Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Open Studios is Back!

Once again, it is time for the annual Greenville Open Studios tour. Currently, 140 artists across Greenville are frantically trying to get their studios into presentable shape for the crowds of curious art viewers. I really enjoy this weekend every year, and the weather promises to be beautiful and fall like. Come on down to the river and see me and my fellow artists.

I will be open the following hours durning Open Studios:
Friday, November 2, 6-9pm
Saturday, November 3, 10am-6pm
Sunday, November 4, 12-6pm

For more information on all the artists participating, to see the maps of studio locations, or to download the Open Studios app,  visit

Friday, October 19, 2012

Lady in Gold

12"x 12"
Acrylic on Canvas

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Lady in Blue

Following the popularity of the piece I painted live at the Fashion on the Town event a couple of weeks ago, I decided to paint a few smaller pieces in a similar style. This is one of four ladies that I painted this past weekend. This fancy lady is soon to be hanging in the "Fair and Square" show at the Metropolitan Arts Council Gallery, running from October 26- December 3. This show features a 12"x 12" (x 12") piece from the 140 artists participating in this year's Open Studios tour. The tour happens November 2,3, &4. For more info, visit

Monday, October 15, 2012

Inspiration Monday: The mind of a 4th grader

I have been teaching my 4th grade art classes about Frida Kahlo. Last week, we looked at a portrait she did of herself and Diego Rivera following their wedding. We discussed her Mexican dress, the traditional way she had her hair braided on top of her head, and how happy she must have felt.

We also looked at one of Kahlo's last self portraits. She looked sick and sad, and the kids noticed that her dress was not as bright and her hair was loose on her shoulders.

For school, I usually wear my hair pulled back to keep it out of my way. (Those of you who know me know that I have a LOT of hair.) But this morning I left it down. One of my kids, as she walked in the room, said "your hair looks different, Ms. Clarke." I said that was probably because I had left it down. Another student followed that comment with, "is it because you are sad?"

I love how the mind of a 4th grader works. How many adults would have connected my hair being down with a portrait of Frida Kahlo, and wondered if we shared the same emotion because of it?

On a separate note, a student in my next class told me that maybe when I was dead students would study my work...


Thursday, October 11, 2012

All Cleaned up

Hey friends! I have spent the past couple of days cleaning up the studio in preparation for this weekend's Fall for Greenville festivities and for Open Studios, coming November 2-4. Once you've stuffed yourself with all the good food at Fall for Greenville this weekend drop by and see me. And, mark your calendar for this year's Open Studios tour. I will have all the paper dolls on display, and may even do a sale. You don't want to miss the fun!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Painting on the Town

24"x 24"
Acrylic on Canvas

I mentioned on Tuesday that I would be painting live at the VIP night for Fashion on the Town at The Lazy Goat here in Greenville. Fashion on the Town continues today and tomorrow, and the VIP event was a pretty big affair. Above is the piece I painted during the event. I am pretty happy with the outcome. It captured the energy of the night, and is very much an Emily piece.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Getting back in gear

Sometimes following a show I have a hard time getting back in the normal swing of things. I spend weeks getting everything ready and organized, do the event, and then crash at the end of it. I took part of last week off following Art in the Park the previous weekend. This week has gotten off to a slow, creaking start, but the gears are once again moving. Most of the art from the show is still in boxes or leaning up against the wall, but I have gotten a few things back in place.

Here's another look at that piece in progress that I posted a few weeks ago. I am still loving it, which is good. I am not sure yet what the background should look like. I am leaning towards doing a scene around her, as if she is strolling through town. I think I might do it in muted colors, though, so that the dress doesn't get lost in it.

Any Greenville folks planning to be at the VIP party for Fashion on the Town tomorrow night at The Lazy Goat? I will be at the event painting live. Come see me!