Monday, December 15, 2014

Small Wonders

Inner Space 1 acrylic on canvas
Inner Space 2 acrylic on canvas


These are my paintings in the Small Wonder Exhibit and Xmas Sale at the Fort Gallery. 

Inner Space 1 & 2 are sketches for larger paintings I am planning for an exhibit in June 2015 at the Fort Gallery. They are based on brain MRI images.

I'll post more pieces from the exhibit later this week.


Scratched Surface & Torn Edges oil, wax on cradled board
Lower painting: Intuition, oil, wax on cradled board
Life on Mars oil, wax on cradled board

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Small Wonders exhibit & sale




Fort Gallery 2014 Christmas Exhibit and Sale 
in Fort Langley, BC 

Come to the reception Saturday December 6, 1pm - 5pm or spend an afternoon in historic Fort Langley, visit the Fort Gallery, have lunch at Beatnik's Bistro then take in the Twelve Days of Christmas Trees exhibit at the Langley Centennial Museum and Exhibition Centre.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Artistic Alternative

I have been following Robert Genn's letters at his blog Painter's Keys for at least two years. He has been a mentoring voice gently shifting my point of view as another possibility. I think this article "Artistic Alternative" goes well with the previous post because it emphasizes the wide range of artistic expression rather than this is what's good and this is what's bad. The point of involving people in a discussion isn't to persuade but instead get to know each other. By doing that I would hope the person who is likely to buy your art will be revealed.

Dancing Lights




I can imagine talking about my art in the terms described in Genn's letter. "It's a matter of giving power to the mind's artist and allowing him or her to imagine some of the ways a given job might be done. The variations are really quite limitless: Bright primer, mixed media, blind palette, glaze gradations, big dumb brush, scumble, scrape out, roll on, chain saw." Framing the discussion about art in this way and combine it with the question "how does it affect you, the viewer?" might make for an interesting and revealing conversation. It's not that everyone has to like everything but maybe appreciate the "making".

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Market Research for Artists - How to Sell More Art

I have exhibited in both juried and non-juried shows and received positive feedback about my work but I haven't sold yet. I realize that people buy for different reasons and tastes range.  I wonder who would be interested in buying my art. 



This article "Market Research for Artists - How to Sell More Art" describes how one may go about finding out. It encourages the artist to have an event in a non-art environment to find out how one's art is perceived by the ordinary person who hasn't taken art history or is a collector of fine art. It sounds like an interesting prospect. The goal is not to sell art (although no buyer would be turned away) but to be able to talk about your art in an accessible way and understand how your art is perceived.


I am curious if anyone has done an event to invite comments and feedback from people outside the "art world".

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Create Anticipation By Promoting Your Art Event Early and Often

Create Anticipation By Promoting Your Art Event Early and Often



I am working on a new series for an exhibit at the Fort Gallery June 2015 and Alyson's article helps me think about ways to share my experience outside the studio.  I am very excited about the show which comes from creating new work for a specific destination in time and space.



I highly recommend Alyson's blog if you're looking for marketing info specifically designed for artists.

Emancipating Genius | Dorothy Barenscott | TEDxKPU

Let me introduce Dorothy Barenscott one of my professors at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Visual Arts degree. Her talk about artistic genius challenges us to examine traditional beliefs about what is art and what makes an artist.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Children Learn and Create

I came across this article about what skills children learn from the arts and want to share with you. Top Ten Skills Children learn From the Arts


Painting by one of the children in my 6 - 8 years old Sketch and Paint class at the local community centre

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cryptic: The Use of Allegory in Contemporary Art with a Master Class from Goya | Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

In my quest for getting outside myself and experiencing other points of view I came across how the device allegory is used in contemporary visual art. Curator Laura Steward discusses and shares an exhibit, "Cryptic" she curated which combines the work of Goya with contemporary paintings and sculpture. She asserts that the question needed to be asked about art is not "What does this mean?" but instead "How does this work create meaning?"

Cryptic: The Use of Allegory in Contemporary Art with a Master Class from Goya | Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Wednesday, September 24, 2014