This summer, the kids have been with me in the studio quite a lot. Ben likes to paint with me sometimes and Elizabeth is usually gluing foam shapes onto popsicle sticks or my floor and other various items. I’ve been working on painting some new pieces including a portrait commission. It is so fun to just walk into the studio and start painting!
July 4th was a great day. Lots of people were downtown. The kids were with me for the first half of the day and I let them decorate the cart for me with red, white and blue. They did a great job. The fireworks were impressive – but you had to go behind the big “bookend” buildings to see them (or on top of the parking garage). Next year, I’ll know to expect that.
I did my first wedding reception this past weekend! It was so much fun. I squeezed in about 70 silhouettes in 3 hours. So it’s official now, I do weddings. Martha Stewart did an article about hiring a silhouette artist for entertaining at your wedding reception. It was definitely enjoyable and I’d love to do more.
I have been busy moving into my studio and completing my silhouette cart. I’m very happy to say, I took it out last weekend when the weather was nice. This past weekend not so much, but last weekend was great! Other than moving in, I’ve also been busy updating brochures and other promotional materials along with a few other new endeavors that I’ll keep quiet for now. Hopefully, I’ll begin to see the hard work pay off this year.
I’m excited to say that I have been leasing a studio in downtown Greenville at Art Crossing (studio 201) for over a month now. I am finally finished with the hardest part which was dividing my home studio in half practically and transporting supplies and art from one studio to another. I had to reframe almost all my glass to non-glare which was not only costly but also ended up in an awful cut and trip to the emergency room. I’ve invested a bit more than I’d planned but I’m comfortable there now which is important. I have a small space and I share that small space with another artist so we can have more flexibility in time we are required to spend at the studio. My studio mate’s name is Teri and she makes gorgeous hand-woven fabrics and garments. She keeps a loom at the studio and apparently has a huge monster of a loom still at her home. We make a good team. She has a great sense of humor and a great laugh so things are always hopping when she’s around.