Ah, yes, it has been a trying year so far but now I am beginning to thaw out from the obstacles that life granted my family. Every one seems to have survived and now it's time for me to get back to work, which feels good. Better than good. My paintings are more intense, more precise. Perhaps it's a way of gaining a sense of control..... like scrubbing down the oven. (I should do that too). New work is pouring out of me, which is necessary because the art festival season has started.
You can see the newest of the new at Chicago's Old Town Art Fair on June 11-12 and Milwaukee's Lakefront Festival of the Arts on June 17-19. (More pictures coming)
This is Andy's and my first show at Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee Wisconsin. We delivered over 70 paintings that we've made in the last year. We are thrilled to have our work in such a great space. May this be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Thank you everyone for coming to the unveiling of this painting. Here is an image of the entire piece. It measures 4 by 6 feet and is done in oil. This project was dreamed up and commissioned by Pastor Mark McDonough.
The question every other person asked was "How did you and Andy both work on this peice?" Well, once it was designed and approved, I drew it on the canvas and got it to a point of stability with the basic layout of the people and the biggest animals. Then, we handed it back and forth. Sometimes we tip toed around each other's work, sometimes we went right over it. We got braver and more confident as it went on. There was some ego clashing, but it was mild and probably comical to other artists, even if it didn't feel like it at the time. At the ver end, we worked on it side by side, bringing everything up to the same level. Andy is responsible for the polished look of it - he was much more of a stickler for perfection, even though I thought he was crazy at times. But I think what held it together was that we both really trusted each other's ability and sensibility, even if we didn't always agree. It took over two years to complete it. We are both incredibly proud of ourselves for pulling this off.
The painting will be on permanent view at Calvary Presbyterian Church at 935 W. Wisconsn Ave. Milwaukee WI 53233(414) 271-8782 www.bigredchurch.com There are limited edition, signed prints for sale at the church as well. All proceeds got directly to Calvary. The prints are 18 x 24 in and are on acid free paper. They cost $30. Contact the church for more details.
New Painting Collaboration by Katie Musolff and Andy Fletcher.
Andy Fletcher and Katie Musolff have been working for the past two years on a painting of Noah's Ark for Calvary Presbyterian Church. They were married there by Pastor Mark McDonough in 2013. He told them of this image he had cultivated in his mind's eye of Noah, his family and the animals emerging from the Ark for the first time and suggested that it would make for a great painting. Since they owed him for a few favors and got a discount on the ceremony, they started in on the epic undertaking. Working side by side, on the same canvas, it has finally been completed and ready to present to the church.
We are inviting you to come and welcome the painting to it's new home. There will be an opening for it at Calvary Presbyterian Church on Sunday, November 22 from 2-4 pm.
Summer is over. Fall is pretty much over. I have been resting a little and chasing down the last of anything colorful and alive to paint. Winter means brown paintings for me, so I am scraping up the last of the turning leaves out of puddles and recording their color before it's gone forever.
This last show season was great. I had a lot of success and need to thank everyone so so much. People tell me over and over how much they like what I do and I really do take it seriously. It is such a high to put on a show and get such positive responses. People tell me stories, they show me pictures in their phones of bugs and I get a kick out of all of it. I love talking to people about their bird stories and freezer confessions. I also take pleasure in creeping people out a bit if they don't like the work and think it's gross. I can always see it on their faces when they come int he booth, like they stepped in something nasty with their shoe. "Ewww", they say.
Okay, So, Art Festival Season is up and running. We are in a different city every weekend. That makes it hard to keep this blog up to date, so forgive me. Here's something you might not think about…… Along with show season comes show stress dreams. On bad nights, my mind manufactures terrible tragedies that could happen at the next outdoor art fair…… a huge storm, parts of the tent go missing, all my work got left back at home and those are just the normal ones. In one dream, my tent fell off a huge cliff and rolled and rolled until it was nothing but rubble. Why was the art show on a cliff, don't know. So, keep this in mind when you walk around your next art fair……..
Schedule for the near future
OLD TOWN ART FAIR, Chicago June 13-14
LAKEFRONT FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, Milwaukee June 19-21
DES MOINES ART FESTIVAL, Iowa, June 26-28
ANN ARBOR STREET ART FAIR, THE ORIGINAL, Ann Arbor, July 15-18