I have always had trouble giving my husband gifts. He buys what he wants, and what he does not buy for himself, we either cannot afford it (super expensive timepiece) or have nowhere to put it (new Corvette). So I decided to make a painting for him that would never leave the house to go on exhibit. A painting of his childhood home.
I remember well each house I called home as I grew up. We never moved out of Columbus, Mississippi. The apartment duplex on Tenth Street North where I lived as an infant is still standing (although I am not certain how that is). My grandfather designed the first house my daddy built with a house note of $90 per month. It’s probably still standing, but I am not sure if I want to go back to that part of town. We then built “out in the country” off Highway 45 where we stayed a few years before moving back to Tenth Street North to a house built in 1910. That is the place I call “home” before I moved to college just down the street. Mother and Daddy went on to two other houses after that. In fact, when I came home from college one weekend, they told me they were moving….I guess it was a good thing I went home to visit or I may have never known where they went!
My husband, on the other hand, had only one address until he left for university. The house, built in the 1850’s, is one of the largest in the town of Canton and has been in his family over one hundred years. The Mosby Home has been sketched, photographed, and painted a number of times, and I thought having an original painting of it would be pretty cool. Especially if the painting was really big and hanging over my mantel.
I began this project in June, 2020 figuring I would have plenty of time to finish for Christmas. This is highly unusual for me because I am a last-minute kind of person. I knew how I wanted it to look because I “borrowed” the composition from my friend, Keith, the artist across from me at the studio (is there anything really new?). I drew, painted, corrected, and corrected again. I was hopeful that I would have an opportunity to exhibit it in a local show before my husband saw it, but my painting was declined. Which was for the best, since this was a gift, something he could never buy for himself, and I didn’t want him to see it. I was able to surprise him with it on Christmas day.
Did he like it? He never really said…but it is hanging over the mantle, never to leave the house again.
Main Street Market Gallery: Come to the Red Stick Farmers Market on Saturday, August 31, 2019. I will be at the Gallery inside where it is cool with original paintings, prints, and giclees. The Gallery, with a variety of work by five local artists, is open each Saturday 8-12. Fifth and Main Street, Baton Rouge, LA.
First Tuesday at Studio 9170: Have you wondered what goes on in a studio with over a dozen artists? Stop by and check it out on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 between 10 and 4. We are located at 9170 South Choctaw, Baton Rouge, LA.
Art at the Firehouse: Members of Studio 9170 will show selected work at the Arts Council of Baton Rouge Gallery at 427 Laurel Street, Baton Rouge. A reception is planned for Thursday, September 5, 5-8.
Acadian Frame and Art: I am showing plein air paintings in the gallery. 3550 Drusilla Lane, Drusilla Shopping Center, Baton Rouge, LA
The Foyer: Baton Rouge Plein Air, a group of local artists who meet to paint outdoors, is showing work at the Foyer, 3655 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA.
My work will be hanging around several venues this month…
Louisiana-You Inspire Me
March 12-April 26, 2019
Associated Women in the Arts will exhibit work at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70801 Reception March 14, 2019 5:30-7:30
Plein Air in the Park
March 28 – 30, 2019
The Baton Rouge Botanic Garden Foundation will sponsor this event which takes place at the Independence Botanical Gardens. Artists from the area will paint the gardens for three days, culminating in a wet wall sale on Saturday afternoon from 4:00-7:00 in the Garden Cafe Banquet Room of the Goodwood Library Plaza.
Arts in Medicine at Baton Rouge General
8585 Picardy Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA
Artwork is located in the Cafe a nice place to have lunch or pick up supper.
I will have work displayed in the Cafe Gallery at the Baton Rouge General Hospital, 8585 Picardy Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA. There will be a reception on Thursday, February 21, 2019 5:00-7:00. The work will be on display through June 27, 2019.
Associated Women in the Arts at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol
Louisiana…You Inspire Me is the theme of this year’s exhibition in the historic Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge, LA. The show dates are March 12-April 27, 2019, with a reception on March 14, 5:30-7:30.
Baton Rouge Plein Air is at The Foyer, 3655 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA. View work by members of this local group of painters.
Baton Rouge Plein Air is currently showing paintings at The Foyer, 3655 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA, in the Acadian Perkins Plaza Shopping Center. This group, which meets weekly to paint different locations in the area, recently celebrated its first year. The group is open to artists of all skill levels in different media.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is home to an excellent park system. With both BREC and the LSU Ag Center, there are many gardens open to visitors and plenty of opportunities to volunteer to maintain them. One venue, the Independence Botanic Garden, recently underwent a renovation. The Botanic Garden Foundation organized a plein air painting event to raise funds to maintain it.
The event was planned for Memorial Day weekend, but the call for participants went out in March when the temperatures were pleasant enough. I was not really thinking about the weather when I signed on for the paintout, and as the dates of the event neared, I began wondering how my painting friends and I would tolerate the heat. Even by south Louisiana standards, it was brutally hot the last two weeks of May.
On the first morning of the event, there were thirty artists painting in the gardens. One could see their umbrellas peeking over the bushes. It was such a wonderful sight. Visitors walked their dogs, brought lunches to eat, or took graduation photos among the flowers.
At the end of the event, the wet paintings were displayed in a room of the library overlooking the garden. There were many guests and quite a few sales, which benefited the Botanic Garden Foundation. Votes were cast for Fan Favorite I & II, and I was thrilled to be selected as one of the favorites.
Despite the heat and the threat of rain, the weekend turned out to be productive. I made new friends, completed four paintings, and was happy to know that I have some fans who like my work.
The first weekend in May, I spent time painting the sights of Gautier, Mississippi. This small town on the Gulf Coast is home to friendly people and lots of boats. The plein air event was my first experience painting boats.
The Seventh Plein Air Convention and Expo held in Santa Fe, NM, was an intense experience. I met many of the artists I follow and had the opportunity to paint in an environment totally different from mine at home in Louisiana.