I was first dubbed an artist at a community meeting. It stuck. From there concepts grew in my brain of what I wanted to experiment with, what I felt I had to stay away from and upon waking what to paint. I’ve been involved with the Top of West Virginia Arts Council for 2 years and had the honor of creating an Open House and Art show in February of 2019. Out of that show, I snagged 7 artists new to the Summit Art Gallery. And although public speaking isn’t a forte of mine, I was honored and humbled at the same time to introduce the talented players new to the scene. A featured artist at the Victorian Splendor exhibit in September of 2019 gave me the opportunity to display both my art and jewelry. I’ve had 3, count them 3 Watercolor art lessons. The painter I had taken 2 classes from encouraged me not to come back. “You Tube it” he said. Perplexed I questioned why perhaps I wasn’t a student of his choice to which he responded the drawing part he could not teach me what I already knew. Learn on your own. Now, I will fast forward to my third watercolor lesson. During an Art Hop, I was assigned to the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center and I rolled out a few 5 x 7 watercolor pictures on Strathmore 140 lb. paper in a few weeks time. Bob Watson, casually walked over to me and Lambros and said, “I’m going to paint, if you would like to come over and watch.” I nearly fainted at the proposition of watching a master watercolorist at his work. I sat quietly as a mouse but still squirmed around in my seat out of pure exhilaration. As he started to sketch out the composition of his painting, I asked where his ruler was, so he could complete the architectural aspects, and he quietly laughed and shook his head. “Oh, I don’t need one of those.” One of the best days of my life, honestly. I fell in love with watercolors. I love the idea of the transparency of the color, and how to create shadows from grey brings depth to my life. You can watercolor anything, and make it look amazing by drawing people into a story you create. The artist reading this will laugh when I say, when choosing between watercolor and acrylic paint, I like watercolor because, well, acrylics hate me.
Music and Art at Oak Glen on March 20th, 21st and 22nd
Working on a special project always excites the senses and sense of purpose. In these times we live in right now, I am seeing an increase in homesteading, well.. homesteading the millennial way. Friends are buying thread and needles to hand sew safety items, many of my friends are going back to their roots of Native American herbal culture and even hair and skin care projects are taking root in nature.
Just when you think it was safe to come out of cyber land..You discover a simple inexpensive hack to create your own damn logos! Oh I could not be any more exited. And to think on the 13th of the month, my typical unlucky day. I learned.