To quote Toby Keith (the first country artist I ever listened to), “Every once in awhile I want to talk about me, want to talk about I, want to talk about number one, oh my me my…” there will be no five questions tonight. Instead, I will be talking about “me.” Well, actually, sharing pictures of my newly-hung solo show.

Yesterday, Mr. Basketmaker and I dropped off all my paintings and set up a special display as part of an installation piece. Today, we stopped in with the final signage of my bio and statement and everything was miraculously (thank you Neal) up on the walls and labeled. It looked great. Today was the official opening, however June 10th will be my artist reception. We also were able to take photos of the whole show.

My name and the “show” text is hard to read in the photo. I wanted something less typical and created a nameplate on acrylic that was transparent through the letters and set off from the wall so it created a “shadow” behind it. Looks cool in person.
These were the earliest paintings I did specifically for this show. It’s what started the theme and vibe of the entire look.
This is a special installation piece I envisioned last summer while taking a break on the hammock. Jud and Eric created exactly what I wanted. Each side hold 3 acrylic panels I digitally created using my x-rays.
There’s twenty-five 6×6 paintings hanging on a black felt board. These were all framed by Mr. Basketmaker himself. I’m selling them individually but if anyone wants the whole complete set, let me know before June 9th.

This is the face of “relief.” I started working on this show a year ago and it’s now complete. Time to take a long rest!

Mr. Basket Maker makes stuff magically happen

You know what’s great about being an artist and being married to a basketmaker? Things magically happen.

One night last week I had 8 more frames to cut out for my set of 25 mini 6×6 paintings. It was well after midnight and was too tired to finish. The next morning, I wake up and see not only are the frames all cut out, they were put together and each artwork enclosed.

“Unspoken Words #1-25” Series, Mixed Media, 6×6 canvas, framed

Also last week, I was trying to figure out the display from where my acrylic panels will hang from and in comes Eric with a mini model!

Three panels on the front and three panels on the back. It looked perfect. On Sunday, Eric went to his best friend’s house outside of Atlanta and they worked on the full-size display. It’s awesome! Better than I could have imagined. But it’s not put together so I cannot take a photo. As soon as the display is complete, I will show a pic.

FYI – I’m trying to block out some time to get my website updated so I can upload the paintings that will be part of my show and also have the ability for pre-sales before my artist reception. 

Eleven Days Left in Show Countdown

I wouldn’t have known I had eleven days left if it weren’t for Mr. Basketmaker writing it in large letters on our chalkboard. I’m glad he did because in my head, I’m thinking I still have plenty of time before I hang all my artwork the first of the month.

No Saturday Night Artwalk tonight because I’m busy painting. And won’t put my brush down probably until the morning of June first. And it’s just not my artwork that needs finishing; I have signage and artist bio plus my statement. Sure, I already have them written, but they need updating. Still need to photograph and create certificate of authenticity sheets for every item. Okay, my stress level is now rising…

I did get my first set of show postcards off to the printer yesterday. Whether they get shipped here well before day one is another story. So I’ll leave you with a sample of my cards. If you live close by, would love to see you for my artist reception June 10th!