Category Archives: My artwork

MARKETING PLAN

I just completed the IGNITE class with C4 in Atlanta. This is a class designed to “ignite” your art career and move you forward.  In participating in this, I created a marketing plan, which I have included below.  This is my initial version.  In presenting to some very knowledgeable people, I realized I need to change the following to really be successful:

  • Personalize my vision statement
  • Focus – it was felt to focus on the coolage party, when that takes off, the rest will come.
  • Target women in the 25-40 range. They not only have children for birthday parties, but friends getting married and many are in the corporate or non-profit world to eventually incorporate team-building and performance art.
  • Don’t ignore the suburbs
  • Snag the domain name of CoolageParty immediately
  • Once it gets going, re-assess my costs, they are low

I realized alot about myself – it was very eye-opening. I want to be part of a bigger art community that is well-respected. I’m not that interested in personal fame.  This was a big first baby-step for me.

 

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A VERY PRODUCTIVE WEEKEND

I have felt a little blocked lately.  Maybe it is because my studio looked lik this!

Before

Before

So, I rolled up my sleeves and went to work on it.  When I was finished, it looked like this:

After

After

So, the inspiration came!  After a day in my studio, I had accomplished the following.

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A day’s Work

I worked on 4 large paintings, two are almost complete, and six small pieces. All in all, a Good Day!  After this, I took a brisk walk and I found this on the side of the road – a nice weather beaten newspaper that will perfect for a collage someday.

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collage material

What did you accomplish this weekend that you are proud of? By the way, when I finished working in my studio, I cleaned it up to start again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUOTES TO LIVE BY

I have been posting my artwork on my facebook art page off an on for awhile.  In fact, I’ve been doing it a little haphazardly.  So, I have decided to keep a file of quotes I find inspiring, amusing, or just worth sharing. Here are some of my most recent posts.

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This was something a yoga instructor said in class about paying attention to yourself and your body. I liked the thought.

 

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I just decided to live by these words one day

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DRESS CODE

Aphrodite, 36×48 on canvas

There is a language of clothing and every dress tells a story. Working with layer upon layer, I expose things hidden by scraping top layers off, or melt layers together by using fire.  Even though the dress is disembodied, it seems to move in a space of it’s own. A dress is worn not only to protect the wearer from the universe, but it often defines individuality.  The many layers are symbolic of both the psychological and the physical layers today’s women carry with them.

WAITING FOR THE PAINT TO DRY……

I have a deadline – I was given around 4-5 weeks to complete 40 paintings in various sizes, but all in my “dress” series.  The challenge is to keep it interesting and not keep painting the same thing over and over again.   And, at the same time, to make sure they will hang well together,   
So – I have been working in groups.  Because I layer my paintings, I have some downtime.   This is one way this heat wave has helped me!   But, today it is overcast and very humid and drying time is VERY SLOW.
So, I began experimenting.   Below is  a small canvas (5×7) with a very wet red wash over several layers of paint.
Then I covered the canvas with gunpowder (rifle gunpowder BTW).
Then, I lit a match and watched it burn – of course with a spray bottle of water handy, and of course I moved anything flammable away!!!!
It easily burned with no problems, but it was exciting!
It just burned itself out – and of course, it managed to dry the canvas.   I love experimenting, but I don’t know what this experimentation with fire really says about me.  I have been kicking around some ideas about doing a series on destruction vs. beauty.   I also have a very stressful job in the advertising business, so I think this destruction and danger is a stress reliever for me.   I used to work out to relieve stress……
Well, that solved the problem of one canvas drying, but I have 14 others drying – as you can see in the next couple of photographs.
Here are 5 10×30’s that are drying  with their 2nd layer.  They have been gessoed, but now I’m adding other elements to create more texture, things such as a fondand, bubble wrap, material.   Right behind these  pieces are 10 5×7 canvases drying.
The three closest to the camera were all burned with gunpowder.   I have put medium on top of them – so they should dry quickly.   There are 7 more behind them – most of them are in their 5th or 6th layer -they are moving along.
So, now I’m waiting for the paint to dry.   I thought I’d be productive and  write this blog, but now what?   Should I clean up and run some errands, go to the grocery store and plan menus for this week, or just relax and read????   I think I’m going to relax and read, after all I am reading a book about art, so I’m not abandoning my artday totally.   Presently, I am reading STEALING REMBRANDTS: The Untold Story of Notorious Art Heists.   Few of these heists are new to me, but it is interesting  – and I’m learning alot of Rembrandt at the same time.
From this end of my table, you can see my completed pieces – yes, I stacked them up for show!   There are 4 20x24x, 12 6×6, and 12 9×12 – which I began on 7/22.   Well, actually they aren’t 100% finished, they still need the edges painted and the wires put on.   And, I want to finish everything with time to spare so I can relook at all of them and make any changes I feel necessary, and make professional looking tags for the back of them with the materials used and maybe I’ll even name them all.

PLAYING WITH FIRE – A VIDEO OF BURNING PAPER WITH GUNPOWDER

What you are looking at is a sheet of Okawaru Japanese paper that I have burned using gunpowder.  I lightly spritz the paper with water  and lay the gunpowder on top of it.  For this experiment I used smokeless rifle powder.  I found gunpowder is harder to find than bullets – most gunshops don’t carry powder.   Even Walmart carries bullets.  But Joel found a guy in a gunshop that had gunpowder at home so we took it all off his hands in the name of art!
Click here to see the very short video of burning paper – and I keep water handy!!!!!

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I think of painting as an adventure, as long as you continue to learn and experiment.   I have always experimented, but lately I find myself doing destructive things to canvases and  building on top of that.   I have a new series percolating in my little brain, something along the line of “out of destruction comes beauty.”

I have long been interested in organic shapes and I continue to explore the circle.   The piece above was painted and then layered with Okawara paper , a Japanese rice paper I applied with Benjamin Moore Stays Clear Polyurethane (nothing else seems to work) that creates a layered effect.  I then painted back on top of the paper, building my circles and letting the paint drip.   However, the destructive part came from running a blow torch over the canvas several times and watching the effect it had on the paint – changing the colors and bubbling up.   I never burned through the canvas.  
This has me thinking about trying different things, like working with soot, treated paper – I’m open to suggestions.   I have been reading about Yves Klein’s fire paintings and would like to learn more.
This piece is multi-layered with gesso, modeling paste.   Because there are so many layers, I used the blow torch quite a bit here and liked the results.   
Tonight I again experimented burning paper with gunpowder.   I’m starting to get the hang of it!
  
This piece isn’t finished, but I am having fun with it.  Again, it is layered with gesso, as well as collage.  When I used the blow torch, it burned the collage off (and didn’t burn the canvas).  I have applied  paper that was burned with gunpowder as collage.   
I plan on finishing this piece this weekend, along with these other two I worked on tonight.
No telling what I’ll experiment with next.  I’ve tried alcohol, leaving paintings outside, putting small paintings on the grill, mixing in salt, coffee and tea.  Hmmmm – where to next?

RHYTHM OF MY LIFE SHOW

I currently have a solo show up at the Sandy Springs Library, here in Atlanta. The piece to the left, MUSIC OF THE WORLD, is one of the pieces I am showing. Because I am the daughter and the grand-daughter of piano tuners, I have always turned to music for inspiration. I have always like the way music looks on the page.

Also, the piece on the left side of the banner (above) is in the show. This piece began with a page from a book of music I found at the Goodwill Book Sale. Each page was devoted to a different composer, with the top half devoted to a short biography, and the bottom with a simplified version of a piece of music often associated with that partciular composter. This one was devoted to Bizet, and the music is from Carmen. I used the word “passion” prominently because that best describes this music.

Enjoy. Come to the show at the Sandy Spring Library on Johnson Ferry Road, through 6/31.

Let me know what you think of these pieces. If you use music in your artwork, please share!

THE UNIVERSE WE KNOW

This consists of 4 canvases, each measuring 20×24. I started with the sun on the left, and moved to Mercury, then Venus, Earth and Mars, complete with the moons each one has. All of the planets, and the sun contain collage material that pertains to them. For example, the sun has a tarot card with a sun on it. Earth has a picture of my house from google earth. I used a lot of layers to create a very tactile environment. This was done with collage, as well as modeling paste and paint. I did this as part of my TRANSFORMATION show at Georgia Perimeter College in October. Maybe someday I will go back and finish the entire universe as we know it – but I have to admit, I quit when I got to Jupiter, it is just SO BIG!!!!

PASSION OF THE DANCE – ABSTRACT DRESS

Because Valentine’s Days is coming up, I thought I should post a painting that I believe shows the romance and passion of the holiday. This is a large piece – 24×36″. I built the texture with paint, and added paper. All of the paper has references to the dance of the tango, either how to dance it with the footsteps, or narrative in both English and Spanish.

Enjoy – and feel free to leave a post!