Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I Just Realized I Had a Pretty Good Winter


I am taking an online class in Art Marketing which includes daily gratitudes as part of the curriculum. So for the last few weeks I have begun each day listing the things that I am grateful for.

Now in Central New York we have had a miserable winter. In fact in Syracuse we have the dubious honor of having one of the 5 worst winters in America. So my list of gratitudes doesn't usually start with "I'm so grateful for the sun and warm weather". This morning as I was lying in bed listening to the snowplow scraping along the road and bouncing off mailboxes, my first gratitude of the day was "Yes!!! leftovers!!!! I don't have to cook tonight".

But, then I thought a little more and realized that I had quite a few things to be grateful for.

But don't worry, I'm not going to get all soppy and sentimental because this is an ART BLOG, so I'll be talking about art things.

Winter Art Shows

I participated in 3 Winter Art Shows: 
  • Snowy Splendor at the Onondaga Historical Association in Syracuse 
  • Winter Recipe at the Tech Garden in Syracuse 
  • The Art of Winter at the Thousand Islands Arts Center in Clayton 
In the Art of Winter Show I won a Staff Pick Award for my "Cardinals!" and in Snowy Splendor I received a good review for "Leave Only Footprints" by Stars Magazine Art Critic Katherine Rushworth, and a photo of my work in the newspaper. The Winter Recipe Show was reviewed by New Times Critic Carl Mellor which resulted in another good review and a photo of my painting "Green Beer Parade" in the on-line version of that newspaper.

Coming Up Soon: Thousand Island Memorial Day Studio Tour

Back in January, I was invited by the Lyric Coffeehouse in Clayton to be their guest artist during the Thousand Island Studio tour May 23 and 24, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. I will be there with paintings, prints cards etc and I plan also to do a watercolor demonstration. The Lyric is located at 246 James Street in Clayton NY.

So I just realized that I have had a pretty good winter.

New Directions

And here's a first for me: Yesterday I was asked to judge an art guild show. I have judged the National Scholastic Art Show for years, but this will be my first time judging "grown-ups".

So yeah, this winter hasn't been too bad here at Windy Hill Studio. Outside???A totally different story. Let's hope we can put away our winter boots till next November!


Here is the link to the New Times Review:


  1. You are awesome Joan! and being grateful looks good on you:)

  2. Thanks Dawn!
    I hope all is going well for you.