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This weekend, September 22 is Art at the Riverside in Leo Indiana. I grabbed this picture off the website and it must have been taken by a drone. It is a great show, you can see the parking then cross Schwartz road, the food trucks and live music then the artists. My tent is the very last one one the point at the bottom. Booth #16 I am looking forward to Saturday….I have seen two temps. 67 degrees or 74 degrees and sunny!!! Come out, see us, buy some one of a kind art. Riverside Gardens, Leo Indiana, 14701 Schwartz Road. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

I will be bringing this painting out this Saturday. I have been saving it but decided to make it available. “Evening on the Porch.

Vincolet Art and Wine Festival, Sept. 8 and 9, 2018. This was my view on friday, Sept. 7 while putting up the tent. Just a beautiful place. I was so looking forward to this show. Only 60 artists but a great following, and I understand customers make a point to come to this show.

Hurricane Gordon decided to dump his rain on the Cincinnati area. We had a few brave souls walking around but the rain just was coming down very steadily. They closed the show at 5pm and I went to get the car and it was stuck in the field.

I had to disengage the traction control and it took 5 men to push it out, the ground was that saturated. Last year, I was doing St. James Court in Louisville and another hurricane decided to stay over the show on Sunday flooding our booths, what were the chances? Oh the life of an art fair artist. My helper Margaret and I were happy to report that no art or prints were damage, that is a success story.

These grapes were very aromatic.

Right now I have a gallery show and sale at the Juxtapose shop in Elkhart. It will be up through the first week of October. It opened on the 13th of September and I was delighted to be there. It was for the monthly Elkhart Art Walk. This is my art in the front window.

The others hanging in the shop. All the originals, prints and cards are for sale.The address for Juxtapose is 208 South Main Street, Elkhart, IN. Very cute shop!

I am an animal lover. This painting…Unconditional Love…..was created as the partner for Cat Love. This is a limited edition print up to 2000 and for every 10.5 X 10.5 print sold I give Animal Care and Control $5.00. The print can be found in my shop. During the Three Rivers Art in the Park I had a person stop in my tent who is from the Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. She had mentioned that they have many items that can be used from the animal, like snake skins and bear fur which caught my interest and could be used for a mixed media painting.. She mentioned that they are also having a fundraiser called Lions and Tigers and Beer in October. I will be picking up the wild animal ephemera and dropping off a print for their auction.

Cat Love-the partner to Unconditional Love. Click here to purchase.

 

The idea using the bear fur and snake skin came from this painting….That’s Life….This is an actual abandoned birds nest from my bushes. It had been abandoned and it just needed to be added into a painting. I will let you know what I come up with. Click here to purchase.

I have added a Holiday Show, Le Chic Holiday Market for Nov./December. It will be at the Coliseum on Nov. 30/December 1.

 

My Shows through the end of the year.

Art at the Riverside Sept. 22

Renaissance at Roanoke Oct. 13

Wunderkammer November 1

Le Chic Holiday Market Nov. 30/December 1

Wunderkammer December 13.

Find your Creative Joy Workshops October 21 and 26

Find your Creative Joy Workshops

The two paintings above are the examples we are going to work with in the classes.  I want to share the joy of creating with Mixed Media.  It is great fun.  Get a group together and have a creative night out. Just $75.00 for a four hour workshop. Join me at the Decatur IN, Pennsy Depot.  October 21 or 26.  Click here save your spot for Sunday. Click here to save your spot for Friday.

Awaken Your Creative Spirit

In April I attended a three day workshop in Cincinnati with Carrie Schmitt. It was a group of women who loved to paint, loved Carrie and her way of creating and we formed new friendships. I really love this picture!

A flower bar where we chose a bouquet of flowers to interpret and paint in our style.

my interpretation.

Beautiful wings were painted and we had our pictures taken in front of them.

Fun Picture!

Carrie and myself on the last day. She is as beautiful inside as out. This is the second year that I took a workshop with Carrie. Last year I flew all the way to Oregon. This was just a three hour drive. So grateful for the opportunity.

Wild Joy Blooms Retreat in Portland Oregon

First off, I want to warn you that this is a long post because I have so much to tell. Trust me, it will be worth it. There are not many artists that I would fly 2000 miles to go see, since I had not flown since 2002, but Carrie Schmitt is one of them. I have been following her for many years and love her intuitive paintings. When she sent out the email that she was having this workshop I thought for maybe a minute before making the decision and grabbed the opportunity. This is what we were greeted with and I knew it was going to be a fantastic experience. I was so excited to meet everyone, or as I say, the other artistic souls. Now they are soul sisters.

The workshop was held in Flora Bowley’s large studio which was awesome with all her originals hanging around on the walls. She rents this out and so it was all set up for workshops like this.

Flora’s paintings are the top ones and then there are stations for the artists with ways to hang canvases on the walls. This picture is kinda dark which the room was not, with big windows at one end. The decorative lights were fun.

Carrie is talking about her painting and how she is doing it. See the large windows at the end. This is an old building that was redone with artists studios. We all had tables and carts, everything an artist needs. We had women that came from all over the United States!

A better picture of Carrie painting.

This area is where we started our day in a round with various activities and much of sharing our stories. From the first day we all felt comfortable with each other and had a lot in common, it was all so interesting. The beauty shown is Melissa who was Carries’ friend and she was always there to help with everything!

There were maybe 20 of these carts to use in the studio, just like my one at home. There is my painting apron, my goddess crown, a painting that Carrie made for all of us, of a rose. I love the drippy wall behind it.

Many artists contributed to these drips.

A favorite picture of Carrie and myself.

These are wings that were drawn on fabric and were to be painted by everyone. It became a late night endeavor and I had gone back to my hotel and what a surprise it was the next day. They were beautiful!

We all had many pictures taken in front of the wings. Here is one of me talking saying what should I do?

This is Lauren, she came as a photographer and had not painted before. Behind her is a bit of her painting and she definitely developed her own style. She was a gentle and sweet soul sister and was my painting buddy on the right.

This was a mural on the side of a building I saw coming from lunch one day. Tara and I had to go take each others pictures in front of it, since we were making history in Portland also.

This is an early stage of someones painting. Not sure who was painting it though.

The early stage of one of my paintings. We had two canvases we were working on.

Another stage and it was crazy and screaming at me. It will not end up looking like this.

Here is the final result that I had shipped home from Portland. It has found a permanent home here on my picture shelf.

This I saw at a shoe store at the Portland Airport while waiting for my flight to leave.

The Rocky Mountains outside of the airplane window.

Our first lunch delivered. A salad, hummus, stuffed grape leaves, pitas, chicken kebobs, rice. It was all good!

I saw these in several places, you must be able to rent them.

This is Jen and she was my painting buddy on my left. She lives in Washington State and we found we had many of the same interests. She is a beautiful and sweet lady.

Another set of early paintings.

Maria from Florida came over to talk and we noticed her hands and had to snap a few photos of them.

This tall beautiful woman is Sophie from Georgia. She is our Goddess Crown leader. One of the evenings was set aside for us to make these crowns and it was great fun. I tell her she is a breath of fresh air.

She had brought many of her crowns and she had one on here. Her face was painted and her tassel earrings are just perfect. She sat at the edge of the angel wing and this picture turned out just gorgeous! One of a kind.

This is Zippy Lomax who is a professional photographer and she came to take pictures one whole day and to take pictures of all of us professionally. I look forward to seeing all of them. She is a very fun person.

This was an activity one evening, a rose ceremony and Qoya hence the yoga mats. I participated in the Qoya but did not get down on the floor because I did not want to have to get up off the floor.

Here I am showing off my Goddess Crown that I made with the help of Sophie. I love the feathers.

Angel Wings that I started and had shipped home. When they are done I am going to hang them on the wall.

This is Tara who came all the way from New York City. She was my painting buddy behind me.. We did a lot of talking and I had many questions for her since she lives right in NYC and I had visited there this last summer. She is also our Qoya leader and she is an artist and she and I took our pictures in front of the mural. She is doing many things and take a look at her on her website. So as you can tell I had the time of my life. It was well worth the trip and I am so glad I got to do it and met all the fabulous women! One person that I do not have an individual picture of is Dvora Troshane who was the coordinatior of this retreat.  She runs the Soulshine Studio and just worked tirelessly on this.  Please look at her website because she is always doing something interesting.

 

Looking Ahead in 2017

I am excited to tell you about a weekend trip I will be taking in March. I have always admired Carrie Schmitt and her art work. She is putting on a workshop in Portland Oregon that I signed up for. I got the email and didn’t think too long about going. It’s a small group, 18 people and it will be held in Flora Bowley’s studio in Portland. Making plane, hotel and car rental reservations soon. It will be an awesome time. The link to read about it here.

Then in July Tom and I have decided to take a trip to Maine. See Acadia National Park, stay in Bar Harbor on the Ocean. It looks like a quaint, sweet town. I would like to see many National Parks in the coming years so we are starting with the first eastern most one. Link I will be using to read about the area. So I can say I will be Sea to Shining Sea this year!

We are going to drive and I would like to see the Adirondacks also. This picture is beautiful. Here is the sitehttp://visitadirondacks.com/ I will be using.

I am in the off season for art fairs in the north. This is the time to research and apply to the fairs to participate in. All in all I will apply to 16 for March through October. Now is the time to make art, make changes to the tent, and just prepare for the season. My first show will be For the Love of Art at the Century Center in South Bend Indiana. Come on up and see some fantastic art. Do you have some fun plans for the upcoming year?