Sunday, September 21, 2008

September News - After the Storm!

Hello Again,

I am surprised I have time to work on this entry as September has been positively bustling so far. You may have noticed some changes to the website, and some more will be coming soon. The gallery has been updated slowly but surely and a guestbook has been added. (Please sign it!)

We have been really lucky in that our home (and hence the studio) was not damaged in the recent extraordinary weather. I was in Alabama so I missed the excitement, but we did temporarily become host to a neighbor's full size trampoline! For those friends and readers in the Cincinnati area, I hope you have power now and that cleanup is moving along - what an act of nature!

There are currently a few works in progress. One weekend this month Alja and I went to Findlay Market in Cincinnati, which I am ashamed to say I have not visited before. So much color! Needless to say I took some reference photos and will be doing a piece or two from them in the near future. We also went to the Cincinnati Art Museum where it seemed we caught them in between exhibits. We did see Crewdson's Beneath the Roses exhibit, which was ethereal. The photography was indeed much like the frame by frame of some exotic thriller. I believe the exhibit continues through mid-October.

In addition, we saw a few pieces by my favorite artists Van Gogh and Monet, as well as met some new favorites.

I think this is it for now. The studio is bustling along and I will be posting again in the next few weeks. Until then, too-da-loo!


Monday, September 8, 2008

Fish In Glass, 2008 and more baby news...

Hello All!
I hope as summer starts to wane just slightly (it might be wishful thinking), everyone has been enjoying their Labor Day Q's and looking forward to fall (it's my favorite time of year).
We have lots of news and things have been very busy - hopefully I can pare down to the most important here.
Fish In Glass, my newest piece, has just been delivered to its new home. A long time in the making, I hope the collector of this piece enjoys the unique-ness of this piece. I appreciate all her patience while I completed this piece. Definitely one to stand out!

Transition Art Studio, whose director, Teressa Barnhill, has been a driving force in my artistic progression, has totally revamped their website. Please take a look - I'm in awe at their web design prowess!

Over the next few months I am having all the paintings still in possession re-photographed. Hopefully it will provide greater clarity of color and line to the viewer. Online viewing, to me, is not the best way to view work. You really need to be able to absorb it in person. Each piece has its own character, personality and vibrance that is just not always able to be experienced through the online venue. For this reason I always encourage either private or group viewings of my artwork.

As for family news... we recently found out we are having a baby girl! Her name, which of course we have picked out already, will be Abigail Summer. (Yes, I know she will be a winter baby but we love the name). We are over halfway there and are being told that she may make her appearance around Christmas!

Lots of news I need to circulate:

  • Good wishes to my good friend Giselle Grayson, who is currently en route to Atlanta to audition for P Diddy and the new show Starmaker. Let me also say that this was not an open call deal, but she was called personally by MTV casting to get her on board.
  • Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Rohr! My very good Nicole Bertke made a gorgeous bride as we all knew she would. What a new chapter you have in your life ladybug!
  • A wish for good painting to Linda Lee Whaley who will be in Cincinnati participating in Fresh Art this coming weekend. I was planning on supporting her in person but will be in Alabama meeting my new nephew Kolton! I am going to be with you in spirit!!!
  • Finally, I want to give all my love to my little sister who has been a pioneer on the Beasley baby train. Ashley welcomed Kolton Ian Kelley into the world last week, and I am the proudest aunt ever! Can't wait to see you, sweetie!

Hope everyone is doing well and stay in touch - I will be putting my preliminary 2009 show calendar together in the coming months and will hopefully have it out on the site by 1Q 2009.

Artful Thinking,