Friday, October 31, 2008

Ten Women

I am very excited to say that I received a call back from Ten Women Gallery to bring more work back for consideration. I now have a nice body of work to show and feel this next time I will be prepared and confident.
Things have changed a bit regarding my moving situation and it's looking like it may take a bit longer to actually make the move to Oxnard. So, in the meantime...why not have my work for sale that is if I'm accepted.

I am having 2 canvas giclee's made from my originals so far and have the professional scans to print out for cards, and prints. This will give me the opportunity to hold on to my originals for awhile as I'm having a hard time letting go of my babies. If all goes well I'll invest and have them all done. It's quite expensive as it turns out but at least I can sell more than one. I'm hoping that that's the case. I'd love to shift to collage/painting in the near future. I'm loving it.

Another one

I started a class with Paulette Insall and this is what I've come up with so far. I have a lot of work to do to finish her. But I'm liking the direction she is going. She's my biggest piece so far.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The work I'm creating now

All the art that I hang in my home is female art. Most are created by females but none the less, the subject is of women. My pictures, my figurines, my dolls, my sculpture...all women. I've been heading in this direction for a long time and I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to get here. I guess I really needed to know that all the elements were complete. I now feel I've put all the components together to be able to do justice to "my female creations". Since I'm a mixed media, collage artist that leans towards 3 dimensional and realism, I now know that I need to incorporate these elements into my paintings to feel justified that I am doing original work that satisfies my soul.
I am a prolific artist that always dabbles in all sorts of artistic endeavors. My one true love is calligraphy and I've earned a living at it for over 30 years now. I still love doing it and get great satisfaction when I turn out a job well done and the client is satisfied. I also enjoy an occasional workshop involving lettering when it is mostly play and I can see some artistic results other than addressing, invitations, logos, monograms, menus, etc. etc. I will always come back to this form of art however, being prolific, I have a lot more to give.
My art dolls satisfied that need in me for female creations and I really enjoyed making them. My RA inhibits my detail work which is what makes the entire look of my dolls. I just can't hand sew without pain involved. I've accepted this fact as I have not being able to wear high heels which truly gave me emotional identity pain.
I have worn high heels all my adult life and loved every minute of it. The look, the feminine feeling, the shoes, feeling sexy, completing the outfit...on and on. I was one the girls from "Sex and the City". Here's where the Serenity Prayer brings it all into perspective.

I've had a lull in calligraphic work for almost 2 weeks now. However, for the past 2 1/2 months I was working really long, grueling weeks without end, it seemed. I held on because I knew that the wave that rolled in would cease and I would come back to some normalcy. It's just how this business is. So, I decided to take full advantage of my free time and started painting on canvas. I am very satisfied that I finally move into this direction because it was nudging me for a long time.
So, now I'm here, and to stay. I feel a connection and am able to express a need inside me with this form of art. I hope that what I create is received well and that some viewers will think that what I do is special.

Creating new work

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Ten Women and self confidence

Last week, I went to Ten Women, a women's artist co-op on Abbey Kinney in Venice, to pick up my contributing art dolls that were in their window display "Raining Art Dolls" through the month of September. The gal who was manning the post there casually invited me to show my current work at an interview of artists for an available space in the store. I said I would be interested and left with my dolls. I didn't speak with her about too many of the details because she got a call and I was anxious to return home to whatever I was doing. However, I did think about it a lot.
I is an opportunity to possibly have a place to sell my "new" art, get connected to a community of women, some of whom I already know I really respect, and acquire some good experience and a genuine kudo to my resume, if ever needed and feefback about my art.
I was among 4 other women who were invited to be there and were prepared (I was not) and I felt completely in the way, an unexpected intrusion, and an unprepared incidental who happened to be in the neighborhood.
When it was my turn, I was nervous and completely on the block to be scutinzed and judged and couldn't think of an intelligent thing to say. I did the best I could under the circumstances, left as quickly as I could and was totally relieved to be on my way home to safety and security.

My first thought was...thank you God, for the opportunity, this is really a testiment to my ability to believe in myself and work....but....whatever happens, so be it. It's in your hands.
I did wake during the night thinking that at my age, why was I nervous or intimidated? I'm too old to I really want to do this? After torturing myself for awhile I did fall back to sleep and woke feeling that it was truly in Gods hands.

Today, I did receive a call from the the head honcho at Ten Women and was ask to return for a second interview to show more of my work sometime (which was unknown right now) in November to be considered for a spot in the shop. I was a bit shocked and elated at the same time. I am excited that they (the other 11 artists that were judging) feel that I am a contender to be among them and to be embraced as a fellow artisan.

How do I really feel...relieved. I had finally done something about putting myself out side my box of calligraphic art, work that I feel complete's me, and am trusting that this is truly what I'm supposed to be doing alongside my calligraphy. It feels like second nature to me. I can't explain it except that I've always known that I could paint and have on occasion, but was always pulled in other directions. My friend, Mara, who did do portraits, has given me her work over the years and I even asked if she would feel funny if I tried my hand at it intending to do so but never did.
I am now encouraged with the feedback I've been receiving online from other artists and now this acceptance, to continue doing what I'm doing and make it happen. I'm so enjoying the process and the end results and feeling really good about what I'm producing. At 62 I'm finally coming into my own....

Monday, October 20, 2008

A Day at the Bleach

This is the results of a fabulous class with fellow calligrapher and friend, Risa Gettler, who taught us how to do calligraphy using bleach as the fluid, chop sticks as our tool, writing on black paper. We then embellished with pastels, colored pencils, charcoal, Iridescent inks and colored foil. It was a fun class and everyone created fabulous pieces of art. What fun!

I'm finally published

When I open the new issue of Nov/Dec issue of Somerset Studios, one of my favorite magazines, I found that my mosaic collage, "Gratitude" had been published. What a feeling is was to look at my work in print...WOW! is all I could say.
I submitted this piece at the beginning of the year and had an idea that if they were going to use my submission it would be in the winter issue but imagining it and actually seeing it are two different things...I'm just thrilled. I'm also proud of myself for the courage to submit.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A House is not a Home

I've been keeping very busy working on projects and doing what I love to do most. I am doing 2 online classes simultaneously but, of
course, I end up doing my own thing anyway. I'm not sure what's up with that. But I am learning new techniques and gaining courage to have confidence in what I do best...
What is that you ask? Well, I'm not sure but I do know that my art drives me and somehow when I start I seem to just know what to do. It's all very visual. I'm trying very hard not to drive myself into needing perfection and to just do as much as needed and feel satisfied with the overall appearance. I do, however, feel the need to get feedback from my peers which is why I've joined so many groups. The feedback is awesome when I get it and I also give back a lot. I think it's so important to support each other and tell the artist what you like about the work they do.

I'm also trying different techniques as I would really like to be a bit more stylized. I'm not sure that I'm comfortable viewing my finished work when I'm "out of the box". I'll just have to do more of it, get more comfortable with it or just accept that I like what I do better. If you don't never find out.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Watercolor from photo

My friend, Laura asked me to do a watercolor of a photograph of her daughter Amy and grandsons. I'm not really a watercolor artist but I've done a few things that were decent over the years so I agreed and took on the challenge.

Her other daughter Tina, then asked me to also do one for her of her mother in law and son to give as a gift. That has been more challenging because I have to take two photos and integrate them into one picture. It's going slow to say the least but coming along none the less. I hope they like the end results.