Did you hear about "The Scream" and how much it went for at auction?  $120 MILLION. All I can say is wow.

Picked up our artwork at Focus on Health.  As I was loading the work in the back of my SUV I really marveled at how talented our group is.  Plus it is like seeing old friends, when I saw my work.  I was actually anxious to get home and hang my favorites back in their familiar places.

Next meeting is May 9th.  Same time, but new place.  Ashland Pizza and Pub is our new spot this month.  They have wonderful pizza so I know what I'm doing for dinner that night.  Diana Fogle is our presenting artist this month and I'm looking foward to seeing what she brings to share.
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: