Moss Rock Festival and Mountain Brook Art Show Nov. 23-Dec. 23rd at the Summit

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving and hope you are all getting ready for Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah/Happy Kwannza, etc.

Right now it is almost Thanksgiving Day and I have so many painting projects to do….👩🏼‍🎨 that casseroles and pies seem to be taking a distant third and fourth place on my list.

For those whom I met at the Moss Rock Festival, it was a pleasure and thanks for visiting my booth and checking out my artwork. Several of you said you would like a commissioned piece of work, so get with me soon so I can get you on my calendar.

As for all the established friends who came by and visited and purchased art, thanks so very much for your ongoing support and friendship, it means the world to me! But what a great festival this event always is, not just for residents of the Preserve, but for all who come to try the food, sample the beer, climb a rock wall, take a nature hike….not to mention the great art that was presented by so many hardworking artists of all venues…from clay and ceramics to wood turning and photography, there was truly something for everyone.

Please come check out the Mountain Brook Art Association Show, which begins the day after Thanksgiving this year, (yep! Black Friday!) and I will be there that first day. 😬 I must be crazy to have signed up for that, but it should be enlightening to see if we have customers outside of those just trying to escape the madness of the shopping experience all around.

We will be at The Summit, in the old Pier One, next to the AMC theater….so if you want some piece and quiet, come see art made by artist from all around the B’ham. Actually most of the members, like myself, don’t live in Mountain Brook, but it is a well-established organization with wonderful leadership and is very supportive. Prices start at $10 and there are beautiful paintings, cards, holiday decorations for your Christmas tree. The juried show runs from November 23 - December 23rd, Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. so come check it out!

Back from France!

My husband and I just got back from the most wonderful trip to France. He was a saint and went with me to every art museum we had time to visit in Paris, in Giverny (part of the tour we were on) and even to art galleries in Saint-Malo, which is in Bretagne (Brittany, for those of you whose primary language is English) and villages in Normandy. 

I have studied and taught Art History for years, from the Bayeux tapestry to Cathedrals and gargoyles and Rose windows to Early, High and Late Renaissance to Neo-Classicism; Impressionism; Post-impressionism; to Expressionism; Cubism; Dadism; the Fauves; the Bauhaus school; up to Post-Modern Contemporary and Hyperrealism and everything in I was in HEAVEN the entire time we were in France. My heart, and mind, are still there. 

Seeing work by Michelangelo; da Vinci's Mona Lisa; spending 5 hours in the Musée d'Orsay, surrounded by the work of Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, Cezanné, it was incredible. 

The people of France are lovely, the countryside and villes and villages; Paris, the City of Light and the center of Art, Fashion and Food for the last 2000 years....c'était magnifique ! I have so much work to catch up many new paintings and ideas in my head, that I can't wait to get started.

I just had to say how thankful I am to have gotten to go on this marvelous, wonderful, incredibly educational and informative trip with my partner in life....and I can't wait to go back again! 



March 15, 2017

I have moved 18 times with my husband, and eventually our growing family, during the almost 38  years we have been married. He was a Naval Flight Officer, the 'backseater' in an F-14 Tomcat, and later was sent to learn a completely new aircraft, the E-2, of which he commanded a Squadron in the late 1990's. 

So...I moved from city to city, coast to coast to coast and back again...cultivating friendships, many lifelong, and working at raising our family of four children, two of them physically and mentally challenged, all four of our children are in adulthood themselves at this point.

Along the way I also forged a path for myself, to give myself an identity beyond being "The Skipper's Wife" or "Blair/Trip/Andrew/Caroline's mom." It has been both difficult and rewarding, satisfying and frustrating. It would have been much easier to just concentrate on being 'just a Navy wife' or 'just a mom,' especially with the youngest two children who present such challenges to our family. But that's not me. I couldn't be 'just.....' I felt that God has given me a talent and that I needed to pursue the path that God called me on. 

But I understand the need and desire for sharing on social media, and I never, ever thought I would have a BLOG! But here I am, trying to say something pertinent. So feel free to let me know how irrelevant you think this is, ha ha! You won't hurt my feelings, I promise! 

I graduated from a prestigious art school, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and I can promise you that after that experience, where we had Portfolio Reviews to determine whether we passed an entire semester or not, reviewed by two student peers and two instructors,  and a weekly review of our latest work each class session....believe me, it could be unless you are threatening my life or that of my family and friends, I won't take your comments here personally.