Thursday, May 19, 2011
Tent set up in backyard - with a 2 x 4 frame and pegboard display area built by my husband.
Since I hardly ever participate in outdoor art shows I haven't yet invested in a heavy duty "art show tent" and professional display boards. My tent is an "Easy-Up" purchased years ago at BJ's and while it's rather easy to get up, it also goes down rather easily in a heavy duty rainstorm. Trust me, it's no fun trying to protect your paintings as wind driven rain seeps in through the sides and top of your tent! Therefore I'm thrilled that the weather forecast for this weekend calls for clear skies and sunshine, perfect for an outdoor art show.
A few surfing triptychs created for the show include a favorite, "Board Meeting", which was inspired by a photograph of my son and his two good friends taken during a surf trip. The orange van looks just like the one my husband had in high school - which he was driving on our very first date! Fortunately, years later my husband and I are still together - unfortunately, he got rid of the orange van way before we got married :(
Pre-Show Display Organization
Triptychs on view.
Hopefully thinking through and planning display areas ahead of time will be helpful when setting up at the show. I was delighted to see how easy it is to create shelving areas with just a few pieces of wood board and wire hooks found in our garage! The shelves are perfect for my triptychs and a couple of shells.
My "Swimming and Surfing" themed display showcases paintings and small prints hanging from surfboard clothespins. The shelf makes it easy to set up my small canvas paintings mounted on mat board.
A few paintings from my "City Scenes" theme period. Some of which have been made into small prints for those looking for less expensive art purchases.
Open for Business
If you can make it out to the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival in Norfolk, Va. this weekend, look for a tent that looks similar to this image. I'd love to have company and the weather should be perfect!!
Monday, May 16, 2011
Stockley Gardens Arts Festival
Saturday, May 21 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday, May 22 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Please stop by and visit with me and the other artists who will be set up in the lovely outdoor park area of Stockley Gardens in Norfolk, Va. I am usually in the section closest to the main stage, located at the top of the park (A block) near Olney Rd. - click here for their music schedule.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Registration for Magic Markings Summer Art Camps is open and available here. Classes will be held on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and are divided into the following age groups: 4 -5 years, 6 - 8 years, 9 - 11 years and 12 - 14 years old. Pre-School classes begin on Tuesday, May 31.
Monday, May 9, 2011
In our home if something stands still too long it's bound to get painted, which is probably why we have a pretty active family. The latest piece to acquire a fresh coat of paint is the ottoman my husband gave me for Christmas. It was, like most furniture in our home, "recycled" and in need of a little tender loving refinishing. After contemplating recovering the piece, I thought "Hmmmm.....I wonder if I can just paint over the fabric?"
Repainting the ottoman was super easy and, since I already had all the materials on hand, very inexpensive. I love the lively color and joyful feeling the ottoman now adds to the room.
Ingredients for fabric paintingKilz Latex Primer-Sealer, Acrylic paint, brushes, and water to wash out your brushes. I'm not sure what I'll seal the ottoman with but am assuming, with our sandy feet and little animal paws, coating it with a sealant will be a pretty important last step.
Now off to see what else could use a fresh coat of paint....