The ramp-up to the December Studio Tour begins! : the ArtsCenter show

The season of Studio Tours is ON. Orange County is having their last day of Open Studio Tour today. Then it’s just under a month until Chatham County artists fling open their studio doors to the public.

To start marking your brochure map and making your plan for this year’s tour, start by stopping by the ArtsCenter in Carrboro and checking out our show.  Here’s just a few images I snapped last week when I went to take a peek at the show.

Emma Skurnick, painting, Colleen Black-Semelka, raku platter, Martha Danek, mixed media piece, Jeff and Jon clark, turned-wood bowls, my painting!, Horty Jacobs, photo

Emma Skurnick, painting, Colleen Black-Semelka, raku platter, Martha Danek, mixed media piece, Jeff and Jon clark, turned-wood bowls, my painting!, Horty Jacobs, photo

Eric Saunders, photo, Kate Ladd, painting, Emily Merletto, painting, Michael Thompson, wooden bowl, Lara O'Keefe, ceramic bowl

Eric Saunders, photo, Kate Ladd, painting, Emily Merletto, painting, Michael Thompson, wooden bowl, Lara O’Keefe, ceramic bowl

Rusty Sieck, ceramic jar, Linda Watkins, watercolor, Beth Goldston, painting, William Moore, Sculpture

Rusty Sieck, ceramic jar, Linda Watkins, watercolor, Beth Goldston, painting, William Moore, Sculpture

William Moore, sculpture an Cherie Westmoreland, ceramic vessel and light

William Moore, sculpture an Cherie Westmoreland, ceramic vessel and light

platter--Janet Resnik, small painting above: Forrest Greenslade

platter–Janet Resnik, small painting above: Forrest Greenslade

Judy Baumann, painting, Julia Kennedy, painting, Annabelle Stein, scarf

Judy Baumann, painting, Julia Kennedy, painting, Annabelle Stein, scarf, Steve Shafer, photo

Sarah Graham, painting, Doug Dotson, ceramic, Vidabeth Bensen, print

Sarah Graham, painting, Doug Dotson, ceramic, Vidabeth Bensen, print

Judy Smith, painting

Judy Smith, painting, Diane Swan, wood sculpture

small works in the case: Marsha Kitkowski, ceramic, Roberta Marasca, jewelry, Allen McCandless, ceramic, Dmitri Resnik, blown glass vase, Louise Hobes, ceramic turkey, Jerry Fowler, ceramic pig

small works in the case: Marsha Kitkowski, ceramic, Roberta Marasca, jewelry, Allen McCandless, ceramic, Dmitri Resnik, blown glass vase, Louise Hobbes, ceramic turkey, Jerry Fowler, ceramic pig

Amanda Grimes, painting, Gretchen Niver,stained glass

Amanda Grimes, painting, Gretchen Niver, stained glass

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At long last–a photo shoot!

Big Dove, 48" x 60" acrylic painting

Big Dove, 48″ x 60″ acrylic painting

Poppies, clay tile

Poppies, clay tile

Girl and White Dog, clay tile for the wall

Girl and White Dog, clay tile for the wall

Cosmos, clay piece for the wall

Cosmos, clay piece for the wall

Tulips, wall piece, clay

Tulips, wall piece, clay

Golden Eagle, 48" x 48" acrylic on board

Golden Eagle, 48″ x 48″ acrylic on board

Raptor, clay flat for the wall

Raptor, clay flat for the wall

Grassy Landscape, 36" x 60" acrylic painting

Grassy Landscape, 36″ x 60″ acrylic painting

Owl, clay wall sculpture

Owl, clay wall sculpture

Octopus, clay flat for the wall

Octopus, clay flat for the wall

Tropical, 48" x 60" acrylic painting

Tropical, 48″ x 60″ acrylic painting

Yellow Bear, clay tile

Yellow Bear, clay tile

Yellow Bear at Night, clay tile

Yellow Bear at Night, clay tile

yellow and blue Elephants, wall piece, clay

yellow and blue Elephants, wall piece, clay

With the help of my trusty nephew, Roy, this past weekend, I got several pieces photographed. My month-ago task is finally completed! Thanks for Jason Dowdle of Blue Sky Digital Photography for excellent work, as always.

 

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Clay of the Day–horse head sculpture given a fine finish

I just got the coolest email from a happy art buyer. This person bought one of my larger horse head sculptures last year at the Chatham Studio Tour.

I sculpted these horse heads from a slab, like most of my clay work. Roll it out with a rolling pin and slap it around a bit, then fold, crease, pinch and shape. These horse heads were made to sit upright…but I didn’t take it any further than that.

The client’s very clever husband did, though. He made a marble base and attached the sculpture to it. How fine is that?!

horse scupture , marble suppot added!!

Here are the other larger (10″ or so) horse heads I have in the studio:

horse heads larger, dark and light horses head, big blaze

all large horse heads

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My Work in People’s Houses–a collection of pet portraits

A former neighbor contacted me this summer about doing a surprise pet portrait for his wife. I don’t do that many portrait commissions these days, but this was a young couple who we’d known for several years and through several pets. He sent me a pictures of their collection. I was surprised at the number and very pleased to see the group and remember all those dogs!

brian and kristen collection

a larger horse watercolor (acrylic ink)

a larger horse watercolor (acrylic ink)

This is what I added to their group this Fall:

Taj watercolor portrait--Downs comm

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A pause in this blog for health drama, (not travel–boo!) bummer all!

I was getting ready to go see my photographer, Jason Dowdle, Blue Sky Digital Photographyin Snow Camp last week. I’d made an appointment and we were set. But then, some health drama bloomed up in my body instead, and I will be steeping back for the next few weeks to treat what looks to be a cancer recurrence in my body after 9 years squeaky clean.

So, in case of a sweet return to some kind of normal in a couple months, I’ll be bringing these big pieces to Jason to be photo’d and we’ll go from there. Take care, y’all!

big dove

big dove

scotland sisters

scotland sisters

the seascape 60x48

the seascape 60×48

big robins

big robins

36 x 60 bar harbor blooms

36 x 60 bar harbor blooms

Ciao!

Shannon

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