Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas!

"For Unto Us A Child is Born"

Mixed Media

Christmas Blessings to all as I share with you the above artwork I painted at our Wednesday night Worship Service, December 21, 2016.  It was a special evening with out annual "Cookies & Carols" service in the historic sanctuary at St. Andrews Mt. Pleasant.  My easel was within the altar rail to the left of the empty manger which was later filled with bells as each person in the congregation came forward and placed a tiny bell in the manger, a symbolic offering of his or her gift to the Christ Child.

The painting surface had been prepared a while ago - I built the surface with several layers of collage using various papers, many of them thick to build the rocky texture and some of the building shapes. I also tore a page from an old hymnal and collaged part of "O Little Town of Bethlehem" on the surface.  Although it's been painted over, you can still see the words of the song if you look closely.

This is not a realistic depiction of the town of Bethlehem; instead, I love to use collage to express my emotional response to places and events.  And when the painting is created as an act of worship, there is usually a spiritual dialogue that happens. In this painting, several of the areas where I painted openings, doors or windows suggested caves - and that was a gift to me to discover those as I painted - because I've been to Bethlehem 3 times and the Church of the Nativity is actually built over the grotto or cave that is the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Day 17 - Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition - Extended Day

Leftover Piccolo Spoletians
or are they just
Park People Looking for a New Home?

Maybe half the show stayed - about 40 tents were open today - after all, it was Second Sunday on King Street - always a real treat!  For several blocks, King Street is closed to traffic on the second Sunday of each month and it's such fun - restaurants put tables out, store doors are open wide - families, children, pets come out and enjoy!  

Several of us went down King Street to check out one of the signs for our show - there seemed to be good traffic and several sales in Marion Square today. Thank you to "Bridge Run Julian" (Smith) who is the director of the Annual Cooper River Bridge Run (among many other things, I'm sure) and who also helped PSOAE with e-blasts and signage for today!

"Bridge Run Julian" Smith

Finally, everyone packed up at Marion Square and went home for another year..

Day 16 - Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Well, today was the last "official" day of the 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition - the Piccolo Spoleto Finale was held at Hampton Park tonight!  However, many of us will be exhibiting tomorrow and will slowly take down, pack up and say our goodbyes until the 2017 show.  

You have not missed your chance!  Come to Marion Square between 10 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. and we all be glad to help you choose an artwork to buy!

Today was exciting - the Annual Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition Red Solo Cup Race (think Belmont Stakes - it's close) began the last hour of the show - at 5:00 p.m. Line-up below:

The crowds began to mass and then went wild as the racers were announced - we had such esteemed names as "Two Shades Jackson" (Daryl Knox - he ran holding an umbrella) - we are unsure if Two Shades came in 2nd or 3rd (you must understand - there is so much excitement - lots of laughter - lots of tears, but mostly mass confusion that it's difficult to be clear about some of this race). The general consensus is 2nd - that Two Shades beat out Bat-Kid Bob (Bob Graham) who was highly handicapped because he was running and pulling Hoof-Hearted (Scott Penegar) in some kind of wagon.  First Place went to the late comer "Fit for a Lady" (Sabine Avcalade). Per the official race rules, last year's winner, Steven Hyatt, had to be handicapped, so he ran with just-turned-five Judah Radin on his back - both Steven and Judah ran with purple masks, but most people figured out who they were.  One of the real stars was Neriah Radin who stunned her parents and everyone else by "running like the wind" and I believe may have led the race but could not be an "official" runner because she is not a PSOAE Artist (her father, Alex Radin is in the show), but THE PRESS caught her in an unguarded moment, resting her feet and adorned with ribbons below:

Her father, Alex, would have been eligible to run the race but he was too busy being the bookie and settling bets of funny money:

Your artist blogger, a/k/a THE PRESS, had no pictures of the race because she was busy videotaping it.  Unfortunately, she did not realize her iPhone was out of video memory.  Such are the very real unexpected pitfalls of an on-the-scene Ace reporter. Better luck next year.

To close out the official last day of the show, I'm posting Artist Sheryl Stalnaker's stunning portrait of my cat, Princess Mittens (a/k/a The Diva, P. Mittens, Mitts, the Mittster, etc.).  Sheryl and I traded original art about 5 years ago but I never chose my piece from her until last year when I gave her a picture of P. Mittens and said I wanted her to paint P. Mittens' portrait.  Sheryl paints in oil with palette knife and is well-known for her pet portraits. 

P. Mittens Whaley

P. Mittens and I are so pleased - thanks, Sheryl!

Photo of Artist Sheryl Stalnaker with P. Mittens' Portrait

Friday, June 10, 2016

Day 15 - Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Tomorrow is the last official day of the 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition.  Farmers Market is out in full force.  LOTS to see and do Saturday, 6/11, in Marion Square - Come and join us!

So today was hot and the games began early.
Bocce Ball

So in my spare time at Marion Square today,  I learned to Tweet:

"Ambiance I"
Oil and Cold Wax

"Come visit me in Marion Square Booth 74 great day to paint outside" + a few hashtags for Charleston, Contemporary Art, Piccolo Spoleto, etc.

I was really excited - after all, I've had the twitter account for a year but couldn't figure out how to use it.  I only had 5 followers, some of which were family.  Now I have 8...Then I figured I could use some practice, so I tweeted a picture of Daryl Knox in Marion Square painting plein air oils and added some hashtags. That went over well. I started getting all these emails and notifications that people "liked" my tweet about DARYL! This just doesn't strike me as right, so it's back to the "tweetie board" tomorrow...

We all rounded out Friday afternoon in Marion Square with hot dogs - the Great American Picnic Favorite - thanks to Artist James Pratt and his wife!
Hot dogs - all gone...

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Day 14 - Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Honorable Mention
Congratulations to Susan Colwell for
"Blue Serenity II"!

That's all the awards for the 2016 show - 2 more official days to go (except there will be lots of artists staying over and showing Sunday - it's Second Sunday on King Street and there will be arrows showing the detour into Marion Square).  

Artist Daryl Knox, who can do anything, rigged up my table which lost a screw yesterday. Since he didn't have any of those Allen wrench things, his creativity ran rampant - notice the easel stabilizing and holding the table up. Plus he has a giant toolbox he brings every day to the park.  It has absolutely everything in it. Except what we needed...

Artist & Helpful Man 
Thank you, Daryl Knox!

By the second week of this show, we begin to see strange occurrences...the Piccolo Ping Pong Championship has begun:

Artists Bob Graham and Scott Penegar

Artist Alex Radin with baby playing Scott Penegar 

Artist Joyce Harvey's tent is color-coordinated in aqua and white to enhance her marine paintings.  She also coordinates her outdoor art show wardrobe and frequently wears aqua and white.  Yesterday, everyone in our section of the POD got together and played a joke on her.  Noted PSOAE photographer, Terrie Johnson, was privately alerted and part of the GREAT JOYCE HARVEY SURPRISE.  Joyce was called away from her tent just long enough for the group to change their shirts and hide in her tent.  Terrie Johnson was the first on the scene to catch the group as Joyce returned to her tent:

Artist Joyce Harvey, ever the Good Sport
Joins in for the Group Cheesecake Shot - yes, that's Joyce wearing the Aqua Hat...

We also have birthdays and Birthday Parties
Artists Alvin Glen and Monnie Johnson just turned 60 years OLD
and here they are "Cutting the Cake"

Artists are never too old to wear party hats and eat birthday cake.

Alvin and Mrs. Glen with Lesley and Monnie Johnson

The Birthday Boys with Artist Friends.
If you have cake, you have a lot of friends.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Day 13 - Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Honorable Mention
Congratulations to KC Collins for

Only 2 more days of FREE Art Lessons!  Demonstrations in Marion Square twice a day, 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. tomorrow and Friday! And, you can ask all the questions you want...FREE.

Artist Laurie Meyer demonstrating in oil this past weekend.

Artist Colleen Wiessmann was scheduled for a demo last week
in Mixed Media.  She picked up a new student for private art lessons!

Yesterday was a special day in our section of the POD.  Not only did we have Joyce Harvey and husband give us Thanksgiving Dinner in June (see yesterday's post), late yesterday afternoon Scott and Kay Penegar (both artists, married to each other) gave us Cinco de Mayo in June.  What fun!  We even had a PINATA (filled with ART SUPPLIES, courtesy of our local art store, Artists and Craftsman)! Enjoy the following:
Kay Penegar (the Hostess), Marisa Vogl, Laurie Meyer and the food...Then we were given 
FREE mustaches. Why, I don't know, but it doesn't matter because they were FREE. Artist Bob Graham and Jennifer Drinkwater model them below:

Marisa Vogle, with mustache, is blindfolded by Dale Johannesmeyer, with mustache, and gets ready for the PINATA...

Artist Jennifer Koach, with mustache, hitting away....

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Day 12 - Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Honorable Mention
Congratulations to Peggy Howe for
"Windmill Point"!

Tropical Storm Colin rolled through yesterday
So I came prepared for whatever "bog" was left over.

We did have tons of rain here (but much worse in Florida) but fortunately no tents or art were damaged and today is perfectly beautiful - we're supposed to have sunshine for the rest of the show!  And after yesterday's weather, the artists came roaring back.  A weekday rain day can be very therapeutic, but some artists are a still a bit punchy:

Cowboys and Indians Photobombed by the Guy in Green
Can you tell we're in the 12th day of a 16-day outdoor art show?

Artist Joyce Harvey brought lunch for our little section of the POD today.  Her husband even brought an electric knife to carve the HOME-COOKED TURKEY, complete with homemade dressing and various and sundry other culinary delights.  We were all kind of "wowed"!