BOST and Limestone Post

They rhyme but what does it all mean?! BOST is the annual Bloomington Open Studios Tour, which was featured in an article about women painters on Limestone Post :  http://www.limestonepostmagazine.com/remembering-to-be-artist-when-life-gets-in-the-way/ 

BOST has been such a great way to connect with other local artists and to show our community what we do. Artists can be tucked away working in all sorts of different places. In my case- the dining room has been converted to a much higher purpose, art making! This was my third year opening my studio to the public and each year I meet new people and have neighbors wander in who were shocked at what they find. I am happy to interact, answer questions and demo my craft. I have offered small tokens for purchase as well as original paintings. In the past, it was small quick sketch paintings, this year, for the first time ever, I offered cards and magnets sporting images of my work. 

If you were unable to come by during Open Studios please contact me about scheduling a visit! Then, take a few minutes to read the excellent article (link above) by Yael Ksander. It gives some insight into the complexity of being a working artist, specifically the complex demands of being an artist and mother. Thank you Yael for coming by to speak with us and telling a bit of our stories. My story is so incomplete without mentioning the support of those close to me that make these events possible; notably, my husband and kids, my parents, and friends. A special shout out to my patrons, I could not continue to produce without you. 

Follow me on Instagram @ellenstarrlyon and www.facebook.com/ellenstarrlyonfromthestudio  for process shots, events and behind the scenes of studio life.

 

Look closely, can you spot the studio cat?

Look closely, can you spot the studio cat?

Here I am painting from life during the tour- Asian pears and Mahjong tiles!

Here I am painting from life during the tour- Asian pears and Mahjong tiles!

The newest member of the family, Frida!

The newest member of the family, Frida!