What’s coming up?

Tomorrow, Friday, September 12, 5:30pm- “Drawing at Dusk” at the Luce Center of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  Join me for a free life drawing session with costumed belly dance models from troupe Aubergine.  I will be demonstrating and facilitating the session, while two of my lovely troupe mates model in traditional belly dance costume.

Sunday, September 14, 11am- Pet Memorial Ceremony at Baltimore Humane Society in Reisterstown, MD.  I will be available to create quick pencil sketches of pets from your photos for $15, split with BHS.  The ceremony is free and open to anyone who has lost a pet at any time.  RSVP is requested.

Also- all holiday portrait commissions are currently 10% off (please mention this post) until November 1!  The final deadline for US commissions needed by Dec 25 is Dec 1.  Early orders are always appreciated.


Gutsy & Plein Air

I’m pleased to have two of my “Just Desserts” portraits included in the Artscape network show “Gutsy: Taking the Fear Factor Out of Feminism” at Gallery CA.  The show runs from July 18-August 8 with a closing reception on August 8 from 7-9pm.  Gallery CA is located at 440 E. Oliver St. and is open Mon-Fri, 12-4.  However, this weekend they will also be open from 12-4pm on Saturday and Sunday as part of Artscape.

Last weekend, I participated in Paint It! Ellicott City as a juried artist.  The exhibit of plein air artwork completed that weekend by the juried artists will be on display at the Howard County Center for the Arts until August 23.

“Lit Up,” a nocturne painting from Paint It! Ellicott City 2014

Blooms of Nigeria

Rebecca Bradley of MICA’s illustration department invited me to participate in this collaboration of female illustrators.

Please visit the Tumblr blog to see all of the flowers completed so far.  Below is my flower for Awagana.

“Tribute illustrations commissioned for each of the 180 kidnapped Nigerian girls whose names are currently available to the public. Nearly 300 young women are still missing. A summary of what has happened can be found here.

Blooms of Nigeria is not a charity but if you would like to help, we highly recommend donating to organizations such as Girl Rising, which provides services to help provide education to girls all over the world.

Blooms of Nigeria is a collaborative art project organized and curated by illustrators Rebecca Bradley and Janna Morton. ”

Paint Outs!

The Mountain Maryland plein air event in Cumberland was fabulous- images of my work from the week coming soon.  I loved focusing on my plein air work all week, and meeting artists from all over the country.  The folks at the Allegany Arts Council did a wonderful job organizing the event and making us feel welcome.

Meanwhile, I’m busy getting ready for FOUR more paint outs this summer.  I am honored to have been juried into Easels in Frederick, Paint Annapolis, and Paint It! Ellicott City this year.  I’ll also be traveling to Ocean City to participate in their unjuried open-registration paint out event.  In case you’re in town for any of these, here are the details on the public receptions:

Easels in Frederick
Saturday, June 21, 12-1pm: judging, viewing, and sales of “Quick Draw” artwork at Memorial Park
Saturday, June 21, 1-4 pm: public reception at William Talley Recreation Center

Paint Annapolis
Saturday, June 28 10-6 & Sunday, June 29 10-4: work is available for public viewing and sales at Maryland Federation of Art Circle Gallery
Saturday, June 28, 10:30-1: judging, viewing, and sales of “Quick Draw” artwork at City Dock

Paint It! Ellicott City
Monday, July 14, 6-8pm: Public Reception at the Howard County Center for the Arts

Plein Air Paint Out Ocean City
Saturday, August 9, 6-8pm: Award ceremony & public Wet Paint Sale at the Ocean City Center for the Arts
Sunday, August 10, 11am-4pm: Wet Paint Sale continues

“A Moment Expressed,” Maryland Society of Portrait Painters

My portrait of the Queen of the Magpies made it onto the postcard for the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters upcoming exhibit, “A Moment Expressed.” The opening reception is on Thursday, May 29, 5:30-7pm at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, MD. I probably won’t make the reception because I’ll be out in Cumberland at the Mountain Maryland Paint Out event, but you should check it out if you’re in the area!

The “Drawing at Dusk” belly dance life drawing program I guest taught at the Smithsonian American Art museum was a success!  We were invited back to repeat the program on Friday, September 12 at 5pm.  Stay tuned for additional details and reminders as the date approaches. You can also check out my post about the program on the Baba Ghanoush blog.