Sunday, September 20, 2009

Greetings everyone! sorry I have been so lax here on my art blog. No real good reason for that - other than I get easily sidetracked! I have been doing some work though and thought I would share a picture with you.

This was a piece that I started a long time ago - maybe two years or so - abandoned because I was growing tired of working on canvas and really loving working on panels. After cleaning out my studio a little, I rediscovered this piece and some others. I can assure you that this piece looks NOTHING like it did when I started to rework it. :) If I get my act together, I will show the progression of this painting from it's state of abandonment to the present.

Anyway, here it is!

14x18, mixed media on canvas
Prairie Fire

This may be spoken for, but if you really like it, let me know - I may do prints of it or the original may be available....

Otherwise, I have been making lots of notes to myself for future paintings though I have yet to begin anything. soon I hope! Fall and winter are coming and I hope to get in some good studio time in the coming months.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

ARTSplash 2009!

Well, ok - I am clearly not good at writing in my blog. I seem to recall having this issue when I tried to keep a journal too. Write for while and then completely forget about it....sigh....

Maybe someday I will get my act together.

Anyway, today is the last day for ARTSplash -- which is a group show I am in every summer. It's typically 35-50 artists - depending on how many 2-d and 3-d artists we have - from an art group I belong to. We have monthly meetings and then once a year we do a show.

I didn't think I was going to get anything new done for the show. I don't find hanging older pieces, just always like to have something new as well.

So here's a pic I took just before the show of the pieces I finished. I am definitely NOT a photographer.

Photography on your ironing board is not recommended. ha!

I did sell two small pieces last time I checked - so I am happy with that. Maybe something sold yesterday or will sell today. It's not that I am just focused on selling - just that selling helps me to keep doing what I do. I'll try to get a picture of the show overall...but I forgot my camera the other day. So hopefully one of the other artists took some pics.

We've had amazing weather here and there were tons of festivals and such this weekend, so hopefully that bodes well for our turnout/sales.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Blogspot is looking a little strange this morning - don't know what that's about - so I hope this post goes through.

this morning I spent some time cleaning off my encaustic wax work table. It really wasn't too bad - just a little dusty - which is not a good thing of course.

I am itching to make some new stuff for my upcoming show in July. I just need to settle down a little and try to focus.

I constantly fight the urge to go in a million directions... I love working with many kinds of media - and thus it can be hard to pick just one.

Still, I have been looking at books and stuff on the internet - which is both good and bad I suppose.

On the one hand it offers up lots of inspiration - on the other it can make one down one's own abilities and then that ugly monster in the head says 'oh you aren't a REAL artist'.

which is, of course, complete nonsense. And intellectually I know this. Just gotta settle down Amy....settle down.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Holy crap! I can't believe it's been...9 months since I posted here last! bad girl! no cookie for me!

so...what have I been up to? In a word - not much. It's been cold, dark, snowy, rainy and just generally not conducive to creating. I know that 'real' artists work all the time - like a job. HA! Well, that may be so, but it doesn't work that way for me. I have too many other distractions and commitments.

I did take a 3 day class from Dan Carrel. dan's a great guy and his technique is pretty cool and I can see why people like it. BUT it was a landscape class. I wanted to push myself to do something I don't normally do. I wanted to see if there was anything I could apply to my own work. I just had a really hard time connecting with my subject. went back to my room every afternoon hating nature and trees and rocks and water. HATING IT. OK, not really, but you get the idea.

Of course it was my own fault for not picking out a better picture to work from - I had chosen an inside picture - which was a no-no for this course. "no people, animals or buildings."

well damn.

So I picked out something from the pictures he brought with him.

I am completely ok with not being a landscape painter. I will others do that. Suffice it to say that my end result is rather homely. and NO I will not be showing it here. sorry - thems 'da breaks.

Now that spring is here and hopefully some nicer weather I hope to get heavy into the prep for my show in July. ok - it's not MY show, but a show I am participating in. I want to show NEW stuff, not tired, already seen stuff.

And despite my studio clean-up last year, and despite not acutally doing much painting, my studio is a PIT again. Time for a clean-up again I think.

OK - don't know if anyone is even reading this but thanks for tuning in! I will try to be better from now on!