Monday, August 25, 2014

Mommy had to get creative this morning

How many pony tails would you like?

"How many pony tails would you like?"

"All of them."

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1999

I've started referring to 2014 as "The Year of Barb."

Robb had 2012. He got an iPod and a new truck and travel and jewels and stuff.

Poor 2013 was nobody's joy around here (basement flood disaster and busted heat pump).

But 2014 is mine! I got a gestating fetus, a successful plein air event, Robb's iPod as a hand-me-down, and now my artwork is being featured at Bishop's Stock during June. (Click here for all the information.) My little paintings will be rubbing elbows with the work of 3 female artists for whom I have deep respect and whose work I greatly admire: Lynne Lockhart, Deborah Rolig, and Nancy West. Just look at their work for a hot minute. Holy crap!

The only rub, I'll be in Pittsburgh for the opening reception. And the rest of June is so crazy I will not actually get to go see my work hanging in person. But if you are going to be downa-shure (that's "down at the shore" in Baltimorese), please take a ride to Snow Hill and check out the artwork, grab a nice meal at Harvest Moon, and some ice cream at The Emporium. You'll be glad you did!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Command me to be well

Would you believe that the young man singing is only 24? Irish artist Andrew Hozier-Byrne performs "Take Me to Church." Rather disturbing video about human rights, hate crimes, equality. He'll be in DC at 9:30 Club on November 4th...eight days after baby's due date. "Command me to be well..." Yeah, not a chance I'm getting to that show.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Pregnancy: it's not as fun as you remember it. Luckily the pukesies and misery of the first trimester are well behind me. I lost 8 pounds. But now I believe I am enormous. There was a week or so that I couldn't catch my breath when my uterus started its northern migration and jammed all of my organs into my throat. My yoga instructor would intone for us to enjoy one more round of deep breaths, and I could complete about 15 hummingbird-sized breaths in the allotted time. Otherwise, things are good. A little insomnia, a little back pain, and a desire for sauerkraut. Most of the time I sort of keep the pregnancy on the back burner and just chase after Mo. She tells me she has a baby growing her tummy, too. Nice show of solidarity.

I have been painting, painting, painting all the time because tomorrow I deliver paintings for a exhibition in June at Bishop's Stock. More info on this to follow.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Paint Snow Hill 2014

Saturday Night's Wet Paint Show and Sale

Here is my photo album from Paint Snow Hill. I should add a photo of my living room and call it "explosion at baggage claim." Slowly getting things put away and catching up on rest. This was my 8th year at PSH. There were 68 artists painting in the coldest, windiest weather the event has ever known. As usual I hid in my car. My mom came with me because a) it was Easter weekend, and b) I'm pregnant! I've had terrible morning sickness this time around, and everyone was worried I would keel over in a ditch. So Mom offered to tag along to keep an eye on me. And we had a great time together. And then I sold 9 paintings at the show. Take that in for a moment: NINE PAINTINGS! Every painting in the picture above, gone. I finished a painting of All Hallows Church on Sunday morning, and that one stayed behind for the May show at Bishop's Stock. So the only thing I brought home with me was the Lissa Abrams painting "Pine Bank" that I purchased. I'm still sort of in shock about the whole thing and not entirely sure what to make of it.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Only 2 more days

...until Paint Snow Hill 2014, which for me is Christmas, the Superbowl, and a day at the circus all rolled into one. It is always the third weekend of April, and that happened to be Easter weekend this year. My family has graciously given me a pass. I leave at the crack of dawn Thursday. And I will be camping in the Pocomoke State Park this time. Cabin camping, not real camping, complete with a heater because the temperature is supposed to dip back down: highs in the 50s, lows in the 30s, partly cloudy, and windy.

There are two shows this time, so if you are in the area, please stop by. First Saturday night from 6-8pm is a ticketed event. Tickets are $30, but that money is applied to your purchase of artwork. And then the free show is Easter Sunday from 1-4pm. Both shows are at the Firehouse Arts Center on West Green Street
Snow Hill, Maryland 21863. For more info please contact Bishop's Stock, which is the command center for PSH. Also there is a fabulous show going on at Bishop's Stock featuring paintings by Lynne Lockhart and Kirk McBride.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Who's MAPAPA?!

Tomorrow is the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association--or MAPAPA. The acronym never fails to make me chuckle. I've been a member for several years, but this is the first time I have not had to work the Saturday of the annual meeting. I'm really looking forward to it. All week I've been doing my best to rest and drink plenty of fluids and get feeling better for the big event. Early in the morning there is a paint-out in Annapolis. I'm feeling better, but not quite 6am-in-Annapolis-better, so I'll pass on the paint-out. The lecture and demo topics include: The Figure in Composition, Cityscapes, and Working with a Limited Palette. And there's also lunch and a business meeting. Should be fun!