Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Turkey Day!

 We have the week off for Thanksgiving so I was able to head up to Memphis. I saw Brian Selznick's (my MacDowell friend) show at the Dixon. The exhibit focuses on Brian's illustrations from his many children's books. There were some nice drawings. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to take pictures so I had to sneak.... not great quality. Here are some I liked!

 From the Meanest Doll in the World
 Kevin and I went up to Coldwater, MS to Homestead Farms to buy some plants for the yard. Look at the thousands of poinsettias!
 Fun new app for the iPad- LetterMPress
Painting update

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


I attended SECAC last weekend in Savannah. I gave a paper called "Field Trippin'."
Savannah is full of squares and spanish moss. Most of the historical structures were built in the early 1800s.
We headed over to the Telfair Museum. They were showing some interesting contemporary art and the two solo shows were Betsy Cain and Anthony Goicolea. Betsy Cain is a really nice abstract painter and I really liked her paintings on Yupo.
No photos in the exhibit... boo!
Here is a SCAD Gallery on Liberty Street. Above is a South Africa Artist, Zander Blom.

Savannah is great and hopefully I'll be back for FATE 2013!

Monday, November 14, 2011

100 drawings

 One of my favorite Drawing 2 projects every semester is Cloud of Ideas (100 drawings). This year I decided to take on the challenge with my students- 100 drawings in 10 days. The drawings should be between 3"x 4" and 5" x 7" and the subject matter is random. No rules- just produce!

Here are some of my drawings.

I have some great pictures from SECAC in Savannah. Stay tuned!

Sunday, November 6, 2011


 Kevin and I are in Louisiana for my mother-in-law's birthday. We visited Melrose Plantation yesterday. Melrose is interesting for many different reasons. Below is the African House (built in 1800). It is the only example of Congolese architecture in the continental US. I bet Art Historians have a field day with that!
Clementine Hunter's pickin' cotton
 Clementine Hunter is a famous Louisiana folk artist who grew up at Melrose (She was Mrs. Henry's cook). On the second floor of the African House, she did murals of her memories.
Clementine Hunter's wedding
Here is Clementine's quilted portrait of Melrose.

I think Cammie Henry was the most inspirational figure of Melrose for me. She learned how spin, knit, and weave. She also created an artist's colony. She would invited artists and writers to the Cane River. She wanted them to work and quizzed them about their production at dinner. If they had not created anything after 3 days, Mrs. Henry politely asked them to leave. oh snap!