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How to Exorcise Conservative Thought in an Artist

This painting was inspired by several conversations I have had with other artists. The first reaction I face when describing my work and point of view is shock. Disdain or anger quickly follow. My impression is that I have no right to be conservative and that I am breaking some unspoken law by creating political work from my point of view. I suppose open-mindedness only applies to ideas that conform to the status quo. The next thing that typically happens is that I am quizzed on the minutia of American History facts and dates. Inevitably, I will not know a detail and then I am proven ignorant. This is the point at which I usually learn that the other artist used to be a professor and, therefore has an unfair advantage over me. So much for acceptance of opposing points of view. Or common civility.

I find these conversations inspirational, because they lead to all sorts of wonderful imagery. This painting was executed very quickly and I enjoyed every minute of it. I look forward to doing more work in this style. – 2008

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Medium: acrylic and vine charcoal on wood panel

Dimensions: 14w x 26h x 4d

Frances Byrd is the National Director of Liberatchik.com, and a contributing writer at Western Free Press and FreedomWorks. Her articles and interviews have been published at Blog Bytes , Big Hollywood, and WND . Mrs. Byrd’s conceptual art and writing can be viewed at MachinePolitick.

Honorable Mention at the Tannery

I am proud to announce that my self-portrait “Me and My Bad Attitude” won an honorable mention at the Music in Me show on Saturday. I have entered my work in several shows by invitation at the Tannery and this is my first award. I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to the judges and my friends at the Tannery who continue to support my work by inviting me to their shows.

If you live in the Atlanta area, please consider stopping by the show to see some of the beautiful work on display. I hope to have some photos of my favorites up shortly.

Sculpture at the Tannery Row Artists’ Colony

I dropped of my painting for the Music in Me Show at the Tannery yesterday.

The opening reception is next Saturday at 6pm for those of you in the Atlanta area. The theme of the show is art based on songs and the submissions are all in square format to commemorate the days of the album and cover art.

While I was there with my son, I took some photos of the sculptures on the grounds.

The large bronze horse across the street has long been one of my favorite pieces. Dennis Primm is the artist who has crafted all of the metal work in the building. The stained glass pieces are by Jeff Loose.

These entry doors are a collaborative effort by Jeff and Dennis.

I have been invited by the resident artists several times over the past couple of years to participate in their group shows and would like to take a minute to thank them for their continued support and enthusiasm for my work.

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The Music in Me, Reception October 16, 2010

Here is the poster for my upcoming show, The Music in Me. I will be a guest artist at the Tannery Row Artists’ Colony in Buford, Georgia.

The piece I have submitted is Me and My Bad Attitude, a self-portrait inspired by a recent disagreement. I was very pleased with the outcome of the painting and the way I captured that crazy gleam that has become a permanent fixture in my eye these days.

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Me and My Bad Attitude is Nearly Finished

I finished portion of the painting last might while my son was practicing football.

Today was a slow day for me at work, so I was able to get a little more work in on the self-portrait. The drawing is finished and has been mounted on foam core. Once it is cut ut, I will attach it to the painting and should be signing off on this one.

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Me and My Bad Attitude: Layer Two

I got a little carried away and forgot to take pictures while I was working on this. I was planning to post photos for every layer as it progressed, but between the stamping and the current layer, I had a blaze of inspiration. So here is where I am right now.

I have also been working on the final layer, which is the self-portrait portion of the piece.

When completed, this drawing will be a slightly raised element in the multi-media painting. The lyrics to the inspiring song are listed below.

Bad Attitude

Truckstop Honeymoon

When I pack a bag, I gotta pack two

One for me, one for My Bad Attitude

Wherever I go, she goes too – My Bad Attitude

My Bad Attitude, cause me nothin’ but trouble

When I order a drink, gotta make it a double

One for me, one for you know who – My Bad Attitude

Now we go to a restaurant, she act real rude

She stiff the waiter and she send back the food

Then everybody looks at me like I’m the dude with a Bad Attitude

Now we’re at a party, it’s no surprise

She in no mood to socialize

It’s always me who’s got to apologize – For My Bad Attitude

My Bad Attitude, cause me nothin’ but trouble

When I order a drink, gotta make it a double

One for me, one for you know who – My Bad Attitude

My friends come over and they full of advice

They say¬† “Once in a while ,Katie, won’t you just try to be nice?”

I tell my friends like I’m tellin’ you

It ain’t me they need to be talkin’ to

When I pack a bag, I gotta pack two

One for me, one for My Bad Attitude

Well, wherever I go, she goes too – My Bad Attitude

My Bad Attitude, cause me nothin’ but trouble

When I order a drink, gotta make it a double

One for me, one for you know who

Wherever I go, she goes too

It’s always me, just me and My Bad Attitude

The show I am creating this piece for is coming up in October.