Friday, October 31, 2014

Is this Any Way to Spend Halloween????

Wow, what a busy night here at Windy Hill Studio. In between greeting trick-or-treaters at the door I have been getting a few things ready to bring up to Bay House Artisans. We are still open and will be till at least Black Friday.  Hours: Friday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.

The latest pieces are in the Art-to-Wear category. Two velvet embossed scarves (Grape leave and Celtic) and a Rootin' Tootin' Super Cute Bag with a raspberry colored velvet square embossed with a sun pattern on a hand-painted fabric bag.

And… a truly fun experimental piece: A hand-painted fabric Christmas table runner. I call this one "Dancing Trees".   My two cats Tony and Ziva "helped" with the project. My entire kitchen was filled bits and pieces of red and green fabric. I think I will be picking thread off of every horizontal surface till February!

Gotta go now…trick-or-treaters at the door! Happy Halloween!!!!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What Should I Do……FIRST?????

More News From Windy Hill Studio

This is the "in-between" time for me. The 2-3 weeks in between sessions at the Y Art Studio and my first thought is What Should I Do…... FIRST???? We usually have a couple of weeks in between sessions so we can prep for our next group of classes and also try to catch up on everything we were too busy to do when we were teaching. I always have a few pieces that I really want to finish, but I feel the pull toward the new pieces which need to be done in preparation for the next session. So my "in-between" time becomes a race to see how much I can accomplish in preparation for teaching and still please myself as an artist.

Whenever I am teaching a painting class my demo pieces usually coincide with themes for upcoming shows or sales in specific areas. So, I am currently putting finishing touches on a couple of watercolors for my Ireland show scheduled for March 2015 at Sparkytown. Both pieces started as demo pieces for the Watercolor class. (Yes I believe in multi tasking). And in the next session my Wednesday morning Watercolor class will continue and the students will progress to more advanced techniques…at least that is the plan! And most likely I will continue with the Ireland theme in my own work. Students obviously will be painting other things.

But my Monday night Drawing class will be changed to an Intro to Pastels class, so that means I have to get a few pastels ready to go before class begins in November. I used to work extensively in pastel so I'm not worried about teaching it, but I do want a few new pieces. I will be working on pastels in the Arts Studio for the next couple of weeks so you might catch my act as you are walking through the Y. Or hey, just sign up for the class! It starts on Monday November 3, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm and runs for 6 consecutive Mondays.

We are still going strong at Bay Hose Artisans (probably will be till Black Friday), so that means I'm keeping my cards, prints and art-to-wear stocked. The paintings are still there too and also a few at The Lyric Coffeehouse in Clayton. The North Country Arts Council will soon be announcing the accepted pieces for their Fall Show. I hope to hear from them soon.

And tomorrow is the launch party for The Healing Muse, a literary and visual journal from SUNY Upstate Medical which I am pleased to be associated with for 14 years.

Whew, my "in between" time fills up fast. It's time to get back to painting.