Monday, November 23, 2015

Awaiting Approval

After it's officially approved, I will add a layer of epoxy for that shiny, luxe finish.

Sunday, November 22, 2015


I drafted up a thumbnail and a palette study for my current commission and many changes were made after speaking with my client. We decided to nix the gold and magenta and keep things simple: grays, lavenders, whites and a tiny bit of blue were favored. My painting surfaces were delivered to my studio shortly after, so I was happily able to get an earlier start than I had planned. Here is the progress I have made. I'm laughing now at how unlike the sketches the paintings have turned out to be. Not in a bad way, of course.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Calls to Artists: 11-19-2015

Final Call!
•The City of Memphis
 and the UrbanArt Commission are seeking proposals from artists for a mural project on the Memphis Heritage Trail, to be executed at the corner of S. Main Street and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue. The final installation should occur in early Summer 2016 as a precursor to the first phase of the proposed trail. The mural should support the trail’s promotion of the City of Memphis’ rich African-American history and cultural heritage, as well as economic revitalization and sustainable growth of the area. The deadline to submit proposals is Nov. 20Read more and submit…

MCA alumnus Adam Farmer will be accepting submissions for the holiday artist market, Glitchmas. Artists may bring work that is ready to hang to Glitch, 2180 Cowden Ave., on Dec. 5–6 between the hours of 1–5 p.m. each day. The actual market will take place Friday, Dec. 11 from 6–10 p.m. Read more...

•Professor Maritza D├ávila is seeking submissions for the next James Lee House exhibition. Senior students, faculty and alumni from MCA are especially encouraged to submit, as well as any artist creating 2-D work in any medium. To submit work for this exhibition, e-mail 5 images per entry, a short biography and artist statement to by Dec. 15. 

•The ArtWorks Foundation has teamed with Overton Square in Memphis to host the 2nd Annual Art Squared FestivalApril 22–24, 2016. Artists working in glass, metal, fiber, clay, wood, as well as found objects, jewelry and 2-D are invited to apply. Applications will undergo a juried review and 60 artists will be invited to exhibit and sell their work at the festival. Application deadline is January 10, 2016. Read more and submit...

•The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in California is seeking artists to submit work for their Blue Marble: National Juried Exhibition, on view at the museum June 3–July 31. Submissions will be juried by Patricia Watts, and work in all mediums will be considered. The theme of the show is the planet Earth, and first through third place winners from the exhibition will receive cash prizes. The exhibition is open to all artists 18+ years of age living within the United States, and the deadline to apply is March 19, 2016. Read more and submit…

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Commission Journey

My fantastic art rep and kickass decorator, Christian Nelius of Anno Domini Memphis, recently commissioned a diptych from me for a room she's designing for her clients. This will be an exciting one for me- creating two pieces to go side by side, keeping the color palette minimal with aquas, grays, lavenders, gold, magenta, and chartreuse, and applying a glossy surface on top for that glam luxe factor.

I'm going to look to Flemish and Renaissance portrait paintings for inspiration and research new and exciting patterns.

I plan to create some thumbnails, sketches, and color studies tonight and will post updates of my journey as things progress. Stay tuned, m'dears!

Mood board by Christian Nelius

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Brooks Holiday Artist Market

Come see me at the Brooks Holiday Artist Market! There will be original works for purchase, greeting cards, and maybe a few surprises! Wish me luck.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Opening Tonight

Come see some new(ish) works by Jesse Nabers Alston and myself and enjoy 25% all home goods (excluding original artwork) at Nabers Interiors on Broad.