I have been very busy lately! Framing work, shipping to shows, teaching painting and photography classes as well as riding my horses, taking care of family and working my part-time job at Gypsy Woods. The warmer weather has been a little distracting too. My perennials are growing and the spring bulbs are nearly finished blooming.
The birds are really active! Lots of color in my yard! We have Eastern Bluebirds nesting in one house. The other house is still vacant after my war on the English Sparrows and now the wasps that are trying to build a nest. There were 5 male (bachelor) tree swallows all trying to get in the house while I was riding yesterday. They swooped right under Amy's nose! A Blue Jay is sitting on eggs in the cottonwood right off the deck at eye level. She hasn't moved and the male brings her food and tenderly feeds her... quite a contrast to their typical reputation as a somewhat obnoxious bird!
Artistically speaking, I have some photographs that have juried into the National Borzoi Specialty in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky in May. My friend Lynne Hlavin brought her beautiful dog over for me to photograph. The resulting images were quite stunning with nice golden, late evening light against the dark backdrop of our woods adding to the artistic quality of the photos. Here are the images:
"Intensity" and "Beauty and Grace" you can see the entire show here:
I also have work in the Seaside Art Gallery 19th Annual Miniature Show www.seasideart.com http://www.seasideart.com/EventDetails.aspx?id=26
Images included in this show are "The Broodmare" "Timber Wolf" and "Mystic" All these paintings are done in Acrylic and custom framed. My darling husband made the floater frames from some scrap Maple. He is cutting and joining all my frames now! He is so talented!
Other events this week include the Columbus Museum of Art, "Art In Bloom" fund raising event. I will be photographing the floral arrangements along side artistic masterpieces. The arrangements are designed as an interpretation of the art they are photographed with. This should be an interesting assignment! Its not often that an art museum allows photography (except when its for them!) https://www.columbusmuseum.org/specialevents/aib2010/
In other news. I was recently asked to be one of two judges for the upcoming Delaware Arts Festival. This is a good size festival held in May with lots of local and regional talent. I am looking forward to this and was honored to be considered.