October: Don't Worry - Be Creative

Many people are afraid to try painting or other artwork, often to avoid failure or criticism. I can understand; it took me many years of painting until I felt comfortable even saying "I am an artist." This post is not about painting - it's about putting art into your everyday life. Dare to be creative and have fun! It can be the first step to turning yourself into an artist.

I choose this topic for my special October message and delayed until month's end, since fall and Halloween season provides many opportunities to be creative. The tray of cookies pictured at the top of the post was my most recent creative adventure, baked for a Halloween party I just attended. I simply found a cookie recipe I liked (in this case a spice cookie which would use some of the huge crop of organic sweet potatoes I just harvested) and used the recipe's icing to drizzle ghost shapes. With currants for eyes, upside-down chocolate morsels for a round nose, and a fake blood-stained cloth, I completed the effect. I used the same dough and my dog-biscuit cutter to make some of them into bones, served in a dog bowl, since I created my costume was as one of my dogs, sweet Darla. Nothing fancy, but fun.

Additional photos here illustrate some other ways I use artistic touches, in decorating, cooking, gifts, hobbies, yard art, and costumes. The internet is full of inspiration, new ideas, and how-to instructions on most any topic you can think of. I encourage you to put an artistic touch on things you enjoy doing! 

An Artsy Month

During October I am taking part in a lot of art events, which is unusual for me! Beginning this weekend, I'll be setting up booths for show and for sale at two different events. I'll be exhibiting original paintings, limited and open edition prints, and notecards. If you are in my area, please come say hello!

Sat/Sun, October 14-15, 2017:
The Coker Creek Tennessee ANNUAL GOLD FESTIVAL will be held on the grounds of the elementary school at mile marker 34 on TN Hwy 68 in the beautiful mountains, from 9-4 each day. Most vendors will be on the green in front of the school building, but several artists have been invited to exhibit indoors. Be sure to find me in the Ruritan Building, which is to the right of the school. It's where lunch will be served each day, so just follow the signs!

Saturday, October 28, 2017:
The 2nd Annual Cherohala SKYWAY FESTIVAL will be held under a huge tent at the Charles Hall Museum on the Cherohala Skyway in Tellico Plains TN from 9am-4pm. This event was great fun and a huge success last year, so plan to bring the family. I will have a booth of my artwork and I will be on the stage from 12:00 - 12:45pm playing my fiddle and banjo with the Two Dog Ranch Bluegrass Band.

I'm also honored to be invited to make a presentation to the members of the Art Guild at Tellico Village next week. I have prepared a powerpoint presentation about me and my artwork, titled "The Nerdy Artist," so that should be fun. I also hope to have my 2018 calendars back from the printer and debut them there.

In addition to these events, I'm also working on a new painting which I am very excited about, and I plan to feature that on this blog very soon - assuming I can find some time to paint!