Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sunday February 28, 2016

Just some thoughts after spending the long weekend up north at Hubs' conference.  He goes to classes and I go exploring and go to galleries.  My mind gets filled with colors and shapes and ideas and a few art pieces stick out with me, but I know the rest will fade.

As I was entering an art gallery that I had driven some distance to see, I was greeted by the owner, who introduced himself and was friendly.  The building was five large rooms of all Michigan artists, and packed floor to ceiling with art.  Very nice art, I might add.  At very nice prices. That being said, about half way through this gallery, I notice that I hadn't seen any acrylic paintings. There were plenty of oils and watercolors, pottery and sculpture, mixed media, and pencils, but no acrylic.  I know that there are some purist artists that refuse to recognize acrylics, for some reason.  I found that funny because I did see collage (little, but it was there) and that is kind of a fad at the moment.

Another thought I had while going through this gallery is:  Here is all this art.  There is more here than can be displayed on all these walls.  These people also have art elsewhere.  How much will ever be sold?  How many of these pieces will their kids have to deal with after their deaths?  How can I really measure up and is it all for naught?  Then I reminded myself that I probably shouldn't worry too much.  I paint for my own pleasure, anyway.   If someone likes what I do and wants to hang some in their homes, I am extremely grateful, as there is soooo much out there to choose from! Humbling, to be sure.

I also talked well over an hour to another gallery owner about a lot of things: kids, art, babies, etc. and I was telling her about some local classes I attended on marketing your art, that mentioned that you should only show galleries ONLY ONE thing that you do.  She agreed.  She said she looks for collections.  Something within your art that is signature.  Not a painting of this, a pen and ink of that, and a piece of sculpture.She showed me one ladys work that just did HUGE florals.  One guy did 3D fish. Etc.
I may be too "all over" yet.  I get bored with one thing, and the money isn't the reason anyway, and hate to do too much of one thing. 

Then I went to the last gallery, where I found a piece of art that was just awesome to me.  It was over $600 framed up, and I don't know where I would put it, but if money were no object, it would be mine.  And you know what?  The gallery owner told me that this artist was a local artist, that taught classes and did a 'little bit of everything.'  She showed me watercolors of his, oils of his, some abstract, some realistic, some acrylic, he was all over the board, and he was GOOD at ALL OF IT!  He had paintings of whole streetscapes, some of kids on a beach, some one-item still lifes.  ALL IN THE SAME GALLERY!!  Hows about that?

Well so much for rules, eh?  I am going to continue to do what I do.  Someday there may be a gallery, maybe not.  They may not be ready for me.  

On another note, on my bucket list, and I think I have mentioned this in this blog before, I would like to design a label for wine bottles.  There was a discussion about that too, over the weekend, where the art gallery owner I spent so much time talking to, said they do that all the time there, (wine country) and I just happened to pick up a flyer for doing just that!   Wish me luck!

Oh I did pick this up over the weekend though:
It's soooo me!  I just don't want boring wine!

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wednesday Feb. 24, 2016

SNOW DAY!  Or at least part of one.  You didn't expect me to go back to work after falling in a snowy, slushy mess, did you?  Its a snowy, rainy, sleety, cars in the ditches, lots of crapola kinda day. I am home, in warm jammies, still trying to shake off the cold that is down to my bones.

SO, I decided to finish the rest of my art piece that I started last night.  I ruined it.  So, this day is just turning more wonderful!

It went from this:
Which kind of felt generic to me... needed background. 
So, I added it.  Not a good thing.  Can't erase it now...
Lesson learned.  More is not always better.   Not every piece is going to be great, but you can learn a  lesson from it.
Ready to move on from this one...
Stay tuned!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016

Happy "Chocolate is Half-Off!" Day!

Have you heard about 500 Angels? It is based out of New Orleans and its been a call to artists for 500 Angels for 500 cancer patients.  It sounds like they will also do a book of the angels and sell the book also for funds for the cancer program there.  Since angels are some of my favorite things, I decided that I would recycle a canvas I had, to do one.  I finished her tonight.

My friend, Peg, who is a fish/aquarium enthusiast, found a bag of these in all different colors at a garage sale for 50c:

and brought them to me to 'do something with them'.   They are braided ribbon fish! Someone put a bunch of time and effort in these.  I think they are fun and clever!

Anyways, that was last Sept/October.  One project or the other has been in the forefront of my head since, until this weekend, when this project finally had risen to the surface of the clutter of my mind.  And here is what I came up with. I am very happy with the way it turned out and the pics just don't do it justice.

When Peg brought me the fish, she also brought me a small wood cutting board that had seen better days.  That is now painted blue, and is at the top of this mobile.  I found different sized clear and blue/green and  iridescent beads that portray bubbles.  Strung all the fish and the bubbles on fish line and attached through small holes drilled through the cutting board.  Tied off at the top with beads.  I can't wait for her to see it!  I hope she likes it.

My "little sumthins" went pretty well last Friday, at the fundraiser.  I have only 4 left.

The summer calendar has a lot of artsy things starting to vie for position.  At least one per month so far.  Some are things I will go to, and I may get in to a couple of the exhibitions.  So you need to stay tuned! for the fun ahead!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Saturday February 6, 2016

Ok, I may have gone a little overboard with these.  I am going to call them "Little Sumpthins" so at the Valentines fundraiser at work next week, people can pick up a little somethin for their sweeties.

I finished off three skeins of yarn, (I couldn't choose the one I like best) and I like how they all have their own personality.  Some are tall and thin, some are having bad hair days, some are quizzical, and some just look like they are observing everything.

Besides that, I am making breads again this year by request.  Like these from last year. But ribbons in pink, peach and red.
Thats the scoop from here for now.  Stay tuned!