|Standing surrounded by my paintings • photo by LeeAnn Ho|
|The main "gallery," as I finally got it arranged by the last weekend|
|The main "gallery," with visitors!|
|Looking back from the main "gallery" area, down the driveway|
I was too busy talking with people to give a demonstration, but I did bring an easel (on the left of the photo above) with a work in progress, so I could explain my painting process to anyone who had questions about it.
|Drawings, and drawings with acrylic wash, at the entrance to our Open Studio|
|In the front rack, my original pen-and-ink sketches and block prints. To the left, greeting cards from my relief-print-and-stencil paintings.|
|A table with matted reproductions of my dragonfly paintings, original drawings with acrylic wash, and a portfolio|
It's amazing how much there is to share! Figuring out how to fit things into the space is always interesting. I kept refining and changing it a little as I put things out each new day.
|The literature table|
What makes it all worthwhile is getting to share my work with my guests. Maybe they're friends, or acquaintances, or students, or collectors, or people who've been following my work, or fellow artists. But at least as often they just stopped by because they've seen the signs, or they found me in the catalog for the first time, or they're really here for the glassblowing and to see Ed, and I get to introduce my work to them for the first time. Chatting, sharing the wonder and passion of artmaking, of creativity, of the creative process and all the stuff we make, is the fun of holding an open studio.
|Guests looking at my work|
And sometimes people come back to follow my progress, each year or every other year, and we can talk about where I'm going with my work (or what is it with all the old work!). I like seeing what people respond to.
|A guest looking at some of my matted reproductions (I print them myself)|
County Supervisor Diane Dillon even stopped by between meetings, and graciously talked shop with a friend of mine about a local issue in between looking at paintings and watching Ed blow glass.
|With County Supervisor Diane Dillon|
My special thanks to all the people who took home a piece of my artwork with them, and to the good folks who helped me hang paintings on the last Sunday (after the rain finally stopped fifteen minutes before we were supposed to open). I appreciate you!
|Holding "Hillside Vineyard (Tilted Heart)," my catalog image for this year's open studio • photo by Gunter|