Thursday, February 20, 2014

50 Shades of Grey

February is a month of 50 shades of grey...the light blue grey of the landscape during a snowstorm, the dark grey of a storm moving in or moving out, the grey of the snow after it's been around for a few days,  the grey that has invaded my hair. I find myself doing grey scales with my art students, hoping they see and learn how to make its many subtle variations. I make grey scale landscapes, and  surround them in domes of snow....

Storm after storm have rolled in, creating a monocrhomatic landscape devoid of color, deposting piles of moisture that I measure with a yardstick, piles that have wrecked my back and Larry's arms.  I have lost the compost bins, I have lost my stone walls.  I have forgotten what colors lie beneath the layers of snow and ice, and can only hope that my roof and gutters will hold up with its weight.

I find myself grateful for odd things like snow tires and Canadian boots. Today's boots are grey, as is my coat and cashmere scarf. If I fell in the snow, I might not be found till spring.

But the days are getting longer, the light stronger. Nature's palette will change, and the world will be abundant with color. And oh what a joy that will be.

Photos taken from a back road in Woodstock. I had gone to an appointment - the sky a light grey when I left, with a hint of darkness on the horizon. An hour later I was driving in 4" of unplowed snow, in near whiteout conditions. Oh what an adventure it has been.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Snowdays and Painting

The problem with being self employed, is that when you don't work, you don't get paid.

So, when I wake up in the morning, and it is starting to snow, I have to make the decision whether I can go to work.

Yesterday I opted to stay home from my job at the Tibetan Shop, which closes when no one can make it into work.  I figured the price of my auto deductible is much more than what I make there, so it was a no-brainer.

 I stayed home and....PAINTED.

Today my painting student cancelled; his road had not been plowed yet.  Fortunately I had a few hours to put in another job who will take me as much as they can get me- a few hours a week, and I have one student who comes every week, no matter the weather.   Tomorrow I will not go to my studio in Rhinebeck, so I will go for a few hours tonight, pack up what I need, take care of some business, and get ready to hunker down, and work from home.

Today's painting is titled "After the Storm".

One of my 5 x 5 Oil on Canvas paintings, for  90.00.

Off to work on my website that needs to be updated badly. 

Monday, February 03, 2014

Officially Open for Business!

Friday night was the soft opening of my new studio, in Rhinebeck, NY.  My studio is my working and teaching studio, as well as a gallery and wholesale/retail outlet for my cards. It is located at 18 Garden Street in Rhinebeck, and is upstairs from my good friend Judi Esmond's business Hudson Valley Pottery.   If you are a Facebook junkie like I am, you can find the FB page link to my studio's  on Hudson Valley Pottery's website link to me....HERE, as well as get a brief bio/description of my work. 

It was well attended, and I am always thrilled that my friends come to support me now, as they have for many years. I was not totally prepared - sales wise, as people wanted a price list of the art, which I had not gotten to yet. In my mind, it was not meant to be a "sale" opening, and I figured I would sell some cards/journals, but to my great surprise I sold two paintings and a mixed media collage!! I was so honestly unprepared for sales that I did NOT have any "red dots" and instead had to use hot pink loose leaf hole-reinforcements!

Saturday was the first Mini Workshop that I did in collaboration with Hudson Valley Pottery, called Made With Love. In Judi's studio, children made heart ornaments and bowls out of clay. Upstairs, in my studio, children, teens, and adults made Valentines based upon some from my antique collection. It was a busy time, and it bought me great joy to watch people make Valentine cards with much care and love!

I have to start writing up ideas for teaching more classes. One class that I want to do is Reclaiming Your Creativity, or, as someone suggested: "What Was Your Name Before Mom?" The other is Mixed Media, and I would love to teach an Intro to painting class. All of this takes time and prep, something I am not stranger to.

Hope you are surviving the snows and storms of February...this week looks like I will be home painting instead of traveling to my jobs part of the week!

PS> A thank you to Stephanie for taking photos of the studio before the party. My photographer husband was too busy partying to do it!