Saturday, April 21, 2012

Blog #1. Being of the generation of a 'certain age I have come slowly to the computer and digital age. But with the help of children and spouse here I am with a web site and a BLOG. So instead of sharing my successes and challenges with only my family and friends I will now be communicating with you and the world.

Next weekend on April 28, I will participate in Quick Draw in Waynesville for my (and their) 11th year. In this event we artists create a piece of art in just one hour then prepare it for the live auction. The guests drink, eat and watch the artists work. I have had the good fortune to have had the highest bid seven out of ten years. The funds raised go to art scholarships and art supplies for teachers. It is not a casual undertaking for me as I try to do a complex painting in the given time. With much mental planning ahead then a practise run through I have succeeded so far. Wish me well!
Much of the past three years my energies have gone into paintings for a up-coming one woman show at the North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville. Five years ago I was granted a show as the first exhibit in the then new Baker center exhibition hall with 86 pieces of art. I will have almost that number again at the opening of the Jan.2013 show. With state funding cuts into staff and programs at the Arboretum I have sought to raise money for the Arboretum by looking for painting sponsors for individual paintings in the show. I am pleased to say that many people and businesses have agreed to participate but will welcome any newcomers. Just ask me.
A number of these new paintings have been exhibited in competitions statewide, regionally and nationally. Several have taken awards in the Watercolor Society of NC the most recent being, 1st place in the juried annual exhibit ion in Cary in the Fall of 1011. Another, is presently in Los Angles in the National Watercolor Society all member show. A third has been accepted in the Southern Watercolor Society show to open this summer. I love the competition, rejoice when accepted and look to do better when rejected.
Stay tuned in as I work my way through matting and framing those 80 plus pieces of art and my progress in future endeavors.

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