Sunday, December 9, 2018

A Synopsis...

A Synopsis of the History of Each



Monday, November 26, 2018

Link Love: November

NOVEMBER

So many links. So little time. Once a month I am going to share links to articles, artists, websites, social media feeds, artwork, events, books, etc. that I have come across and connected with. Click on through and prepare to be inspired. And if you missed any months, click here.


Bet you haven't heard of most of them

Beyond inspired by their IG feed

Andy would be 90 this month. Take a tour of his old NYC haunts

Blown away by her portraits

Sage words from Kristin Reese Williams

Why Japan is still so attached to paper

This book looks interesting 


(photo credit - when listed - found in original link)

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Video Workshops


My video workshop downloads are half price for the holiday weekend workshop at Interweave.


Since I rarely do traditional online classes, this is one way to learn my techniques if you are unable to take my classes in person.


Oh and while you are saving money, the sale on all my products in my online shop continues through end of day Monday. Use code CYBER20 to get 20% off everything except original art (while supplies last).                                                         

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Cyber Sale

It's on...

Head to my online shop and use code CYBER20 for the discount. 
(if you are international, email me your list of items and I will email your total minus discount plus shipping along with a PayPal request)

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Mixed-Media Artist: 5 years old

Five years ago today, North Light Books released my second book The Mixed-Media Artist


It is hard for me to believe that 5 years has passed since this hit the shelves. Writing and publishing a book is a surreal experience that has included so many highlights for me: signing the book contract, holding the completed book in my hands for the first time, seeing the book on the shelves of book stores, and receiving positive feedback from readers. On the flip side, tracking sales and amazon reviews can sometimes be daunting. All part of the deal.

For those of you who are not familiar with my book, it highlights the artwork and creative process of over 40 all-star artists. This is not a traditional how-to book, but rather a journey through the personal inspirations, motivations and creative perspectives of the artist.

Inside its pages you will find:

ART

Juana Almaguer: Finding Balance. The face I show the world is incomplete, ill-formed, vulnerable and changing. Through my art, the world becomes less random, more fixed and cold, but reliable...very reliable. And to the world alone I show my face and find balance.

Juliana Coles: Self-Portrait with Love. As an artist there are so many things I look at in this piece that I feel I should do better - especially if I want to impress my audience. But I don't want to impress you with how good I am; I want to impress you with my bravery; I want to impress you with my ability to talk about the hard things and find my way through it. I think people will like me better if I make something pretty or "whimsical," but I can't. Please don't look away because I have something important to say. I'm talking to you: the woman like me who needs me to tell it like it is because she doesn't have the tools to articulate it. She doesn't have the words or the images to express it, but she knows what I am talking about. I am talking to you and your wound. You are not alone.

Anca Gray: Crash Course in Thoracic Surgery. The bits and pieces will fit. Take great care not to lose even one, torn and bruised as they may be. Hold them up to the sun, one by one, while whistling a familiar tune. As far as the mending itself goes, use what you have on hand, It will do. Pause often for tea breaks. In time, healing is sure to take its course. Eventually, a new song will bloom, just below the surface.

QUESTIONS and ANSWERS

What do you do to make sure you are always growing artistically?

Keep my eyes wide open. Cultivate an attitude of curiosity. Believe in the possibilities of amazing things I have not yet personally experienced. Study, learn and try to understand the things I see around me. Look through the eyes of another. Practice spontaneity. --Tracy Verdugo

What is the one thing you dislike the most about the art world?

I don't love the fact that I basically have to sell myself in order to sell my work. Consumers seem to buy into the personality of the artist as much as the work. I'm a bit of an introvert. I'd rather just sit in my studio and create. -- Jason Twiggy Lott

What has been the most uplifting and/or devastating reaction of someone to your work?

In one show, I had an artist statement hanging in two parts. Ones side started with the word "lie" and spoke of the lies we believe about ourselves. The other side started with the word "truth" and spoke of the intrinsic worth of our experiences. One couple held their little girl and read the truth statement out loud to her. It moved me to tears and still does when I think of it. -- Crystal Neubauer

TIPS and TRICKS

Making an image transfer onto encaustic -- Supria Karmakar

Creating layered backgrounds with gesso and glazes -- Seth Apter

Using monoprinting leftovers for ATCs -- Marit Barentsen

ARTIST PROFILES

A motto I live my artistic life by: "You must make an effort to put something in motion" -- Jeane Myers

3 things I am inspired by: The tin box in the movie Amelie, the way that shadows dance, the caramel aroma of fallen leaves in October -- Elizabeth Bunsen

4 things on my studio table: buckets of rusted crews and washers, a pile of sticks, wire, reference books -- Geoffrey Gorman

BLOG SURVEY RESULTS

Have you ever purposely withheld info from another artist to keep your process private?

Absolutely not. I am happy to share...50%
This has never come up for me yet...18%
I will only do this with certain, specific people...17%
I have done this on occasion...14%
I almost never share my process...1%

Do you have trouble identifying you artistic style?

Yes. Although I know it intuitively, I have a hard time describing it...33%
No, even though my artistic style changes all the time...26%
Yes, I find this very difficult to do...24%
No. I have a very clear understanding of my artistic style...17%

Do you have an updated artist statement?

No, I have not written an artist statement...41%
Yes, I have an updated artist statement that I use...36%
I have written an artist statement, but it is out of date and may not reflect where I am now...23%

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

TOAF: The Abstracts


I am working in series for many of the pieces I am presenting for this first time at The Other Art Fair opening 11/8 in Brooklyn. In an earlier post, I highlighted my collage work created in series on sheet film holders from vintage cameras. Like most of my work, it includes many, many layers of both paper, thread, and metal (and other) embellishments.

But I also like to paint - and leave it at that. So for the fair I created a series of seven, small,  abstract pieces on 5" x 5" x 1.5" wood panels. The series is called Tangled up in Blue


I will admit that when completed, I was drawn to add marks, collage and perhaps even found objects. But I love the simplicity and elegance of these pieces as is and find new details in them every time I look.

SOULS IN MY MIND -sold

ECLIPSED

IN THE DISTANCE

RUNNING WATER

CLIOUDY MORNINGS

A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING

MAIDEN VOYAGE - sold

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The fair, presented by Saatchi Art, runs from 11/8 to 11/11 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. 130 juried artists are included in the show and I will be there in Booth 20 for the entire exhibition. 

TOAF opens Thursday night 11/8 from 6pm to 10pm with a private view party. The exhibition continues on Friday 11/9 from 3pm to 10pm, Saturday 11/10 from 12pm to 9pm, and Sunday 11/11 from 11am to 6pm. If you would like to attend the VIP opening on Thursday night, please email me at shap97@gmail.com for complimentary tickets. If you would like complimentary tickets to attend the fair Friday through Sunday, click here and use code ARTIST.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

TOAF: The Collages


With just four days to go until the opening of The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn, I am still making art. The fair, presented by Saatchi Art, runs from 11/8 to 11/11 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. 130 juried artists are included in the show and I will be there in Booth 20 for the entire exhibition. 

I am including both new art and reworked pieces. One of may favorite series debuting at the fair is a collage series, created on sheet film holders from vintage cameras. I love how they have a built in hook at the top so they can hang as is. Although you cannot tell by the photos, some of the pieces have "flaps" that lift up revealing other collage material and text.

I  have 11 works completed...but may have 1 or 2 more by the time the fair begins.

CENTRAL STATION - sold

DREAMER - sold

FLOAT - sold

FRAGMENTS - sold

EXPEDITE - sold

IRON MOUNTAIN - sold

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT - sold

SNOW DRIFT
 

JOURNEY HOME - sold

WELL RED - sold

WHAT ONCE WAS - sold

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The fair opens Thursday night 11/8 from 6pm to 10pm with a private view party. The exhibition continues on Friday 11/9 from 3pm to 10pm, Saturday 11/10 from 12pm to 9pm, and Sunday 11/11 from 11am to 6pm. If you would like to attend the VIP opening on Thursday night, please email me at shap97@gmail.com for complimentary tickets. If you would like complimentary tickets to attend the fair Friday through Sunday, click here and use code ARTIST.