Wednesday, July 30, 2008
OR, maybe he wouldn't pick one of mine. May-haps I'll just chicken out and take the high road...say I'm not entering out of respect for him. Ha-Ha-Ha...really just afraid I won't show as good as I did last year!
This is why real artists recommend not entering local shows where you are known...as the beginner...as a good winner...and then, nothing! If you enter national competitions and win, everyone knows! If you enter national's and don't, no one has a clue that you even entered.
THEN, you have to look at why enter anything anyway! If your art is selling, do you need a ribbon? In it for the lucrative prizes? I have enough pastels now to last a lifetime. Would be nice to capture a national and have that fleeting recognition in a magazine!
THERE it is then...EGO!
This past week has flown by. I've been in the studio at least 40 hours. kinda like a full time job. Leslie Newman, painting buddy, is a good motivator. I work in the studio an hour or so, go out to the pool and scoop a few leaves, back to the studio...all day. Well, those of you who know me know my 'work day' doesn't start until noon-ish. I do computer work first.
I've also been in the throes of workshop planning (explaining, head counts for kits, helping with accommodations, etc) At least the treasurer is handling the money for this one. Randy and I organized the upcoming Charles Reid workshop and it has been full since last December and doesn't happen until Oct. 5. We took care of the workshop and judge for the Ozark Pastel Society show the week of August 18. Mr. Leslie B. DeMille will be our houseguest (Yeah, I've already warned him that there is no French chef lurking to deliver gourmet meals every day) He may get peanut butter since we will be painting all day while he is here!
Maybe I can call in some barter 'buckx' and get someone to 'cook-off' their account! Hmmm...creative thinking!
Both workshops are on track, and I'm headed to the studio. Actually, planning some major workshops for 2009...maybe I've found a new career...stateside La Bonne Etoile...Triple HAHAHA!
PS: all kidding aside, Mr. Les encourages the public, friends and family to attend the 4 demos at $15 a head. Students will, of course, get first seating, and right to communicate with him. BUT, he is entertainment personified! While he was doing his demo at IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies in Albuerqurque, NM 2007) of Urania Christy Tarbet the founder...in front of 400, He would squint at her, make a mark...turn around and tell a story, then turn back and make a perfect mark that would be her! Fascinating!
Tues, 8-19, 6:30-ish, Demo in pastel from life (model maybe red-headed nephew Josh)
Wed, 8-20, 9:ish, Figurative Demo in pastel with focus on features, materials (from life)
Thurs, 8-21, 9:ish, figuragive Demo in oil from life
Fri, 8-22, 9:ish, Still Life Demo
All demos will be over around noon. We are asking for reservations...location is at Apple Blossom in Rogers, AR, and seating is limited.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The format has been changed to a 3-column to enhance the ads from google on the left hand side, without taking away from the meat of the blog. For those of you who don't already know this, with a Google AdSense account, you can make money (well, cents) per click. SO, I added some YouTube categories as well. We'll see how that works out. I can only control the categories, not the actual videos.
So what was my today like? Limited myself to fixing one element of the new blog design. An hour later had done 3...It's easy to lose me!
Worked a couple hours coordinating our Ozark Pastel Society workshop. It is official...Mr. Leslie B. DeMille will be judging our annual show in August, and is teaching a 3-day workshop here. We had over 13 local artists sign up in one week. His reputation preceeds him! The exact dates are August 20, 21, 22 in Rogers, AR. We are being hosted by Apple Blossom Independent Living Facility, in their fabulous community room. There is still room for additional artists at $335 (includes 3 lunches and model fees). We will announce the times of the demonstrations at a later date...seats are available for non-participants at $15 each.
SO, now to the studio...still no pics to show until after the judging. Working totally in pastel now, looking for the perfect entries. Got leaves out of the pool for awhile for a break.
5:30pm back up and begin working on the blog design again. Hopefully all kinks worked out.
Typical day for me. My last, and continuing huge web project was the Free Electronic Art site I created at the urging of Dustie Meads...it is totally designed around AdSense ads. Between the blog ads, search, and the ClickArtClip site, I'm earning a couple dollars a week! Whoohoo!
I'm in the money!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
#1 nokin: mirror image of nikon...duh. No wonder it is difficult to paint yourself from life from a mirror.
#2 AFTER painting #3 (and #4) trying to get a photo that wouldn't be mirror image. failed experiment...goofy smile.
#3 & 4 The good 'ole college try. framed to look like I am looking out a window. That's why I turned it when photographing so the shadow would be on different side. Can't smile when you are one-eyed squinting. However, I see some things that can definitely be 'improved'!
#5 just for fun, photo of a pencil drawing I did 3 years ago...titled 'Airhead'.
AACKK! Sure wish I had started painting earlier so I'd have some younger self-portrait material! This latest effort is sobering!
Thanks to Leslie Newman, new BFF who suggested we be 'painting buddies' (sorry Les D.)...this experiment might not have happened! We played nice together, each painting on our separate projects. We have plans for frequent sessions...all painters need encouragement to paint. Kinda like walking with a friend...it is not as easy to talk yourself out of it when someone is doing it with you.
I had a meeting today of the NWA Invitational Critique Group (name recently changed from Starving Artists since we are having a joint show at Arts Center of the Ozarks in 2009 and NWAICG sounds better). Our project for the last month was a self-portrait. SOOO...the latest experiment I had put off until the last minute. One thing about a self-portrait...your model is always free and available!
As if painting models from life lately was not enough, let's take it up a notch and do a self-portrait. Funny thing is that an artist is supposed to shut one eye and squint the other when looking at the subject. I tried this a few months ago and painted a wonderful rendition of a one-eyed squinty person! Horrible expression! Then in Theresa's class one day we did a self-portrait session...She worked on mine awhile...and on the way home I wondered to me..."if I was painting me from a mirror and she was painting me from life...did the resulting study end up being two right sides of me or two left sides!
THEN, last night friend and fellow artist, Joann said my new version didn't look like me because it was a mirror image...the image of us we personally are most familiar with...not the one everyone else recognizes. So, how do you set up 2 mirrors, one to capture the mirror image, and the other to flip it...hold a pose...AND paint it!
Did some research online, and found several discussions about Rembrandt's self-portraits...and how he really looked if reversed. http://www.truemirror.com/selfportraits/rembrandt.asp
AND, apparently this company used to manufacture some sort of true image mirror that gave you the view not reversed! gotta have one! SO. BOTTOM LINE. THE LATEST EFFORT IS NOT REALLY ME!
BFF Erika (who is a degreed trained artist with emphasis in portraiture) and I had a discussion today...she tried to take 'representational' photos of me...and wasn't happy with any of them. She decided it would take a video to capture my expressions and personality 'cause I'm never still and serious. Without the eyebrow raising-crossed eye-smirking-smiling-rolling eye-facemaking, I'm difficult to capture.
Maybe with Bozo clown hair (oops, Wesley thinks I should comb my real, everyday hair), and red/white make-up someone could capture the REAL vicki
We will need to investigate this conundrum of mirror image self-portraits in the future! Comments welcome!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Theresa, thanks for getting my attention about the 'pocketbook portfolio'. I went straight home that day and made one! Echo, for insisting that I go back to the car to get it out of my purse, and for encouraging me to show it to Nancy when we were visiting Eurekan Art in Eureka Springs. And last, but not least, Nancy for selecting some of my paintings for your gallery! You all ROCK!