Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Only 2 more days

...until Paint Snow Hill 2014, which for me is Christmas, the Superbowl, and a day at the circus all rolled into one. It is always the third weekend of April, and that happened to be Easter weekend this year. My family has graciously given me a pass. I leave at the crack of dawn Thursday. And I will be camping in the Pocomoke State Park this time. Cabin camping, not real camping, complete with a heater because the temperature is supposed to dip back down: highs in the 50s, lows in the 30s, partly cloudy, and windy.

There are two shows this time, so if you are in the area, please stop by. First Saturday night from 6-8pm is a ticketed event. Tickets are $30, but that money is applied to your purchase of artwork. And then the free show is Easter Sunday from 1-4pm. Both shows are at the Firehouse Arts Center on West Green Street
Snow Hill, Maryland 21863. For more info please contact Bishop's Stock, which is the command center for PSH. Also there is a fabulous show going on at Bishop's Stock featuring paintings by Lynne Lockhart and Kirk McBride.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Who's MAPAPA?!

Tomorrow is the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association--or MAPAPA. The acronym never fails to make me chuckle. I've been a member for several years, but this is the first time I have not had to work the Saturday of the annual meeting. I'm really looking forward to it. All week I've been doing my best to rest and drink plenty of fluids and get feeling better for the big event. Early in the morning there is a paint-out in Annapolis. I'm feeling better, but not quite 6am-in-Annapolis-better, so I'll pass on the paint-out. The lecture and demo topics include: The Figure in Composition, Cityscapes, and Working with a Limited Palette. And there's also lunch and a business meeting. Should be fun!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Studio tour

Studio tour january 2014

Take a look around my studio over on my art blog today.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Mother of the year

When we took Sukey for a walk today, Mo started saying, "Humdinger!" And when we got home she said, "Arabesque!" I asked her what does arabesque mean, and she said, "Means spin around." So having the tv babysit her a little while I'm not feeling well isn't all bad. She improved her vocabulary. I think these words came from Sheriff Callie's Wild West and Olivia respectively. But then right before bedtime she said, "This...is....Oxyclean!" Perhaps we overdid it on the tv today.

Monday, March 10, 2014


Mo's finally feeling better, and now I'm sick again. Yuck.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sweet dreams

Sweet dreams
Sweet dreams

A little wishful thinking on my part--Mo has never been the best sleeper. Someone was selling these on Etsy for $30. I was all, "I can make that!" I traced a circle, filled it in with blue watercolor paint, sprinkled it with table salt, and added some stars with white craft paint. It's on Mo's dresser now. Maybe she'll take it to heart.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Lost in Living

Lost In Living from Paul Sanchez on Vimeo.

So a long time ago I mentioned a documentary that was in production about four women artists and how they balanced family life with creative life. Remember? Once this lovely movie called "Lost in Living" was released I bought the dvd and watched it over and over, nodding my head as I recognized the challenges and humor and conflicting priorities dance across the screen. In honor of International Women's Day, the creators of "Lost in Living" are streaming the movie for free on Vimeo through 8am Sunday. (Yay!) I am sorry to post another movie on the blog so soon, but this one is really worth the watch whether you are an artist or not. Any working mom, any stay at home mom, any mom will recognize pieces of themselves in the women in this film. I hope you get a chance to watch it. Enjoy!