Ten Women is having a silent auction for First Friday, July. It will be a big event with a lot of promotion. This piece "Thee I Love" is my contribution. A one of a kind, mixed media mosaic collage in a shadow box frame. A great Fathers' Day gift.
I attended a fabulous workshop with Misty Mawn http://mistymawn.typepad.com/. It was 2 1/2 days of jam packed instruction on mixed media collage portraiture.
I discovered Misty's incredible work on YouTube. When I saw her video and the way she worked I knew I wanted to experience seeing her create first hand.
The workshop started out full force with demos by Misty on how she creates her provocative faces that seem to be conveying such intuitive thoughts. Her collage technique, although not very different from mine, had her element of surprise because she is so able to put this and that together in a way that was so original and uniquely hers pulling all the pieces together giving her characters a story the way only she can do. Misty is truly an one of kind artist and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to have her influence to include in my own art. Misty is also a kind and gentle young woman with simple needs. I was so impressed by her use of minimal tools and supplies when I dragged along a car load of, what I can't remember and hardly used...It was a big lesson for me that less is more.
I thoroughly enjoyed sharing with the other nine lovely women, finally meeting Misty, and coming away from the entire experience with joy and delight...well worth every penny and every moment spent.
Well, the time has come...my dH and I are on the move again. Only this time, it will be across the street from where I live now...yeah! I live in Mar Vista, very close to Venice where the gallery is. It is important for me that I stay on the west side because it's where my clients are, I've always been on this side of Los Angeles, I raise my boys in Santa Monica and I really like it. Right now we are in a one bedroom apartment and my art and supplies consumes about 3/4 of it. I literally have to clear off the dining table to eat meals because I've adopted a habit of painting on it. So, this new apartment across the street has a second bedroom that I can call my very own :o) . I'll have to post pictures when I set it up.
I was so nervous about committing to the move even though I've been complaining for a long time about the lack of space, but I'm over it. Now, I'm getting excited.
It's hard at my age (63) to pack and move and start all over. They say it's up there as one of the most stressful things a person can do. Going from a one bedroom to a large 2 bedroom (the master BR is 18'x17') means I will definitely have lots of additional storage space. There are so many cabinets in the kitchen and a full walk in pantry that I doubt I will be able to fill it all. Okay, maybe eventually...but the good news is that I'm throwing so much out and I promise that this time I will be totally organized.
I have a 3 day workshop with Misty Mawn this weekend and I'm feeling like the timing is inconvenient. Those 3 days will be precious and I could have gotten so much accomplished. I guess I'm going to have to do the work when I return home in the evenings. I'm really not looking forward to that.
So...it probably will be awhile before I post again, or maybe not. But, if so, I'll catch up with you when I can.
I arrived at Ten Women Gallery around 5 P.M. to set up the food and wine and make sure the gallery was all looking good. By 6:30 the streets began to quiver with people hurrying to find parking (a commodity on AK), eat dinner and walk the boulevard. There were so many people coming and going that all the food was gone by 9:00 and the wine finished by 10:00. All the stores usually close by 10:00, which is when I finally left, but all stayed open till.........? At around 8:00, the film crew from Time Warner arrived to film the gallery, interview some of the artists, the front window (yeah), my space in the gallery and stayed for 1 1/2 hours. They were loving what was happening and said that the piece would be aired sometime in July.
What can I say???? I'm a person who hides away in my home and does calligraphy the majority of the day and adding a layer of paint on a canvas in between. I'm happiest doing my art (besides spending time with the grand kids) so all that hoopla was a bit much for my taste. Don't get me wrong. I am so grateful for the attention and the promoting of the gallery and my art, however, it takes too much of my energy away from what I enjoy.
In the 80's, I worked for Lionel Richie. It was at the height of his career, I was still young and life was good buzzing with all sorts of limelight stuff, the Oscars, American Music Awards, Grammy awards, "We Are the World", music videos, on and on. It was exciting and memorable for me.
As they say..."Been there, done that". At my age, I'm just not cut out for too much excitement. This isn't even anything to compare with that but, less is more at my age. Quiet is very good.
So, that's my story about First Friday and I'm sticking to it. It was great, I feel grateful and after all is said and done...I'm glad it's over.
Tonight is First Friday on Abbot Kinney the home of Ten Women Gallery. Because I am the featured artist I will be there with several of the other artists to stay open till 10:00 because the street is jumping on First Fridays. I'll be doing a calligraphy demo to help peek peoples interest for entertainment purposes as I've been told the media will be there.
Check out the link on YouTube to see what First Friday is all about...
Lilith was made with polymer clay, glass eyes, hair from a wig, antique ribbon trim purchased in New York from Tinsel Trading Company and I'm sure where or what the beads are in her hair. She is mounted into a brass piece from a chandelier and the glass base is a glass shade from an antique lamp. She is for sale at the gallery.
I have the honor of being featured in Ten Women Gallery window this month. Originally, I was going to create a calligraphic window and had invited 15 calligraphy friends to join me in the display. I really needed a commitment from everyone at the beginning of June but didn't get the response to make it a sensational event with an artist reception and all. I received a few conscientious volunteers, but not enough to make it the event I had hoped for. It takes a lot of work to put on an artist event. So, at the advise of some gallery members I chose to abandon the entire idea even though I had to disappoint the few who did commit. It was very sad for me as I had wonderful visions of introducing Venice to the world of my favorite kind of art, calligraphy, knowing that the artists I had invited would have kicked ass.
So, last night with my good friend, Lisa http://lisaholtzman.blogspot.com/ in tow, we put up my very first window. I realized afterward that I couldn't have done it without her artist and creative eye.
It was pretty scary I must admit. We didn't know where to start. I just pull everything to the front of the gallery and we started by hanging one picture at a time. Three hours later, this is what evolved. Unfortunately, I didn't know where the window lights were so it's just back lit. I'll take better pictures when I go in during the day. All in all, I'm very proud of myself. It's a funny feeling of pride to see my work displayed in a window in the middle of Abbot Kinney, Venice, a highly visited art area on the west side of L.A. I'm not sure it has sunk in yet. But I will someday look back to think about what I accomplished. It's all good.
I'm so grateful to be able to share my art with others. I'm mixed media and love doing lots of different mediums. My main stay is calligraphy of course and most of my art has words in them, hence "The Word is ART". Hope you like what you see and come back often.
Have a blessed day. Renee
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I've been a professional calligrapher and designer for over 35 years and have had extraordinary experiences. I am proud to say that my clients are from all walks of life and a handful of celebrities that are faithful to my work. I've been blessed to be able to earn my living by doing what I truly love to do. I will always remain grateful and proud.
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