Painting Live in Jonesborough

I just adore everything about historic downtown Jonesborough. It is so picturesque and friendly...and its rich history...Oh, my!

I just adore everything about historic downtown Jonesborough. It is so picturesque and friendly…and its rich history…Oh, my!

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from home renovation to gluten-free goodies. Today on the blog, I am chatting about a couple of my recent live-painting adventures I had in the darling town of Jonesborough, Tennessee.

Because I am so busy finding myself as an artist, blogger, and home stylist and because being a wife, homemaker, and mom to the VIP and three furbabies keeps me hopping–I rarely have time to take my paints outside my studio. So, when I was asked to do a couple of demos, I could not say no. I immediately went to Abby’s closet (because she so often “shops” in mine) and borrowed a cute pair of overalls she had DIYed a couple of years ago.

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Dressed in my overalls and armed with my paints and brushes in a vintage basket and Strawberry Shortcake lunchbox, I was ready to conquer the world…well, at least, Main Street Jonesborough *wink*

Peonies and white farmhouses are two of my latest painting obsessions.

Peonies and white farmhouses are two of my latest painting obsessions.

At first, I was really nervous about painting on the smaller canvases and blocks + people watching me create because I wasn’t sure how to capture my vision on such a small surface area with people looking on and asking questions. It feels good to challenge yourself! *big smile*

This floral abstract was inspired by my love of watercolors and how water can blur images and colors.

This floral abstract was inspired by my love of watercolors and how water can blur images and colors. It also reflects my love of old pottery and bright hues.

The hubby built these fabulous crates from reclaimed barn wood and old tobacco sticks.

The hubby built these fabulous crates from reclaimed barn wood and old tobacco sticks.

Wanting to add a more modern vibe to the wood crates the hubby built, I added simple triangles in gold.

Wanting to add a more modern vibe to the wood crates the hubby built, I added simple triangles in gold. First, I “primed” the area to paint with a basic white gesso.

Each item that the hubby and I create is built and painted with our hands, attention-to-detail, and love.

Each item the hubby and I create is built and painted with our hands with attention-to-detail and love.

I painted the front of the crates with Annie Sloan paint. Don't worry. I have not forgotten to tell y'all about my Annie Sloan confession *wink*

I painted the front of the crates with Annie Sloan paint. Don’t worry. I have not forgotten to tell y’all about my Annie Sloan confession *wink*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a little look at a few of the  items that I painted live in Historic Jonesborough. Did I mention to y’all that I have plans to expand my live demonstrations to Johnson City? Hopefully, it will be soon!

Abby and I had a blast volunteering at the arts and crafts center sponsored by the McKinney Center. I am pretty sure we sweated all of our makeup off, but it was totally worth it to see all the kiddos having fun with art outdoors!

Abby and I had a blast volunteering at the arts and crafts center sponsored by the McKinney Center at Jonesborough Days. I am pretty sure we sweated all of our makeup off, but it was totally worth it to see all the kiddos having fun with art outdoors! **Stay tuned for an upcoming post on Jonesborough Days 2016 + SSL’s top picks and booths.**

It is the mission of SSL to bring art outside and to the public because we want people to see the process and be part of the creations *big smile*

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