Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Recently, two members of the Hilton Head Gang were sighted in Charleston.  They appeared to be blending in with the tourists, visiting galleries and taking photographs of people and buildings.  Be on the lookout for paintings of historic Charleston by these gang members.

Hilton Head Gang Members Betsy and Jennifer

(In reality, I was in Charleston to take a workshop on photographing artwork and working with Photoshop sponsored by Horton Hayes Art Gallery.  Judy was in Texas but Jennifer met me for lunch and we visited the bank to see her beautiful paintings that are on display.  We also toured Jennifer's awesome apartment in the historic district and ladies, the pictures she sent us of her studio did onto do it justice.  Wow, it is great.  We did visit many of the galleries in spite of the rain.  I endured 40 mph wind one day to take photographs of the beautiful gates and entries of the homes in the historic district.  Even though it is February, the window boxes were abundant with flowers and lush greenery.  It was a great weekend and Jennifer and I had a wonderful time soaking in all the art and scenery.  Betsy)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sunny Side Up!

This just in...another painting from karin J!  Part of the "A Sense of Place" collection!

If any other HHG members have another painting representative of the work we did in the class it would be a great time to post it here showcasing more of our good time!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Goals?  Very good question, Jennifer.  I've had some vague thoughts about goals for this year and with your question and others in our group taking this question and putting their ideas into specifics I have taken my thoughts more seriously.  I've kept my intentions private in the past.  With goals kept within my own mind, I would not risk anyone knowing of failures.  Therefor, this is not an easy task for me.  I suppose it is time to share, with hopes that 2012 will hold success.

1.  Continue with strong conviction to improve
2.  Enter at least 3 shows
3.  Continue with mug shots until the number of 100 is reached
4.  Learn to frame
5.  Learn more about plein air and participate in painting outside

Now, of course, I will have to post these goals in the studio in order to keep them front and center.  It's very easy to let other things get in the way and/or to just simply forget.  

Thanks, HHG!!  This is certainly going to be a year of growing for each of us!

Monday, February 13, 2012


OK Jennifer asked the question - What are your goals as an artist?
I used to be good at setting goals for myself when I had a direct selling business. You know the saying - Make a plan and Work you plan? but painting seems different.

I want to paint 3 days a week (4 - 6 hours each day)
I want to finish my 100 mugs
I want to paint 100 plein air paintings this year
I want to post 5 times or more a week on my blog.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Lived through the Art Show

I made it!  I lived through my first solo show.  I hung 16 pieces of art.  I only sold one but I was so concerned about getting enough pieces that I didn't even think about SELLING.  The gallery owner did ask me one thought provoking question when I asked him about how to price the pieces.  "What is your goal?"  Crank them out to sell, improve as an artist, make a living?  What is my goal?  What is your goal with your art?
Show runs for the month if you make it to Charleston.  Personal escort guaranteed.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Sedona Arts Center "Sense of Place" show

Just got back from Arizona. I was able to spend some time with my sister at the Celebration of Fine Art. I met some incredible artists and am so humbled right now. This picture shows a slice of her booth at CFA. You can see more of her work at
Then on Friday we rented a fun orange hamster car ("every day I'm shuffling...") and headed to Sedona to the Sedona Arts Center "Sense of Place" show. We got in Sedona early so we did some gallery, jewelry store hopping. Searching for the perfect fun turquoise. Here is our ride...

Arrived at the Sedona Arts Center shortly after 5:00 and grabbed these photos of our display. There was a steady stream of art lovers checking out our paintings the whole time I was there. 20 out of the 38 paintings hanging were from Karin's workshops. They looked great! It was a great experience and I was proud to be there, and proud to be a part of the HHI group. I met up with Linda Nickles there. We were the only two with cameras in our hands! ha! I'll try to post a photo of us together. 

"Sunnyside Up" by Karin Jurick

"Hot Gossip" by Jennifer Koach,
"The Cell Phone Patriot" by Judy Elias
by Roxanne Duke,
"Bamboozled" by Terri Buchholz,
"Sitting in the Sun" by Sheryl Lott, 
"Water Dancer" by Kelley MacDonald

"December Beachwalkers" by NJ Darling,
 "Cookie's Evening Walk"
by Regula Scheifele,
"Shiny Butt" by Betsy Stevenson,
"Diggin it" by Maria Hock
"Relaxing" by Chris Werst,
"Look!" by Dawn Hartigan
"Sea Gazers" by Cathy Engberg

"Plunging In" by Vince Fazio"Boy on Beach" by Linda Popple

"Outside the Guggenheim" by Nancy Colella
"New York Vendor" by Pat Baldino,
"Pondering" by Sherrie Hilliard
"Day Dreamers" by Linda Nickles