Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Artist Inspiration Day

Sunday afternoon I handed over the parenting reins to my husband, packed the car with my easel and art supplies, and drove out to North Gate for the first ever Artist Inspiration Day.  The early fall weather was exceptionally perfect, and with a glass of Viognier in hand, I wandered through the rows of grape vines, breathing the crisp air, listening to the birds chattering, and taking pictures of whatever grabbed my attention.

It was glorious.

 And then I painted this outside on the patio, and felt happier than ever.  

Want to join me for the next one? 
Don't miss it!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Child's play

Blue Jello ©2012 Morgan Johnson Norwood
Blue Jello
oil and charcoal on canvas, 24 x 24 inches
©2012 Morgan Johnson Norwood

Cookie Monster ©2012 Morgan Johnson Norwood
Cookie Monster
oil and charcoal on canvas, 24 x 24 inches
©2012 Morgan Johnson Norwood

Having a preschooler in the house definitely changes one's mindset.  I used to be somewhat sophisticated, if you can believe it, rubbing elbows with famous artists at gallery openings, enjoying fancy dinners and expensive bottles of Vodka.  I would actually wear heels most days, and if necessary, was unafraid to throw out a few colorful curse words to emphasize a point.  But now my uniform is a t-shirt and jeans and a ponytail, and don't be surprised if you hear me uttering such phrases as, "your eyeball is on the floor," or "put on your fairy wings and wiggle!" because I'm a mom and that's the kind of life I have now: drably attired, perhaps, but exceptionally challenged and exponentially rewarded.

And thank goodness for naptime.  (Did you hear that?  That was the sound of thousands of mommies clinking their wine glasses in agreement.)  Naptime is the precious 90-120 minute block when I remember who I actually am under all the yogurt stains: an artist.

In creating these two recent paintings, which, like most of my work, are very much inspired from patches of dappled light and shadows on the trail, I began to employ a playful attitude.  I'm tickled with how these paintings came out, and to me they just scream childhood.  Scrawled marks from charcoal outline the borders between the bright colors, and in the case of Cookie Monster, a playful stitching harkens to one of my favorite Henson puppets.  Wouldn't they be fun hanging in a playroom?

Blue Jello and Cookie Monster are both currently on view at North Gate Vineyard as part of my solo show, Shadow | Light.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Time for an Artist Date!

If you're an artist local to the DC area, you might want to put these dates on your calendar. 

A Walk in the Vines: Artists Days at North Gate Vineyard
Sunday afternoons, 1-4pm.  September 23  &  October 14
Program is free.  Wine tasting: $5

Come spend some time on the North Gate property to photograph, paint plein air, sketch, plan, and otherwise find inspiration in a unique natural setting.  Artists are invited to bring their supplies and enjoy the afternoon exploring the colors of the vines, the barrels, the freshly harvested grapes, and whatever else grabs your artistic spirit.  Meet artist-in-residence, Morgan Johnson Norwood, for a chat about her works on view.

Call 540.668.6248 to reserve a spot!

North Gate Vineyard
16031 Hillsboro Road
Purcellville, Virginia 20132

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Hanging Day at North Gate Vineyard

After months of preparation and planning and hard work, I hung art yesterday at North Gate Vineyard in Purcellville, VA.  Here are a few images from yesterday's hanging for my new show, Shadow | Light.

I rented a UHaul cargo van because there was NO WAY all this stuff would have fit in my car. 

Purcellville is about a 45-minute drive away from where I live, and North Gate is smack in the middle of the prettiest countryside ever.  Rolling hills and wooden horse fences are everywhere.

And just look at those vines!

The vines at North Gate Vineyard are heavy with grapes almost ready for harvest. 

 My lovely assistant/awesome mother-in-law and I arrived in the van and my husband and youngest daughter were waiting for us.  Unloading and placing the work went relatively quickly.
My show signage.
Unloading and setting out lots of art!
My little helper stopped by to decide where her favorites went.

Art on the walls, slowly but surely.

 Later my husband and daughter said goodbye, and then we set up the hanging supplies and got to work. 
Where's my cape?  LOL
Another wall complete.

46 paintings are hung.  I'm ready for a glass of wine, please.