Getting Out and About in North Georgia

Exciting news! I sold a natural pigment painting.

Next to my painting, 1942, at the Mark exhibition opening reception It made me realize that this blog was overdue for an update!

A few months ago one of my paintings was selected for the Mark exhibition at the Lyndon House in Athens. This exhibition was sponsored by the Women's Caucus for Art of Georgia and curated by Georgia Strange.

(You should be able to tab through and see other photos from the opening here.)

Just as I was about to leave the house to pick up my work, I got a call informing me that my painting had been sold. I may have weirded out the lady on the other end by getting excited about this, but, as I told her, that news really made my day.

If you are an artist who is also woman, I encourage you to look into getting a membership with the Women's Caucus for Art / Women's Caucus for Art of Georgia. Even if you can’t make it to the live events and meetings, they’re a fantastic source of information and exhibition opportunities.

Since my last post, I also participated in a juried show at the Kudzu Art Center.

Next to my painting, Braided, at the juried exhibition opening reception (See more photos from the opening reception.)

And I’m in the middle of preparing for an exciting project. (Hint: It’s centered around Bitcoin-inspired acrylic paintings that I have been making. Read more about my thoughts on this on the Coin Café blog.)

Beyond this, I’m currently hammering out a master plan that will make this blog even more useful to you, dear reader. This includes material insights as well as interviews with artists who use natural materials. Stay tuned for further updates!

Finding Opportunities: Art Shows, Gardening and Beyond

Last weekend I exhibited a few small pieces at the Wisteria City Market in Snellville, Georgia. I happened to come across the opportunity in a Facebook group for local artists. If you find yourself unsure of how you can get your art out into the world, I suggest joining groups like this. Even if the posts aren’t geared toward critique or cross-promotion, there are often unique exhibition opportunities.

I didn’t go into this event expecting sales, per se. I primarily wanted to get out and meet more creatives. Conceptually the event was interesting, too. Local businesses worked with a portion of city government to set up a tent market for a one-day event. If the event generated a large, positive response from the public then city council would move forward on grants to facilitate the construction of a cultural center on the same piece of land. I think we’re still waiting for the verdict on that one.

Before heading out to Snellville I stopped by Farmer D’s in Atlanta. Per Pattie Baker’s suggestion I went there for organic planting soil and fertilizer. While there I picked up a few packs of organic seeds, too. Including a pack of North Georgia Candy Roaster winter squash. I’ve never even seen those before! After a quick look online, I see that Southern Exposure Seed Exchange has a website and catalog. I need to set aside an hour or two to see what other exciting things they may have there.

At the beginning of this week I transplanted my basil cuttings to containers. And now I’m brainstorming the best way to plant everything else. It’s a long shot, but I’m even wondering how I can start my own madder bush. Maybe I can grow one in a pot?

Madder creates a really vibrant red dye. It’s very old, iconic dye. How iconic? It was used to make the red dye for British military uniforms. Yeah. Those red coats. The challenge with madder is that I’ve heard it takes about 5 years to grow a bush that gives you a good amount of material to work with. I have to say, though, I anticipate a bit of guilt since the best color comes from the root of the plant.

A faster solution for a good red would be safflower. And I’m guessing those would be fine in pots or containers. I need to do a bit more research. Safflower makes a good red dye and fugitive (weak) yellow dye that needs to be washed away during processing. Safflower red was once used to dye cotton tapes that were applied to legal documents. When you hear someone mention “red tape,” that’s the origin.

Anywho, I have some watercolor paper stretched for a new dye painting. In the meantime, I’m working on an art nouveau-inspired Bitcoin painting in acrylic.

Things are good.