Thursday, October 18, 2012

It has been a while since I've posted. Not much is happening in the art world for me. I clicked on the "next blog" link at the top of my page and found an artist's work that I really like. All I remeber is her name is Catherine someone. I thought I saved the link to her site and thought I joined her discussion group, now I cannot find her blog. Oh poop!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Rain Drop Photos



Such a simple thing--photos of rain drops, but how lovely.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Found Artist Portfolio

Maybe I should not admit this. I thought I dreamed it, but I didn't. It is real. Four months after writing the post about looking for my lost 3'x3.5' artist portfolio, I found it in the front closet. Guess I don't hang up my coat enough. I was tidying the dining room and wanted to hang up my winter coats. I opened the closet door and found the portfolio. I didn't pull it out. I was tidying during a commercial and wanted to get back to the TV quickly.

Taking a break at work, I remembered the what I thought I had dreamed. It wasn't a dream. At last, the lost portfolio has been found. Yeah!

It's been a while...

It's been a while since I posted here. There were three art shows I tried to get into this year and didn't make it. That's a creativity killer. I've been enjoying showing my work to myself by hanging it in the living room. I love my work whether or not I make it into shows or am selling anything. It is frustrating to not make it into shows, but more so to not be selling anything. Why create if nothing is going out the door and all I've made leans on the floor against the wall forgotten by me and unseen by others.

All is not sadness: This morning as I drove to work, I was caught in a down pour of rain. Instead of turning on my windshield wipers I watched the rain bead and squiggle toward the top of the windshield. I grabbed the little point and shoot camera in my purse and photographed my windshield up close.

At work, I reviewed the pictures and was very pleased by what I found there. Even if I'm not selling I'm quite thrilled to still be creating even if it only is in pictures. Please share your struggles with creativity. Thank you.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Chris shared information  about how to make a living as an artist. He said his talk assumes we make great “art”.
  • His first recommendation was for us to “show off” and write our own positioning statement. Positioning statement should answer these questions: who? (who are you?) what? (what do you do?) for whom? (who is your target audience?) what’s needed? (what void are you filling?) Differentiation  (what’s different about your work?)
  • Have a business card and use both sides; make it interesting.
  • About being an artist, 1) Be proud – being creative is important. Know that many people that don’t have creative skills envy those people that do have those skills. Not everyone can do what you do. 2) Own a category; specialize in something. Get really good at something, and let them know you specialize.  3) Brand. You are a brand. Design yourself a brand symbol. 4) Charge a lot of money! (This one got a nice chuckle) Value what you do, or no one else will.
  • Learn to use social media such as Facebook,Twitter, etc. They’re here to stay, and a huge number of people subscribe to those tools. Constant Contact is a good social media tool for newsletters.
  • Write a Blog; WordPress.org is good
  • Consider making a u-tube video, if you’re good at that kind of thing. He said to use the “candy bar description” of telling the viewer what’s under the wrapper.
  • For more information, see:  http://www.bidlack.com/

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Artist Trading Cards

This is the Compartmentalized Lemon artist trading card I created March 10, 2012. I used a hand scanner to copy the card. It seems a bit more elongated than the original, but it is close.

Call for Michigan Artists

http://www.semarts.info/

This is the link for the call for artists in southeastern Michigan for 2012. Please repost this blog and share with others on facebook and twitter. I'm still trying to get 50 blog followers by the end of March. Help!! Thank you for reading.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Artist Portfolio

I'm getting desperate. For the past several weeks I cannot find my artist portfolio--the original one. Ann Arbor Book and Art Supplies went out of business yesterday. About two weeks ago I went to the store and picked up a bunch of art supplies including a new, larger portfolio because I haven't been able to find mine and because I needed a bigger one in which to store 26"x30" oil pastels that I don't want to frame and put on the wall right now. The larger portfolio was $19 dollars--a very good investment.

I've searched all my usual hiding places for the portfolio. I've checked behind things, in closed guest bedrooms and such, but still have not located that portfolio...there were several paintings I wanted to enter into Red, but since I could not find the portfolio, they were not entered. So much for living alone in a huge old house.

How in the world could my artist portfolio be missing this long??? Uh!!

Friday, March 23, 2012

American Red Cross Red Show in Jackson Michigan

This evening after work I visited the American Red Cross Red Show in Jackson. I've been in the Red Shows for the past three years, but I'd never been. I was impressed. There were quite a few artists work. I don't recall seeing any sculptures. The prices ranged from $50 to $10,000. All of the works priced under $100 sold. Some of the ones prices under $200 sold. None of the works over $200 sold. I priced the one piece I submitted an 11"x14" oil pastel on board titled "A/P" at $50. Mine sold. I was thrilled to see that.


Call for Artists Link to Share

http://www.artshow.com/juriedshows/

This is the "Calling Artists" link I found through a Google search. There are so many different venues listed for artists to present their work. Over the years, I've limited myself to shows in Jackson Michigan and the Ann Arbor Women Artists. I didn't know there were so many places to show work. These are juried shows so make sure you follow the directions exactly on the type of work and sizes. Spread the word by reposting a link to this blog. Thank you

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Northville Art House West of Middle 2012 Show

Today, I turned in 3 photographs for the Northville Art House West of Middle 2012 show. I decided to enter the show last night. The deadline for the show is Friday, March 23. I thought it was today. Even so, my entry is in.

So, I didn't make it into the Ann Arbor Women Artists show at Northville Art House which begins next week. The juror for that show is the same as for this show. Whoa! Anyway, I took a look at Northville Art House's facebook page to see the type of work they display. I tried to match my work with their style. I may not make it into this show, but at least I'm trying to get my work out there...again.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Eureka!! I finally figured out how to add photos to my posts!!! 
Yee haw!!
Now if I could figure out how to wrap text around the photo I would be very gleeful.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Red Show Jackson Michigan

Saturday, March 17, I dropped off an oil pastel painting to the Red Show at Art 634 in Jackson Michigan. I'd left the phone number for the director at work in the email she sent me. I'd forgotten to forward it to myself at home. I was supposed to call her before I dropped my work off to let her know when I'd be by. One of the doors to the Red Show gallery stood open. Several other pieces of artwork were on a table near the center of the room. I placed my 11"x14" piece of art on the table too and hoped the director would find it soon. It was a beautiful day Saturday. I sat outside and waited for her to come by. She did not. But at least I dropped off my work. The Red Show to benefit the Jackson branch of the American Red Cross opens this Thursday at 7 p.m. and runs through Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hopefully this piece will sell. I found out later that day that my two pieces did not make it into the art show at Northville Art House in Northville Michigan. It has been two years since I was brave enough to submit anything into an Ann Arbor Women Artists show...just have to buck it up and watch for other shows in which to sumbit my work whether or not they are accepted or anything sells. :) Bittersweetness, but I'm not colasping, not this time.

Friday, March 16, 2012

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Rewind to Saturday

I met with several Ann Arbor Women Artists at one of the artists' homes in Ann Arbor. We made artist trading cards. I made two. One was a landscape of Lake Michigan, the other was a landscape with a floating apple in the sky. A couple of the other artists told me it reminded them of another artist's work--Renee Magritte. He painted things floating in air. And here I thought this was a new concept. Sigh! So much for being the first person to do this.

At home I looked Renee Magritte up on my computer and took a look at his work. Not much of it impressed me until I found the huge green apple in a room painting. I wanted to create something similar on the blank trading cards I'd brought home from the group.

I created a giant pear in a room and went on to create a giant lemon in a room. I was surprise and impressed with the results. The pear was very fluid-faintly colored. When I drew the lemon, I made a mistake and drew the connecting line into the body of the lemon. I scribbled circles inside the lemon to make it look like I'd meant to overextend the line, then covered it with pastels drawn in circles. The effect was quite nice.

I haven't photographed them yet, but hope to in the near future.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Radio Interview

This morning at 6:10 a.m. the phone woke me up. I'd hit the snooze in hopes of getting another 10 minutes of sleep before the producer of The Take Away on 101.9 out of Detroit called to do a sound check for radio interview at 6:30 a.m. I reached for the cordless phone and tried to sound more awake than I was. "Hello, Greta?" A man's voice sounded on the other end. "Yes, good morning, this is Greta." "This is Blah Blah calling from The Take Away. We're calling to establish a phone connection and to make sure we have a good line." I sat up. "Is this a cell phone or a land line?" "Land line," I said, my voice was deep and raspy--not at all how I wanted to sound on the radio program. "Could I get you to say your name and where you are so we can adjust the sound quality?" "Sure, This is Greta Picklesimer in Jackson Michigan sitting on the edge of my bed." The man laughed.
"Okay, I'll give you a call back in about five minutes and you'll go live in about 10." "Good that will give me time to go brush my teeth. Thank you," I said.
We hung up.

I brushed my teeth quickly, turned on my computer and sat in front of the screen with the phone in my hand. The director called back as planned and again did a sound check. I sounded much more awake this time I was glad to realize. He told me there would be music for a few minutes and then I would be on with Celeste. I didn't get her last name, the show's host. I wasn't nervous. I mean how many people can be up at 6:20 a.m. listening to a talk show about why people love their jobs.

I waited for the host to introduce me, said good morning and then waited for the questions. She asked why I loved my job. I told her because I enjoy helping people, that I had been unemployed for a year and two months and was giving a little back by working at DHS. I told her I had been receiving services before I was hired. There was another person on with us--some guy in Colorado who loved his job too. She cut back and forth between us asking questions about what motivates us to get up and go to work.

The seven minutes the interview took flew by. I was surprised it ended so quickly. I called mom afterward to tell her about it. She answered the phone--her voice full of sleep. We talked for several minutes.

At work, the director of our unit, emailed me "good job on the interview". I was surprised that anyone I knew had been up listening to that station at that moment.

It was a good experience. Too bad I wasn't being interviewed about my art.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Painting during break

I just completed a watercolor and pencil painting of a peach on land during my first break here at work. I enjoyed laying down layers of paint on the watercolor paper I brought from home. Two workers came by to say "hello". I showed them the painting in progress. One said, "That's a nice looking lemon". I fain cried. The other said "it's a ball floating in the ocean". No, no it isn't. It was supposed to be a peach--a giant peach in the forefront on a vibrant green landscape and a lovely blue sky.

When a peach looks like a ball, looks like a lemon and to its creator looks like an orange...no wonder I do abstract and prefer it to any other type of art.

Even so, as I look at this piece I am proud of the progress I am making. I'm trying to paint, I'm working to get better. I'm laying colors down on paper even if they are not perfect representations of the idea I had. I'm doing what most won't. I am creating and whether it is perfect or even good...I'm trying and that feels wonderful.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Other Places to Display Art

This afternoon I was reading on the Ann Arbor Women Artist' website about the various places members can show work. I think it was two years ago that I showed 4-5 pieces at The Women Center on Maple Road in Ann Arbor Michigan. I created the works I showed specifically for that venue. The works were to be happy, uplifting pieces. "Just Over That Hill", which can be seen if you scroll down on the right side of this blog and "When All Else Fails...Hope". Both pieces hang in my living room. The latter hangs over the TV and so is in constant view. I love these pieces. I entered them in the fall of 2009 in the Ann Arbor Women Artists Show at the Ann Arbor District Library. They did not make it into the show. The shock of this slowly wore off. I've been a member of the Ann Arbor Women Artists for the past four years. I haven't entered any shows since my pieces were rejected. I wonder how I'll do if the two I entered for the Northville Art House are rejected.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Happy As a Clam

Today was a great day. I spent time thinking about the art I submitted for the Ann Arbor Women Artists. I really don't care for the oil pastel painting "The Best Laid Plans" because it is muddy and doesn't seem to really be as amazing as I saw it in my mind. Does this ever happen to other artists? Does this ever happen to you? I'd love to read your stories of creative mistakes and the outcome. Who knows if this piece or the other one--"Celestial Lime" will make it into the show. Even so, I tried and today, that's what mattered to me.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Decisions

I know I said I was not going to, but I did. I downloaded two images and mailed a check for $10 to Ann Arbor Women Artists in hopes of being included in the Spring juried show at the Northville Art House in Northville Michigan.

Last night, as I sat watching TV a commercial came on. In the background was a wonderful minimalist abstract painting in faint blues. I don't remember what it was a commercial for but the thought came to me that I needed to show my work more. I looked up Ann Arbor Women Artists online to see when is the deadline for the Northville Art House show. It wasn't until later this month. Yeah! I got to work rephotographing my recent oil pastels "Celestial Lime" and " The Best Laid Plans". After downloading the files onto the Ann Arbor Women Artist's website, I felt a sense of relief. No, I didn't feel the best--over the weekend my sniffles turned into a full blown cold--but I want to show my work whether or not anyone buys it. I just want people to see what I've been doing holed up in my home over recent or not so recent weeks.

The other matter I had to decide as I prepared to submit my work to the show is how much to charge. The frames for these two pieces run around $50 each. I want to encourage buyers of my work. So "Celestial Lime" was priced at $125 and "The Best Laid Plans" was priced at $175 even though Northville Art House will take 35% of all sales. It didn't matter. I want to sell my work. If one or both sold for this I would not have any regrets. My work would be out in the world being enjoyed by another living soul. Isn't that what matters in art? Sharing your feelings through your work for others to enjoy and contemplate? Yes, I think so. Thank you for reading :)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

More Art

A couple weeks ago, I created a couple of paintings I planned to enter in the pop up gallery "Red" benefiting The Jackson Michigan Area Red Cross. I created two new works "Celestial Lime" and "The Best Laid Plans" both are oil pastels. I wanted to show them in the juried shows "Red" and one in Northville with the Ann Arbor Women Artists--I don't remember the name of that one. I would need to take time off of work if accepted into one or both shows to deliver my artwork. So, I did not enter either show.

I emailed one of the Red Show coordinators, Maggie Riggle. I asked, if chosen, could I deliver my work early. She emailed me back and said she would be happy to help by allowing me to deliver my work to her studio at Art 634. She said she would take it to the gallery for me. The deadline for "Red" was Tuesday, Feb. 28. I photographed my work, but didn't download it onto my computer. Tuesday came and went. I wish I felt better so that I would have at least entered the "Red" show. Back in December I has a knee procedure done to clean up a torn meniscus in my right knee. I'm still dealing with pain because both knees have arthritis. The procedure helped, but I still have pain and when I do not feel well I don't move as much. So then, I didn't enter these shows or create art.