An afternoon of live music, fresh original art, and Zentangle.
After a long week of rain in Houston we were graced with a beautiful day of sunshine and enjoyable weather.
It was the day of art sharing at various levels. For the afternoon and straight through the evening, we celebrated art and friends at the Guiton St. Artists’ 2016 Spring Open Studios & Art Sale. The spring event was a great chance to enjoy the company of art friends and lovers.
Our open studios events give me the opportunity to share my art and the process of creating it. It is also an opportunity to visit with my artists neighbor and see what they’ve been up to as well. We all keep different schedules so we normally don’t coincide. That’s the beauty of being an artist, we create at our own rhythm and pace.
The evening began with the music of Jim Dannemiller (aka Jimmy Dan) playing live for the resident artists and guests. Special music speaking of Van Gogh and Mexico was part of Jim’s select repertoire for the event. His soft music filled the building and was enjoyed in the studios by friends admiring fresh new art. This was Jim’s second visit to Guition Street and we hope he will join us again in the future.
Besides Jim’s original music I also had a guest artist demonstrating Zentangle. There was so much interest and curiosity that we are planning an upcoming workshop. My friend Judith Shamp did the demonstration to introduce this method of meditative art expression she has been practicing for a good while.
During open studios I also have the opportunity to catch up with friends and collectors. I introduce new acquaintances to my work and bring everyone up to speed on my current challenges and objectives. It is an opportunity to open up and talk about my creative process.
My studio is a venue where you can find samples of my creative work. Paintings, illustrations, reproductions and copies of my books fill the space. This year I wanted to present more of my process as an artist. I featured samples of my portrait lab work at The Markos Group, a group I’ve been painting with for over 15 years; samples of my French Quarter paintings created on the streets of the vieux carre were on display to remember and recognize the 10th anniversary of Katrina; I included samples of my Big Bend landscapes first introduced last fall to show available works; and wet paint on canvases recently completed from my trip to Guatemala this last February where I did plein air sketches on the streets of Antigua and other villages.
Overall, Open Studios is a fun time to host many people at the studio in a six hour stretch of time. Visitors can meet the resident artists opening up their doors and hear their story and learn about their art in their creative space. By the end of the day, some of us head on to dinner to begin to wind down for the evening and prepare for the next round of creative work at the easel, canvases and paper that will find their way to galleries, exhibits, and new homes.
Until the next studio visit!