Thursday, May 16, 2019

Locally Inspired: Corry Artists' Guild's Annual Art Show

    Mother's Day weekend, the Corry Artists' Guild held its annual art show at the Corry Hi-Ed building in Corry, PA.  The theme was "Locally Inspired" and featured artwork inspired by local landmarks, history, and culture.  Unlike past years, this exhibition was opened to non-members and students from a few local high schools.  On Friday night, we held our opening reception complete with refreshments and live music.  On Mother's Day Sunday, carnations were given out to all the mothers who stopped by.  As usual, it was a wonderful little show and I feel blessed to belong to this talented group!

For my "Locally Inspired" piece, I entered my photo, "Union City Veteran's Memorial."  It was a double exposure of a local war monument in town and a nearby flag.  

Some of the flower photos I took on my mission trip to Guatemala last November made their debut at the show.
I also showed two of my portrait paintings "Tiger 5" and "So Much More" along with a small mixed media project called "Painter's Prayer" which is a cross made from retired paint brushes painted with acrylic.

    You can see more photos from the show on the Corry Artists' Guild Facebook page!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

MASH Spring into Mother's Day Craft Show

     On Saturday April 6, I spent the day at Meadville Middle School for the Spring into Mother's Day Craft Show which was a fundraiser for the Meadville Marching Band.  At least eighty vendors packed the gym and band members and family were on hand to help us load and unload which is always a big help.  I met some wonderful new people and got to hang out, make jewelry, and get some sandwiches from one of my new favorite BBQ restaurants in town so not a bad way to spend a Saturday.  Speaking of Saturdays, I can't wait for July and September when I'll be setting up shop for not one, but two Waterfire events in Sharon this year.  Usually there are three events: one in July, one in August, and one in September, but they've decided to only do July and September.  I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Jay and Mona Kang Art Show

     Once again, I entered some artwork in the Jay and Mona Kang Art Show "Celebrating the Possibilities" at the Barber National Institute.  This is always a well put-together and well-attended show.  It's a wonderful mix of artists from all walks of life and abilities.  I stopped by after work one day for the wine and cheese reception and to check out all the amazing artwork.  

This year, I entered "Hamish (Squirrel of Good Fortune."  After "Murtagh" was so well received, I just had to enter this little guy as well.

I also entered my newest portrait painting "Tiger 5."  You can't tell from the photo, but it's actually situated below a painting of a lion that was the work of a fellow Corry Artists' Guild member.

     Speaking of the Guild, our annual show will be held Mother's Day weekend this year at the Corry Hi-Ed's Bracken Room.  Unlike past years, this year, we will be accepting entries from non-guild members and local high school students.  People's Choice awards will be given for each division.  Friday night will have live music and refreshments and at least the first 50 mothers will receive a flower so don't miss it!

Monday, April 1, 2019

For the Love of Art

     For the past week or so, I had a couple pieces at the "For the Love of Art' show in Edinboro, PA.  The wonderful ladies of Gallery 104 put on this cool little art show tucked inside Lakeside Commons.  There was also a pop up market where attendees could purchase some lower priced artwork.  I wasn't able to make it to the reception, but I heard it was pretty awesome and very well attended by over 300 people!  I also heard there are more shows to come so I better get busy!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Badger Fine and Performing Arts Spring Craft Show

     On March 9, I did my first ever craft show in Ohio!  It was at Badger High School in Kinsman, Ohio.  It was a well put together show and the organizers did an amazing job.  As a vendor, I always love to see the hosts doing everything they can to help us be successful.  In fact, I had barely gotten out of my car and someone was striding across the parking lot to come and help me unload.  Once inside, there was a packet including a receipt, a name badge, etc. waiting for me.  They also had coffee and donuts waiting for us.  I can't say I was as well prepared for a spring show as I could have been, but I got some new ideas to try and am looking forward to my favorite summer festivals and perhaps some new adventures!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Moleskine Sketches

     Sometimes, when I have a little time on my hands, I pull out my trusty Moleskine sketchbook and do a little drawing.  Lately, I've had some two hour delays at work and some down time at home when I've done some sketches and here are a few examples.  It was good to get back to drawing.  I need to do a lot more and get back in the habit so, hopefully, this is a good start. 

Monday, February 25, 2019

Work in Progress: Dragonfly Ornaments

     It's a cold and blustery day.  The school I was supposed to work at today closed so with my unplanned day off, I decided to finally get back to painting.  With a show coming up March 9, I'm trying to get some more "Spring-y" mini art together to sell.  I already painted one dragonfly ornament (see below) and had so much fun, I had to make another Pat Catan's run (possibly my last one ever) and pick up some more.  I started working on a couple today.  My question for you is: should they be wall ornaments or should I attach a rod so they can be put in potted plants?

Monday, February 18, 2019

New Painting: Tiger 5

     At last, I got around to framing one of my newest pieces, Tiger 5.  It's an original acrylic portrait of a tiger on 9x12 canvas panel.  A celebration of color, this painting belongs to a series I've been working on featuring endangered species.  Being my favorite animal, several of the paintings are of tigers which also translate well with this style of painting.  I hope to have it in some upcoming exhibitions so stay tuned and let me know what you think.  Have a great day!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Art's Alive at Mardi Gras 2019

     Saturday, I scooted on down to Sharon for Art's Alive at Mardi Gras.  It was the tenth year for this event and it was held at The Corinthian in Sharon.  There was New Orleans-style food and drinks, live music, and (of course) we artists were set up in the banquet hall.  Fortunately, the weather was great and there was a pretty decent turnout.  Sales weren't as high as I hoped and I was a little under the weather, but I got to see some of my artist friends and it was still a good time!  

     On my way to Sharon, I took a little pit stop in Hermitage to pay my respects to one of my favorite stores that I heard was being closed.  I stocked up on supplies, but am still crying a little inside.  R.I.P. Pat Catan's!

A view of the festivities before we opened.

I hid another rock.  Hopefully, it has some good adventures!

     My next stop is the Badger Fine and Performing Arts spring craft show in Kinsman, Ohio on March 9.  I've heard great things about this one and can't wait to see for myself.  I hope you can make it!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Cabin Fever Reliever

     I spent most of my Saturday at Collegiate Academy's 2nd annual Cabin Fever Reliever.  After being stuck in the house for several days during the polar vortex, it was great to finally get out.  It was my first show of 2019 and I got to show off some of my new things including my wood slice ornaments.  It was also a chance to tweak my display yet again.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by and the organizers for all their hard work.  My next stop is Art's Alive at Mardi Gras at The Corinthian in Sharon on Saturday from 4-10 PM.  I hope to see you there!

A view from my "corner office."

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Woodslice Ornaments

      Winter craft show season is here.  This weekend kicks off the first of three I have scheduled right now and I'm excited to show off some of my latest creations.  First off, I've been wanting to try painting on wood slices for a while and finally got around to doing it.  The hardest part was deciding on a subject.  But, of course, I ended up with birds.  I like to use birds in my art and birds live in trees (wood) so it seemed like a natural choice.  I really liked the feel of the fluid acrylics on this surface so I'm hoping these will sell well and I'll have an excuse to make some more.  All in all, not to bad for my first try I think.

Monday, January 21, 2019

All Year Ornaments

     As I wrapped up 2018, I finished up a batch of Christmas ornaments while I was still in the Christmas spirit.  I painted a handful of wooden shapes I bought on my last Pat Catan's run.  But to me, ornaments aren't just for Christmas trees.  They're mini pieces of art that you can hang up just about anywhere!  Hopefully, this dragonfly will add a pop of color to someone's space!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Art for Sale: Vinnie

     Last Friday, I added "Vinnie" to my Etsy shop.  This is a portrait of a golden retriever I painted last year.  I've been considering getting into pet portraiture and this was a bit of a test run.  It was also an experiment in style as I usually don't use brushstrokes like this.  It kind of reminded me of Vincent Van Gogh's and the heavy texture I've seen in some of his work hence the name "Vinnie."  I hope this doggo finds his way to a loving home.  If you'd like, you can check him out in my shop at:

Monday, January 7, 2019

Happy New Year!

     Happy New Year, everyone!  It's my first blog post of 2019 and I'm trying to get off on the right foot by trying to be more consistent with my post schedule.  Every year is a fresh start and a great opportunity to refocus, make some exciting plans, and recommit to becoming a better artist.  I'm determined to make this a banner year.  Already I have three vendor/ craft shows scheduled.  You can find me at Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy's "Cabin Fever Reliever" show on Feb. 2.  On Feb. 9, I plan to, once again, be at Art's Alive at Mardi Gras at The Corinthian in Sharon.  Also, I'm doing my first ever show in Ohio at the Badger Spring Craft Show in Kinsman, OH on March 9.  Most exciting of all, though, is I'm registered for my second year at Texas School of Professional Photography in late April/ early May.  I. Can. Not. Wait!  It's even more exciting this year, in a way, because I know what awesomeness awaits there. 
     In other news, I finished my first painting of the year.  It's one of my 3D paintings and I call them 3D paintings as opposed to sculptures because I didn't sculpt them myself.  I just painted them like a three dimensional canvas.  This is a cardinal I've had my eye on and I finally bought two or three months ago with the idea of painting it in my logo colors and using it as a decoration for my show table.  It could hold cards or, well, I'm not really sure yet, but I like how it turned out. 
    I also finished a batch of ornaments (mostly Christmas ones I started while I was still in the holiday spirit.)  In progress is a small painting of a tiger in my cutout style so look for that here and at some upcoming exhibitions once it's finished.  Thanks for stopping by today.  It's going to be a great year!