Lucky 7

July 11, 2013

in Ya gotta have art!

Wow. I had been managing a post a month so far this year – even 2 in February! And then I missed June. On so many levels. June was all about the volleyball. In fact, I was at a volleyball tournament in Reno (Jr Nationals – boy got a Silver Medal!!) when June became July!

So now it is July 11th and the club volleyball season is over. I’ve managed to sleep in my bed 3 nights in a row and I’ve been to the grocery store. Life is slowing getting back to normal. Too damn hot, but that’s normal too.

I didn’t gamble while in Reno, but maybe I should have. 7 is my lucky number. And July is again turning out to be a great month for art! I have 2 pieces in the State Fair Fine Art Exhibit – and my photography entry won an Award of Excellence!! I have a one of my new photos up at Viewpoint Gallery for the annual Member’s Show. Then last weekend, while recovering from Reno in Santa Cruz, I was invited to be participate in the 7×7: Seven Pieces by Seven Female Artists show at BodyTribe this month!

So I went and created a new series of  mixed-media paintings on paper for the show!

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If you want to see the other 4 you’ll need to come on down to BodyTribe Fitness on Saturday night. And don’t forget there are 6 more talented artists to check out! More show details can be found on my website.

So yeah, lots of art being made and lots of art to go see. What else… Oh! Erin lost her first tooth! 4 were/are loose – I’m pretty sure they are hanging on by sheer will on her part. And no, I don’t have a picture. She shut me down big time.  But here is pic of Kyle and Dre with their silver medals!

Reno was kinda awesome. :)

Hey are you on instagram? If so, follow me there (dawnblanchfield) for all the fun pics! I just posted a pic of Olympic Volleyball butt! (Mens of course! )



Oh. Em. Gee.

::kermit arms::


and all that “I should be freaking out” jazz!

Except I’m not really freaking out. Right now…

The Artist Reception for my very first solo show is tonight. This one:

So I’m heading out to get a pedicure and my hair done. A very nice way to spend the afternoon. My artist statement (you may have heard me mention that. ha!) is done. I just need to remember to bring it with me tonight. I have a new outfit thanks to the help of the amazing Evil Jill Matsuhiro! So what would have been my biggest stress of the day can now be saved up for tomorrow night! ha!

All the work of the past year and a half is done.

wow.  That’s kind of crazy isn’t it? A year and a half of blood, sweat, and tears went into 19 photographs on a gallery wall. Hours of being bent over the glass table shooting small things. Days upon days spent in the darkroom. Endless sleepless nights with my brain buzzing over an idea, the motivation, the words to describe the madness!

And Chris still loves me! So, I guess I’m good. See ya tonight!!

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So… art. shows. “coming in hot!” as a young Kyle screamed from the back seat one day many years ago. And for the record, that semi wasn’t barreling down on us that fast.

But yes, I am again freaking out a bit stressed. I had to email my exhibit coordinator (oh my god!) at Viewpoint  with the titles and prices for the show. Prices people! Poor Evil Jill and Chris. They took the brunt of the crazy Dawn on that issue. And the dust from that drama trauma had barely settled when I discovered this under upcoming shows on the Viewpoint website!

And then I passed out, hit my head, woke up thinking I was the Queen of Spain. Or something like that.

I’m really not sure the lead up to this show isn’t going to finally land me in the padded cell of my dreams.

In the meantime, I printed a new photograph for the Viewpoint Member Show in July. And the State Fair is next month too. That should distract me right?

Oh! If you weren’t playing along on Facebook, Kyle’s team won their bracket!! And placing higher in the final standing than those snooty 15-1’s.

#29 at the ready

Blocking. Like a boss!

NCVC 15-2's after winning their bracket. DEUCES!

Stay tuned for the next stop on this crazy train – my artist statement is due soon!