Friday, February 1, 2008

Back in the saddle?

Sorry to have been gone for so long. Busy does not begin to describe it. Today is the last day for applications to the Spring Art Expo 2008! Paintings get dropped off on the 9th, hung on the 10th, show opens the 11th and the Open House Reception is the 14th. It closes 4/15.

The entire show from seeing the location (Thanks to Weichert Realty-Seacoast Properties for the use of their Murrells Inlet Office), determining the dates; creating the entry form, copying it and mailing out to over 300 area artists, getting the applications in and getting all of the details in order.... All since the 4th of January. This on top of my regular stuff.

Also, I just taught an Oil Painting Workshop last Saturday from 9 til 4. That was at least 2 weeks preping, not counting deciding which 4 paintings we would do, creating samples and practicing them so I could teach them while painting quickly. I wanted more time for the students to work and less time devoted to me rambling on. It was a great success but utterly exhausting.

My regular classes resumed on the 10th. My snowbird students are flocking in as well. It is good to see old friends when they get back into town. I have been teaching this class for about 8 years now and some students have been coming the whole time. Others come and go. Others have started up and have kept coming as their schedules permit. I let each student work on their own projects on their own pace which is great for them, but a little more work for me. I enjoy it.

The holidays were fun, got to travel and visit friends and relatives that I don't see often enough.

I have a new painting 'Too Tangle to Undo' currently showing as part of the ACE Members Exhibit at the Richardson Gallery at the Horry-Georgetown Tech's Conway Campus. That show will run til May. It is open to all on Tuesdays and at other times with an appointment. More on that painting in another post.

My major focus this weekend is to clean my studio. I have taken out 3 bags of trash so far, old catalogues, ancient sketches and other accumulated junk. I need to have room to work and move around and that has not been possible lately. I have a couple of boxes of left over supplies and sample painting from the workshop that I need to put away and I needed to make space for them. It grew until it included the entire room. I tossed old entry forms from 99 finally!! I even cleaned out my desk drawers. At this rate I just might find the top of my desk :)

The next couple of weeks will be busy with the Expo. If you are in or coming to the Myrtle Beach area any time the next couple of months, please make an effort to come see the exhibit.