Saturday, May 19, 2018

Claytopia Kitty

    Last Saturday was a yucky, cloudy, rainy day... it was perfect for a morning of pottery painting at Claytopia in Erie.  For a small studio fee and the price of a piece of pottery, you can glaze your own little ceramic creation.  I've been wanting to try it for a long time and finally got a chance to go last week with a friend.  I picked out this cute little kitty and painted him like my fur baby, Rory.

They had a bunch of mugs, plates, vases, and figurines to chose from.  Here's the kitty undecorated.

Jackie is a big Doctor Who fan and couldn't wait to come back and glaze a Tardis bank.

...and, yes, they're bigger on the inside.

I built up several layers of glaze to try to get it to the right color before adding stripes and socks.

All done and ready to be fired!

Last night, I was able to pick him up at the studio.  My little Rory turned out so cute!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

RAA Starving Artist Sale!

     Last Saturday, I spent the day at the Random Acts of Artists' Starving Artist Sale.  It was held at Cravings, a local ice cream shop, and it offered free vendor space to artists to show and sell their work which had to be priced less than $60.  It was a great opportunity to clear out some older work and make room for the new stuff! 

     Also inside Cravings, RAA celebrated the opening of their new gallery and art emporium with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  The emporium will sell the art and gifts of featured members for six month periods.

   I usually like to have a project to work on while I sit at my booth.  This is the template for my painting "I Am Not a Trophy" that I decided to color in with markers.  I like to demonstrate my techniques hoping people will better understand and appreciate the art-making process.

Of course, with the event being held in an ice shop, I had to get some!  This is my newest addiction, Coconut Chip!

Seamus the Wonder Penguin supports the arts!

     One of the other artists was an illustrator who also happened to be a writer for The Simpsons!  He and his wife were selling comic books and he was kind enough to give me an autographed copy along with some encouragement.  I absolutely love how supportive the creative community is to one another!

     Speaking of support, a coworker from another location stopped by and bought one of my drawings.  A lily for Lily!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Texas School 2018

     At the end of this past month of April, I spent the week at Texas School of Professional Photography in Addison, Texas.  It was my first time attending the school and it was an awesome experience!  (I'm already excited for next year!)  I got to take a course called "Lifestyle Environmental" which focused on family and individual environmental portraits in a variety of lighting scenarios.  We practiced on live models using available light as well as strobes and reflectors.  I learned quite a few things that I hope will help my business.  However, getting to travel and have an adventure was also good for the soul.  I'd never been to Texas before so I got to cross another state off the list.   

Here we are having class in a beautiful Addison neighborhood.

I got to meet a bunch of wonderful people and fellow photogs.

Here I am at graduation with my certificate and my instructor Don MacGregor.

It was an intensive week of photography, but I found some time for some art, too!

I colored one of my #RCpenguin coloring pages at the Philadelphia airport.  It turned out to be a good luck charm as the Penguins went on to eliminate the Flyers the next day!

Art Everywhere (in the air!)  Here is some napkin art as we flew over the midwest.

Waiting for a seminar to start, I doodled in my Moleskine at the Starbucks in the hotel lobby.

There were so many restaurants and food to try.  One day, I walked to a nearby Pei Wei to get some lunch.  Here's some more napkin art I did while waiting to go to a movie.