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Upcoming Events in January and February

Upcoming events for January and February

It’s a rainy and cold time of year, perfect for focused time in the studio. I made a list of of events this month and next month and was surprised there were so many when I pinky swore to myself I was going to hide in my studio like a groundhog until February. If you haven’t checked it out yet, stop by my new studio space at Local Color Studio in Canton, Georgia! Also! I’m switching all newsletter updates to my blog starting in February. Here’s what I’ll be up to: DEC 2 – JAN 26: Season of Celebration exhibit, presented by Arts Alliance Center Awards reception January 13th, 2pm – 4pm @ Buckhead Library JAN 20-FEB 24: 2024 Maker’s Collective Exhibit @ Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Assoc., Blue Ridge, GA Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association is proud to showcase…

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ArtWalk Jasper May 19th

Art Walk Jasper

I’ll be showing my art at the Pickens County Cultural Center during ArtWalk Jasper on Friday, May 19th from 6pm – 9pm. This downtown ArtWalk will feature live music, special food trucks and specials by local businesses, and juried artists like me showing their work in local businesses for a one night pop-up. Admission is free! I plan to paint and draw live during the event.

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November Events

This November I’ll be at events all over the Atlanta and North Georgia region. The Small Town, Small Works show featuring myself and 59 other local artists is going on now through December 23rd. If you’re looking for an evening art walk, a kid and pet friendly art festival or to squeeze in some holiday shopping I have you covered. Links to the events are listed below and more there are more details if you scroll down. I hope to see you at one of the events. I’ll be updating my instagram with location and event highlights. (@lsjart). I’ll also have special giveaways and freebies. If you see me in person, mention this post or my instagram for your choice of 10% off your purchase or a set of 5 post cards or stickers. October 27th – December 23rd, 2022:…

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Chastain Park Fall Arts Festival

Chastain park fall arts festival

I’ll be at the Chastain Park Fall Arts Festival the first weekend of November. I’m excited to be a part of one of the top 100 ranked events by Sunshine Artist. This is a family friendly event at Chastain Park in Atlanta, Georgia. There will be many different styles and types of art to explore as well as music, food vendors, and access to a play area. Scroll down below for a preview of some of the art I will have on display. I plan to showcase several popular painting series including “Wild Sunflowers”, “Dreaming Dogs”, “Discovered Country” (Western Landscapes), “Wild Spirits” (Horses), “In Fine Spirits” (wine), and “North Georgia Landscapes”. The event starts on Saturday, November 5th at 10am and goes through Sunday afternoon. I plan to have paintings for sale, selected reproductions (prints), samples of puzzles, throws and…

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Flowers symbolize hope, courage and caring

close up of a floral painting showing petals of a rose

I’ve been asked a lot lately about my favorite things to paint and I felt a bit silly admitting I like to paint flowers. Why? I mean it’s obvious I’m painting them, especially if I’m standing less than five feet away from my own art. I’ve done some reflecting on this and I’m ready to share why I think I enjoy painting them. Spoiler: It’s not just because they are beautiful, whatever that means. Flowers are fascinating Flowers have always fascinated me. They come in so many shapes, sizes and forms. The more elaborate and colorful they are, the more I like them. Some people may see flowers as very feminine, weak, and “girly”. I see them as symbols of courage, hope, and caring (love). Flowers may be temporary, but they are even more powerful symbols of courage and hope…

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Two Art Shows in July in the Atlanta Area

three paintings of dogs, a pit bull mix, a lab mix and a blue heeler.

I’m thrilled to be showing my work in two locations in July. One in Cherokee County, Georgia, northwest of Atlanta and the second in Atlanta at Ponce City Market. Both shows feature free receptions where you can meet the artists and other art lovers. July 1 – 26th: Cherokee Members Art Show Reception: July 7, 6-8pm July 7 – 27th : Binders Ponce City Market Reception: July 23rd, 3-5pm What art will I be showing? The Cherokee Members Art Show will feature several new paintings in including “Mischief”, “High Energy Jack” and “Shelby Dreams”. Here is a preview of the pieces that will be in the show: Binder’s Ponce City Market will be featuring work from the Friday Painters group at the Atlanta Artist Center including three paintings by me. Here is a preview of them: I hope you can…

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Stubby, A Real Dog Hero

Real Dog Hero Sgt. Stubby Watercolor

I recently finished the painting of Sgt. Stubby, part of the Real Dog Heroes Series. This is a new series of paintings and drawings based on real dog heroes from search and rescue organizations, every day dogs being heroic and dogs who protected soldiers. The series was inspired while writing one morning about different canines who have done amazing things against what sometimes seemed to be impossible odds. I researched for the series by reading books from different sources and various news sites online.     Stubby was the only dog to be awarded the rank of “sergeant” during World War I. He was smuggled overseas to France by his owner after he was found on the Yale campus. This loyal American Pit Bull Terrier mix saved lives and kept up the morale of soldiers by providing warnings about poison…

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Dog Portraits: Colorful Boston Terrier using Derwent Inktense Blocks and Watercolor on 140 lb Paper

Boston Terrier dog portrait with rainbow colors but mostly green and purple using watercolor and inktense block art sticks

I’m continuing my series of colorful dog portraits with this friendly Boston Terrier. He was inspired by a conversation I had with a fellow designer at a conference. He was talking about how Boston Terriers are the ultimate pet for designers. They are a cute, quirky and visually appealing breed. They pack a lot of personality into a tiny body. This piece was made on high quality 140lb watercolor paper using watercolor washes and ink washes with layers of Derwent inktense block art sticks layered on top. And layered again. And again. There were a few chalk pastels used here and there, but yeah who uses ink medium for textured layers? It’s fun to experiment like this and not use art materials the way the were intended. I get a thrilling zing in my belly. Does this make me an…

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365 Days of Dogs

Molly Sketch 032917

I’m launching a new project where I post a drawing or painting with a dog as the subject on Instagram for 365 days. Why? One reason is it’s a way for me to practice my skills as an artist. Another reason is I want to build a daily habit and find that posting the results on social media help me with accountability. Third, it’s fun! There is something very satisfying about sharing what I create with others. Every day I will post a sketch or painting of a dog. The goal is to experiment with different media and practice my skills as an artist while documenting the journey. I’ve added my first subject, a sketch of my dog Molly here in this post and on Instagram. If you have any questions about the project, please get in touch!  

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