Art with Cause

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Just putting it out there and hope'n for the best!

Let me get a bit honest and vulnerable:

I am not usually an insecure person or insecure artist. I am creative and well skilled, so their isn't much to be insecure about. Right?

I just entered the most competitive art show to date.
I am such a lame person - I usually only enter shows I know I will place in. Sad but true, I am comfortable being a big fish in a little sea.

Well, today I submitted work in a national level art competition (work that I have had very little input about - meaning an artistic critique of). I am feeling very insecure. At best I hope to just get my work accepting in the show; I don't think I will place. It is a bit nerve wracking.

Being mostly optimistic, I am trying not to get my hopes up. My chances of getting in are very slim. This show is known for only selecting the best of the best. It has such a reputation that many artists who are not already "making it" don't even bother entering. So I am out on a limb here.
Wish me luck - say a prayer that they find favor in my works - and I will keep you all posted.
Unfortunately we will not know anything for a while - so no holding your breath!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

End of Construction Zone

I was able to get the images back up, although I moved quite a few of them over to the Painting Tab (instead of in multiple locations on this site).
Hope to have a few more painting completed soon. As well as making a few more changes along the way. Thank you for sticking with me through this journey.

Under Construction

!!Sorry Again!!
Under Construction

The images are down -
We will be back up with them soon.

Thank you for bearing with us!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Another Painting Completed

A few random thoughts...

When I was a teen and young adult, I thought everything I did was gold and tried to preserve it all. I thought my art should last forever and was devastated when I gave a piece to someone and they treated it like it was from a bargain bin of prints they bought at a discount store.

Now, I enjoy the thought that a moment was captured for a moment.

This makes the Mural Project I am working on with the Mayor of my home town a difficult task. She is doing everything in her power to make sure these murals will be cared for and will last. So what ever I do, I will be known for it – for a long time.

While I am still growing in my art and still discovering my visual voice it is difficult to put something out there. A mixed media piece will not last as a mural, which is what I am currently doing. Weather will destroy it.

But how can I pass up the opportunity to paint a mural?! I am surprised that I have put this out there for so many ppl and yet few actually want to do it. Why would anyone pass up this opportunity?

I originally hoped to get a team of a few artists together, create the sketch with them (incorporating their styles and techniques into the final product). As a mural team leader, I never intended it to be MY Mural with helpers, but a team mural with many artists’ marks left on this town. As the deadline approached and time was short and getting together difficult and multiple concepts shot down – I had to come up with something. I had to make it mine.

Most of the artists I asked to join me will be returning to art school soon, so it works out for the best. I still will need some help and those who are left; I am familiar enough with their abilities that we will be able to blend our styles nicely. (If those who are left are still in here and haven’t bailed out too.)

So, they ordered the paint today. I don’t know how long it will take to come in. I hope we will work on this next week.

In the mean time tomorrow I need to go to the site and finish priming it and I am still working on my series of portraits for my personal portfolio.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Mural Prep-Work: Primer

When the super-poke ad comes up on this slide-show click the "X" in the lower right hand corner of the photos. Then you can read the captions about our day.
(I understand they want to advertise - but over top of our slide-shows? This is why I don't use slide very much anymore!)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

SPAC Celebrates an Artist!

SPAC Had a great idea last year - they invited Artist to come paint/draw during a performance of the Philadelphia Orchestra. It was such a good time they did it again this year!
I was invited to go sit on the lawn and paint/draw and enjoy myself while listening to a live performance! It was a good time - I LOVE drawing while listening to classical music!

My handy dandy helper (in the photo to the left, looking off at someone else painting) made yummy food and kept serving it up all night!

Before the show I laid out the groundwork for what I wanted to draw. I was photographed by SPAC's Marketing department and chatted with many people passing by. So I stepped back to take a photo of myself - unsuccessfully! lol
We will have to wait for the shot SPAC took of me!

Here is my completed drawing - of course I used my camera phone to take the pic so it isn't the best... not to mention I was drawing in the DARK! But it was a good time! I hope I can do it again next year!!

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