the kitchen table or spread out on the bedroom floor!
Recently I’ve been experimenting with using spray paint as a medium. I’ve used it with metal and wood before but not as a painting medium. It’s been fun, and I’ve also emptied several cans that won’t need to be packed & moved (multi-tasking at it’s best). The background material was all re-purposed and donated so I’ll be able to show these pieces at the new upcycled/recycled show I’m participating in! Here’s a section of one piece that I’ve been adding pencil & pen details too:
I still need to edit and share all the images from my last show…I just can’t seem to make myself sit down at the computer and do anything right now. But you WILL get to see them sometime, I promise! In the meantime I will try to at least touch base here once a week so the poor blog doesn’t feel so neglected.
If you’d like to visit my home studio before it’s totally dismantled then stop by THIS Saturday, August 10th. It will be open between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. as part of the Second Saturday Gallery Tour – my last one until the new studio is up & running!
I’m am enjoying being on the “Rural Routes to Main Streets” cultural trail that spans Hendricks and Morgan Counties in Indiana! (Click the link above to download the 2013 brochure and see all the details.)
The trail includes 24 “full time” sites as well as 8 “Second Saturday” sites. My studio is included in that eight and will be open for visitors the second Saturday of each month from 11 am to 3 pm.
In January the first three visitors through the doors received a free piece of art from the selection shown above and created a “Make & Take” magnet. In February one lucky winner recieved a free two-hour art lesson and visitors designed their own “Make & Take” greeting cards using simple printmaking techniques.
For March 9th? Stop in a we will make some small “Make & Take” collage art pieces from old magazines.
I’ve already got some pieces cut & ready or you are welcome to leaf through some old magazines and select your own.
I’m collecting things for a few recycled art project!
Bring in plastic lids (from water or pop bottles, detergent, milk jugs – any size, type, color – as long as they are plastic) and/or bring in some of your broken/unused jewelry (any pieces are fine but I’d be really excited to get pieces with beads on them) and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a custom draw piece of abstract art. You choose the colors you love and I’ll create it just for you!
I’m excited to be joining the “Rural Routes to Main Streets” cultural trail that spans Hendricks and Morgan Counties in Indiana! (Click the link above to download the 2013 brochure and see all the details.)
The trail includes 24 “full time” sites as well as 8 “Second Saturday” sites. My studio is included in that eight and will be open for visitors the second Saturday of each month from 11 am to 3 pm. Do you know what that means?
THIS Saturday, the 12th of January, will be my first Open Studio for 2013! I plan to have something different on tap each month, to kick off the year the first three visitors through the doors will receive a free piece of art! I’ve select an assortment of different types of creations for you to choose from (see image below) so there should be the perfect piece of art just waiting for you to come claim it!
I will also have a “make & take” activity for visitors of all ages, this month you are welcome to create a round magnet with various materials.
I thought I’d give you a little online tour of the new website! Let’s start off with the home page, here is an image of the navigation at the top of the page:
Many of the buttons at the top of the page can be hovered over to access a drop-down menu, offering more choices within that category. Here’s an image of the “Art” button drop-down menu circled in blue:
Taking it a step further, some of the drop-down items have pop-outs with more information, images or details. Those categories have a “>” on the label. Here is how they look when they pop out:
Did you notice that the pop-out button is for purchasing my digital and photographic art online? Yup, there’s a page to do that now! That’s one of the new features I was excited about adding.
Something else that will be featured (and regularly updated!) on the home page is an image of current work in progress, like the one shown here:
Here’s the last stop of today’s tour, probably not as glamorous as some of the other items but I’m excited about them! These buttons are at the bottom of each page to make it easy for you to keep connected with me and my art and to share the pages/images with your friends and family.
Anytime you see an image or read a page that you like, hitting those share buttons would be most appreciated! And to make sure you get the latest updates, be sure to sign up for my newsletters. They will be published twice a month, with occasional special announcements throughout the year. I also have a separate newsletter specifically for those of you interested in the classes and workshops I present. That is published about once a month.
Next post I’ll give you a peek at the online calendar for classes, some “secret” pages as well as a section of fun stuff, just for you! In the meantime feel free to explore on your own, it’s open 24/7, 365 days a week by clicking RIGHT HERE. Enjoy!