Sunday, March 27, 2011

P.E.N. Studio - KNS Sunday Press

Happy Dance !!!

KNS Press: 
Sunday - March 27, 2011 - Lifestyle Section

Knox artist's abstracts at Emporium
A new exhibition of contemporary abstract impressionist paintings by Pamela Neal will be on display April 1-30 at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St.

Born in Knoxville, Neal is a multi-faceted fine artist who has worked in textiles, jewelry, collage, and photography, culminating in the abstract paintings she currently produces.
A First Friday opening reception will take place 5-9 p.m. April 1 with hors d'oeuvres and wine.
For more info, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at 865-523-7543 or visit

Since I am a country gal I guess I should say I am 'Buck Dancing' or sometimes called 'Flat Footin' here at the Foothills of the Smokies.  

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"Buck dancing" was one of clogging's early names because it was simply a generic name for any kind of fast-footed solo (and is still used among old-time tap dancers to describe a kind of easy, flat-footed tap style). Among cloggers, buck dancing now refers to a special fancy kind of clogging in which the dancer does the basic clogging steps, but with the addition of extra little kicks, shuffles, taps, etc. to generate two or three times as many sounds per beat as the steps make when conventionally executed.

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Flat Footing ► Link

Disclaimer: I can't dance.....if I do anything, the free spirit in me emerges......who looks more like a mad woman stomping around at a Sunday tent revival....arms in the air & a smile on the face.  If you see a silly woman with paint on her face, in her hair and on her clothes dancing on Gay street...don't call KPD or Lakeshore....It's just me having a free spirit moment and 'Buck' Feet!

 I can't dance & I can't sing....therefore, I PAINT!

Thanks for Visiting!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Today's Whimsical Painting

It has to be fun. Whimsy and wonder are important. Keeping things light makes it easier for people to look at them.
 ♦♦♦ Heather Kent ♦♦♦

Pesky Lights.....Geezzzzz....

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(Image © P.E.N. Studio - P. Neal - All Rights Reserved)

Godzilla the Chinchilla
My Nocturnal Buddy

A bit about Chins and their habits….Chinchillas are largely nocturnal so they are most active at night. Sometimes they are called crepuscular, meaning their activity peaks at dawn and dusk.

One of the most interesting things about crepuscular animals is that their sleeping schedule changes with the phases of the moon. If you keep a chinchilla in a room with completely natural lighting you will find they sleep almost all the way through the night on a night with no moon, but on the nights surrounding a full moon they will seem almost completely nocturnal! A chinchilla's large eyes allow it to make the most of just a little bit of light.

Everyone loves a treat and one of Godzilla’s favorite treats are plain Cheerio’s. His hands are so small when he holds one it is just too cute!

A bit of useless trivia....the firefly is the official insect for the State of Tennessee. ☺

Today’s whimsical painting. Art from the ♥ of Tennessee !  Thanks for visiting!

More information about Chinchilla’s

Friday, March 25, 2011

Today's Painting

There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart…pursue those. 
♦♦♦ Michael Nolan ♦♦♦

In the eye of the beholder.....

Have a fantastic Friday!  Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tennessee Arts Commision

A very nice mention of P.E.N. Studio was made in the Tennessee Arts Commission online news letter!

Arts & Culture Alliance Presents Recent Works by Pamela Neal
KNOXVILLE - -  The Arts & Culture Alliance is presenting a new exhibition of recent works by Pamela Neal opening Fri., April 1, at 5 p.m. on the north side of the Balcony at the Emporium Center. In this exhibition, Neal showcases contemporary abstract impressionist paintings. Born in Knoxville, Neal is a multi-faceted fine artist who has invested a lifetime exploring her passion for the arts.
Read more:  > Here <
Instrumental Play on Pollock
30" X 39.5"
Oil/Acrylic - Mixed Media

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

First Friday Art Walk in the Old City

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition of recent works by Pamela Neal opening Friday, April 1, at 5:00 PM on the north side of the Balcony at the Emporium Center. In this exhibition, Neal showcases contemporary abstract impressionist paintings.

> Press Release

Saturday, March 19, 2011

May the FORCE be with you....

There is no try, there is only do or do not.
♦♦♦ Yoda ♦♦♦

Commission your pet portrait today!
 Mother's Day is just around the corner

Give a man a fish and he has food for a day; teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him for the entire weekend.  ♦♦♦ Zenna Scha ♦♦♦

Yoda yearns for a catfish!  Wet a worm and have a fantastic weekend! 

May the force be with you. 

Friday, March 18, 2011

Rise & Shine Sunshine!

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
♦♦♦ Marianne Williamson ♦♦♦

"Go confidently into the direction of your dreams! Live the life you always imagined”
♦♦♦ Thoreau, ♦♦♦

Rise and let your light shine! 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Change - Winston Churchill

There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.
♦♦♦ Winston Churchill ♦♦♦

Life can become a tug of war between good and evil.  The game of life can be as playful as puppies if the heart is in the right place.  Then again some get stuck in the middle of then becomes a stalemate.  Play like a puppy today where there are no winners in a tug of war....where the only goal and reward are the shear joy of delightful play.

Puppy Play Time  Pastel Painting commissioned & bartered/traded for a new deck (labor & materials included).  The carpenter was a hardcore Alabama fan in (of course) Mobile, Alabama.  Commissions welcomed!  Thanks for Visiting!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

For the Equine Enthusiast

For Equine Lover's in our lives......

Pastel on Suede makes a wonderful gift for the equestrian and equine enthusiast in your life!  Thanks for Visiting!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

SoKno - Solo Art Exhibition

 Solo Exhibition for the Balcony at the Emporium

P.E.N. Studio
SoKno Artist - Solo Exhibition
P. Neal - April 1-30, 2011
Press Announcement

100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 523-7543

Support the Arts in East Tennessee!

Public reception: First Friday, 
April 1-30, 2011

Official show dates:
April 1-30, 2011

Days/hours open to the public:
♦ Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with additional hours on Saturday, April 2, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

♦Friday, April 29, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM, and Saturday, April 30, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Please note, the Emporium will be closed on Friday, April 22, for Good Friday holiday.

P.E.N. Studio wishes to thank all of her local, national and international followers for your continued support!  Art from the ♥ of Tennessee ♥ !!!

Mark your calendars for the First Friday Art Walk in the Old City.  See you there!

Warmest Regards,
P. Neal

Monday, March 7, 2011

Today's Painting

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.♦♦♦ Brian Tracy ♦♦♦

Monday's Musical Fabstract 

Art from the ♥ of Tennessee ♥

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Top 10 Weird Colors

You might just be an artist have a 6' X 10' storage unit stacked floor to ceiling with boxes and you know exactly where that tube of Falu Red oil paint is in the back. You KNOW you are an artist when you have unloaded said storage unit on a Saturday night (because the Artarama is closed) to get to that tube of paint because you need it to finish a painting you are working on.....♥ !

Top 10 Weird Colors You’ve Never Heard Of..... > Link <

Have a sensational Saturday!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March is Women's History Month

Our history is our STRENGTH. ♦♦♦ Amelia Earhart ♦♦♦

♥ Women of Our Time: Twentieth Century Photographs from the National Portrait Gallery (Link)
♥ National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA - Link)
Where Are All the Famous Women Artists?  An Open Letter to Younger Sisters (Link)

Southwest Sunset ♦ © P.E.N. Studio Pastel - P. Neal
Art from the ♥ Of Tennessee

Support your sister artist's!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tuesday Art Blart

I don't paint like a woman is supposed to paint. Thank God, art doesn't bother about things like that. ♦♦♦ Alice Neel ♦♦♦

Cows - Vermont © Alice Neel  (1970's)

The minute I sat in front of a canvas I was happy. Because it was a world, and I could do what I liked with it.  ♦♦♦ Alice Neel ♦♦♦

Have a terrific Tuesday! 

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