bloomington open studios tour

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!

The Show Has Come Down But.....

you can revisit my portrait work and see what's new by scheduling a studio visit or stopping by during the Bloomington Open Studios Tour, October 21st and 22nd

PORTRAIT COMMISSIONS!

With this body of work, my aim was to capture the beautiful fleeting moments of my family that exemplify the look and emotion of that time. I can't get enough of my children's faces at each stage. If you are intrigued by this, consider commissioning a painted portrait. Together we will choose a size and talk about your ideas. I will then make home visits and take my own photography for reference.

A BIG THANK YOU!

I would like to send a huge thank you to all who modeled for me. I did use mainly photo reference but those who agreed to pose had to endure me taking photo after photo, with directions to move this or tilt that or take one step back and now move right. Art, Finn, Odessa, Mom, Ami, Dad, Ceci, Val, Bella, Cara, Emma and our kittens: Betsy and Frida. A special thanks to my children, Finn and Odessa, for putting up with this many many times. There are so many more of you that I would love to paint!

Thank you to my crit group and fellow artists in BOST for all the support and creative interaction. Especially Meg Lagodzki who answers all my anxious texts and Christy Wiesenhahn- our third on the ever memorable Minnow's Fart artist retreat. Warm hugs to all those that follow my work online and cheer me on. Deep appreciation for those who collect my work. You see the value in original art and make it possible for me to keep working. It takes a (art) village! 

I had so much support from friends and family: Mom and Dad, Ami, Ceci and Stefanie. But the herculean task of keeping family life going fell to my amazing husband, Art. He made it possible for me to create a new body of work in 9 months while both of us working full-time jobs and operating on a tight budget.

One last shot of the space before taking the work home.

One last shot of the space before taking the work home.