Saturday, May 16, 2015

"Leland Air" Exhibition and Sale

 "Leland Air" Exhibition and Sale

5/15/2015 11:30:30 AM

Event Dates:5/23/2015 -5/23/2015
Reception:5/23/20156:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Location:Leelanau Community Cultural Center at the Old Art
111 S. Main Street
LelandMI 49654

Lily LaFollette will be painting in this event.  The beautiful shorelines of Lake Michigan and Fish Town are favorite attractions.

This one-day Plein Air Painting Event and Exhibit, hosted by the Leelanau Community Cultural Center at the Old Art Building, will be held Saturday, May 23, 2015.  The public can view artists painting “LIVE” from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, in and around picturesque Leland capturing images of historic Fishtown, views of orchards and vineyards, spectacular terrain, and beautiful beaches.

The public is invite tothe reception and sale of paintings “fresh off the easel” from 6 to 8:30 at the Old Art Building in Leland. 40% of art sales will be donated to the Old Art Building. Prizes for best of show and people’s choice will be awarded. There is no ticket charge for the reception but donations are greatly appreciated.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Shiawassee Art Center's 18th Annual Member Show | Lily LaFollette - Earthy Visions

Shiawassee Art Center's 18th Annual Member Show | Lily LaFollette - Earthy Visions

                                          A Place to Ponder - copyright Lily LaFollette

Click on Shiawassee Art Center above for website and show information.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

Lansing Art Gallery - MMAG Juried Member Show

I have two pieces in the upcoming show. Champagne reception this Friday February 28 from 7 to 9 pm at the Lansing Art Gallery.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Plein Air Event and Juried Art Show Acceptance

Glen Arbor Art Association's 5th Annual Plein Air Paintout Weekend

Event Dates: 8/2/2013 - 8/3/2013
Reception: 8/3/2013 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Glen Arbor Art Association
6031 S. Lake Street, Glen Arbor, MI 49636
Phone: 231-334-6112
Artists will paint the town. August 2 Quick Draw Event 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm with Quick Sale at from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Glen Arbor Township Hall. Saturday August 3 artists will paint the town with an opening reception, wet painting/sale from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.


Two pieces of my artwork: Competing for the Limelight and Under the Viaduct - Cuyahoga Falls, OH were juried into the following show.  View my artwork on my new website:

16th Multi-Media Juried Michigan Competition

Event Dates: 8/20/2013 - 10/6/2013
Reception: 9/6/2013 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Shiawassee Arts Center
206 Curwood Castle Drive, Owosso, MI 48867
Phone: 989-723-8354
Two pieces of my artwork have been selected into this juried show: Competing for the Limelight, 12x16 Oil and a plein air piece, Under the Viaduct-Cuyahoga Falls, OH, 8x10 Oil.
Established in 1972, The Shiawasse Art Center is located in the middle of the state between Lansing and Flint along the Shiawassee River in the beautiful Curwood Castle Park. The art center serves as a showcase for the work of area, statewide and national artists in ten galleries. The internationally famous, Owosso-born, impressionist artist, Frederick C. Frieseke, is honored with a gallery devoted to his work. The Art Center also offers a specialty Gift Shop.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Women and the Garden Show at the Flint Institute of Arts Museum

My show at the FIA was a huge success.  I have been working on this show for about a year and it was so nice to see everything hanging on the walls.  The reception was full of friends, aquaintences and collectors.  My largest painting:  Light Dance, a 24x30 oil on canvas landscape sold to a wonderful man who planned to give it to his wife for their 1st wedding anniversary.  I wrapped it up in a silver sleeve and but a large red bow on it for him.  Another painting is sale pending.  Between the 4 of us showing there were around 45 paintings.  Here is a photograph taken at the reception of the Light Dance painting and an admirer.

Women and the Garden

Location: Flint Institute of Arts Museum

Reception: 5/9/20135:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Timothy Widener, Lily LaFollette, Violet Freeland and Alicia Marsland will be showing their work at the Flint Institute of Arts May 8 – 26 in the Bishop Gallery. Opening reception on May 9 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Refreshments served. Call the FIA at 810-234-1695 for directions to the Flint Art Museum or visit .

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Portrait Painting Revision - Which one do you like better?

Tim Widener has made a huge revision in the portrait painting.  As any artist knows, the painting is not complete until it leaves the studio.  I am posting both versions and would like to hear other artists choices on which version they like the best.

Before above

There is a major change in the facial expression, repositioning of the background reflection and more flowers added.

I would love to hear your comments here or on my Earthy Visions Studio on Facebook.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Model Session Complete

Whew.... after approximately 20 hours, my modeling session for Lansing Artist Tim Widener is now complete.  Here is the resulting painting...

The paint was still wet, so the photography certainly does not do it justice, however you can still see the craftsmanship in this piece.  It was exciting to see the painting develop.  Tim is a master in his craft.  This painting is destined for an opening show and I was asked to be present at the opening reception.  How exciting! 

I can appreciate the need to view original paintings.  Photography just does not capture the subtle shifts in color and tone.

I will also be posting information at my Facebook Earthy Visions Studio page.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Modeling is hard work!

I discovered modeling is very hard!  Try staying completely still with an interactive pose for 3 hours!  At my age, everything starts to solidify :-)  I only took a couple of squirms and one full stretch in between to maximize the painting time.  

I have been modeling for Tim Widener in Lansing for his upcoming painting called "Flora".  I love gardening and floral arranging and have the "country look" for his painting that will have me sitting by flowers.  The remaining details of the theme will be under wraps until the piece is completed.  It is coming along beautifully.  I'm honored to be in the painting - it is going to be an awesome painting and will be targeted for shows.  I hope to give you a link to it when it is complete.  My 4th sitting is later this week and should complete my part in the process.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

North Carolina - Exploring and Painting Asheville - Black Mountain

My vacation to North Carolina was like riding a wave, on top of the crest, right up until the slow fall out of the wave.  This trip had perfect weather, perfect timing and excellent painting opportunities.  I arrived home just ahead of the threatening tornado weather in North Carolina and a week before the devastating floods in Tennessee.  Whew!  the difference a day makes....

A couple of weeks before the trip, I was wondering if I would actually be able to pull this one off.  My traveling friend announced she was slated for jury duty but was able to move it to another time.  Then, a week later, I received a jury duty notice.  I too was able to move it to another date.  And finally my daughter had to have gall bladder surgery to remove huge gall stones just days before my departure.  Had her surgery not gone well, I would have cancelled my trip.

Finally, the day arrived, I was on my way.  It was a beautiful Saturday morning and a 13 hour drive with stops.  As I left the cold morning in Michigan and approached the warmer hilly states, I was awestruck by the beauty of Kentucky and Tennessee, only to be taken aback by the breathtaking beauty of North Carolina. 

The vacation was planned around a workshop with Impressionist painter Lois Griffel and was to be held in Black Mountain, a quaint little town 15 minutes East of Asheville.  The Comfort Inn in Black Mountain was a pleasant surprise and was very clean, comfortable and affordable.  This was comforting as I would be staying there for a week and only had reviews to go by from the internet.

The drive down from Michigan was longer due to a huge rock slide on I 40, which is the most direct way in.  Instead of taking the commercial 53 mile detour, I chose to take a more scenic route that took me over two mountains, down into Asheville, then reconnecting to I 40.  It was less time and much more scenic going through the small town of Hot Springs.  My GPS was invaluable during this trip!  I relied on it heavily, however, in an emergency I had maps for backup (which may have been challenging to use in the mountain roads).

I had Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to explore before the workshop on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  I ventured out early on Sunday to travel south about an hour to Whitewater Falls in Transylvania County near the South Carolina border.  This is the largest waterfall East of the Mississippi River and is in the Nantahala National Forrest.  As I approached the waterfall area I could hear the roar of the water.  Then my mouth just dropped down to the ground as I gazed in awe - the amazing power of all that water rushing over the cliff.  The camera does not even come close to giving one a feel for being there, however many pictures were snapped to try to capture on canvas at a later date.  From there, I followed the winding road through the Pisgah national forest, which I found out later was originally owned by the Vanderbilts and was part of the 125,000 acres of the Biltmore House in the early 1900's.

Looking Glass Falls was on the way and another beautiful spot to stop and photograph.  Sliding Rock is a naturally occurring 60 foot water slide that dumps into a 7 foot pool.  One brave soul slid down the rocks while I captured the moment on video.  I mailed the video clips to Chris and his son Max.  After viewing his father strategically navigating the slide, Max opted out and went back to the side.  The water must have been very cold!  There were only a handful of people everywhere I stopped so the opportunity for picture taking and ease of travel was exceptional.  The trees were just starting to leaf out, leaving beautiful spots of gray relief for awesome pictures. 

Moore's Cove was a nice hike about one mile in to a light waterfall falling down over a cove area where you could walk behind the falls area.  Was very surreal and beautiful.  The hike in followed the river through the forrest to this gorgeous place.

One small deviation in my plan was after traveling through the Pisgah Forest, I would connect at about 5,500 feet up to the Blue Ridge Parkway to travel on it to Asheville.  When getting to the connector, it was confusing which way to turn.  Even more disturbing was the area looked like a bomb went off up there.  Tons of trees, shredded at the tops and the lack of growth made me curious.  Fortunately, locals were stopping behind me.  I got out of the car, appologized for my intrusion and asked which way to Asheville.  (I did not want to take a wrong turn and be in the mountains after dark!) They advised me that the parkway was closed a few miles up due to the severe ice storms and heavy snow that they experienced this past winter.  Rock and tree debris were blocking travel.  I later learned that other sections of the parkway from Asheville north were also closed.  I could see many places I already passed that had been recently cleared.

So, back down the way I came and on to get a bite to eat before tucking in at the hotel.  It took longer than I thought to drive through the snaky mountain roads.  Everything was so beautiful, I stopped many times at turn offs to observe the breathtaking vistas.  You could see for must be a hundred miles on the tops of the mountains.  The aerial perspective was very prominent.

Dinner the first night was at an awesome freshly made, authentic Mexican place in Black Mountain called Ole's Guacamole.  A small place with a huge presence!  What a pleasant surprise.  The food was so good I went for dinner 3 times during my stay! 

To be continued..... there's just too much to say in one installment.  In part two... The Biltmore House, a forrest fire and Mount Mitchell.