Saturday, July 23, 2016

Discovering Art Blogs on the Net

I find seeing other artists' work very inspiring.  If I am on an artist's website and see they belong to galleries I check out their galleries to enjoy not only the artist's work but all of the artists at that gallery.  I don't surf the web looking for artists as much as I used to, but still enjoy it when I have time.   

I also love to discover art blogs, but how do you find artists' blog you don't know?  

I notice the "Next Blog" at the top of my page and other art blogs I follow.  One day I decided to click on it to see what happened.  What I found is the next 3-4 blogs are usually other artists!  Sometimes even more.  The blog czar constantly changes who is up next.  I enjoy 'next blog' surfing and keep clicking forward until the blogs are no longer about art.  Interestingly, if you go back to the original blog and start over you will see all new art blogs!  

If you find a blog you like or want to follow make a note of the person's name.  Better yet, copy the IP address, otherwise you probably won't be able to find it again even hitting the back button.  

Give it a try... but I must warn you, it can be addictive! 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

"Walk With Me" Show Poster

I cannot believe that I hang my show next week!  For me, one of these shows is like planning a wedding.  You work hard for what seems like forever and the day comes and its over in a flash.  

Why a show Poster?  While the Loft Gallery, Art Center, and studios take up the entire top floor of a block in Occoquan. VA, we don't have a street level display window.  So we hang a framed show poster outside the front door.  Jan Moffatt designed our posters for all of us for many, many years.  She just retired and Janet Flickinger has taken over as our new poster designer.  Poor Janet.  One of her first clients and I had a heck of a time deciding between 2 designs.  
Which one would you have picked?  I took a poll with family and friends and got lots of great feedback on the reasons to use or not to use on each poster... what I found interesting is it was a split decision, pretty much 50/50.  So my choice was BOTH!  The one with the tabby is the large poster that will hang outside the gallery and I have a smaller poster with the black cat ("Coffee NOW") for my studio. 

(FYI: If you are designing a poster for an event, Jan discovered a few years back that Costco prints posters.  They look good and better yet are great prices AND you can get them in a number of sizes.  If you don't have access to Costco, I think Walmart and other stores with photo services make them too.)  

Show dates: June 7th - July 3rd 
Meet-The-Artist Reception
Saturday, June 11th, 1PM-4PM

Saturday, April 30, 2016

"Walk With Me" - My next show

Its always hard to decide what paintings to choice for a show postcard.  Usually, you have a least a couple of favorites.  You feel bad for them when they don't get chosen.   I started painting in January for my show in June and when asking a friend for help in choosing the painting for the cover, it was just brought to my attention that some of my paintings have people wearing coats.  Perfectly normal in January but maybe not for the June postcard.  I hadn't even noticed!  
I will admit there is nothing like ordering postcards for your show that makes it start to feel like it’s right around the corner.   I’m going through my check list (I do love those check lists!) of things that need to be done about 6 weeks out.   June seems so far away, but right around the corner.  So the stress and the excitement of having a solo show are building...

Original oil Paintings

Dates of Show: Tuesday June 7- Sunday, July 3, 2016. 

Meet-The-Artist Reception
Date and Time:  Saturday, June 11, 2016; 1PM-4PM