EEEK, I just ordered a fancy new sign for my art fair booth! Oh, did I mention I am doing a few art fairs this summer!? I am starting to get excited. I have only done a few fairs, and they have been stressful and a ton of work. But I never did it right. I tried to cut corners, showed up unprepared, and I learned the hard way on a lot of things. I am finally getting a professional set-up and I am going all in, which I think will help the process and sales. More on this later.
I have been feeling under the weather, so, regretfully, I have not been in the studio in a while. I hope to be in the studio soon. I have a lot of new work in my head, I just need to get my hands dirty. I thought I would share some oldies with you in the mean time. Tell me what you think.
I have started a Patreon page, and I am really excited about it! In case you’re wondering, Patreon is a simple way for my fans to contribute to my art practice every month, and get great rewards in return. I have set it up to be a Painting of the Month Club. If you register for the higher tiers, you will receive a painting every month you are registered. You can build a collection of original art that will grow over time. This is a unique way to decorate your life! CHECK IT OUT!
Still confused about Patreon? Check out this video to learn more.
I am part of this amazing group of artists called, PICCOLOs! It is part gallery, part community. The artist Thimgan Hayden found an amazing group to be included in the project. I will be doing an interview / show and tell on the Facebook Group February 12th at 11:00am, so I hope to see some support from friends. Join the group -> HERE
This is my first video! This painting was made with ink, salt, alum, and silver leaf. I love the process of making these pieces, so this is my attempt to share my love of the process. The song is Waltz in A minor by Chopin, performed by Aya Higuchi. It is a special song to me because Chopin is my favorite composer, and I have performed this song at several performances (back in the day). Thank you for viewing. Purchase this work in my gallery.
Here are a few of my new pieces that are waiting to get framed. We cut the maple, now we just have to assemble, varnish, and purchase the glass. It's a long process from start to finish, but at least it is rewarding.
I have been experimenting with alternative materials, and different subject matter. I am breaking from my theme, hoping it will come full circle in the end. I have a lot of ideas but I am still in the phase were I am figuring out how to execute them. It's intimating and exciting. I hope to take some in-progress shots soon. I am also working on a video.
Thank you, as always.
I am really happy with how these turned out. The gilding (silver, gold, and copper leaf) is incredibly hard to capture in a photograph, and these photos do not do any of the pieces justice--but at least you can get an idea. The paintings are rather intricate, and fun to look at up close. The gilding pops from far away, and during different times of day. I love that an artwork can change with time. That seems to be a big part of what I am interested in.
You can purchase these works in my Gallery.
Taking a few minutes to write while my son sleeps (I don't have long!). I have been working on the less fun aspect of running an art studio--managing the business side. I would much rather be in the studio! End of rant.
I uploaded some artwork onto Fine Art America. You can now purchase the work listed, or buy products with my artwork on it. Check it out!
I am sharing this piece because I painted the moth 2 years ago. It sat on my (self proclaimed) "wall of failures", incomplete this whole time until I decided to add the triangle. I have been captivated by impossible shapes ever since I studied Gerhard Richter's Impossible Object series at the Art Institute of Chicago almost 10 years ago. I am happy to be exploring this subject in my own work.
Alright, here we go. I am notoriously inconsistent at Blogging, so I have steered clear of it for the last several years. Now, after reminiscing over my Instagram account and realizing how cool it is to look back and see my progression as an artist, I admit it's time for a more formal way of documenting my life, process, and ideas.
Here are two portraits I made years ago. The subject matter are Armenian women who were kidnapped and displaced during the Armenian Genocide in Turkey in the early 1900's. These women were taken by nomad tribes, and were tattooed on their faces. Later, some were released to their families. My grandmother knew of these women, who were her mother's age.
The portraits were made by degrading an image over and over again, and then scanning the degraded image and piecing it back together again digitally (much like a puzzle). The final product was a hand pulled, 4 color Lithograph made from the digital image.