Sunday, October 27, 2013

Willow Oaks

The Williw Oak tree is one that I have been admiring lately. It gets it's name from the long slender leaf giving it that willow tree feeling. They are an oak and produce acorns that the squirrels & deer enjoy. They grow wide and tall up to approximately 70 inches around, 100 feet tall. Now that fall is here the leaves turn yellow brown red tones. 
I will be exploring the details of this tree more for future drawings. Till then will do some small studies.

Saturday, October 26, 2013


It is a bit frosty this morning. The leaves and grass have beautiful crystals formed by the cold night air & moisture from the morning dew. The light reflecting off of the crystals make them appear as white. It is clear that it is fall. As the sun comes up and melts the frost, warming the day for us all as we enter the second day of the FAV show: 6219 Harley Rd., Middletown, MD
It looks to be a perfect day for a drive. The sky is already taking on that lovely shade of blue. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Like Magic

Like magic we have turn a barn into a gallery. The art is up, lights are on and we are ready for the show. 
It looks to be a great fall day, crisp air, blue skies and orange colored trees just outside our windows. B&W cows in the field & apple orchards at the end of the country road. 
We are waiting for you, come on out and see what's new at Fine Art in the Valley @  Country Pleasures Farm: 6219 Harley Road, Middletown, MD
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

There's A Cow In The Garden

One of the many fun adventure of setting up a art show at a farm is you never know when you might run into a critter. There is a cow roaming around the house this morning and Emma the dog tried her herding skills out for a bit. A good shot but no success so for now there is a cow in the garden. The cow apparently knows it should not be there because it keeps looking up at the house. 
Ahhhh the adventures of the farm! See what you will be missing if you don't come out to see the Fine Arts in the Valley show!
Opening Friday at 11:00 am!!! Come on by see cows, ducks or maybe you might see the pair of eagles that have built there nest here last spring.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Over The River & Through The Fog...

To Merry-land I go! Drove from lower Virginia to western direction of Maryland yesterday. A route my car can almost drive on it's on these days. One section of 81 crosses the James River. It is hard to take pictures of this lovely area as it is almost always in fog. Luckily it is just a short ride through the fog. 
There are two routes you can take for the last hour of the drive. Yesterday I had to stop at the Burwell-Morgan Historic Mill. The show there was over & had to pick up work. As I was walking around I could not find one of my pieces because it had sold. Always good to hear. 
Back on the road to Middletown, MD to unload art and start to set up the event barn for Fine Arts in the Valley. Opening this Friday Oct. 25th. 
It is fall, crisp air, trees changing colors and lots of great art shows going on, come on out & see us this weekend or next! 
6219 Harley Rd., Middletown, MD 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Back Stage

Well, we are into the back stage operation of art shows. Panic has set in, everyone is madly working on last minute framing, making inventory lists, checking them twice and planning what days to do what and yet it always comes together in the end.

Friday, October 25th, we will be all set up for Fine Arts in the Valley @ Country Pleasures Farm: 6219 Harley Road, Middletown, MD. We open the doors at 11:00 am. The show goes for two weekend so if you can join us the first weekend, do try to come the second. It is a beautiful setting, the fall colors are popping, the sun will be shining according to the ten day forecast. Plus, there will be lots of new work created by our artist: me - linda harrison-parsons, Marilu Tousignaut, Homer Yost, Sarah Simpson & Tracy Tousignaut Reed.

Back stage is also an opening to what is the back story to why a piece of art was created. What was the reason, the inspiration, or the motivation. What keeps an artist working. We will be there to share our stories and techniques if you really want the details. Come on out see what's new and enjoy the amazing views of the oldest organic farm in Maryland.

October 25-26-27 and November 1-2-3
Hours: Friday & Saturday 11:00 - 6:00 Sunday 11:00 - 5:00

View from the deck Middletown, MD
linda harrison-parsons 

Marilu Tousignaut
Homer Yost

Tracy Tousignaut Reed
Sarah Simpson

Friday, October 18, 2013

Word For The Day

Penumbral eclipse, Latin meaning: next to the shadow. Today at 7:51 pm on the east coast of N. America you can see a slight shadow on the lower half of the moon. That's it the Penumbral eclipse. The rest of the USA won't really see much. If I were back in Africa I would see a more intense shadowing of the moon. But, that is the word for the day...I actually prefer the definition, next to the shadow. Might see that as a title some day for a piece of my art, next to the shadow, hmmm. Need to think about what I would create to go with that title. Sometimes the title comes first, then the image develops. A thought for another day, I have enough images in process waiting for titles.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Shop Talk

Today is running around day - I am going back up to Mountain Lake Lodge to meet the new gallery manager. Will check on inventory, change out works that reflect the season and leave hand made paper books. This will give me an excuse to bring my camera and maybe get a few tree & root photos for future reference.

Then back into Blacksburg to drop by the Matrix Gallery on Main Street. Dropping off more books and small works to Lana's shop.

Might pick up some mats, see if I can find some frames for the new works that have been coming along in-between the paper making & book making. There might even be an option to have some works displayed at another location in Blacksburg once all the other shows are done.

Plus, need to get some books and cardinal images over to - The Little Gallery on Smith Mountain Lake. Might do that on my way to pick up work from the Mill show. This is the last weekend to see that show, comes down on Monday! Then head into Middletown to set up Fine Arts in the Valley.

Talking shop, taking notes, seeing what galleries need, what needs to be framed, making up inventories, printing out labels, tags and delivering work. Almost forgot the AZ Pastel juried show opens soon, followed by the MD Pastel juried show which is in Frederick, MD opening during the FAV show! Just need to keep finding time to draw/paint/make books - no more paper making till I am back in AZ. Plus, making time to have a date night with my hubby. Somehow it all seems to work out!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Mist On The Mountains

At end of day yesterday, Rick helped me pack up the car. We then drove up the rocky little road to the top of the mountain. What a view! The sun had come out but the clouds still had some hanging to do allowing bits of blue to peak through. The mist was a soft filter on the mountains. Since the moisture is plentiful lichen was too. What a nice way to end a 3 day working show.

If you missed the art show, you should take some time to experience the nature show. A drive up to Mountain Lake Lodge area is worth the trip. There are hiking trails, plenty of views just driving around, the lodge has a tavern & restaurant, gift shop & gallery. As the leaves continue to change this would be an ideal place to get your fall color-fix in!!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Last Stand

Today is the last day at Mountain Lake Lodge. The last day standing doing demonstrations from 10-4. My head is still in the clouds, elevation is over 4000 feet and yesterday we saw some blue sky & today might see a lot more of that blue stuff! 
There are hiking trails, trees are turning beautifully and artists are working hard to share their craft.
Or come on by if you are a Dirty Dancing fan and see some memories.
Last chance for this show! Tomorrow we start the real count down for Fine Arts in the Valley!!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

In the clouds

Yesterday as we were driving up the mountain for the festival we had a break through. In the clouds that is, we stopped so I could get a few shots. Great view when you can get your head above the clouds.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

What you can, When you can

Things don't always go the way you planned. Marilu was to come down to do the Mtn Lake Lodge show with me but as often happens this time of year she picked up a bug. She is resting and drinking lots of fluids so she will be ready for the Fine Arts in the Valley show.

Rick & I are both up early this morning. He is going to help me unload for the show this morning. Then back for football game. I am trying to be pro-active, there is a 30% chance of rain. I have plastic bags, plastic containers and my raincoat all going with me. The thought is if I am prepared for rain it won't! Goes along with start to eat your lunch and a customer will come by.

So, we are doing what we can to be ready for anything today and will deal as best we can with what ever comes our way.

Next week finish drawing, framing, and pack for Fine Arts in the Valley show! This fall is just rolling along.

Hanging at Mtn Lake Lodge this weekend

Friday, October 11, 2013

No Time For Trouble

I do believe this is the busiest fall I have had in a long time, I have no time to get myself in trouble. Coming up this Columbus Day Weekend is the Appalachia Harvest Festival at Mountain Lake Lodge, 115 Hotel Circle, Pembroke, VA - Home of Dirty Dancing!

I don't usually do outside shows but a combination of things made this one work. They have my work in their gallery, it is only 1/2 hour away and if the weather turns bad they have made inside arrangements for the artists. It has cooled down from last weekends 90's and heading into the mountain will be even cooler.

Today I organize for the show: making pulp for demonstrating paper making, packing up hand made books, hand pulled prints embedded in hand made paper and the practical part of planning outside fall shows. What to wear, how many layers and food to take me through the day? Hot tea or maybe hot apple cider, hmmm, that would be a good thing to have tomorrow.

It should be a wonderful way to spend the weekend. The trees are turning red, orange & yellow. I am sure there will be lots of tree inspirational photos taken this weekend too. And as you drive up to the lodge along the road are some wonderful exposed roots. When I don't have my hands in the pulpy water I may just need to do a few sketches. The hard part is do I bring a few pastel pencils, watercolor pencils, my mini watercolor set or all of these???

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

An Art Weekend

It was a very busy weekend, Artomatic continued with receptions, artist market, music, people everywhere plus it was First Saturday in Frederick. I worked at Artomatic till 4:00, then hurried over to the Delaplaine Center for Arts & Education on Carroll St., to see my friend Homer Yost's solo show. If you are in the area it is truly something you should not miss. Homer does figurative sculpture and drawings. Elegant is the word that comes to mind looking at his show.

Homer Yost
Along with his work are other shows going on in the building, photography by Lee Goodwin in the small lower gallery, paintings by Chevelle Makeba Moore Jones in the back gallery and go up to the second floor for additional works. To my surprise Trish, Patricia Stockman, who has been coordinating the volunteers for Artomatic had her own solo digital collage photography show. In the back room on the second floor was mixed medium works by Pamela Flynn. Lots of wonderful and powerful works in one location.

Just down the street from the DVAEC is The Artists Gallery at 4 E. Church St., Fred., MD I had the chance to run into some friends at the gallery and to see Chris Stovall's works. Her show is "Birds & Bees" paintings on wood and canvas. Colorful pieces in a abstract realist style. Along with her paintings she has clay pieces that were treated as scratchboards, China clay with a coating that is removed to expose the white background. Marilu does scratchboards as many of you know and could have seen at Artomatic. Yet, these are hanging free form and have dimension to them, similar to a relief sculpture. A interesting compliment to her paintings.
Chris Stovall at The Artists Gallery

I went in and out of a few of my favorite shops, The Muse on Market St., is one stop I like to make when looking for a special artsy gift. The evening was lovely, the sky was clear, the temp's were dropping some and I love the architecture of Historic Frederick, so of course I ended my evening with a few photographs.

Sunday, the artists from Artomatic got together one last time to celebrate a grand event. At the moment it looks like we will do a repeat performance in 2015. As the day came to a close, we took the art of the walls and called it a done deal! Till the next show, till tomorrow!
Frederick, MD

Friday, October 4, 2013

Didn't Know...

I did not know there was a World Animal Day. It started in 1931 in Florence, Italy. October 4th, which is also the feast day of Francis of Assisi, known as the patron saint of animals.

Take some time today to give a little extra love to your animal, support a local shelter and be kind to every form of animal life here on earth.

graphite drawing I did for animal shelter auction in AZ

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Traveling Art

Back & forth, up & art is on the road almost as much as I am. I try to keep travel journals & sketchbooks. My sketchbooks are not always the traditional bound book. When I know I may be in one place for a period of time that I could create something I want my good paper. It is kind of my version of plein air painting. I pull together several kinds of papers, tone some of them with charcoal or pastel, attach them to foam core, front, back and sometimes side to side. Try to think of where I will be and the colors I will need, I always need blue, and generally need burnt sienna. Kneaded eraser, pencil sharper, baggie for pencil shavings, tissue &/or paper towel and something in which to carry all my supplies. Oh and can't forget my camera, which is back in working order, thank you Nikon.

That is just the stuff I need to make new art. Now, I need portfolios to put art in when the Artomatic show comes down. A little bubble wrap, some cardboard, old mat board or foam core to keep work separated so the frames don't get damaged. My phone & computer have my calendar with shows, dates & times of delivery or take down. Deadlines too are on there to remind me to apply to more shows. And gentle reminders that some galleries want specific pieces of work.

What work goes where and when can be a challenge. You apply to shows sometimes two or more years out. With the arts it can be feast or famine. Lots of shows on going: Artomatic ends this weekend, last day to see the show is Saturday. The Art at the Mill show, near Berryville, VA ends October 20th, Fine Arts in the Valley opens October 25th and I have work going into two juried shows. The MD Pastel Society, Shades of Pastel opens Nov. 2 at the Delaplaine, Frederick, MD and the AZ Pastel Artist Association has the fall juried show opening at the Scottsdale Artist School.

Almost forgot doing the demos at Mountain Lake Lodge October 12-13-14 and to end the season a solo show at the Hahn Garden Gallery here in Blacksburg, VA. I guess I should wrap this up, go get another cup of coffee and get working.
Me at the drawing board

Shades of Pastel - Frederick, MD
Opening October 25th

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Fall - Autumn - October - changing seasons - trees changing colors - birds migrating to warmer climates - Time for Change!

This is the last weekend for the Artomatic@Frederick Show! I will be there! Friday evening artists closing reception. I plan to be in my space room #34 bldg 115 E. Church St., Frederick, MD from 6ish to 9ish. On Saturday I may be in and out of both buildings, you know how to find me if I am not in my room. Saturday night there will be a big party going on too - celebrating the Frederick News-Post 130 years! There will be music, art, maybe some dancing and lots of friendly artist.

One of the changes this weekend is we can sell small works on Friday and Saturday. The works on the wall are for sale and can be picked up at 5 pm on Sunday. The show comes down on Sunday! So, if you have not had a chance to see it come by Friday or Saturday.

Next change, the Fine Arts in the Valley show will be going up, October 25th, new hours, 11:00 - 6:00 Friday and Saturday the 26th, Sunday October 27th hours are 11:00 - 5:00. Same location: Country Pleasures Farm, 6219 Harley Road, Middletown, MD

October 12-13-14 Marilu & I will be at Mountain Lake Lodge, 115 Hotel Circle, Pembroke, VA watching the leaves change as we demonstrate paper making and spinning. This is a new chance for us, we will have small works for sale just prefect for those holiday gifts. The hours are 10 - 4 rain or shine.

And if you are out driving around looking at the fall colors, stop by the Burwell-Morgan Historic Mill for the fall salon style show. There are so many things to do in this season of change.

115 & 117 E. Church St., Frederick, MD

6219 Harley Road, Middletown, MD Country Pleasures Farm

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