Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Open House

Open House for 2008 is now officially over. It was a great three days with a lot of people coming through the Center. Now it's back to work and that is not easy. This is a hard time of the year for creating with holidays looming ahead. I like the holidays but since art making is my job, I do find it hard to take time off. I will however have fun despite that pull to stay in the studio and work. I remember seeing an interview with Charles Schultz' family and their remembering him in his studio working on all the holidays. I understood.

Right now I'm looking forward to a trip after Thanksgiving that will allow me an opportunity to use my new camera and gather more tree photos for paintings. The response to my tree paintings was very positive over the weekend. I like creating them so much, I guess it shows.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Grand Opening

Well it's official. dk Gallery is open after a very successful grand opening reception. So many people there that it was hard to move. So many happy artists and so many happy patrons. Donna Krueger has launched a premier gallery right in the midst of the historic square in Marietta, Georgia. I can tell you there are many people pleased with having a top rate gallery in this location including me since it's only a few minutes away from my studio AND I like working with people who are so positive. With all the dire economic news, here is an example of what can happen if you're open to the possibilities in life. The gallery sold work even before it officially opened its doors. If you were to meet Donna you would understand why. My praise could go on and on.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

New Work

I took the weekend off not because I wanted to but because the floor in the center was being painted. I know I'll be glad since it will look great for open house but I must admit to having serious withdrawal problems. Since I moved in in May I haven't missed more than a day of work. The weekend did give me a chance to do some much needed homework. Though my husband is a champ when it comes to taking care of the homestead, he needed a break I'm sure. I had planned to cook and freeze for the week that didn't happen. Maybe another weekend it will happen. It's fun to cook when the weather is so cool and pleasant. Soups and stews taste so excellent this time of the year.

I did finish a couple of oil paintings and pictured is one of them. It was fun...and so easy. It was really enjoyable to break out the oil paint. Love that fabulous linseed oil aroma. When I walked into the studio the other day it really made me remember the first time I walked into a working studio...I knew I loved oil, there is no substitute even though my work in encaustic has overtaken me now.