Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Artists Were IN

The Artists were IN this weekend! We took some photos after Friday night's dinner slightly off downtown in Louisville. The excursion helped us walk the wine off, and also made for some interesting photos. "IN" is one of them. Saturday afternoon we painted and grilled out on my new grill. Later, I sliced my hand apart while drying a sharp knife. Yeeeouch!!! Painful & not a pretty sight, but thankfully, it isn't my 'painting hand'.I painted a tiny still life last night while Donna worked on final touches on her two DJ Pettitt workshop paintings. Donna headed home early and I finished a second still life tonight. It's fun to feel the creativity again. Yes...the artists were in!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Lucky Me!

Today is Friday the thirteenth, but I'm feeling LUcKy! My good friend Donna is coming for a second weekend in a row. Tonight we're going to Artemesia for dinner and jazz, and tomorrow we will play with art stuff and shop at the fabric store. Maybe I'll have some new artwork to share by Sunday. (I took the photo of 4 leaf clovers in my backyard, where I can almost always find several of them.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

There's a Man in My Makeup!

The other morning as I was putting on my makeup before work, I saw this man's face staring at me from the lid of my Bare Esscentuals eye liner jar. was one day only. He hasn't been back.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Katherine Malmsten & D.J. Pettitt workshops

I'm coming back to my art, and I like it. Earlier this year my friend Kathy LaPorte and I drove to Kalamazoo, MI for a calligraphy workshop with another friend, Katherine Malmsten, a master of the ruling pen. We had a great time! Last weekend my friend Donna Hacker came up to stay with me and to attend the DJ Pettitt workshop in New Albany, IN.

DJ's ladies' faces are a signature style. I didn't want to copy and originally planned to paint something else. I'm glad I changed my mind. I learned a lot by sticking with the program and painting what everyone else was painting. Though we all (15 of us!) started with the same basic patterns, each of the finished pieces had the artists' individual flair. My Blue Lady is above in two phases of production...most everyone used earthtones. The other photo is of my friend Donna holding her near self-portrait with her Corgi pup Gwynneth.