Studio Time and a Big Weekend of STUFF

Cafe On the Corner, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

While I’m not usually one to hide in my studio and not come up except for some green tea and the occasional “pet the dog” break, this weekend I did just that. Well, not *all* weekend, maybe just yesterday. Allow me to explain.

On Saturday, I had one of the planning meetings for the upcoming East Austin Studio Tour shows (I’m going to be in two shows, at once. Yes, it’s a trick even I have to struggle to pull off sometimes.) I met with the encaustic arts group at the new studio space in Austin and we discussed details of the upcoming show. I got more paperwork to fill out which, if you read this space from time to time, you know how much I just *love* to fill out paperwork, I mean, I just like LIVE for model releases. Anyway, back to my weekend…so I met with the wax folks and we talked about EAST and pricing for EAST and hanging for EAST and stuff like that. And I checked out the spiffy new studio, which I think is already fully rented but something I might want to do in the future, if I ever get off my duff and decide to get a “real” spot where I can blowtorch freely away (you know, that sort of a deal. Stand back! I’ve got a big blowtorch, I know how to use it and I’m going to splatter some paint all around the joint! Sounds like a battle cry to me, right? Bring on the studio space, I say!)

After the big wax meeting, I had to go downtown to drop off some work at the exciting new REAL Gallery. I’ll be in a show there called “Photo Finish” that’s coming up. The opening is on October 22nd from 6-9 pm and I’ll have four pieces in the show. I dropped off the work and checked out the gallery before heading out with KathyV to checkout a restaurant I’ve been meaning to checkout for a while now. The restaurant is called “North” and it’s in the Domain which is, well, in the north part of Austin (yes, I know, it’s a bit redundant to call a restaurant “North” when it’s already in the “north” but, hey, I don’t name these things and the pasta was really good, ok? Like, what’s a girl to do?) I had heard that this place North was really good and Kathy said she had been meaning to try it so we ate there, chatted, caught up on things, and had some really great pasta which, I have to admit, is my biggest weakness. I just love pasta, really I do, and this stuff was so yummy. Maybe because I had not eaten much or maybe because it just was fabulous pasta but I had a really great dinner before “weekend on steroids” (aka my BIG Weekend of STUFF) continued.

Then, yesterday, I locked myself in studio and did two small encaustic pieces, both of which will probably end up in the EAST show. My air conditioner’s flaking out again so, as it started to get hot in the afternoon, I decided it would be a good time to take a nap and so that’s just what I did. When I awoke from my nap, I got word that one of my pieces has been accepted into the hot new AVAA Fall Show over at Austin Art Space galleries. The Austin Visual Arts Association, or AVAA as they are usually called, are folks who really know how to throw a PARTY! Their openings are really quite well-attended and fun, fun, fun to go to. I always enjoy them. Austin Art Space is another group who also know how to throw a great party so, I’m thinking, these two great party people have come together to create something new and exciting and, oh dear this shindig is going to be a blast. If that isn’t enough excitement, the entire event unravels on October 27th which, as I check the calendar, also happens to be my birthday. Oh, my! It’s going to be a big Carol birthday party disguised as an art opening, hosted by two of the greatest party people in the universe. I can hardly wait. Woo hoo! Bring on the wine and cheese and let me start swinging from the chandelier already, I’m *so* looking forward to this. After all that I do, I really need to let loose and enjoy a festive night of drinking and partying once in a while.

Ok, enough about the party hardy that’s about to happen and back to my weekend news.

Actually, I got out a lot this weekend for somebody who locked herself in the studio. I got out a lot, had some nice food, tried a new restaurant, checked out a new gallery, found out about the AVAA show, went to the wax meeting, oh, and I locked myself in the studio to complete two new small paintings. Phew! So glad this “weekend” thing is over so I can now get some rest.

Happy Monday! How was your weekend?

Until next time…


  1. Great Grandma Lin
    October 18, 2011 / 1:44 am

    you sound creative and busy. I went to Northern Idaho with hubby looking for a summer place. We didn't find one but had a great time enjoying fall weather and I took lots of photos for my blog soon.

  2. Carol
    October 22, 2011 / 7:51 pm

    Can't wait to see the pics, Lin. Glad to hear you had a great trip too.

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