Friday, February 26, 2010

New Projects!

This is a new project I am working on. I am getting the pocket size Moleskine notebooks with the cardboard covers, some watch gears, and some watercolor and colored pencil and voila! I really like the flowers and my robots are always my favorite so I can't really say too much. The notebooks are only 7.95 for three of them so I think more experimentation is in order!!!

I have always liked embellishing things, especially notebooks, and now that I have found jewelers glue there will be watch bits all over everything--muhahahahaaaaa!!! Ahem...

These are for sale by the way if anyone is interested!

[Sorry for the not so great photograph!]

How To Become a Better Artist

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Theatre business...

So I have disappeared for a few weeks because I have been busily working on props and various other sundries for Charlotte's Web at the Greenfield Hebrew Academy.

We will return to our regularly scheduled program next week, once we open!

There have been some interesting props to build for this show, the biggest of which is the spider web in which Charlotte writes her words! Still a little tweaking to do but it is getting there. I get to decorate fake cakes this morning! Woot!

More regular artwork to come!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

New Show!

I will have four of my watercolor pieces from Snow Dragon in the show The Heart of Winter at InsideOut Sautee There is an opening night reception tonight from 6-9 that alas I cannot attend because of rehearsal [silly job!] but if you can make it you should! The show runs through March 7th so if you can't go tonight please go see it at some point. Not only is there my fabulous work [hehe!] but many other great artists, and it is a great excuse to run away to the mountains for a bit!

This is also for sale at InsideOut Sautee. It is a small oak table and chair painted with owls! Hand painted, and finished and is great for small children boy or girl! Great colors and a durable finish that will stand up to anything a kid can dish out!

Now onwards and upwards! One more cup of coffee, a shower and off to the theatre to finish baby spider puppets!


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Feeling Moderately Successful...

The Rail Arts District Tour was Saturday February 13th at The Academy Theatre, and despite the wind and rain and blowing snow it was in fact moderately successful. We only had a few artists that couldn't make it, and had descent crowds despite the melting slush and the newscasters telling people to stay put.

I felt moderately prepared for this event [at some point I stopped stressing about it oddly enough!] and had plenty of bookmarks to sell, and postcards which is what I tend to sell the most of [and all I really sold to be truthful] and some of my painted furniture. While I got a lot of nice compliments on the furniture I had sort of knew before hand that I wouldn't sell any of it, even as much as I hoped. Silly economy--one day!

It made me realize several things about my art and what I need to do with it. Basically I have a choice to make: I can either take steps to better my artwork, and style through classes and studying which means I need to hold back on just churning stuff out for profit. Or, the second choice, is to really work out how to make my art both fun and profitable.

As for option one, I don't know that it is quite time for that other than taking a class here and there, and well; that takes money which I don't have right now. Well, that and just time to really study others work and experimenting. I am trying to make time for that but writing projects just seem to keep popping up instead. I just need to make more of an effort to find time to really draw things and study them.

The second option is something I am constantly working on, and my experience at the RAD tour gave me an idea. I think I would like to focus on creating a line of stationary products based on some of my designs. Jim, at Academy, especially said I should do something with my owls. So I guess my next step is to research and find places where I can get stationary type products printed without too much cost. Then it's advertising, advertising, advertising!

Overall, it was a great learning experience, met some really great artists and I actually made a little money on the side!