Monday, March 24, 2008

Spring Paint Out

Bunny Hide and Seek

This was my piece for last week's Paint Out in Melrose, Florida. Any media is allowed in this paint out.

The week was exhausting especially since my husband was out of town and I was taking care of my children and working on my piece during the night. But the reception was exciting and fun. Now I am sorry it is all over. My mixed media got first prize in the garden category and was also purchased. So it was well worth the effort. I transfered color copies of pictures I took on to canvas and then worked on it with acrylics, paper and a little oil pastels. Then I sealed it with a UV protecting varnish. I choose this mixed media route because I thought it would be easier with my limited time. I couldn't work on site much because it is 4o minutes away and I also helped sit the gallery a few hours. But the process turned out to be laborious, especially to get the isolated pictures to come together as a whole.

Now what to do next?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

American Idol Lessons

I have become hooked on the television show American Idol. It is the seventh season and this is the first I have watched it since the first season. I get a little obsessive about reality shows sometimes and limit myself. Anyway, I see a lot of comparisons to the mistakes that they are making and to the mistakes that I make as an emerging artists. Although I am over twenty years older than some of the singers, I still feel like I am a late blooming and emerging artists with great potential.
So some of the lessons. One of the contestant that got voted off, Katy Malloy, seemed to have so much talent but couldn't let herself go and sing with passion. Maybe she didn't know who she was yet and therefore could not express. Holds true for visual arts too, don't you think? Also the judge, Randy, told Amanda Overmyer, "to stick to her bag, Man'' not try a lot of different styles. I was recently told on different occasions that "my bag" was abstract expressionism. I never really connected with the art of the abstract expressionists but I looked them up again and was surprised how I related to their experience. The reference said that their work looked very haphazard but that actually much thought was put into it. That is how I felt about my painting "'Freedom Horse" which was successful. The judges on the show also tell the singers to be true to themselves but not boring. I think that is like visual art also, you can't just repeat yourself and do what you have done before. You have to work from passion and love. That is love for your subject, media or craft. On the show, David Cook, is doing well, but I feel he may get into trouble if he starts just trying to perform to excite the audience and doesn't work from a love of the music. Chikezie is also another singer on the show and last night he sounded like he was trying to present about three different music genres into one song. If you have the ability to sing country, rock and blues, you don't usually stick it all together in one song or album. In the visual world that would be bad design. I guess we all know that to have a solo exhibition, we need a consistent body of work. Right? Well I will keep watching a try to stick to "my bag". But I am distracted this week by my coops. Paint Out with time limitations and a pressure to perform.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Custom Frame

A buyer wanted this painting but the painting was not quite big enough and the small presentation frame was not visually heavy enough to place above her dark wood mantel. My husband custom made this wider canvas floater frame out of wood. I painted it to reflect some of the patterns in the painting. I think it turned out great. The painting looks so much more substantial now. I would now like to frame more paintings in the future but I can see it being a big expense and time waster, especially if buyers don't want the frame.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Tioga Art Festival

Click for a great slide show of the first annual Tioga art festival that was this past weekend. It was a great success with lots of interested attendees and wonderful local artists. The food, music and weather were also a pleasure. Way to go GFAA! Thanks Dan Dobson for the photos.

GFAA at Tioga