Many thanks to all who came to the Village Art & Craft Fair in Asheville last weekend! We were never so glad for an incorrect weather forecast as we were for this show! We were supposed to get showers and thunderstorms throughout the weekend but didn't get a single drop. Whew 😅. Given the torrential rains that our state has been getting recently, we were prepared for the worst and beyond relieved when it didn't happen. The crowds came and shopped and we went home with a light step.
Next up for me is a one-night Popup at Golden Belt Art Studios in Durham NC, as part of Durham's usual 3rd Friday ArtWalk.
Golden Belt is an former textile factory that has been converted into 35 artist studios and a central gallery. Each month, the unrented studios are available for artists like me to show our work during the 3rd Friday art receptions.
WHEN: Friday August 17th, 6 - 9 pm
WHERE: Golden Belt Studios
807 East Main Street
Durham, NC 27701
The event is free and there's parking behind the building. Join me and the other artists for a fun, artsy evening! I'll have both paintings and jewelry in my Golden Belt Studio #143.
Making New Things
At the Asheville show I introduced a new item to my jewelry collection - bracelets! I made both strap and bangle styles, and was a bit surprised (happily, that is) at how well they did - I sold most of them! I'll be making more for the Popup next Friday!
Learning New Things
Last fall I took a workshop with one of Raleigh's well known abstract artists, Joe DiGiulio. The workshop was based on his "Wind Spirit" series. This was different to my usual method of painting, i.e. pouring paint and moving it around by tilting the canvas, blowing air, moving fingers or a knife through the paint.
Here we used big brushes and our whole arm to make loose gestural strokes with acrylic paint on watercolor paper in several layers. An oil pencil was also used to draw squiggly lines and bubble wrap to make other marks.
These are three of the paintings that I started in the workshop and finished at home only in the last couple of weeks. They were fun to do and I love all the movement that came from moving my body as I painted! I mounted them on stretched canvas and varnished them so they could be hung without glass. I Sway to the Music is 30 x 24 in., the other two are 12 x 9 in.
Here's how all three paintings might look on your mantlepiece!
As always, if you're interested in any of the paintings or jewelry shown here or elsewhere on my website, please contact me! If a piece has already sold, I'll happily create something similar for you!
Thanks for joining me today