Miracle Morning, Show Pitches and The Art of the Portrait Conference

For the month of April I have been taking the Miracle Morning challenge. You can read more about it here, but basically I am waking up earlier than I’d like, and I’m working on becoming more intentional in what I do during the day.

Now that we’re in the month of May I can report that I started out really strong, but I’d love to find an accountability partner for getting up consistently (at 5 ~ 5:30 a.m.) as well as someone who can help to keep me honest about art making and socialization goals. Working from home is great, but this set up makes it a bit too easy to justify not going out. (Especially to events happening in town during the week.)

Highlights from the month tended to crowd at the end.

I participated in the Show and Tell event at Eyedrum Gallery. I was scheduled for a 15 minute slot wherein I pitched a small committee on an exhibition / artist’s talk centered on my research into making paintings with inorganic mineral paint as well as organic plant dyes on paper. The pitch and ensuing discussion perfectly fit within the time allotted! There seemed to be a lot of interest in my pitch, and it was even suggested that I offer a workshop. I guess we will see the final results in a few weeks when Eyedrum announces their programming schedule for 2016.

I submitted work to 2 juried shows, 1 local pop-up show and I’m working on submissions to 3 fellowship opportunities. They have rolling submission dates from the end of April to the beginning of June.

Over the last weekend I volunteered The Portrait Society of America conference in Atlanta. I was at the book fulfillment table and distributing orders to attendees on Thursday and Friday.

During breaks I walked around and had a look at the Face Off painting competition.

(See the wonderfully detailed images of the final paintings.)

On Saturday I watched a duo painting demonstration from oil painter, Quang Ho and Mary Whyte, master watercolorist. This conference was the first time that I had ever been to an event where cameras were trained on painters as they worked with the results projected onto multiple large screens.

It’s always inspiring to be around such technically skilled artists. I met a lot of nice people, and it sounds like many instructors / attendees/ artists use this conference as an opportunity to meet with their friends and peers. Maybe I will try to attend next year – (sans a sudden windfall) I would probably go as a volunteer. It just depends on the city.