Under ordinary circumstances artists of online communities rarely meet up beyond the computer monitor, but there are always exceptions. When I learned that EBSQ’s Pat Burns would be a mere twenty miles from my home, for a gallery event, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Last Thursday my daughter and I headed out to another small town in the south, for an evening of fine art, wine (for me), and snacks.
The evening event took place at Magnolia Gallery, just outside Greensboro, GA. They specialize in southern art of all mediums and genres, but with a strong emphasis on Nature and Still Life. Pat’s paintings, especially her paintings on stone were a perfect match for this beautiful setting. If you’ve never seen one these paintings on slate outside of a photograph, you really are missing out.
As Pat took us on a tour of the gallery she shared with me the process involved when painting on slabs of slate. Two things you cannot tell from a photograph:
The colors on these paintings are incredibly rich and the varnish gives them the slightest glow.
The texture you think you see from the painting is actually straight from the shape and ripples in the stone.
Pat encourages people to feel the paintings, to run their fingers over the surface. Only then do you realize what you are really seeing. My daughter and I were enthralled and soon other visitors began to flock around Pat to listen to her talk about the stones.
We were lucky enough to also have a look at beginnings of her next painting on shale. Can you believe that stone was not cut to the shape you see? Pat makes no changes to the original stone. Inspiration hits her when she “sees” something in the folds and textures. Wow!
Thank you, Pat for making our evening a delight. My daughter enjoyed listening to your talk as much as I, and for once she was allowed to touch a piece of art. I hope we are able to meet up again in the future!
The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere.
1. 365 Days of Art – Day 287 – I’ve known about artist, Kathleen Ralph’s 365 Days of Art for some time, but I didn’t know she also has a Postcard Project. Stop by her blog and be sure to click on the links to the project. Hint: Free Art!!
2. Plein Air Georgia Paint Out – Pat Burns and many artist around Georgia will be out in force this weekend painting. See the details on her blog.
3. OPS Paint out in Granbury – Yes, it’s that time of year for sure. Tina Bohlman shares her new Watercolor Palette Shelf, perfect for plein air painting.
4. SRP’s Fridge-a-Thon – Artist Joanne Gallery shares some info on the upcoming Fridge-a-Thon in Phoenix, AZ. Don’t miss out on seeing her and many other artists who’ve used a fridge as they canvas!!
5. Huge Weekend in Chattanooga, TN – This weekend is the annual WHO-FEST, celebrating art and music. Our very own Suzan Buckner will there with many other artist.
Have a great weekend and for you Americans, a safe one too on this holiday weekend.
This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is a fellow Georgia artist with a passion for nature and wildlife. More recently she’s turned her attention to capturing moments in life that sometimes go unseen, but no matter what she’s painting her art is full of heart.
Who and where are you?
I’m Pat DeVane Burns from the heart of Georgia known mostly for my animal and people paintings and palette of rich, vibrant color.
How did you get started art blogging?
In August 2008, after being away from fine art for over six years, I went on-line to see what was going on in the art world… starting with Ebay to see what others were offering and then back-tracking through links to see where the art was coming from. I found and joined the EBSQ community and started following some amazing artists through their blogs and the forums. I started my own blog soon after to give me another web presence and as an extension of my business card. I liked the idea of giving followers a place where they could keep up with my art on their schedule. I’m a fairly ‘low tech’ person and knew nothing of Facebook and Twitter at the time. I’ve tried them since, but find them a bit overwhelming and pull me away from the studio too much, so blogging suits my schedule.
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?
Just do it! My blog is super simple…there’s always more to learn, but don’t let lack of computer knowledge hold you up. Start with an easy pre-set format and go at your own pace. Daily is a bit much for me, but I do post frequently. It’s an excellent self-discipline tool to keep your art in the forefront. Share your knowledge and discoveries. The biggest benefits I’ve derived have been the consistent contact with art lovers and the development of relationships with other artists. Sometimes you will feel like you are throwing a pebble in the ocean, but remember … your blog is as much for you as for anyone else. Never consider an artwork finished until it is blogged. You will see your development happen in front of your own eyes if you will use it as a tool to outreach and grow.
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in the studio?
I listen to a variety of music depending on what I’m doing but silence does not intimidate me either. A bluesy rock jam session by Phish may play while I’m preparing supports or laying in backgrounds… a good way to get started. Soothing Indian flutes may play while I’m working on a portrait.
If I’m resistant to going into the studio, sometimes I’ll chop vegetables and make a big salad or pot of soup for later. There is something about the repetitive motion that breaks my block. Also, picking up the camera and snapping a few reference pictures of the morning sun hitting an orange cat or doves outside my window huddled against the steady patter of rain. These things get my creative juices flowing.
What’s coming next from your easel?
I’m presently preparing for a solo show at Art on the Avenue in late April, so I’ve got three easels going… an almost finished oil of a distillery worker on one, the bare beginnings of a wildlife in acrylics on another, and the next one to come off… a 24”x48” colorful impressionistic acrylic of a bare pecan orchard. I’m actually painting it again, as my son claimed the first one!
I also do 8”x10” or smaller panels and ‘Spirits in Stone’ in my lap in the den at night while my husband and I watch old movies. Most of them I’ve seen so many times that I never have to even look up from my painting to enjoy them. And I get to enjoy being in the same room with my hubby, who is an incurable night owl.
Thank you Pat for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!
If you are an EBSQ Artist and would like to be considered for Blogger of the Week just add us to your blogroll. I’m searching EBSQ profiles weekly for links to artist’s blogs. If you aren’t an EBSQ Artist, what are you waiting for?