Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen, Hoboes and Tramps, cross-eyed mosquitoes and bow-legged ants...

Where to begin??? I have alot happening in the next few months- Blast The Blues, the Nuttall Art Studio Opening May 8th from 4-6 (with a raffle of artwork), Motor City Comic Con to see Sergio and Stan Sakai again, teaching at the Midland Center for the Arts, but something came up this morning that got my blood pumpin': SAMMY HAGAR and the WABOS at Common Ground Festival in July!!! It's a great event, and a great line-up every year, and the Red Rocker being in the mix is a Can't Miss!!! My hands are shakin' and my mind is racin'! "Should I do some drawings/paintings for the band?" "What should I do?" "Should I try to meet them again, and if so, HOW?"
As I'd mentioned in previous posts, the last time Sammy was at Common Ground, Melissa and I raced from teaching in Midland to East Lansing at the last second (we got out of teaching at 4 and the show started at 6 or 7). We only had enough money for gas for the next day to get to work, so we wouldn't be able to get tix into the show, but it's an outdoor event and we could listen to the show, at least. Melissa convinced me we should go, so we went. We got there a little bit before the Wabos hit the stage. A guy was trying to sell his ticket but we told him we had no money and I told him my story about Sammy. He moved on to sell his ticket, but turned around and just GAVE it to us! "You deserve this more than anyone." Perfect example of a true Redhead. Only problem was, 1 ticket, 2 people. So, we just decided to watch from the side because we didn't want to separate. In a few minutes, somebody went around and was GIVING tickets out for free!! HALLELUJAH!! So, I gave our ticket to someone sitting outside of the fenced and took our 2 tickets and went inside!
So, anyway, the whole experience, including his story about the re-vamped "Dreams" song, inspired me greatly, to tears even. I've held his words close to heart, and the decisions I've made in the last 2 years have been greatly influenced by Sammy Hagar (so I have HIM to blame for any fallout!).

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Getting my hands dirty

I'm working on a new project. Can't divulge much, but I will say, it's in clay...

Friday, April 16, 2010

Come out for art and booze

I'm going to be demonstrating during the Downtown West Branch Art & Wine Walk this Saturday, April 17th from 5-9. I'll be at Morse Clark Furniture this time. These events are usually filled with talking to familiar faces and watching half the people coming in dash to the wine and head to the next stop. I know that art isn't the biggest draw in this area, unfortunately, but what can you do? I learn to grin and bear it. I never get my hopes up anymore in terms of selling work. That's not to say I won't be TRYING to sell anything! It's good for publicity and getting the work out where folks can see it. And that's another reason why having a studio where the public can come in is important.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

(I've Got) Dreams, Dreeeaaams to try to remember

Now that I have the studio, and most of my stuff is moved in, I don't know where to begin!! I have SO many projects I want to do, and some I HAVE to get done, but I've decided to finish the ones I've started before I begin my "wish list", but after the "have to" projects. However, I only have one table, one chair and 2 easels. I need shelves, another table (I can't figure out how to put together my old drawing table!), more seating, and thumbtacks and a mini fridge.

Ok, I can hold off on the mini-fridge.

I'm having an opening for the studio to invite friends and the public to see what I'm doing, where I'm doing it and what's in store. The opening is Saturday, May 8th from 4-6. It is alcohol-free. There will be snacks and drinks. The space is small for large groups, but there's a lobby area for meandering and what-not. The address is 105 N. 3rd St. West Branch, MI 48661.
I now have a place to offer lessons, so I'm strongly pushing that right now as well. This is a working studio, not a business. I don't have cash on site. It's a studio for me to do my work, offer lessons and for the public and interested parties to see what I do. If someone likes what they see and want to purchase, that's another story. As long as I'm there, Nuttall Art Studio is open to the public.

Saturday, April 3, 2010


I have just placed first month's rent on what is now NUTTALL ART STUDIO. It will have work on display, as well as a place for me to work and for the public to see what I do and how I do it. My studio will be used for art lessons, for ALL ages. It's located on N. 3rd St. just off Houghton Avenue by the light. The entrance is next to Bachelder's office, the attorney-at-law. It's upstairs. I will let everyone know when it's ready for viewing. I'm VERY excited! I might be sharing the space with a photographer, but we don't know just yet.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Leaps and bounds

I'm jumping into something tomorrow, Saturday, April 3, 2010 that I've wanted to do for a long time, but I feel that I have to do this. I'm relying on consistent business to continue once I start. I'll update tomorrow once I'm positive one way or the other.

Do like the vagueness?