The Art Gardner

Splash Shows
April 25, 2010, 11:33 am
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Convergence is an annual event for Microsoft Dynamics partners, developers, and customers and thanks to my geek-tastic husband and the fact that it’s in Atlanta this year, I get to tag along for all the fun stuff. Last night’s fun stuff was the opening party at the Georgia World Congress Center. The fact that it was supposed to be in Centennial Olympic Park, but got rained out and switched to indoors, did not dampen the fun at all. Microsoft was rocking an art theme this year. There were various performance artists, bands, photo booths, caricature artists, and something completely new to me called “Splash Shows.” I know it sounds naughty, but it’s all on the up and up. An artist starts with a huge black canvas and paints a picture in about 10 minutes to throbbing dance music while an audience watches in amazement. It’s dancing, it’s painting, it’s raw creative energy–it’s a Splash Show! Check out more below.

Grant Writing Success and A Rather Horrifying Painting
February 24, 2010, 10:15 pm
Filed under: Grant Writing, Oil Painting

lantern painting

My second ever oil painting


So in addition to my quest for fulfilling work in a nonprofit, I am also trying to nurture my creative side. I don’t consider myself an artist, because I don’t do it outside of classes. I minored in Art in college where I studied both drawing and ceramics. I always had to have an art class each semester to keep my sanity. So now that I’m out of school why should it be any different? I have decided that I need to create and create on a weekly– if not daily– basis. Since I had never painted before I was keen to give oil painting a try.   

I am taking intro to oil painting at Callanwolde. My first painting was of a jaunty pear in a little blue room. The pear is now my avatar here on The Art Gardner. The painting above is a work in progress. Truth be told, I’d rather be painting people and animals, but I guess you have to start somewhere. In this case with a comedy lantern and a rather sad-looking hat.   

I almost didn’t make it to class tonight. I was up into the wee hours writing my proposal for grant writing class today. I have been talking to the folks at the Center for Puppetry Arts about doing a marketing/development internship. I mentioned to them that I was taking the grant writing program at Emory and needed a “project” to write about. They obligingly gave me their development folder full of material. I came up with an imaginary program and wrote a full proposal with budget in a day. We submitted our proposals in class today for a peer review and mine got the highest score in the class! I’m feeling pretty good about my new direction.   

By the way, I would highly recommend the Emory Grant Writing Certificate Program.  Jack Smith is the instructor and he really knows his stuff.