Hello Sugar Lump!
Can it be? Is Autumn just around the corner? My favorite season! Don't you just love shopping for school supplies and going to football games, and the cool temperatures and the explosion of reds, golds and oranges of the Maple trees? Years ago I wrote a poem about Fall that doesn't even mention football. Maybe it's time to write a new one.
Warm sun on my cheek, crisp chill in the air,
The crunch and smell of autumn leaves delight my senses.
Twirling in flight,
Reflecting the light,
Autumn’s pageant commences.
Tight ribbons of smoke greet morning’s chill,
The aroma wafting from distant home-fires burning,
Summer has faded,
Her appetite sated,
Desires for autumn are turning.
Cotton challenges the field and seems to be winning.
A wealth of dry, brown pods bursting open to proudly display
The bolls of the plant
Which I unfathomably can’t
Believe were born from earth’s hardened clay.
Wild geese are aloft, instinctively taken to wing.
Nature’s flawless formation giving no pause for delay.
Their pattern reveals slant,
And their wings subtly chant
What no musical instrument can play.
Mist gently rises, an ethereal, ephemeral voile,
Draping orchards hung with fruit with its steam.
My soul is enticed
By the cognizant spice,
Flavoring the earth’s autumn dream.
Meet my latest and unplanned foster Junebug. She is an exuberant, 35 lb, 8 month-old, female, blue brindled and white, Dane/Terrier mix available for adoption. I should have named her Lovebug. Junebug is full of affection and kisses and wants to play with me, my dogs, my cat, and any visitor that stops by the house. She would be the perfect pet for a family with older children and a fenced back yard.
Junebug has very soulful eyes and may have a bit of hound in her. Junebug was an owner surrender by a young man who adopted her without the means to properly take care of her or permission from his parents. Since she's been with me, she has gotten all her vaccines, and we have an appointment for her spay.
The summer garden is out of control! A volunteer pumpkin vine has grown up one of my sunflowers, and I have a pumpkin growing about 10 feet off the ground.
I'm still enjoying the books I've ordered from Best Loved Girls Books. This month I read The Paris Hat, Follow Your Dreams, and New Boy in Town. Don't you just love the cover art?? These books make me pine for a Malt Shop or Soda Fountain, a moment to recline on a davenport, getting film developed into Kodachromes, and an essay due Friday where I'll do my research in the school library and thumb through a card catalog.
But my favorite book I found this month is called Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. Out of the 100 or so artists profiled in this book, most were uber-organized and very diligent regarding their work schedules, rising early and putting in many hours every day practicing their craft.
One of my favorite creatives from the book was Benjamin Franklin. He asked himself each morning, "What good shall I do this day? and every evening asked himself, "What good have I done today?" What a great daily ritual!
This got me curious, and I read more books by Benjamin Franklin.... Poor Richards Almanac and The Art of Virtue. I highly recommend them both.
In the art world....
1. Shannon Haas and I had a fabulous trip to Lake Oconee to the Jim Richards-Paula Deen fundraiser "Cork, Canvas, and Cuisine," benefiting the Bag Lady Foundation. I've received Jim's newsletter for a couple of years in hopes of taking one of his workshops one day, so when the news came about this wonderful opportunity to learn from Jim and paint with Paula Deen, I registered immediately.
The day started with a demonstration by Jim.
Jim donated the painting to the Bag Lady Foundation and they will auction it at an event scheduled for January. To see a portion of the demo, click here.
You can imagine my surprise when Shannon and I got to sit at Paula's table all afternoon to paint, and the thrill that jolted me when Paula asked me for help with her painting. She called me "Dumplin."
Paula is a very talented artist, and not just in the kitchen. Her first love is watercolor.
Paula was very frustrated painting with acrylics. They were drying too quickly for her, so she decided to paint her second painting in oils. Shannon gave her a new canvas, and I set her up with paints. Cindy Fulks, an artist from LaGrange who also sat at our table, gave Paula a jar of turp.
At the end of the day every one got in line to get Paula to sign their cookbooks or aprons that were in our swag bag. I couldn't believe I had the courage to ask her for something special. I wanted the painting she, Jim, and I had painted from earlier in the day.
"You want that?!" She couldn't believe I wanted the painting she abandoned in frustration. But I did. And do. And have it displayed proudly in my house.
What a great day!
2. Connections Art Show at Battle Ground Academy
My painting Shuff's Music was juried into the first annual Battle Ground Academy Art Show, Connections. The exhibit is located in the Mary Campbell Visual Arts Center on the BGA campus and opens September 10. The exhibit ends November 11, 2015. The Artists Reception is scheduled for September 17 from 5-7pm. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Battle Ground Academy is located at 336 Ernest Rice Lane in Franklin, just off Mack Hatcher Blvd.
3. Inaugural Spring Hill Art Walk, September 19
The inaugural Spring Hill Art Walk presented by the Spring Hill Art Center will be on Saturday, September 19th, 2015, from 4pm to 8pm.
The goal of the art walk is to celebrate artists in Spring Hill by giving them a platform on which to share their art with the community. Through this event, we hope to enrich and inspire local artists to create and share their talents and to unite Spring Hill citizens and small businesses.
Attendees of the Art Walk will begin viewing art at the Spring Hill Art Center at the Old Spring Hill High School before strolling along the sidewalks of Main Street to view art created by local artists in participating businesses along the route. They will proceed south until they arrive at the front lawn of the Tennessee Children’s Home. There, we will have additional art and activities for participants to enjoy. The Spring Hill Art Walk will be a free family-friendly event.
The plan at the moment is that I will display my work at historic Grace Episcopal Church. Can't wait!!
4. Amethyst Affair Exhibit and Auction
From September 1 - October 8 paintings from many local artists will be exhibited at the Spring Hill Library, and then on October 9, these paintings will be auctioned as part of the GFWC Spring Station Women's Club event "Amethyst Affair" to benefit the Center of Hope (formerly Hope House). Additionally, artists will have the opportunity to donate one piece of art to the Center for Hope to help decorate two new safe houses currently under construction.
Make your plans now to join us on October 9 for the event or stop by during September to see the works of art to be auctioned.
Here is my donation painting:
It's inspired by a painting by Deb Kirkeeide and used with her permission to paint a reference painting for a paint-along for kids at West End Baptist Church's VBS this past July. What better place to exhibit it than in a safe house for women and children?
Several of my paintings will be auctioned, too.
5. Students Day at Jerry's Artarama EXCLUSIVELY for Students of Susan Elizabeth Jones... September 11 at 10:30am
Yes, that's right. It's YOUR Day at Jerry's Artarama-Nashville on Friday, September 11, at 10:30am. Join me at Jerry's Artarama and enjoy a Free Demo and Paint-along using a selection of house brand paints, brushes, canvas, and gessoboard set up at a Painting Bar just for you to try a variety of products. Enjoy a FREE Swag Bag full of paints, brushes, mineral spirits, gift certificates, coupons, and other wonderful goodies! Enjoy 20% off any non-sale item in the store, plus have access to an array of items specially discounted just for YOUR day of painting, experimenting with new mediums, and shopping for fun and creative products.
And if you'd like to meet me and Jerry's Manager Amanda for lunch, you are welcome to join us for a dutch treat meal at Olive Garden at 12:30.
Registration is required if you'd like to receive a Swag Bag. Call 615-216-5907, text 615-668-8263 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. New Venue: The Painted Dragonfly, Nolensville
I am now teaching classes and workshops for adults at The Painted Dragonfly in Nolensville, TN. The Painted Dragonfly is in a beautiful old home in downtown Nolensville and shares a parking lot with Three French Hens.
7. New Venue: Williamson County Rec Center
I'm now teaching weekend workshops and a few evening Paint-Along classes at the Williamson County Rec Center in Franklin. You may register by calling the Rec Center 615 790-5719 Ext 2010, and soon you'll be able to go online and register on their website. .
WILLIAMSON CO REC CENTER
September 21 "Hollyhock Sunrise" 6pm $40, with all supplies (acrylics) and instruction included 16x20 stretched canvas
September 26 Pet Portraits Workshop 1pm $99, with all supplies (acrylics) and instruction included 16x12 stretched canvas
October 26 "High Cotton" Paint-Along 6pm $40, with all supplies (acrylics) and instruction included 16x20 stretched canvas
October 31 House Portraits Workshop 9am $99, with all supplies (acrylics) and instruction included 16x12 stretched canvas
November 20 "Gold Bow" Paint-Along 6pm $40, with all supplies (acrylics) and instruction included 16x20 stretched canvas
November 21 "Violin" Workshop 1pm $99, with all supplies (acrylics) and instruction included 12x12 stretched canvas
The Williamson County Rec Center is located at 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin, TN, 37064, near Mack Hatcher Parkway.
8. FREE Public Demo at Williamson Co. Rec Center, September 14 at 5:30
Join me! I'll be painting in the lobby of the Williamson Co Rec Center located off Hillsboro Road just north of Mack Hatcher Parkway on September 14 at 5:30. I'll be teaching painting classes and workshops at the WCRC starting later in September. Tell all your artist friends. The more, the merrier! Free and Open to the Public.
9. ACCEPTING COMMISSIONS NOW FOR CHRISTMAS
Pet Portrait, House Portrait and Custom Interiors Portraits commissions make GREAT GIFTS.
Yes, it does seem early to be thinking about Christmas presents, but by the time Christmas gets here I want to deck the halls and enjoy the season and not stress over commitments to paint commissioned paintings.
Prices for commissioned paintings are based on size and start at $95 for Pet Portraits, and $200 for House Portraits or Custom Interiors Portraits. Email reference photo to email@example.com for a free, no-obligation quote.
10. Art Attic Mondays, AND NOW TUESDAYS, too
Yes, that's right. I'm teaching at The Art Attic on both Monday's and Tuesdays. On Monday's we'll have Coffee & Canvas or other Paint-Along or possibly a workshop of some kind. I'll also make time to teach private lessons either on Monday mornings or Monday afternoons. The Creative Spirits class has been moved to Tuesday morning from 10am -11:15am. Join us!
September 14 "French Floral" 1pm $45, with all supplies (acrylics) and instruction included 16 x 20 stretched canvas
September 21 "Sew What?" 9am $45, with all supplies (acrylics) and instruction included 12 x 12 stretched canvas
September 21 "Autumn Pumpkin" 1pm $45, with all supplies (acrylics) and instruction included 16 x 20 stretched canvas
September 28 "Sunflower" 9am $45, with all supplies (Oils) and instruction included 16 x 20 stretched canvas
September 28 "Flycatcher" 1pm $45, with all supplies (Oils) and instruction included 8 x 10 stretched canvas
And August 31 at 1pm, we'll offer a Paint-Along in Oils. Just like with the Acrylic Paint-Alongs, all supplies, demonstration, and instructions will be included in $45 fee. The image we will paint will be pre-sketched on your 8 x 10 canvas. The painting in Oils will be much smaller. Students will need to bring a wet canvas carrier to get their wet oils painting home. An empty, clean, pizza box will do nicely. Oils paintings take about a month to dry.
We offer an array of painting lessons at the Art Attic and other locations.
What is a Private lesson?
A private lesson can be just you and me, for my undivided attention. Or you may want to split the session with a friend. Still we work on any aspect of painting you want to work on and in any medium. Bring your own supplies.
What is the Creative Spirits Class?
The Creative Spirits Class is a painting class for ages 14 to adult that starts at the very beginning and works on fundamentals of painting.... mixing color, moving a shape to a form, still life painting, landscape painting, it's all here. But the class is just over an hour, so that one aspect of painting is discussed and practiced each month, and you can go home and practice without feeling overwhelmed. Register for 4-class session for $99. And continue registering for as many or as few as you like. Bring your own supplies and we paint with acrylics.
What is Coffee & Canvas or Paint-Along class?
The Coffee & Canvas Class, also known as a "Paint-Along" is a painting class for ages 14 to adult where we all paint the same painting one step at a time. You are welcome to bring coffee or other favorite beverage and paint a beautiful painting for your home or office or for a gift for a special friend. All supplies are provided with your class fee, so you don't have to invest in paints, canvases or brushes. Just come as you are and enjoy a morning of painting.
Details on each class may be found by calling me at 615-216-5907. And please share this schedule with your friends in Franklin.
11. Plein Air Painters of the Southeast
No, I'm not a member of the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, but I am a fan of the work of their members. In October, PAP-SE will be holding their annual paint-out in Nashville and holding a wet paint art sale at Leipers Creek Gallery in Leipers Fork on the evening of October 23. Make your plans to come early and watch talented plein air artists paint such as Anne Blair Brown, Roger Dale Brown, Beverly Ford Evans, Larry Moore, Katie Dobson Cundiff, TJ Cunningham, and more.
12. Live Painting demonstrations on Periscope
If you are interested in watching me paint, I'm broadcasting painting demonstrations live on Periscope, available on your computer phone, or iPad. This is a live, interactive format where you can text in questions and comments. The broadcast saved in a digital format and uploaded to my YouTube channel and blog.
To view an example, click here.
13. New Venue... The Athenaeum Rectory, Columbia
Come paint with me on the porch of a unique, historic home that was the Rectory of the antebellum girls' school The Athenaeum in lovely, downtown Columbia, Tennessee, on Athenaeum Street between West 7th and West 8th Streets.
On Sunday afternoon, September 27 at 2pm, we'll paint "Jar of Sunflowers" and on Sunday afternoon, October 11 at 1pm, we'll paint "Autumn Pumpkin." Each class is $40 and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Athenaeum Rectory, now a non-profit museum.
Details on each class may be found at Paintingwithsusan.com or by calling me at 615-216-5907. You may register by calling 615-216-5907 or by texting 615-668-8263.
14. "Jar of Sunflowers" Paint-Along at Rippavilla, Excel Studio, Spring Hill
We still have room in the August 27, 6pm Paint-Along at Rippavilla in the Excel Studio on Joe Waller Lane, about 100 yards behind the Rippavilla Mansion. If you'd like to join us, just call 615-216-5907 or text 615-668-8263 to register. Beginners welcome!
So that's about it for September. Wow!! Lots going on and just see what's coming up in October!!
Have a wonderful month and I hope to paint with you soon!
Susan Elizabeth Jones
*A few of these dates and locations were tentative at time of newsletter publication.
For more information on classes and workshops, visit www.paintingwithsusan.com or call 615-216-5907.
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Photos of precious smiles I got to see while painting in the August Classes, Workshops, and Private Lessons.
Cleaning Ruined Paint Brushes
Ever let paint brushes dry with either oils or acrylics still in the bristles? It can ruin your brushes. Amanda, manager of Jerry's Artarama, Nashville, gave me 36 old, ruined brushes that had been used over the years by visiting artist for their demonstration paintings. These brushes were ready for the trash can. But it is possible to give them a new life.
What you'll need:
Murphy's Oil Liquid Soap
Clean, glass jar
Dawn dish washing liquid or Soap specifically for paintbrushes, like "The Masters" Brush Cleaner
Pour Murphy's Oil Liquid Soap as deep as your bristles, about an inch, and set brushes, bristles down, in the soap. Let brushes soak in soap for 4-5 days. Remove from soap. Rinse. Was as normal in Dawn dish washing liquid or other brush cleaner.
Out of the 36 old brushes I was given, 30 were salvaged for additional use. Only 6 could not be revived and had to be thrown away.