House Portrait / Stacked Boxes / Ladies’ Day

It’s Friday again and I hope everyone is having a fabulous day! It’s been another busy week over here. My handsome husband and I had the opportunity to fly out to San Francisco, see the countryside and feel the cool breeze off the Pacific. Exhilarating!

Before we left, I finished up the house portrait you saw last time for a sweet woman named, Suzie DeYoung. I knew I liked her the moment we first talked on the phone, but once we finally met in-person I found out she’s a kindred spirit! She has a black German Shepherd too! Now she’s officially part of the family.  🙂

Below is a picture of the finished piece. I love the personality in this home – the bright colors, the contrasts. It’s a happy place everywhere you look.

302 S. 15th St. (web)

Next up, I have to tell you about the Stacked Box Community Mural Project going on during the Hermitage Fall Fest, October 4-6, 2013. Spearheaded by Matt Fischer, owner of Picture This, and designed by Nashville artist Myles Maillie, this is a community-wide arts project for people to come together and participate in breaking the Guinness Book of World Records for stacked boxes and put Hermitage on the map! How do you participate?

Well, there are three easy ways:
1) Attend one of the “Box Painting Parties” at Picture This, paint will be provided. Picture This will hold your boxes until it is time to build the mural.
2) Stop by Picture This and pick up your boxes. Paint them at home and bring them back to Picture This to hold.
3) Attend the “Fall Fest at The Hermitage” and paint your boxes during the festival.

Basically, Germany has a stacked box record of 2644 boxes and our goal is to beat that. At the Hermitage Fall Fest they’ll stack the mural 4/5 boxes high and make a really, really, reeaaallllly long wall. And Voila’! Community mural! For more information check out their Facebook page at STACKED BOX COMMUNITY MURAL PROJECT.

I had the chance to paint my own box at Nashville Creative Group’s Box Painting Party last Monday. It was so much fun! Here’s a quick pic of our contribution. You really should check out this group NASHVILLE CREATIVE GROUP.  Beth Inglish leads it and she does a great job of keeping everyone informed of what’s going on in the local Nashville arts scene.


And speaking of upcoming events, this Saturday is LADIES’ DAY  at The Donelson Fellowship. If you’re a lady and if you want to come (and YES, you want to come!), PLEASE join us! This is a fun day for us to visit and do all those cool, Pinterest ideas you want to do, but never seem to get around to doing. Here is the LINK to the event. It’s just $10 for lunch and 3-1 hour sessions with 3 awesome ladies. A total bargain! Plus, you’ll get to hear my testimony – the REAL reason I do art in the first place. If you don’t come to this you’ll have to wait until Christmas for the final revelation and that’s ages from now! If you don’t want to draw they also offer sessions on cake decorating, photography, Smart Phone help (for non-techies, like…..everyone), and many, many other classes. All these women are exceptionally good at what they do. Down the road, when you’re in a bind you’ll be glad you met them and got their contact information.

I’m teaching during the two morning sessions and we’ll be drawing pumpkins! Why pumpkins?! Easy, because Starbucks came out with their Spiced Pumpkin Latte a few weeks ago and I’m still obsessed. 🙂Party Like a Pumpkin