Friday, October 31, 2014

Dia de los Muertos

Day of the Dead, those spirits that have left us are said to come visit from October 31 and leave by November 2. It is a tradition in Mexico and Southwestern states to celebrate those memories, honor those we loved and are no longer with us by sharing in special meals. Alters are created to show death that even though it is always near, it may be feared but memories make us strong.

As we give out treats tonight, we will enjoy a bowl of chili and some cornbread, in memory of my Mom, who taught me to cook. Cards have been sent to those far away to let them know we are thinking of them, in memory of my Mother-in-law, as she never missed a birthday or holiday. We will honor those special people whose spirits have passed ahead.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wrapping It Up

Wrapping up all those little details from the recent Fine Arts in the Valley show. Unpacking art that came back home. Planning for what art goes to what new locations. Finishing up commission pieces and works in progress during the show.

One pastel painting I was working on was for the raffle. Anyone that made a purchase during the show and signed our guest book qualified for the raffle. A few final touches and email the winner. Then wrap it up and mail it to the winner. 

There are always things to follow up on and little details to take care. Coming soon a little break.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Art Is Everywhere

I believe that beauty surrounds us, it is not only in what the artists eye & hand create. The inspiration for the artists work is frequently what is in front of them: the sunrise, the purple mountains, the cows in the field, or a single leaf. 

Art is part of who I am and I see it in the simple things we use each day. My morning coffee comes to me in pottery form. My servicing dishes too are individual handmade pieces. Some of my favorite clothing pieces are hand knitted, woven and assembled by an artisan.

Today several of the artist at the FAV show will be demonstrating how they make their own form of beautiful art. I will work on a plein air pastel painting, Marilu will work on scratch board and Tracy is restoring old photographs taking old treasures, bringing them back to their original beauty.

Come on by and capture some beauty of your own: 6219 Harley Rd., Middletown, MD from 11-6 today & tomorrow. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Till The Cows Come Home

Or till the cows come for apples. The cows at Country Pleasures Farm & Or hard are Belted Galloway, Belties for short. They are also nicknames Oreo Cows, they have black head and tail with white in the center. 
Each morning I watch them as I have my coffee. They have their routine, as they come closer to the fench line I walked down to take some pictures. Some of the old apples are dessert for the cows, if they think you have apples they will follow you anywhere. I threw them a few and they posed for a while. 
It is a nice way to bring in the morning. If you would like to see them for yourself come on out Saturday or Sunday October 25-26 from 11-6. Location: 6219 Harley Rd., Middletown, MD. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fruits Of Summers End

This morning watching the sun rise through the mist of the trees made me more aware that summer has ended and fall moving quickly to winter is here. Well, kind of, there are still flowers blooming, bees are still doing their last bit to collect pollen and the fruits are still hanging on the trees.

The leaves are slowly turning, which makes for a beautiful fall. Depending on the storms that blow through they may give us nice color through the end of the month even into November. I love the crisp blue of a fall sky, with the complimentary orange of the leaves. While staying at Country Pleasures Farm I have had the chance to take lots of nice photographs for future works and just for memories.

Come on out take a few photos of your own this weekend. The art show is still going on and we even have some new inventory to add to the show.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Walking around Country Pleasures Farm & Orchard there is so much color to see. Some of it is hidden, some subdued but some of it is bright and bold. When you are Coloring what are your favorite choices? 
Me, I am a blue person, love all the shades of blue. I tend towards the browns too and the combo of the two well if you come see my work it's pretty obvious. 
The Fine Arts in the Valley show continues today and next weekend 10/25-26 from 11:00-6:00 each day. Located at 6219 Harley Rd., Middletown, MD.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

It Takes A Village

When trying to put together a art show it takes the village of artists and friends. There is cleaning, organizing, setting up racks, arranging the lights, running extension cords, and then hanging the art. Making sure there are labels, signage, preparing for the reception, invitations, PR, Social Media, and music.

Sometimes it is all in the details that brings people in and back to a repeating show. We have been doing a variation of the group show for over ten years. The core has stayed the same with the addition of some young blood keeping the show fresh. 

It is hard work but with many hands it all comes together. But, I am looking forward to Friday evening when all the art is displayed, friends, family, clients and the artists enjoying an evening of sharing the art & soul.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Shades Of Grey

On my long drive from Southern VA to MD I ran in and out of rain storms. At one point I looked to my left and it was blue skies and sun coming through. To the front and right of me were clouds. Many shades of grey in those clouds. I love how the dark grey was making the colors in the trees even more intense. 
The color grey is pretty amazing, it can be created by mixing a variety of different colors together. On the blue side you will have you cooler grey. Use yellow and purples, it will be warmer. 
I did an elephant painting using the colors left on my palette to create greys. It was a fun challenge. How many greys do you see when you look at the clouds. How many can you mix without using black or white - I think maybe more then fifty.

Between The Rain Drops

Getting ready for the Fine Arts in the Valley show. Packing up the car in-between rain storms. Trying to keep the art work from damage, protecting the frames and the image can be a challenge. Especially when working on paper. But we are adapting, a few alterations in plans and working late into the evening. Trying to keep track of the small details, making labels, business cards, and I still need to pack my suitcase. 
Hoping to get ahead of the big storm due to hit here this afternoon. Finishing up morning coffee, figure out what art supplies to bring and last few things in the car. Off we go - hell-o Maryland!

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Chicken Or The Egg

It is World Egg Day, which is different from National Egg Day. National Egg Day is celebrated in June and started with the Romans around 10 BC because of a poultry plague. The Emperor needed someone to eat an egg to show they were safe again, thus began National Egg Day.

World Egg Day, which is today, is an International Event started in Vienna in 1996. Again to honor the powers of the egg. The super-food that is filled with protein, vitamins, minerals, choline which is stated to be good for your brain and memory. Eggs from what I read are good for eyesight helping to avoid macular degeneration.

If you are so incline, have an egg today. If you are an artist or creative soul, you may want to set up a still life using eggs. Eggs are one of the popular items for drawing. They have a great shape, they provide a wonderful subject to teach or learn about shadows. One of my favorites is drawing the lights, using white charcoal on black paper. Pull out that sketch book and pencil, take a moment, sketch an egg and maybe a chicken.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


It is that time - time to prepare. Getting things ready for the Fine Arts in the Valley show coming around the corner very quickly.
This week is about finishing those last minute pieces and framing them. Thinking of titles, making labels, wrapping and packing. 
Next week we hang and set up displays. With two new artists, Christopher Proto, potter and Lisa LeMair, jewelry & fiber arts. We like to keep things fresh and new. Changing some things but keeping your favorites too. 
There are always last minute things to arrange and rearrange but we are in the flow of preparation. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Raining Leaves

On the highways again, driving down 81 to 64 to pick up art from VA Pastel show. Then heading over to 95-495 into B'more for the weekend. 

One of the things that makes the long 5 plus hour drive not so bad is the raining leaves. As the leaves are just starting to change colors, the slight breeze gently takes them flying around. Kind of like a spring shower of fall leaves.

The temperature is due to drop this weekend. With that a lot more leaves will change and start to carpet the ground. 

Taking lots of tree pictures as references for the tree drawing that has been growing in my head for far too many years. My plan is to make this winter all about the trees. The raining leaves have me smiling and thinking creatively. Now if I could only reach my sketchbook.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Making Adjustments

Last night was all about making adjustments. Adjustments to images, in Photoshop, so that they can be submitted on line for art shows. Size does matter when it comes to shows or at least submitting for the show. It is not the size of the piece - most of the time. It is the size of the dots - dots per inch - dpi and the size of the pixels, squares. 

The pastel organizations across the country are starting to fall in line with the International Association of Pastels Socities, IAPS, requirements. Other groups not so much...I am getting better at keeping folders within my files as to what when into what show. Yet, from year to year art can get lost in the hundreds of folders. 

This is part of the business of art. Deadlines come and go fast in the art world. Choices are made for future shows, solo shows, web shows, gallery shows and more. I mark these deadlines on the calendar on my phone. I am getting better at checking it everyday to see what is coming up or what I missed. I am learning to adjust to constant change in this techno world.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Taking Turns

It is fall, a time for things to turn, each season takes it's turn in displaying their best features. I love the trees, the leaves changing colors, biting into a crisp apple, the sunrises and sunsets seem more spectacular this time of year.

The artists of Fine Arts in the Valley,  are preparing for our show, which is just around the corner. We have been working all summer turning out new works. Yet, like most artists I know there is never enough time to do everything you had in mind. Somehow it all comes together and it is one of my favorite shows. Spending two weekends with friends, at a beautiful Amish built event barn, with wrap around deck, glass doors on two sides, windows way up high to let in lots of natural light. The view, well, if you have not been out to our show in the past, this year I think will be one of the best yet. The leaves are already turning and I suspect that during our show it may be one of the peak weekends for color in the trees. The barn overlooks a pasture with cows, apple orchard, ducks, a mated pair of eagles and the mountains to the rear. It is a lovely way to spend the day, autumn color, great friends, and amazing artwork.

The show will have a little something for just about everyone. We have small items just right for those holiday gifts. Lots of new works and two new artists are joining us this year, Christopher Proto, potter and Lisa LeMair, jewelry and fiber arts. Back again are Homer Yost, sculpture and drawings, Tracy Tousignaut Reed and Sarah Simpson, photographers, Marilu Tousignaut, sratchboard and yarn works, and myself Linda Harrison-Parsons, oils, pastels and handmade paper.

The opening reception is Friday, October 17th starting at 5:00, A-capella On My Mind, will be singing at 6:15 that evening.  The show continues through the weekend Oct. 18-19th from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Followed by the next weekend Oct. 25-26th 11:00-6:00. 6219 Harley Rd., Middletown, MD - follow the Art Studio signs.

Come on out enjoy the view, the country drive, the amazing art work and support your local artists. For additional info check our web site or email me.

young eagles

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