September brought a great week in Austin, Tx. at a Scott Waddell portrait painting workshop. I posted about Scott's workshop last year and was very happy to have had the experience of continuing education under his tutelage again this year. SO very worth it. I heartily recommend Scott's workshops. I can feel my understanding improving with time and practice thanks to his encouraging and patient teaching methods. Here is a shot demonstrating the poster sketch as a preparation for the actual portrait.
Having a chance to have an Austin Weekend with my family all together at the end of the week was again a happy time just being together and practicing "not postponing joy".
September and October brought the opening of three art shows, the American Academy of Equine Art's Fall open show in Georgetown, KY. and the "Season of Equine" art show at the Clarksville Customs House Museum in TN. and Belle Meade's annual Juried show at the Plantation. The following paintings where sent to the above shows in the following order: "Sweet Shani" to the AAEA juried show...."Hartsville Horses" to the Customs House Show.....and "Good Morning Bob and Bonnie" to the Belle Meade local juried show, winning 2nd place of most honorable mention.
Early November brought a trip to Vicksburg MS with my friend Elese to photograph Chula Homa Hunt's opening weekend. We were thankful for safe travel ( with Stanley, Elese's thoroughbred in tow ) fantastic weather and warm and friendly hospitality ( as usual ! ) from the members of Chula Homa Hunt. Alison and Jim Crew's beautiful property "Tilda Bogue" in Canton was the fixture for the opening day festivities and the guests were treated to horses, hounds and the beautiful delta landscape. You've seen clips of this property in movies such as "As I lay dying" and " Oh Brother where art thou". After over 20 years of leading the hunt, Sue Skipper passed the horn onto Beattie Williams to take over as Huntsman. The hunt photo here shows Beattie and her horse "Royal" setting out on the Sunday hunt after the opening.
The winter blast will keep me happily painting in my studio these next weeks through the holidays...stay warm and as my friend Catherine posts at the bottom of all her emails...
Don't Postpone Joy !