A look back at 2015
I am a little late getting this out but we are only a week past New Years so I don’t think it is too bad. 2015 was a busy year around the studio. We began the year wrapping up the “Following Bartram’s Trail” show in Atlanta. I spent much of the first half of 2015 preparing for the next showing of my work at the “Visions of Bartram” show in Palatka, Florida. This would be held in conjunction with the Bartram Trail Conference where I would be speaking. The Larimer Art Center where the show was hosted almost directly across the street from the conference. Both the conference and the show went well and I made a lot of new friends who share my interest in Bartram. I was very happy to find homes for 5 of my paintings at the show and they how hang in homes from Florida and North Carolina to Delaware and Pennsylvania. Thank you to everyone who purchased my work this past year.
2015 also marks the beginning of a new project, The Renaissance Podcast! It all started in July as I listened to my favorite podcasts and began looking for something on Renaissance art. Unable to find anything interesting in the subject I came up with the crazy idea of creating my own. I am after all and artist and a teacher with a passion for classical art. Initially, my thought was to just make podcast versions of the lessons I already use in class. I soon discovered that this project would be much more involved and while there was quite a steep learning curve it has been a lot of fun and added to my own knowledge of art history. In addition to all of this; we welcomed a new addition to our family in September. Needless to say things are crazy in the Byrd house and studio.
Looking ahead to 2016
I will be starting a new series for 2016; focusing on the southern landscape. This is an expansion of my Bartram series but will include different types of landscapes to help me recharge my creative juices. Don’t worry I still plan to continue with the Bartram Trail but I also want to explore some new locations and ideas.
There are also some workshops in the works. I can not release the details just yet but just follow me here, Facebook or on twitter @DenisByrd for information as it is available.
The podcast continues its march through the Renaissance. I just posted the episode on Lorenzo de Medici and we will soon discuss Savonarola, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael. There is also a tour of Italy planned for 2017. I will continue to post information through out the year about the tour. You may sign up now if you are interested Just visit www.therenaissancepodcast.com
Looking forward to an exciting 2016!