So I submitted a piece for the next show at the Columbia Art League and I did not get juried in.  I was a little disappointed at first but when I stopped and thought about it, I really have no reason to be disappointed or upset.  Since I began my "career" in art a few short years ago this is the first time I haven't made it into a show.  And since this particular painting was my first foray into portraiture with a palette knife, it is probably one of my weaker pieces.  You be the judge.




We had a good showing at Ashland Out Loud 5.  I was only able to get a couple of pictures so if anyone took pictures send them to me and I'll get them posted.
This was in the new Commerce Bank...Vicki and Tony had pieces here.
This is at Mainstreet Bank. Tracy, Diane H. and Diana C. had works there.
We had our April meeting last night.  A productive meeting in regards to the upcoming Ashland Out Loud 2012 and our pending art show in July.
Diane Hallert was our presenting artist.  Diane is a photographer and share a lot about herself, how she got started and her two abiding and horses.  She also shared her wonderful images.
We also had a newbie come to the meeting, Cricket Hackmann, who is also a photographer and has a wonderful eye.  You can check out her work at
How do you like our new logo?  Thanks to Gail for the original concept and picture and Linda and Morgan for inspiring the text.
Wow...we are so official now.
Tonight is our monthly meeting...need to finalize plans for next Thursday which is Ashland Out Loud 2012 and we will be displaying at the various banks in town.

Regions    Sharon Horton and Lisa McNew
Boone County National    Linda Green, Morgan Green and Arianna Trimble
Commerce Bank    Vicki Wren and Tony Barbieri
Mainstreet Bank    Diana Fogle, Tracy Eichhorn, Diane Hallett, and Diane Chappell

It is a good chance to get our group know in the community plus a chance to display our work.  Which by the way I think is awesome but then I'm totally biased.
I am constantly bombarded by posts, tweets, phone calls and texts that I find it hard to concentrate.  I am going to start turning off the sound to my phone when I get home and start doing at least one hour of art every day.  Now that doesn't mean I will be actually doing art but as long as it is related then it's okay.  For studio room desperately needs cleaned and decluttered.  I have become a hoarder and it is time to let things go or better yet use that stuff to create what a novel idea!  Here's a pic of my room:
One of my favorite books is "Art & Fear" by David Bayle and Ted Orland.  I keep a copy in my nightstand and read it when I'm second-guessing myself in regards to my art.  I highly recommend it for all artists.  It is a small book and quick read.  Here is a quote from the book:

"The difference between art and craft lies not in the tools you hold in your hands, but in the mental set that guides them.  For the artisan, craft is an end in itself.  For you, the artist, craft is the vehicle for expressing your vision.  Craft is the visible edge of art."

Every artist should have this book.  It is really inexpensive (less than $10 on Amazon).  BUY IT!
For my first post to my first blog...let's talk about our very first show coming up in July.  This won't be the first time we have displayed as a group (did that last year at the Ashland Fall Festival) but it will be the first time we have done it as a juried show with the public invited to participate.  We don't have a lot of details yet other than the theme, which is "Bridges of Boone County".  We are celebrating all the old bridges located in the Boone County area and are asking that the submitted works be on this subject.  Here are some pictures I took last week to get you started: