One of my birdhouses - canvas soaked in polycrylic - Little Flyin Lodge. You have to admit - every Monday morning I get to choose a "new" house, I get to design, pick all new interior decorating, new paint, and just let my warped mind wander where it has never been before. Way way too much fun and you can check it out at the Backwater Studio Facebook page.
Whats going on in the world around us here:
>Politics of course, it never ends. Amazing that so many spend their time reeking havoc all around them. I say, they need to take up a crafting hobby, actually do the "work", and not just "talk" about it. It would cure all that ails the world. *G*
>Gulf Coast Art Cooperative - having our building inspection today. Woo Hoo. We are rolling in closer and closer to getting the gallery "open" and just not "worked on". A month ago, a concept - today almost "painted". The big painting party is Sunday at 1pm. 209 Main St. Bay St. Louis. Ms.
> THE PASS MARKET located in War Memorial Park is Saturday from 8am to 12 noon. The clouds are all supposed to be gone by sun rise - it is going to be a gorgeous day. Come out to the beach in Pass Christian and enjoy a stroll with us by the beach!
>Two boats on deck this morning - this weeks accomplishments in total around the rain and wind. But, several piles of sticks gathered up from here, there and everywhere within 10 radius. Getting that "perfect' stick aint that easy. Amy Rogers - she knows. We are driving down the road and next thing she hears is "Ooooh, ooh, sticks" and the car comes to a screeching halt. Ah, the life of artists living in the surreal world of what could be, what is, what we can make of it.
>Thats it folks. I have not ventured out to see how much water is on the ground and whether I need a boat or not this morning to navigate around the yard. It sure came down in buckets last night.
See you on the flip side same time, same place tomorrow - if its fun, it happened here on the Coast in Mississippi!
Good morning world out there!
Not a coffee drinker, except when I have a task in hand and I need a kick start. So, headed over to check out the easel this morning - there is a brand new canvas there that should have the base coat dry by now and I am on a roll!
Right now headed out to the new Backwater Studio Display site in Bay St. Louis and then to pick up the supplies to cover the seedlings in the community garden as its getting down to the twenties, yes 20's, Wed night.Uggggghhhh
Saturday market - M,T,W,Th,F = Dry. Wednesday down to 20 degrees. Saturday slight chance of rain - go figure on that. LOL
8am: Pass Market Saturday
2pm: Gulf Coast Art Cooperative Meeting Saturday
4pm: Second Saturday Bay St. Louis
Having fun in the Backwater Studio studio this week. First "painting" in weeks. Back on a roll.
Now, it is supposed to rain again on Saturday - so, "more" painting time!
This piece is actually made up of four canvases - just my warped mind trying to figure out how to capitalize on those Hobby Lobby super steal deals on bundled "small" canvases. Love the effect. This one is 34" wide.
Love watching people working on their New Years List. Never had one myself - the artist in my has it on my list of things to do. *G*
Right now, working with a box of bathroom fixtures turning them into a coat rack. Should have it done today - its on my list of things to do. LOL
What is going to happen in the New Year is that I am going to start blogging on here regularly - time to move on from Facebook back to the real world. Subscribe to the mailing list - I usually only send out one email a month. Here, on the blog - its going to be a little bit here and a little bit there. Sometimes daily, sometimes not.
And, to my surprise, it was featured on the Valspar Paint page on Facebook.
Once a week, a few artist friends and I go "art trecking". It could be a trip to a new gallery to see about consigning art work, it could be a trip out to the bayou to get those one of a kind pics only the Gulf Coast can offer, or out to make arrangements for a future art show. No matter what, once a week - we step outside our comfort zone and do "something" about marketing or enlarging our artistic arena.
This week, it was a trip back to the bayou where the only dangerous thing we found was a particularly large aggressive tick which we conquered in short order. No alligators, Water Moccasins, or wild pigs - all which inhabit our stomping grounds. And, then, of course, there is my elusive large turtle that I have been stalking in that one pond for years. I told the girls - don't slam the doors, do not talk loudly, be very very very quiet - this huge turtle is very wary. All went well until Miss Amy, in her bright orange shirt, got all excited and moved in quickly in to get that perfect shot behind Miss Michelle. Well, the turtle was word to the wise on that "hunting jacket" Miss Amy was sporting and he took his swam dive off his favorite log back into the pond - he was not going to be "turtle soup" for anyone! A picture perfect moment for "another time". Can not wait until I can share with you "Mr Turtle", but, it will have to be "next time".
Your welcome to come join us on our once a week "treks". This one started at 6am. But, if we are doing a Gallery visit - it can start later in the day. Contact me if you are interested in joining us - we would be thrilled to have you along for the ride. I guarantee you that you will laugh until you cry with these girls - ya just never know what they are going to do next. This weeks trek included the clap board house on old 90, the Cypress swamps on old 90, the secret turtle pond, the Bayou Caddy Cemetery, and the nice friendly farmers yard we stopped in cos Miss Amy and Miss Michelle were enamored with "the roosters". You just never know where we are going to end up.
Art Trekking today with Amy Rogers and Stoyanka G Kolf (all local artists) - we went art trekking over to the Maritime Museum in Biloxi. Currently the gift shop is located in the Edgwater Mall, and the new museum is due to open at its new location at Point Cadet August 1st. I had been consigning art there for a while but wanted to introduce Amy and Tanya to this opportunity. Amy started consigning some of her photography and Tanya will be consigning her wearable art when the new museum opens in August.
On the way we stopped to visit with Waldo at the Paddle Shack on the beach in Long Beach. And we managed to get a couple of pictures of Waldo there lounging on the pristine sandy beach.
And, we found that Waldo had his own personal life guard. There he is, out on the Beach keeping good company and doing a great job beautifying the beach for the Harrison Country Sandy Beach all the while advertising the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Hope Haven.
Then, we went on a search for a model I had made of Shaggy's a couple of years ago and found it located at the Biloxi Shaggys right there on the bar counter. No, we did not stop to drink - we were on a mission. LOL
Nothing like a fun day out with your artsy friends and just having fun doing it! Want to join us next time - get a hold of us and we would be glad to have you join us!
Hancock Supervisors reverse dog ban on the beach - Trooper and CeeCee are the super stars on the beach in the story.
My one joy in life is going to the beach with the dogs.
(Trooper was a rescue from Route 66 Rescue Inc. and Connie Foster in St. Louis, Mo - they spent $2,000 putting a metal back leg on Trooper after he was abandoned and thrown from a truck. CeeCee was one of three hundred dogs abandoned in The forlorn dogs of Hughes, and All Arkansas Dogs with Angie Heringer)
Thank you Al Showers - great job on the story.
Backwater Studio has expanded the floor space - come check out the new display at Shieldsboro Bazaar, 1201 HW 90, Bay St. Louis. Ms. 10am - 5pm Mon-Sat.
Water Works is an art enrichment program at the Harbor Festivals where children are welcome to come and work with local artists.
We are looking for artists to come and assist at the Pass Christian BBQ & Blues Festival. You can donate an hour or more anytime over May 31st or June 1st.
Contact me at (228) 254-0284 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gulf Coast Community Foundation Art Competition
I am currently working on a piece for Hope Haven for this competition - the finished piece will be submitted next week. There is a portion of the competition where the public gets to vote on the pieces. All the funds from this competition are going to the non profits. I hope you will check back and vote for Hope Haven's entry.
As the Gulf Coast Community Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary and embarks on its annual Friends of the Foundation campaign, we are sponsoring in a coastal beautification contest. Nonprofit and community groups, local businesses and artists will be challenged to create a visual representation of how they “Leave their Mark” in our community. The canvas of choice: 55 gallon barrels that will ultimately be used as trash receptacles on beaches and parks across Harrison County. These trash barrels will be serve as a colorful, visual reminder of how non-profit and community groups are making a difference in South Mississippi and also encourage people to keep our coast clean by properly disposing of trash.
Backwater Studio won the Juried portion of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation Coast Beautification Art Competition - Hope Haven was awarded $1,034.00.
The Pass Market is held every Saturday from 8am to 12 noon - right there on the beach in Pass Christian. Paradise, absolutely paradise!
Finally, a rain free, wind free day!
Work in progress this week........
Need the sunshine today to finish - it has been overcast for days and days.
Painting is four foot tall........
Played with my website a little while it rained also:
Later today, have to dash off to judge the Children's Art from Art in the Pass.
How is your day going?
How to Talk to Artists at Art Festivals- The Do’s and Don’ts (Warning: You’ve probably been guilty of at least one of the don’ts…)
This is a classic article. I rolled on the floor laughing as I had "seen it all". Enoy!
Po Boy Fest , held at the Pass Christian Harbor, was a great success with good weather all-be-it a tad bit windy but no rain!.
Water Works - a teaching moment for children (and some adults) sponsored by the Pass Christian Art Association and Pass Christian Po Boy Festival. Instructors were: Georgia Reeves member of The Arts, Hancock County, MS), Janie Koch, Vice President of Pass Christian Arts Association, Chris Legarde and Kim Cheeks, Kathleen Johnson member of Pass Christian Art Association. Not pictured was Paula Hughes were was a huge help on both Saturday and Sunday.
The children (and adults) were each able to take home the art they were working on.
This program is to be continued at all the Pass Harbor Festivals and we invite you to join us in a "teaching moment" at the Pass Christian BBQ And Pass Christian BBQ & Blues coming up soon! If you would like to volunteer to be an art instructor for the next Festival - please contact Renee Brooks.
Renee Brooks - thank you for adding this program to the Harbor Festivals line up.
Proud Heron after stealing a shrimp from one of the children fishing off the sea wall. Its all about the "sea" at the Pass Harbor Festivals!
April 5th - Pass Christian War Memorial Park
Great little video done on Saturdays events!
Hancock Arts Alive, March 22nd, Bay St. Louis, Ms.
Yes, that is me, in my finest (and, despite the hat, I still got sunburnt), at The Arts, Hancock County, MS Arts Alive. WLOX stopped by with Cynthia Mahner (President of the Hancock Arts Association) and Jennie Lou Mintz (President of the Pass Christian Art Association) and a lot of these shots are in and around my booth. I saw Philiip Levin featured (writer) and many others. But he spent quite a bit of time my corner of Arts Alive, next to the Social Chair (owned by Yuki Fisher Northington my gracious host for the day), shooting for this clip. Amy Rogers booth was right next to mine - you can catch a glimpse of her extraordinary photographs. So so many fabulous artists in one place.
Great job Jonathan Brannan from WLOX - hope to see you around the Art Circuit more......
Kathleen Johnson - artist at Backwater Studio.