Well, I’ve taken a major step in my art business. I finally am getting prints made of two of my artworks. I’m starting with just a few from these two works to see how things go. And then I’ll go from there.
I found a great place in Pawtucket, R.I., to make archival Ultrachrome prints on a wonderful Hahnemuhle photo rag satin paper. Let me know if you think I made the right choice to start with these two, and let me know if you are interested in ordering a print. The one above, which I blogged about here, will be printed as an 24″ x 18″ and the one below, which I blogged about here, will be 16″ x 12.” I’m having both professionally scanned in so the prints will be amazing. Click on the image to get a bigger and better view.
So I’m jumping right back into making art after my weekend of Open Studios. This is my project for this week. About a week ago I ran across a call to artist to paint a scarf for a charity event. I was up to my eyeballs getting ready for Open Studios, but I couldn’t resist the call to try something new and to help a good cause. So I ignored the fact that the deadline was just around the corner, November 1, and asked for a scarf to paint.
When this lovely white, white, really, really white silk scarf arrived Fed Ex I realized something: Wait a minute, I’ve never painted a scarf! Oh well, I love a challenge–not in most things, but in art, yes. I researched painting fabric on the web, asked an artist I know who creates painted scarves (she didn’t e-mail me back), and then I headed to to the fabric store to seek out supplies.
So many choices! It’s so interesting how trying a new project can lead you down a whole new world of art supplies–as if I needed that, but hey…. I like how my scarf turned out. What do you think? Remember, it’s my first one. Be gentle.
It will be auctioned off on November 3. Can’t wait to see how that goes.
I had an amazing weekend at the Dorchester Arts Collaborative Open Studios on Saturday and Sunday! So many of my friends and colleagues came to support me and to buy art. I am SO very appreciative and honored by their validation of my work, their kind words, and their encouragement. I am especially appreciative of my friend Susan, who is my biggest art patron and cheerleader. And she invited me and my family over for dinner on Saturday to join her family and our other friends. (Her mother makes the most amazing meatballs!) It was a truly special day and evening.
I’m missing making art during the past two weeks. I’ve been too busy getting ready for the Dorchester Open Studios, which will be on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 and 24, from noon to 5 p.m. I’ll be at First Parish Church, 10 Parish Street, along with 20 or so other artists.
There will be an opening reception on Friday, Oct. 22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Hancock 309 Gallery, located at 309 Hancock Street. One of my paintings is hanging in the gallery through November.
I’m really excited that the Boston Globe featured our event on the web and included one of my paintings. Check it out here.
This month’s theme for Creative Every Day is “Earth.” Since I began thinking about this word I’ve been imagining being underground, feeling the kind of cool comfort there that you find when you run your bare feet through a pile of cool dirt. How often does that happen anymore? Not too often since childhood, right? But I remember how pleasant that sensation was.
So I’ve been thinking about how cool and soothing it might be to be beneath the dirt (not in a creepy-buried-a-live kind of way, but in a magical you-can-hide-out-and-hang-out kind of way). How soothing would it be to be beneath the surface and away from all the distractions and demands that occur above ground?
This is the image I came up with. It’s a really small pencil drawing, about 5 inches square. I call it–you guessed it–“Beneath the Surface.” (Click on the image to see the words written around it.)
This weekend I made two new necklaces for the Dorchester Arts Collaborative Open Studios weekend that takes place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 and 24, noon to 5 p.m.
I absolutely love beads. And it is so tempting to constantly buy more. But I’m forcing myself to focus on using the ones I that I already have. That inspires me to look for new inspiration from the same materials over and over again. It’s a challenge, but a good one.
Here are the latest ones. Enjoy. (Click on the images to see a larger version.)