The Yellow Daisy Festival with Patti Ballard

September 2012 marked the 44th annual Yellow Daisy Festival in Stone Mountain Park, Ga. The festival is named for the Confederate Yellow Daisy that grows on the granite outcroppings of Stone Mountain. Every year it features more than 400 artists and crafters from all over the country. In all the time I’ve lived in Georgia, I have never been to the Yellow Daisy Festival. I’m not a native to Georgia, but for many years the festival was only a ten minute drive away! While I don’t live so close to Stone Mountain now, I decided it was about time I experienced the arts, crafts, food and live music of this wonderful event.

I discovered soon after planning my trip that former EBSQ artist Patti Ballard, of PBS Art Studios, was going to be there selling her whimsical paintings. What a treat! If you ever have a chance to see an artists work beyond the monitor do not hesitate. Nothing compares. Patti’s paintings are like a piece of childhood wrapped with magical daydreams. Browsing her booth was serene and calming.

Patti was kind enough to chat with me a bit before the next wave of visitors hit her booth. Here’s our mini-interview:

AM: How long have you been coming to the Yellow Daisy Festival? And what made you choose this festival?

PB: This was my first year at this festival. I was recommended by a fellow artist who has been doing the show for a long time.

AM: How far in advance to you begin preparing for an art festival?

PB: I usually have shows 1 or two weeks apart so when I am not at a show I am making more art and preparing for shows.

AM: What do you like most about participating in art festivals?

PB: I love meeting new people and seeing all the art. I always find something interesting. And it’s always fun to see other artists I have become friends with at other shows.

AM: Do you have any upcoming festivals? And if so, where?

PB: I have a show scheduled almost every week starting in October. My next show on October 6-7 will be in Melbourne Fl. Only 45 minutes from home… If you like You can see the rest of my art show schedule on my website…mostly all are in Florida!

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Patti Ballard

Artist Patti Ballard

Who and where are you?

My Name is Patti Ballard. I am a Whimsical mixed media artist. I live in Saint Cloud, Fl. a small town about 30 minutes east of Walt Disney World.

Runaway with me by Patti Ballard

How did you get started art blogging?

I felt I really needed to connect with other artists and bloggers that shared the same interests as myself and also I really wanted to learn how I could get my art out there and basically learn about others art and how they felt about going public with it.

Under my Umbrella by Patti Ballard

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

I really think blogging is about making friends and being your true self. People can feel if you are genuine when you write. Also Its just like a regular friendship. You have to nurture your new friends besides just talking about yourself. Letting your emotions and true self come out makes it seem to others that you are real and they will treat you like a real friend.

Intruding in my World by Patti Ballard

What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

It really depends on the mood I’m in, or even what I’m painting. sometimes I am so engrossed in what I’m doing that I don’t want any distractions so I just love to listen to silence and my own thoughts. Music is important to me though and I have a very wide range of music favorites. I love Pop and alternative rock. I like to listen to radio even the talk shows.Sometimes just oldies from the 50-90’s and sometimes slow romantic songs.

Dreaming by Patti Ballard

What can we expect to see next from your easel?

I am really loving doing a more quirky kind of subjects with lots of hearts and words lately, every once in a while an angel or fairy in a more realistic form will pop out but right now I literally have at least 25 drawings( I doodle all the time) that I will be transferring to canvas.

Thank you Patti 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?