Lots has happened since Artlectic and I haven’t kept up. Sorry, life has been a little exhausting. Left Artlectic on a Saturday night and got home around ten o’clock. Said hello to the kitties and hit the hay. Seven thirty Sunday, up and packing to head up to teach at Arrowmont in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. A wonderful Crafts School for adults, where I have taught previously three times. I love it up there, and to kick it off, I had three of my favorite previous students return. The class was made of 8 students, it was supposed to be eleven but two of my dearest former students had to cancel when their houses were heavily damaged in the Florida hurricane. Another person got sick and dropped out. Eight was plenty, We worked on big 36x36 wood panels and it was a rigerous assignment for everyone. It turned out amazing and everyone was so creative. Along with a rousing game of “Cards Againt’s Humanity”, and lots of glasses of wine and the amazing food and comraderie that Arrowmont always provides, we had a fabulous class..... Special thanks to Colleen who was a great assistant and better friend. I always come away from Arrowmont being better, all the way around.... but man was I ever tired. Back at home I had to get ready to head to Raleigh to show at the Carolina Craftsman Show, so I kicked it into gear again and although I just couldn’t get any small paintings done, I got there last Thursday and had a three day show, inside, thank god, and drove back 6 hours on Sunday night. So Monday and Tuesday I made 100 small painting somehow and here we are again, on the road, driving 9 hours to Covington, La. and hoping it’s worth the drive and the exhaustion. I sound like a giant wuss but man, I don’t think I have ever beaten my body up like this before. Oh, yea, of course there is a reason, David, has a major operation coming up in January and it’s my job to have enough to get us through until the end of January. So, I’m kicking it again and hoping that Louisiana will be good to me. This life sometimes.......@x#%£€¥@!!!... but I love it.
First, I don’t like it when people toot their own horn, but I just have to tell you.... I won Best of Show at the St James Court Show two weeks ago! It was exciting and yes, I was totally surprised. That makes 4 major awards since the end of June... and yea, that never happened to me before so I guess it is alright to post it here. Hope you don’t mind. We are on our way to ArtClectic at the University School of Nashville. I did this show in 2015 and then didn’t get in for two years, so it’s nice to be going back. As far as school fundraiser shows go, this one is top notch. I do know that the last time I did this show I gained 10 lbs. so I need to lay off the good food. I have been dieting for about a month now and I am down 12 lbs.... don’t want to undo everything. The school is at 2000 Edgewood Ave. and is open to the public from 10 until 8 on Friday and 10 to 4 on Saturday. The nicest thing about heading to Nashville is that we get to stay with our good friends John and Ann...They always make Nashville feel like a second home. We will drive back on Saturday night then on Sunday morning I’m headed up to Arrowmont to teach an encaustic class.... I am looking forward to meeting new folks and seeing many former students coming back. Send up good thoughts for my friends Cynthia and Evelyn who’s homes were pretty demolished in hurricane Michael..... I hope they can make it to the class but I know it’s going to be iffy at best. I just can’t imagine how hard all of a sudden having your home gone must be. So, today, embrace life, smile and be thankful you are able to do the things you love. I know I am. See you at ArtClectic....Come buy some art!
Beautiful day, this 4th of October, sunny, not too cool, around 74... perfect for a Fall show and this is one of the big daddies. I just got back from the Peoria Arts Festival in Monday afternoon and tired but trying to get pumped for this weekend. This show is 4 shows in one-the “Court”, which I got into but declined because it’s a well known fact that you are in the back forty as a first timer.., Belgravia, 3rd St and .,... I decided to do 4th St... a less prestigious address but a better booth placement. As a first timer at this show, which ranks up there with the size of Ann Arbor, I hope the odds are in my favor.... I am in Booth 605 if you might be reading this and want to check out what I do. Life has been a bit nuts lately, The Peoria Show granted me an Excellence Award, which made up for a “meh” showing. Granted, the weather didn’t cooperate but I guess I was a little surprised. Up to this point, especially, Out West, I was kicking butt. I do think that people are preoccupied with all the bombardment we feel daily from politics and last weekend was especially raw. As a victim of a violent rape in my college years, I know it had effected me and made all those horrible things come up to the surface again after I have tried for years to tamp them down into my subconscious history. Crazy, huh. Hoping for some possitivity and a weekend to escape from it. Sharing a condo with Karen And Paul Fincannon and Clay and Matt and Kristi are at the show also- so the whole gang is here and good food and fun are in the forecast. Now, if it will just be a rocking show....
We are on our way to the 4th St Festival in Bloomington, Indiana today. A two day show over and this Labor Day weekend and I am in Booth 58..... for anyone interested. I have spent the last 2 weeks hunkered down in the Studio. I sold out of so much inventory on the Utah trip that I had a few large pieces left and only 2 medium sized pieces left and pretty much no smalls left. So, that is what I worked on and completed 11 new medium and smaller pieces. Yea, they don’t bring in the moola like the larger pieces but they are much more collage visible and I love doing them. There is something intrinsically satisfying to me when I get to play with paper, shape and the laying down of story. The fun is in the subtleties that can happen, the under and over and the in and out, physically and mentally in a piece.... and the surprises that happen when just one element can change the context of the piece. Needless to say..... I had a lot of fun and stayed up a lot of hours. I think it will be good. Can’t wait to see what the good people of Bloomington think. On the home front, Poster my 15 year old cat tentatively diagnosed with FIP.... seems to be doing better for now. New blood work came back almost normal. Not sure if this is the calm before the storm or a mis-diagnosis, as this cat desease is hard to get a hard diagnosis with. Now, Lil’ Mo my 13 year old girl hates when I am gone.... when I get home she sleeps right on top of me for a week. I think she thinks if she can keep body contact I won’t leave again....But hey, kitties gotta eat..... so i am on the road again. The schedule is brutal coming up but I’m trying to get a new van and hopefully this schedule might help. Next week is the Lakeview Art Fair in Chicago near Wrigley Field. A Saturday and Sunday show. Then a week off and I’m headed to Peoria, Illinois for a three day Festival. October has me at St. James 4th St....(1st time!) in Louisville where we get to hang with Karen and Paul! I have a wedding the week of Tennessee Craft this year and it will be the first time in 8 years I won’t be there-bummer, it is one of my favorite shows of the year. But, for you Nashville peeps-I will be at Artclectic at the Vanderbilt University School the week after. It’s open to the public so come see me! I come back from Nashville and head directly up to Arrowmont the next day to teach my class..... You can’t imagine how much I am looking forward to seeing everyone and hanging out in the Smokies for a week. My favorite time of year.... so that is it in a nutshell in September and October for me.... I’ll fill you in on November and December later- no sense overloading everyone... I’m overloaded enough for everyone anyway.... but hey, for now, that’s how I like it.
This is just a wrap up to our trip out to Utah and Colorado. As I sit in the car through the rolling plains of Kansas as they roll and roll out to prairie lands that stretch out to the horizon. It’s beautiful but empty and as we drive by an isolated service station every 20 miles I wonder who are these people that can survive this quietness. Ridgway, Colorado was a nice show, not as fruitful as Park City but knowing it was a filler for our return trip I was really happy with the out come. Plus, I won the third highest award which was a nice surprise. We ate great pizza and filled growlers of the local brews to bring home to our beer conessouir son, Dillon, I thought how fun it would be to live in this breathtaking local and have the 10 thousand foot mountains as your neighbor. The town felt like a big extended family and I met so many really cool people. Colorado, you are dope! And I mean that in the most endearing way. Twelve hours on Monday in a car is not fun, but I had a great book to read. Tara Westovers “Educated”. Wow! I could not put it down..... If you need a great summer read, this is it. The daughter of a junkyard survivalist dad becomes a Cambridge PHD...what a ride. It rained hard most of yesterday coming back and it seems like today will be the same. Hard to believe that the West is in a terrible drought with the smell of smoke heavy in the air and the East has flood warnings most every day. What a crazy time. Looking forward to sleeping in my own bed tonight... if I don’t see a Holiday Inn for a good while, that fine by me... Also, need to pet my kitties and check on Posty. It’s been fun but I am ready to get back in the studio.... I have 10 shows and one week Teaching at Arrowmont coming up and it’s time to hustle....
First off Park City was incredible. Beautiful place, cool art, savvy people... sold a ton of work, pretty pumped about it. We then drove to Moab... little did we know it was going to be 107 degrees I the shade there the entire time. Brutal, just brutal. First night, we stayed in a hotel called Big Horn Lodge, from the pics on Hotels.com it didn’t look too bad. HA!!!! Dark and dirty... stayed one night and got the hell out. Unfortunately, not soon enough. I had three horrible spider bites on my arm and face. We went to breakfast at a chill little cafe, in the middle of breakfast felt something itchy.... went to the bathroom to find a hitch-hiker in my bra from the hotel.... a live roach....shudder. We moved to a nice Comfort Inn and things were better.... not a lot of choices in little Moab. The parks, Arches and Canyonlands were magnificent...beyond earthly...Tatooine maybe. But so hot, it was almost too much to hike. We did though...went to a lot of the Arches and down to the Needles-nobody goes down there, it was so worth it. Packed the paintings back into the van and headed out on the Colorado River Road (wow)... at a stop off stopped to take pics and fire ants climbed up my pant legs.... It was so painful I had to pull my pants off right on the road... I’m sure it was a lovely site for the other travelers...ahem....man, they hurt-a lot, and for a long time.... I started to have breathing problems and had to take some Benidrill. We are on our way to Ridgway right now...maybe my luck will change....stopped at a cool Winery, that helped a lot.... I swear I am not a complainer but sometimes you just need to cut your losses and get away from a town that has bad juju. On and upward and a little ready to head home..
While I drive through this state today, I am blown away by so many different landscapes and vistas. Park City was last weekend and it was a stellar show. Brought 130 of my small quote paintings and came out of there with 22 left. Apparently, People out here like my sense of humor. Funny thing is everyone that came by had been told to come by from someone else.... Started feeling like a minor celebrity! If you ever get out here, you will love it. The town is perfect and flower-filled. Plus there are wonderful places to eat and a zillion coffee bars and brew houses. I met so many cool people and former student’s came by too....definitely a win-win. We are headed today down to the bottom of the state to Moab and Arches National Park for some R&R before the next show in Ridgeway Colorado, close to Teluride. Everything is very hazy and the smell of smoke hurts your eyes. Saw a massive fire outside of Provo, with a ton of bucket helicopters in the air battling it. Crazy. More when we get to Moab, who needs to read when you can look out the car window and be enchanted!
It’s been six weeks since you have heard from me. My last show was in Toledo, Ohio, With lots of rain but I won the top prize in 2D so, that kind of made up for it. By the time I got back to Knoxville, I had done 3 shows in June, and although I was scheduled to be at Central Penn and the Ann Arbor Guild Show, I gave up my spot so that I could build some inventory and to complete some commissions. Inventory was severely depleted. So, I have to admit that the first week home I slept and caught up on every Netflix show I had been meaning to watch... but then I got down to business. Man, was I on a roll, and it all seemed to come together. Completed 12 new pieces, most of them in the 38x38 size format arena. Kicked butt! New directions within same framework. Read a great book on the goddess Circe by Marilyn Miller, that inspired so many ideas and variations. Now, after packing the van this morning, we are on the way to Utah, to the Kimball Museum, Park City Show. It’s three grueling days through Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Wyoming, Colorado and then finally Utah. I’ll try to keep you updated and hopefully the show will be good to us. After the show, we are headed down to Moab and Arches National Park for a few days of checking out the landscape and then to Ridgeway, Colorado for another show. Hope the weather hold up. More updates to follow....
We are driving back from Chicago, somewhere in Kentucky right now. You get to this neck of the woods and the roads turn into ribbons. Up and down hills, in between mountains. Where as Indiana is flat as a pancake with amaricana vistas dotted by isolated farms. Lately, I keep exclaiming to myself, “ man, what a beautiful country this is”.... at least physically, right now. I don’t mind these long drives, well, my back does, but I kind of love the vistas. 57th St. Art Fair weather was cold and cloudy on Saturday and sunny and breezy on Sunday, the best kind of weather. I was in the same spot again between Joel, a wonderful photographer that shoots pics of rescued animals and abandon slave dwellings... one of the nicest people I have ever been lucky enough to be next to. On the other side was the irrassable and funny as hell fiber artist Marina.... Between the company of these two artists, we had such a fun time. And I got to see Leia Zumbro, who is one of the coolest artist’s on the planet and a jewelry artist extraordinaire. The show started out good with 2 of my favorite Chicago patron’s wanting one of my large paintings... unfortunately, it was a bit too large for the space they needed it for, so I have a new commission to do in the same color format... But, other than that, I mostly sold small quote paintings. I’m not upset, I am glad that I have those when bigger work still hangs in my booth. But I had quite a lot of people who knew I would be at Old Town this next weekend and took pictures.... So, you can never tell, I could see them there. I hope so because as much as I enjoy this travel stuff, when it come to going back to the same city 2 weeks in a row.... I wish Scotty could beam me and my work there....Maybe next year we will stay for a week in the Windy City in between, but this year it’s back to Tennessee to get some things completed for this weeks coming show. If you are living or hanging around Chitown next weekend the show runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 until 5 each day. I’m in booth 210. Come see all my new work.... No pressure.
It’s Wednesday, middle of May and we are in a rented car traveling to New Jersey to see my Ma. It’s a 14 hour drive... a lot of time to think, to tell you the truth. My ma is going on 102 and she is failing. I didn’t realize it because she is the queen of never telling me the truth about her physical condition. And my seeet ma, she is so sharp and always upbeat that she is still, after all these years is trying to protect me. Needless to say, it makes me feel terrible. After working so hard lately, I wasn’t listening carefully, it took my daughter Keegs, to pick up on what I was not noticing. So we hopped in the car and we are on our way. It’s not a long trip because she can’t handle too much company and I fear we will just tire her out more. She would still be fine if she was still walking and this has happed in the last few months. For a woman who was voted best althete at John Adams High School in Brooklyn and who drove until she was 99, this is hell. My Ma, she is one of most incredible, independent woman I have ever known..... In a time when it was rare, and with a husband that really didn’t want her to need anyone but him.... She still did her own thing. Just to be able to be independent, and because my dad was so demanding, she worked as a nurse until she was 84. That was her friend circle. After my Dad died from dementia in his 80’s ( she took care of him for 7 years) She got her own apartment in a senior living apartment and she became a party organizer extraordinaire. Since 1996 she has been the most popular girl at the old folks apartments, where she was in charge of every birthday and holiday party and scrabble tournaments and cookouts... To say she finally came into her own, would be an understatement. As time has gone on she has lost a lot of her best friends, and she has gone on to make more, always welcoming new friend and they love her and are devoted to her. On he 100th Birthday she had 4 Birthday parties. She is some broad! And I say that proudly. Now a days, she’s home bound ( I know she hates it) but she still lives independently, and someone comes in to help her everyday get cleaned up and dressed. She still gets decked to the nines.... she is a New Yorker through and through, from a time when you wouldn’t dare go out with out looking fly. She has always been a constant in my life. Even though she never wanted to come to the South.... which kinda broke my heart.... But even now when she is being so damn stoic, she is still looking out for everyone else and not herself. Some people have such a life force. Even though I know she is sick of this world, she speaks in the future and present tense. She never can give up and I can’t see her going down without a hell of s fight. That’s just who she is. So, this is my hardest journey and I keep wiping tears away as I write this. I know I have had her for a very long time.... but it’s not enough, when it comes to your Ma.... it’s never enough.
Rain, Rain go away. That’s the story of this show. Rain on Friday....a deluge on Saturday and a beautiful day on Sunday that ended with a micro bursts and torrential rain. I can’t be too sorry I had some great meals and spent time with really good people. I even won a merit award and a bit of moola attached to it... So I’m not complaining but nevertheless.. I am thrilled to be headed home on this super wet, lightning riddled freeway to my own bed with my own fur babies. I need some R&R and some studio time in that order......yea!
Well, right out there... strait in front...I am not built for three shows in a row.... There was a time I could have done 6 shows in a row, no prob, but that bird has flown. Now three is pushing the limit. This has been my Tennessee month, first 4 Bridges, then Dogwood and now we are driving to Nashville to Tennessee Craft. I notice I have been a bit crankie lately.... and stress is not my friend( not that it’s anyone’s). Almost bought a used Sprinter this week and backed out because the seats were uncomfortable and it drove like a truck... heck, it is a truck-what was I expecting? Which led to my husband being really pissed at me and well, you know the rest, it wasn’t pretty. I don’t expect a Lexus... just don’t want to settle for what I don’t want.... and not sure what I do want. Anyway, on to TC in Centennial Park for three days of sunshine and good friends and people I love to see every season...The tiredness will leave once the adrenaline kicks in and I get to my booth. That’s the thing about this crazy artist life, once show starts....we light up.
Well, just have to say, that packing the car after two months of being home working in my studio was quite the magic act.... I had to leave a lot behind and not sure if even then it will fit in a 10 x 10 booth space. So come see me at 4 Bridges this weekend in Chattanooga. My booth is 81... Saturday and Sunday 10 til 5 each day. Weather is suppose to be warm (finally) and sunny! Perfect for an outdoor art fair. Celebrate the end of Winter... hopefully.
It's been since the 19th of February that I have done a show. I was down in Florida for a run and came back pretty tired but ready to get moving on some commissions and a new body of work. It took about a week to start really cooking again, but the commissions worked out really well. I then jumped into working on new work and being the best type of creative machine I can be. There is nothing quite like waking up in the morning, getting a cup of coffee and turning on the wax and knowing you have unlimited time to make work. I don't think that anything makes me happier (just my fam). So far I have completed 12 new pieces and also 210 new small pieces. Yea, I can be a beast. My next show is 4 Bridges in Chattanooga and I am pumped...actually, I wish it was tomorrow. I am ready to get this show on the road and get out there with people again. The life of a studio artist isn't exciting-except in your own head....you are alone most of the time, occasionally my best friend will come over and hang but for the most part, one is pretty isolated. I like that.....especially interspersed with shows because it fits the needs of both sides of my personality. But this has been a loooog stretch and I am ready to start the travel engine again. Not sure if it's because of the travel or because of the shows. Anyone who knows me knows I am antsy to go...always have been. This time last April I was in Bali with my daughter Keegs and it was divine. It fed my soul and I came back and was inspired to make new work based on the colors and feel of Indonesia. I feel the same way about traveling around the US.....there is always a corner you turn and something or someone new rocks your world....I guess it's just part of my internal makeup or else I was an itinerant Knight in my last life. On the other hand, I love home, my funny husband, my crazy old cats and my wonderful studio that feels like me through and through. I guess it's just the ying and yang of life, and I am just happy to be doing what I love. So just for the record....4 Bridges happens on the 17 and 18th of April and then the Knoxville Dogwood Festival starts on the 27th to the 29th and then it's Tennessee Craft in Nashville on the 4,5,6th of May......Come see me...I'll talk your ear off.
Well, Just finished the Delray Beach Art Fest.... It was a nice show at a wonderful museum venue.... It was a decent show but nothing to write home about....but I think I would come back, just to hang with some of my favorite people in Delray...I had a lovely woman who fell in love with one of my large paintings and came back to my booth 3 times trying to make a decision. I guess I will never be a cutthroat salesman because I finally said... call me if you want....because you are too on the fense right now.... yea, I would have loved to seal the deal... but not at the expense of someone’s uneasiness. I figure pay it forward and good thing will come... I try to play it fair and kind always. So right now David ( my husband) and I are headed to the Port Of Miami to get on a cruise for 4 days to the Bahamas... Actually it was cheaper than staying in a hotel in the city. Haven’t done this since I took kids on trips in high school... so seemed like a nice reprieve before Coconut Grove next weekend the 17th to 19th in the Grove. I am in booth 924 and I hope to see you all and show you my new work. I’ll be the one with the tan scratch that-most likely a bad sunburn....
I am not that old, and I am certainly not old in my head....,but driving to these shows and being in a car for eight hours a day..... makes me feel like an 89 year old with a walker. I just can’t seem to get out of the van and stand upright! What the heck is up with that? Whatever my body is telling me... I’m telling it back that I am over it and to take a hike off a short bridge. I work out, I eat healthy and I work in my studio until the Wendy show sounds the death Nell in the other room ( around 3 am) then get up around 8 the next morning. My body doesn’t need to do me that way.... I want a little respect here. Damn. On that note.... traveling down to Mt. Dora right now....... for the first leg of our “Florida Show Tour” I am in booth 515.... on Saturday and Sunday from 10 til 5. Come by... I swear I won’t complain.... I now have gotten this off my chest..... I have almost ALL new work.... I have kicked butt this month....when you see all the work... I swear you will be on my side and wonder why my body is paying me “no respect”....... and hey..... When is Musk or Bezos going to get that “teleporting thingy going?
I'm heading down to Florida in February. It will be nice to get away from the snow and cold.....and hopefully, David and I will have some adventures along the way. Right now I'm working on lots of new art and livin' the studio life.....
First up.....Mt Dora Arts Festival. February 3rd and 4th. Mt. Dora is a cute little town close to Orlando with a very dedicated police department......Don't worry, you won't have any trouble but us exhibitors are held to a higher standard...they can get a little intense. I have done this show before, in fact the last time was in 2014. I actually won a nice award last time. Time to try it again.
Then...Delray Beach Cornell Museum Art Fair, February 10th and 11th I have never done this show, in fact it's relatively new and I guess you could say a filler show...Except being that it's a museum show, it should be a class act...they usually are. The best thing about this show is that I get to hang out with Audrey Hanowitz who I taught with at LAS and I haven't seen in a few years. That, I can't wait for.
Then we head down to the Coconut Grove Arts Festival February 17th, 18th, and 19th. Coconut Grove is a Big Daddy Show...always has been. I did it back in 2013 and it was great. In fact, I did it in 1985 also with Baker Morefield and Scott Bishop and it was great then too. It also was a little more affordable then too. In 2013 I did three shows in a row by myself and it was kind of brutal...I haven't done them since because of the drive and cost but decided now, since I now have my own personal roadie,(David).....It was time to try it again. Last time I came to the show, the Ricaldo-Muench family came from Mexico to see me...I had taught their daughter Ana Paula and son Pablo at LAS. It was so amazing and I definitely felt the love.....Hope that this year doesn't disappoint.
So, If you hang out in Florida for the Winter, or if you live somewhere in this sunny state. Try to hit me up at one of these shows in February. I promise I won't disappoint.
I don’t use this page enough... and every time I tell myself I will do better... something else comes up to pull me away. I am going to try to keep you all better informed this year, yea, that’s my resolution...that....and a diet like everyone else..... Thanks to everyone who supported me by buying my work and made it possible to do this crazy life I love. Thanks to all my fellow artists on the road... I wouldn’t love it half as much if you weren’t there...I always look forward to our great dinners and talks. Thanks to my roadie, my husband David. I couldn’t do the long hauls without you....and Crested Butte was a blast... no telling where 2018 will take us....Yup, 2018 is in sight- just a few hours away.... and I wish all of you out there much health, and happiness in the New Year.
Next weekend I will be in A01 at the Parthenon in Nashville. Come by and see me... do I ever have some tales to tell and lots of new work!!!!