Good Morning Creative Spirits!
“Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life.
They appear so while they are passing;
they seem to have been so when we look back on them;
and they take up more room in our memory
than all the years that succeed them.”
– Robert Southey
"September is the second January" I learned the first 20 years of my life. And it continues today. September makes me nostalgic for a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils, a new Trapper Keeper notebook, school shoes, Encyclopedias and caramel candy, all the supplies that filled the first 20 autumns of life starting a new school year, making new goals, and dreaming new dreams.
Remember when you couldn't wait to be old enough to go to school and ride the bus with the big kids in the neighborhood? Ours was #57 driven by Pokey Reed for years, then a young mechanic named Fish.
My brothers, friends, and I lived for summertime which lasted forever, from Memorial Day to Labor Day:
going to Opryland, playing tennis at Jim Warren Park, swimming at Battlewood Swim Club, getting Icees at CY Market, playing pitcher for the church softball team, or playing "Lost in Space" with the neighborhood kids under my Dad's workbench serving as the Jupiter II.
But the end of summer would draw near and all three TV stations would air previews of new TV shows. Mom would take us shopping for school shoes. Franklin was a small town and didn't have a lot to offer, so we went to Green Hills to shop.
Green Hills stores were contained to a single strip mall, but there we would shop at Castner Knotts, Cain-Sloan's, Chester's, The Toggery Shop, and Family Bootery for either a pair of Buster Brown's or Red Goose Shoes and get a golden egg with prizes inside.
Lunch in Green Hills was enjoyed at either Cross Keys or McDonald's, which was a treat.
Franklin didn't have a McDonald's. In fact I only remember a handful of restaurants in Franklin.... Dotson's, One-Stop BBQ, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Dairy Queen.
Sometimes we shopped for school clothes at Harvey's at 100 Oaks or at Sear's downtown, but mostly from the Sear's Fall and Winter catalog.
Friday night slumber parties were planned for nearly every Friday night where we would bring our sleeping bags and pop some Jiffy Pop popcorn and watch The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family, listen to records, and play with Barbies or other games.
All we wanted out of life was to be Marsha Brady and go to prom with Davy Jones, the groovy, pint-sized, British McDreamy,
And buy the world a home and furnish it with love. Grow apple trees and honey bees and snow-white turtle doves.
May we ever keep the fun, groovy, creative, young person from the first 20 years alive deep in our souls.
In the Art World.....
1. FREE Gouache painting class at Jerry's Artarama on September 23 at 10am
We plan to meet at Jerry's Artarama located on Mt. View Road in Antioch, TN, and learn from manager Amanda to paint with Gouache, an opaque watercolor. Class size is limited and registration is required. Call 615-668-8263 to reserve your easel. And plan to join us for a dutch treat lunch at Olive Garden on Bell Road after the class and few minutes of shopping.
2. Abandon Art Not Animals
Pet Pals of Maury County and I have joined the movement started by Shawn Aswad of Snooty Giggles Rescue to "Abandon Art Not Animals." We have abandoned dozens of "Abandon Art Not Animals" packages in downtown Columbia TN, downtown Franklin TN, Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill, Lakeland FL, Asheville NC, and in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL.
When you find our abandoned art, you may keep it, share it, or leave it for the next person to find. But please take a selfie with your found art and post the photo to our Facebook page Abandon Art Not Animals just like these lucky folks...
If you have art to donate to the cause, please bring it to The Art Attic in Franklin or the main office of Spring Hill Parks and Rec on Port Royal Road.
Please like our page on Facebook and share our posts with all your friends. Let's go viral and start a nationwide movement to "Abandon Art, Not Animals!!"
3. Beginner Oils 101 Class slated for September 22 at 10am in Franklin
If you have been wondering about painting with oils, wonder no more. I'll be offering a Beginner Oils 101 class on September 22 at 10am located at 2212 Oakwood Road, Franklin, Tennessee at the home of Debbie Bowman-Cornett. Class fee is $50 and will include supplies for this class. However, should you want to purchase supplies, Jerry's Artarama offers a kit for $65 that includes everything you'll need.
Call or text 615-668-8263 to reserve your easel. Class size is limited so payment is required at time of registration to secure your spot. And plan to stay for lunch! Debbie has invited students to bring a pot luck dish and enjoy more time together at her home.
Thank you Debbie!!
4. Art Attic Tuesdays
Join us for Art Attic Tuesdays and attend painting classes offered in acrylics at our location in Franklin. Learn a new skill, have some fun, make new friends, and create a colorful legacy! Please call 615-668-8263 to register or for additional information.
CREATIVE SPIRITS CLASS
Creative Spirits on-going classes meet at 9:30am on Tuesdays and cover a new topic every month. In September we’re studying how to take 2 dimensional shapes and turn them into 3 dimensional forms. The first class of the new session will be on September 6 and will meet September 6, 13, 20, and 27. Students bring their own supplies and a list is provided of items you'll need. Class fee is $99 per one month session (4 classes) and you can take as many or as few sessions as you like. Supplies may be purchased at Target, Wal-Mart, Hobby-Lobby or Michael's, however Jerry's Artarama offers everything you'll need in a kit for less than $40. Jerry's Artarama is located on Mt. View Road in Antioch.
Please note: Students find it helpful to bring their phones or iPads to photograph the reference painting or pull it up on Facebook. Starting in September class sizes will be limited and paint-along canvases will be smaller so students have a better view of the reference painting and will get more individualized attention.
September 6 "Zinnias" 1pm $45, with all supplies (acrylics) and instruction included 12 x 16 canvas
September 13 "Goose" 4pm $45, with all supplies (acrylics) and instruction included 12 x 16 canvas
September 27 "Lilypads" 1pm $45, with all supplies (acrylics) and instruction included 12 x 16 canvas
September 27 "Sunflowers" 4pm $45, with all supplies (acrylics) and instruction included 12 x 16 canvas
September 6 "Color Bootcamp" Part I 4pm $99, with all supplies (acrylics) and instruction included
September 13 "Color Bootcamp" Part II 4pm This is a continuation from September 6.
September 20 Pet Portrait Workshop 1pm $99, with all supplies (acrylics) and instruction included 12 x 16 canvas
Email me a photo of YOUR pet or that of a loved one for the Pet Portrait Workshop.
Email to email@example.com
And bring photo with you to class to use for reference.
5. Spring Hill Parks and Recreation Painting Program
Painting classes are offered in the Winchester Community Room of Spring Hill Parks located in Evans Park at 563 Maury Hill Road. The Winchester Community Room is located on the ground floor at the back of the building (basement). The Spring Hill Senior Citizens Center occupies the top floor. Classes for both children and adults are offered at this location. Please call 615-668-8263 to register or for additional information.
WINCHESTER COMMUNITY ROOM, SPRING HILL
ADULT PAINTING CLASSES offered by Spring Hill Parks and Rec:
September 12 "Bicycle" 6:30pm $40, with all supplies (acrylics) and instruction included 12 x 16 canvas
September 26 "Out Sailing" 6:30pm $40, with all supplies (acrylics) and instruction included 12 x 16 canvas
KIDS & CANVAS CLASSES offered by Spring Hill Parks and Rec:
Kids Open Studio will be offered at the Winchester Community Room of Spring Hill Parks for children ages 5 to 12. As long as there are students to make a full class, I'll offer the class for $20 per child with all supplies included. Registration is required and payment is due at registration to ensure an easel and supplies for your child. Supplies include a pre-sketched canvas and acrylic paints that wash up easily with water. Please call 615-668-8263 to register or for additional information.
**May be used as a fundraising opportunity for your child's school, ball team, youth group, or scout group. Please call 615-668-8263 for more information.
WINCHESTER COMMUNITY ROOM, SPRING HILL
September 12 "Cupcake" 5pm $20, with all supplies (acrylics) and instruction included 8 x 10 canvas
September 26 "Cow" 5pm $20, with all supplies (acrylics) and instruction included 8 x 10 canvas
6. The Athenaeum Rectory, Columbia
Painting classes are offered at the Athenaeum Rectory located in downtown Columbia, Tennessee, on Athenaeum Street. We'll be in south parlor. Students are asked to bring a cleaning product or paper product to donate to the historic home (either paper towels, tissues, or TP) and a portion of the class fee will be donated, too.
On September 18 we'll paint "Hollyhock Sunrise" at 2pm.
Class fee of $40 includes supplies and instruction. Make your plans to bring your friends and have a fun afternoon paintings all while helping support one of Columbia's beautiful historic homes.
7. Spring Hill Art Walk~ September 17
This year I will be helping out in the Spring Hill Parks and Rec Tent located on the lawn of Ferguson Hall (formerly the Spring Hill Children's Home) in downtown Spring Hill, TN. We will be offering painting opportunities for the kids that will become part of a public art display at the Spring Hill Skate Park. Bring the family and enjoy fun, art, food and more!! This event is sponsored by the Spring Hill Parks and the Spring Hill Arts Council.
8. Greenways for Nashville Dinner On The Bridge ~September 29
The 10th Annual Dinner on the Bridge to benefit Greenways for Nashville will be held on Thursday, September 29th on the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge. With the growth and vibrancy of Nashville’s downtown core, dining with friends on the Pedestrian Bridge is truly a unique opportunity. I hope to have a painting included in this fun and unique event. Cocktails begin at 6pm and dinner at 7.
Entertainment for the evening will be aerialists performing, suspended from the bridge overhead. Wow!!
For tickets and more information, click here.
9. Health & Wellness Fair, Spring Hill ~ September 7-8
"Painting is cheaper than therapy." ~Regina Fitzgerald, student
Numerous students have commented to me that painting classes are necessary for their mental health, so why not participate in a public Health & Wellness Fair?
Make your plans now to stop by either September 7 from 1:30-6pm or September 8 from 8am to noon at the UAW Hall located at 125 Stephen Yokich Parkway in Spring Hill. This event is free and open to the public.
10. Upcoming Art Shows....
Farm to Fork Art Show
Mark your calendar for upcoming art shows this autumn.
I'll be participating in the Cumberland River Compact Art Show "Farm to Fork" with the Chestnut Group on October 27 from 5-10pm at The Green Door Gourmet located at 7011 River Road Pike, Nashville, TN, in their beautiful event space. The Green Door Gourmet is an organic co-op farm located on the Hidden Valley farm and offers Herbs, Flowers, Produce, Plants, Artisan foods and Eggs.
St. George's Independent School Art Show
And new to my calendar is the St. George's Independent School November 3-5 in Collierville, Tennessee. A portion of the proceeds of this event will go to the St. George's Arts Alliance to enhance the arts programs of all three campuses of St. George's Independent School.
Happy Fall Y'all!!! And I look forward to painting with you soon!!
Susan Elizabeth Jones
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.
And many, many paintings are for sale at auction through Daily Paintworks. If you are local and purchase a painting, please let me know so I can adjust the shipping fee. To see the auction items, click here.
1. Retro-inspired Messenger Bag for Art Supplies
Feed Your Creative Juices!
Don't you just love these adorable, retro-, pin-up, messenger bags for carrying some of your paints, brushes and canvas to a special outdoor cafe or park or other special place to paint away the afternoon?
Great for hostess gifts, birthday presents, or just a "happy" for yourself, they measure 12 x 11 x 3 with inside pocket perfect for iPad or canvas panels & brushes, and adjustable strap. $20. Text me at 615-668-8263 to hold one for you. Local pick-up only. I'll bring a few to painting classes this month for your convenience.
2. Colorful & Charming Art Aprons
Get your own Colorful & Charming Art apron customized with your name or monogram, only $25 (local pick-up or $10 shipping)
Do everything in love.
1 Corinthians 16:14