It has been almost two months since I wrote my last post, so thought I would send a quick update.
My husband, Hudson, is still working from home, but I started babysitting part time again in mid-May after almost two months off. Starting that back up as well as continuing to make art the rest of my time has made my day to day feel a little bit normal again.
For the month of July I had some paintings displayed at a local coffee shop in Franklin, TN called Herban Market (see photo below). Currently, I am scheduled to attended a festival in Waynesville, NC at the end of August called the Blue Ridge Heritage Weekend Arts and Crafts Fair and then one at the Historic Rose Mont in Gallatin, TN in October. Fingers crossed that those will still happen. I really miss setting up my work for a day or weekend and meeting people who come to the events.
Most Recent Work
In college, I spent two summers in a row living in Charleston, SC. Charleston is now one of favorite cities because of the relationships I developed during that time as well as the beauty of the city. And one of my favorite places in Charleston is White Point Garden which is located in the Battery. I have spent hours there, alone and with friends, usually in a hammock between two of the magnificent oak trees. This painting is based on my own photo within White Point Garden. I have sold the original, but prints and notecards are available on my website!
I go to a lot of concerts. It is such an incredible experience to be able to see my favorite bands or artists perform live. One of my favorite concerts I have been to is the 1975’s tour for their second album (I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It). Not only was their performance amazing, but they had one of the coolest stage and light set up that I have seen. This painting is based on a photo I took at that concert. Prints are available on my website.
In November 2016, a very dear friend and mentor, named Leigh, passed away unexpectedly. The months following were so difficult and even now I still struggle with losing her. In April 2017, on Leigh’s birthday, I took the photo this painting is based off of and wrote these words: “Leigh’s birthday is today. She would have been 30…so to celebrate and remember her, I spent the morning being vulnerable with a dear friend over a latte; something that Leigh was so good at doing. Not only was Leigh a safe person that I could trust to share my mess, but she was also so willing to share her own struggles. Embrace the messiness of life. Vulnerability scares me, but Leigh helped show the joy and freedom that comes with it. Also don’t even get me started on Leigh’s love of coffee…”
Another Leigh quote that this painting represents for me: “Invest your life in people; because although it is risky and every person that you meet is a guaranteed goodbye, the risk is worth it. Tears over any kind of separation are far better than never having taken any kind of initiative towards someone.”
Prints are available.
This painting is of the precious almost two year old girl I babysit for. Every day we walk down to this bridge over a creek near her house and she insists on tossing leaves into the creek. I have sold the original abut prints are available.
This painting is inspired by the interior of the Scarritt Bennett Chapel in Nashville, TN. The original and prints are available.
As always, thanks for your support!
Sincerely, Mary Julia Craft