Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Free Art Friday, Rome Georgia Rocks, and other North Georgia Groups

Doodles and Sketches by D.K. Pritchett
Created for Free Art Friday in Rome, Georgia

This past weekend I hid some art for Free Art Friday in Rome, Georgia, and had lots of fun doing it. I hid about eight or ten sketches and doodles, mostly of butterflies and calligraphic letters. I've discovered that several other North Georgia towns have free art groups or painted rock groups. Most or all are on Facebook and are closed groups (you have to join to participate). Here are a few of them:

Cave Spring, Georgia: 

Cave Spring Rocks

Free Art Friday Cave Spring/Cedartown:

Chatsworth, Georgia:

Chatsworth Rocks

Dalton, Georgia:

Dalton, GA Rocks

Dahlonega, Georgia:

Dahlonega Rocks

Rome, Georgia:

Free Art Friday Rome GA

Rome Ga Rocks

Rome Rocks
(Subtle clues - took me awhile to realize it was Rome, Georgia)


North Georgia Rocks

Georgia Rocks

Chattanooga Painted Rocks
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Subjects and keywords in this post: Free Art Friday in North Georgia towns, Free Art Friday in Cave Spring, Georgia, Cave Spring Rocks, Chatsworth Rocks, Dahlonega Rocks, Free Art Friday, Cedartown, Cave Spring, and Rome Georgia

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Halloween Windows for Scarecrow Mania, 2016 (Murray Arts Council)

MAC Painted windows: stitching witch and black cat - Scarecrow Mania 2016
These are my Halloween windows for Scarecrow Mania, 2016. I painted two windows at Murray Arts Council, side by side. Our theme was "Stitching Witches," to go along with an heirloom quilt exhibit thta we had for October ~ an unusual pairing, to be sure. The display also included the "scarecrow" (a witch, with needle, thread, and quilt) and some pumpkins in witch hats. The exhibit won third place. (I have to admit, I was completely charmed by the first-place winner, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head and child, with house and picket fence).  Chatsworth-Murray Area Chamber of Commerce has presented Scarecrow Mania for several years, to go along with the Annual Black Bear Festival and remain up throughout October. Murray Arts Council participated in 2015 and 2016. 

I can't remember ever painting any windows, though some years ago, one of my co-workers had a project in planning to spruce up a vacant building during Black Bear. The building owner chose not to do windows that year. I have painted on small pieces of glass and knew that it would be tricky. In some ways, they were easier than expected, and in other ways, harder. I knew that painted glass tends to look streakier on the painted side, but even I wasn't prepared for how smooth and slick they would look on the outside. I did a quick draft on paper, then went straight to the windows. The hardest part was reaching the tops of the windows. All I had was a molded-plastic stepstool, so that was a stretch.

Technical info: I used plain craft-acrylic paints (not specially formulated for glass or anything). I mixed in a little bit of dishwashing liquid to make it easier to peel off later. I didn't get to do the peeling myself, so I'll have to ask how it went. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Lugging Art Around

For the last year or so, on and off, I've loaned my paintings to a non-profit gallery. I've spent a lot of time lugging big canvases back and forth between home and there. Quite often, it's the same few pieces of art. They serve to fill and decorate the space between shows, which is getting to be more often. It's a work in progress. I'm a bit worn out...

Monday, May 16, 2016

Aunspaugh's Exhibit at MAC Gallery...

Ball of Crap - Watercolor by Richard Aunspaugh

MAC (Murray Arts Council) has had a nice exhibit of Works by Richard Aunspaugh. This was a pretty big show for our little North Georgia gallery (Chatsworth, Georgia, in Murray County). We had a successful, exciting opening, with a great buffet of food from the chefs at Cohutta Springs Conference Center. It was all very elegant, but informal. We had some home schoolers who made our event as their field trip; that was great. The artist spent some time with a little girl, explaining how his watercolors came about, and how to get started on the drawings. "There are no rules," he told her. They both worked on a little drawing, which she took home to complete. Her parents were thrilled that she got to talk to the artist and have her questions answered. They really connected to the artist's paintings. In fact, everyone seems to have connected to Aunspaugh's "Ball-of Crap" drawings and paintings. The works are both light and mysterious, which is interesting. We've enjoyed having this exhibit in town.

 The show will be coming down soon. Our gallery is the project of a small, non-profit, arts and cultural organization in a little town which has had very little in the way of art or art programs. Our little non-profit has struggled. We don't have a volunteer base; hence, the task of keeping the gallery open fell to me. I gave it some Fridays and most of my Saturdays for the months of March, April, and May. Dave did a few Saturdays for me. I volunteered my time to do some news releases ~ glad to do that. We were working with another artist for an upcoming show, which ran into some snafus. April became pretty stressful and hectic (considering that this was "volunteerism," not paid work). Now that the schedule and logistics have been ironed out, and the excitement is over, there's a bit of a let-down. It's hard to sustain programs such as ours, with no foundational support, a sparse membership base (not yet grown), and very few volunteers. There are so many other good, needy programs... and working people have little time for volunteerism. Even so, we've managed to keep our gallery open, and have presented some pretty nice shows, all things considered.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Christian Schloe ~ Pop Surrealism Visions: Beautiful, Romantic Images

Christian Schloe of Austria creates beautiful images, in the surrealist genre. His digital paintings are more dreamy and romantic than others who paint in the same genre. I love these paintings. They say I'm a hopeless romantic, and this proves it.

Christian Schloe ~ Tutt'Art at Pittura