the test of ‘realness’

So this week i finished a 24 x 24 commission that was sort of rendered by my appearance at the Carolina Beach Arts Festival. A Pelican Collage. Have you seen it before ? yes. Thing is it was for someone that I have to see on a daily basis and it was ‘scary’. He insisted on a substrate I was not sure would work – paper / cardboard. He didn’t want to hear a thing about canvas panels, birch wood substrates or anything that me, the artist, thought would be prudent….

In an effort to appease the client and in a ‘oh what the heck-throw caution to the wind- whatever’  mind set  i did as he asked. Guess what?

It’s fine. He even gave me a ‘tip’ for doing it his way – $ 50.00 –

Moral of the story : Try it – it may get you something in addition to a happy client.

Pelican Collage

The finished collage -Pelican II

The best is yet to come…

I truly believe this – especially where art is concerned. I don’t really distinguish between last year and this year by ‘marking it’ with a number – it is all part of the same life and I don’t feel a need to ‘clean slate it’ every 365 days. To me it is like saying good or bad, that everything that came before is unimportant and that is Not true. You need the good and the bad to get the BEST  🙂 You are the summation of all of the days.

When an artist seeks to grow – its really important to look backwards.

I make art every day – some good some not so good and there are many times when I look at something and say ‘I could do this for the rest of my life’ – this is evidenced in the past by the number of “FreshFish”, “Beach works” and “Petworks” that I have posted. There are hundreds more in each of those themes that are not posted and or sold.

For 2013 it will be this:

Mans Best Friend

Mans Best Friend

On a whim – and I know ya’ll are tired of seeing the damn dog portraits- but this was done sitting in front of the TV on a lap board with a water brush. I had just finished reading something somewhere on the inter-webs and the thought about painting the light and shadows in contrasting colors (orange and red here) popped into my head. I am sure some one taught this to me at some point in the past 50 years, but that single ‘ding’ has grown into a least one or two commissions a week. It’s funny how, in not even trying, the results are WAY better than anything other form I have slaved over. The Fish and the Beach Huts were the same way. Maybe its a ‘calling’ of sorts?

Heres to your ‘new’ start and the continuation of my regular life days in sequence- which are sometimes very special. May we all find our best. Love, Ann

The refreshing odor of freshly cut lumber and art space restrictions

Karl the Contractor is busy in the basement adding a bathroom on the same floor as the studio – (there goes my art exercise – that is running upstairs to use the bathroom) and, god forbid,  a ‘kitchen’ . It seems to me that this space is becoming a ‘man cave’ – complete with spear throwing range and beer refrigerator and I saw a HUGE tv (nobody needs a tv this size its more like a score board) peeking out from between the bikes stored in the basement.

This ‘space’ was claimed 13 years ago by me – the painter and my husband – the wood worker. Tons of painting, two books and several hundred experiments have occurred on the ‘art’ side. The woodworking side remains a pile of things that need to be repaired and or replaced with the exception of the infamous ‘eagle project’  which was done mostly in the middle of the driveway, not in the wood working shop.

There are of course no ‘cars’ in the two car garage. There are kayaks, camping equipment, a really big lawnmower (but some dude cuts our grass?), boxes of things from DH’s ‘side of the family’ – I just stay out of those all together…

So for the next few months, I will be resigned to sitting in my ‘upstairs art space – a chair with nine cubby holes placed next to it- holding markers, pencils and various art books – for creating ‘new works’.

Here was last nights finished PetWork – his name is Raleigh. He is just about the happiest dog I have ever seen. I am sure it will make his owner smile.

I also delivered the black lab PetWork yesterday and the collector that purchased it told me she cried when she saw it. I have mixed emotions about a sad reaction to my art – you know my tag line is , “happy art for happy people”….  but it was a memorial picture – the doggy had passed away two months ago.

Raleigh

Raleigh

So heres to a the smell of freshly cut lumber, the on-going he wants / she wants space discussion and more happy art collectors . Have an awesome weekend .

 

A Wonderful Surprise –

I awoke this morning to find that Paint Party Friday features last week’s Men of Snow.Thank you all so much for the lovely compliments and for the honor! I have to say that since joining PPF, I have regularly blogged almost every week (which I think is really important to sharing your work with the world).

Today’s post was going to be entitled Going to the Dawgs – but that seemed a little inappropriate given the surprise.  Very soon, some very lucky people are going to receive some very special portraits for Christmas. Here is a sneak peak of these fun watercolors – but shhhhhh – don’t tell.  The last one is my dog – Murphy Rex Krier. Right this second he is a sad little man – he has some allergies that are just unkind to his beautiful fur. He is still our baby though….

Chihauhua

Chi Chi

Black Labrador Retriever

Buddy

Murphy Rex Krier

Murphy Rex Krier

Gracie

Grace Kelly

 

Commissioning, the Opinionator and Evoking Emotion

Commissioning: For this, I am so thankful. I love creating the art that people have said “I need that – but would you please do this….”. It makes me feel connected to the collectors and very happy that my work speaks to them.

However, I hear a lot of people openly ‘criticize’ my subject matter – ‘It’s not useable’, “it’s weird” or “it’s not Fine Art”. Um…ok. Truly,  I don’t care that they voice their opinions as they are absolutely entitled to the thoughts and their reactions to what they see. It’s not hurtful, its just part of the gig.  It will however, not change my style. you either love or you do not. It’s okay…

I was told earlier this week that I am not ‘artist’ like – I find this funny. What exactly is ‘artist-like’. I am fortunate to have both an acumen for the practical business side and the whimsical creative side- two brained if you will. I am truly blessed (this is a “southern-nice” word for fortunate) to have such ability. This ‘agent’ was trying to land me into her $750 program. I asked for details of the program, but was more interested in seeking a licensing agent for some of the more reproducible works. She asked for my portfolio – I gave her the private link. She then picked out the three pieces of about 300 that were similar to other licensed works. One being angels. I make angels. They do not have faces. I can’t create a face that speaks to the sweetness that the collages evoke. She said this was too much like Kelly Rae Roberts. I am truly flattered by the comparison, but alas, they are not even close.

They are done, one at a time, based on the client providing me with a palette and some materials. They are often HIGHLY personal – containing items such as a letter from a deceased family member, tickets from an event, you get the drift.  They are not meant for ‘mass destruction’ (reproduction, licensing, cards)  they are meant to hang in your home, to provide comfort for a lost loved one and as a ‘guardian’ to a child or other important person or event in your life.

I really think she missed the entire point of ART – evoking emotion – I try to stick with the happy art for happy people theme, but sometimes we need to look beyond that – love, memories and comfort as important parts of life. I will not be using this agent nor will I be taking her $750 class that tells you to put your artwork on mock-ups. I already know that.  🙂

Grandma D

Grandma D

This personal Angelwork was done as a sample. 16 x 20, it contains a hand written letter from my grandmother (congratulating us on our marriage) , A map page from a trip that we took, a bunch of tiny snowflakes to remind us of our skiing adventures (dates) and a heart to represent our love for one another…. Obviously, no face could express these memories….

Personalized invitations for your couples event…

A Couple of Yellow Flowers

A couple of yellow flowers

 
Sometimes, simple is best.
 
A Couple (as in partners) of Yellow Flowers.
 
This would make an AWESOME invitation to a Rehersal Dinner, an Engagement party or other nuptual event – even a summer dinner party, wedding shower or older child’s special birthday party.
 
Calligraphy added at no charge v!
 
After paying for the inital artwork, it is uploaded to Greeting Card Universe for your purchase in any quantity, printed onto lovely cards with your choice of information, and then mailed directly to your invitees. You only have to approve the art, type in the details and pay for it! 
 
What a lovely, personalized way to say “You are invited” with little work.