I am having a show and nobody knows

There is an open studio happening on December 15th & 16th and nobody knows. I have  a friend who invited me to join him for his open studio and I accepted. He is an awesome ceramic artist and owns a ceramic studio in San Francisco. The studio/classroom space is called The Clay Underground and it’s a beautiful space. It is located in the heart of the tenderloin on 187 Eddy Street between Taylor and Mason. It is in the basement of this old building and is fantastic.

My friend Kevin has really fixed it up and it has a bunch of studio spaces along with area for teaching and classes. I have shared a link below for the spaces that he has on offer. There are still studio spaces available for all artists, not just ceramic artists. I know there is a painter that is renting a space there too.

This place is so beautiful, my friend has done such a great job!

Studio Tour

Please join me in the Open Studio December 15 & 16; I will have my encaustic paintings hanging in this lovely gallery. Please stop by between the hours of 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Events

SEE YOU THERE!

Shop for the Holidays while Supporting Local Artists

Participation in a local Holiday Sale in Point Richmond, California, will be fun, exciting and impactful. Whether you’ll be shopping for the holidays, getting out and seeing some great art or just spending some quality time with your loved ones – what ever reason you have for coming to the Arts of Point Richmond Holiday Sale, YOU can make a difference.

Shopping locally and supporting artists has more of an impact on lives than shopping at Target, Walmart or any of the big box stores. Make a commitment to help the people in your area before making the fat cats fatter. Isn’t that what the holidays are about? What a wonderful way to support your local artists and get your holiday shopping done all in one fell swoop.

There will be all different types of art being offered by talented artists – myself included.  The participating artists will be selling their cards, stationery, jewelry, metal work, ceramics;  I will be selling my handmade books, stationery and a few Encaustic Paintings.

Arts of Point Richmond Holiday Show is on Saturday, December 8, 2012. It will be held at the Point Richmond Community Center, 139 Washington Street, Point Richmond, California. The hours of the show will be from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. It’s FREE, and there will be coffee, hot spiced cider and cookies.

I look forward to seeing you there!

I am FAMOUS!

Well, semi- famous, I got mentioned in the SF Chronical’s SF Gate. I had a show 2 weeks ago with support of Urban Solutions, San Francisco Arts Commision and 2 Blocks of Art. It was fantastic show, I sold 3 paintings, did 2 interviews, got invited to a friend’s Open Studio in December and made some dough. I couldn’t have asked for more.

I am working on 4 new paintings right now and will be showing them along with some of my past work at the Open Studio, December 15th and 16th and my friends Studio/Gallery. It is called The Clay Underground. Here is the link to my   friends place. http://www.theclayunderground.com/

Here’s the link to the article in the SF Gate: http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/The-stroll-that-became-a-headlong-run-3972369.php

Here is the link to my etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/RavensNestArt

 

 

My last 2 months

My last two months have been so busy with shows that I haven’t had time to do anything but paint and prepare for upcoming shows. I have sold a lot of work….yay me…..had a few live  interviews and really felt like an artist. I will be working for the next two months for another Open Studio that I was invited to participate. I am so thrilled at how these past few months have turned out that I know I traveling in the right direction.

I will be sharing my new larger work on this blog in the next few weeks. I have decided that my work is too small. I need to increase the size so I bought boards that are the largest I have ever worked on and have started 2 of them and feel so great about it.  They are 24″ x 24″ and 24″ x 48″….. I can’t wait to share them with you.

One of the new techniques I have been working on is how to get the most texture I can out of the hot wax. I have been trying to put art materials together that don’t normally “go together” and using them to benefit me and what my vision is.

I will be sharing with you some samples coming soon. If you would like to see what else I have been up to please visit my etsy store.

http://www.etsy.come/store/RavensNestArt

The picture below is from my last show.

Selling my ART at Mulford Gardens Art & Music Festival

I am very proud to announce that I will have a 10’x10′ area with 3 tables, a tent and loads of art for sale at Mulford Gardens Art & Music Festival on September 29th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Entrance is FREE and there will be some really fantastic musical bands – awesome food and really amazing ART!

My friend Karyn Crisis will be bringing some prints of her paintings to sell also  – so come early so you don’t miss out! Her stuff is so wonderful; you’d be very lucky to be able to pick up one of her giclée prints at this festival.

Here are some of the items I will have for sale – I have made the exclusively for this festival. If you can’t make it to the festival, what I have (if anything) left over will be for sale in my etsy shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop/RavensNestArt.

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New Encaustic Techniques

I am trying out some new encaustic techniques this week and I have been having a blast. I have been given over the years pan pastels and regular pastels and I wanted to see what would happen if I used them with hot wax. This is not something the “teachers” ever recommend so I TOTALLY had to try it.

For my first technique was to lay some wax down on a clay board. After the wax cooled, I applied the pan pastels with a foam brush and a triangle of foam that is the same as a make-up applicator that you can purchase at any drug store for cheap. After laying down a bunch of pastel on top of the wax I laid down another layer of wax on top and when I was fusing the wax I got the coolest texture. Check it out!

I then painted my raven on top of the fused wax and this is the finished painting. I used extra damar in my black and indigo wax to get a high gloss as well as a thicker wax and was able to get really good height on my bird.

I did this a couple of times just so I could see what the different colors of pan pastels would look like with the wax. The 2 paintings shown above that are the completed paintings after I used technique I spoke about.

I then decided that I would like to try using pastels directly on the board under the first layers of hot wax. This is the image of the pre-wax pastels.

For this board, I decided to use some inexpensive pastel sticks that I had laying around that are super hard and crushed them up in my mortar & pestle and then applied them with the foam triangle as well my gloved hands. Below are the samples of pastels and the mortar & pestle.

It looked cool but it just looked like color pigment under wax so I needed to push it further. I added more pastel on top of what I had already done. I put white pastel on top of the yellow moon and different colors of blue around the moon and then put another layer of wax on top of that. And this is how it turned out. I will be painting some images over this base layer but was really excited about this new technique that I wanted to share it with you.

Preparing for Shows – September & October

My last post I talked about thinking like an artist. Well, I have been living the life of an artist which includes NOT being on the computer, that is why it’s been awhile since my last post. I have been trying to get my art out there into the world. I have applied to be in a book, I applied for a juried encaustic show in New Mexico. I should hear back from both of them by the middle of September.  I am feeling pretty good and no matter what happens, whether I get in the book or in the show it will be okay. I am trying, I am working to become a true artist and I feel my art is good enough for all those things and more! I know it’s just a matter of time before other people know it.

Recently I was asked to participate in an art walk put on by Urban Solutions SF, a non-profit organization here in San Francisco. I will be participating September 28th  as well as October. It is very exciting because it will be 2 blocks of art with live music and art at every turn. The Central Market area of San Francisco is an up and coming art mecca and I am proud to be a part of the new growth. I am really looking forward to have a show with all my art and talk to the people in the neighborhood. I want to do what ever it takes to put myself and my art out into the world.

I will also be participating in the Mulford Gardens Art & Music Festival, September 29, 2012. It is located in San Leandro, California and will be from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. I have been making a lot of handmade note cards,  handmade journals and handmade address books for this festival.  I will be selling a lot of other goodies that I have put together for this show along with all my art.

Here is a slide show of some of the stationery sets and handmade journals I will be selling at this festival. I hope you all come out, it should be quite fun.

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Encaustic Painting Diptychs

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I have always loved painting with multiple panels. Whether it is with oil or encaustic. I love being able to bring the viewer from one side to the other with my painting. It feels more complete to me; maybe it’s because I have had 2 families –  growing up with an adopted family and as an adult meeting my birth family. I think in twos….two mothers, two fathers, two families etc.

I also love layers; when I was growing up I would always look into other homes, through windows to see if that was my birth family. I think being able to see through to another world is one of the reasons I love encaustic painting so much.  The wax is the window and even though it may be distorted; if you look close enough you can see what lays beneath. You don’t always see everything but you usually get the feeling of what is there. If you look closely to my work you will see what lays beneath. Have a look!

You can also see what else I have been up to at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/RavensNestArt

 

Getting ready for the World

I feel like I have been at this for a long time and yet I still get freaked out when thinking about preparing for a show. My head plays all kinds of games: is anyone going to come? Are they going to like it? Will anyone buy my paintings? Will they think they are original and will they get it?

The list goes on and on, but I have to stop and listen to my heart. I am doing this because I love to paint. I want to share what I love with the rest of the world. Yes, I want people to come to my shows. Yes, I want people to buy my work (they already have). Yes, they are original and people so get it. I have to keep remembering that people like my work; they have actually said so – to my face.

Working with Encaustic is very difficult for me, coming from an oil painting background and having control over the paint to using wax, heating it up and feeling totally out of control really has been a learning experience for me. Sometimes I love the outcome and sometimes I think – what the hell just happened? Is is good? Do I like what happened? Should I just leave it? Should I throw it away? I have done both in the past and feel fine about the decisions I made about each one.

While trying to get ready for the last show, I was frantically trying to make sure everything was perfect. Well, being that I am human I forgot that I needed to put signs up for the titles and the prices but what happened was in the last minute I came up with a great idea and people like it.

I have to remember that I may not always be prepared, I may not please everyone but as long as my work makes me happy and brings me joy all the other stuff will come. People who matter will eventually see my work, I will start to remember all the things I need to have a successful show, I will sell my work and my life will be great! If I can stay positive and keep putting out into the world my work, great things will happen. I had 7 pieces in the last show and I would like to share them with you.

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Pancakes and Booze Show

Hey everyone, I am going to have 7 of my encaustic paintings in a show coming up next weekend. June 15th and 16th at a Gallery called

Gallery 4N5 and Wine Bar

It is in the South of Maket area near the SF MOMA and it’s going to be a hoot! I am posting the video of the last show they had in Los Angeles….

If you are in the neighborhood, swing by and get some FREE pancakes and drink some BOOZE!

Check out the video below! I hope to see you there!

http://vimeo.com/14915703