It is the eighth day of Spoleto and wow, have we had a good time! One of my favorite moments was meeting a couple from Charleston, West Virginia. It just so happened that Bennett was at the booth at that moment, and he asked them what their advice was to us newlyweds. As a couple of 8 years of marriage, they said "always talk, and never stop the weekly date." We thought it was sweet advice and Bennett left for work. Well that couple ended up coming back the next day and purchased a painting that I had done while I was falling deeply in love with my husband. I had it at the show but wasn't sure I wanted to actually sell it, but when this couple knowing the story behind the piece wanted it, I was able to let it go. I have to admit I teared up a bit, but I am glad to know that such a meaningful piece to my love story is going to a home with so much love.
Last year, we broke down in the rain, and this year we set up in the rain! My husband (Bennett) and father (Franklin) saved the day with my set up...which shows me that there is need for multiple men in your life always (says the girl with three brothers!).
We got the walls up, anchored the tent down that wanted to blow away, and today, my old roommate and I hung all the art work. I just love the hustle and bustle of the park and all the other artists! Spoleto is my favorite 17 consecutive days. I get to be surrounded by gorgeous art, beautiful artists, and get to meet all sorts of wonderful passerby's. I hope to see your smiling face :)
Come visit me! May 22–June 7, 2015: 10am–5/6pm on weekends. Marion Square, Charleston SC! My tent is off of Calhoun Street.
People often ask me how I structure my day — what's my process like? Since my studio is at home (and thanks to my wonderful husband Bennett), it starts like this: Wake up. Make and eat breakfast while throwing in the laundry. Make coffee. Take out the trash. Mentally go through my day as I am straightening the house. Get in the studio by about 10am, and just start! Yesterday, I had about 45 minutes to paint, in between an art class and a Gallery meeting. So what I have found out about process is that Nike was right: Just Do It!
Here's a fun article about how some of the most creative minds in history spent their time!
We are ten days out from setting up for Piccolo Spoleto in Marion Square. I am furiously packing notecards, painting and anxiously awaiting our 17 day stay at the park. Spoleto is one of my favorite times of the year. I get to talk about art for three weeks straight and be surrounded by all sorts of beautiful people and work. Look for me off of Calhoun Street:) I will be wearing a big hat and bright dress.
As I teach my art students about famous Japanese woodcut artist Hokusai, I am faced with the fact that when he changed his art style, he changed his name. What a fun thought! I have just gotten married and am wondering about incorporating this idea into my new name.