What a year 2012 was! I was so busy; busy creating a space to paint and giving myself time to do what I love. It’s very hard to juggle working a full time job, having a family and painting. Luckily I have a studio in the back of my house which allows me more freedom to work on my art and spend time with my family. I also spent a lot of time planning.
“Plans are Nothing, Planning is Everything.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
I spent a lot of time before each show planning; planning what I was going to paint, actually painting, figuring out where the paintings would hang on the wall and how I was going to promote my show. My first show really was exciting, it was a group show at a gallery in San Francisco called 4N5, it was a huge space so I really needed to work out how my Encaustic Paintings were going to look on the walls. For this show I already had a large body of work so planning what to paint was removed from the equation. The show was a success and this is the only painting left that didn’t sell. It is titled “From the Safety of Paris.
My Second show was in downtown San Francisco put on by the San Francisco Arts Council and was very “urban” I had some really fun times in this show. The council shut down 2 street blocks and the invited artists hung their work in store fronts. It was a lot of fun; there were street performers, trucks with mobile art for everyone to participate and lots of media. I planned how to promoted this show and sent out postcards, posted an event on facebook and word of mouth. I didn’t realize how much word of mouth really works. My planning for this event worked really well too. I only had a few paintings left after this show.
My 3rd show was also downtown San Francisco and was sponsored by the Urban Solutions San Francisco. It was an art walk and really fun. I had put up a bunch of paintings in this really awesome pizza place with bright yellow walls. It was fun. I got my name in the San Francisco Chronicle paper and sold a few paintings. The planning I did for this show really paid off. This is the article in the SFGATE which is the on-line newspaper.
The rest of the shows during the year were also about planning, and the most unexpected wonderful thing that happened was all the great people I met during this past year. I made me realize how important getting yourself out there and meeting people really is. I loved it and it made me feel so wonderful to have met and created friendships with people I met during 2012. I am working and planning what I want for my life and for my art in 2013, pay close attention it’s going to be amazing!
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!
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.
SEE YOU THERE!
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!
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 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.
The picture below is from my last show.
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.
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.
I was told by a friend of mine that any reputable art gallery won’t show your work unless you can show them you can do 50 paintings a year. Well, I took that as a personal challenge – to do better than that; I am trying to do 50 paintings in 6 months.
I have been writing this blog for 3 months now and went into my studio today and counted all my paintings to make sure I was still on track. I counted 32 paintings so I am ahead of schedule and pretty happy with the way things are going.
I have been putting myself out there, talking to people, owners of galleries and doing what I can do put myself and my art out into the world. I started an Etsy store and have been working really hard to promote myself and my art and have sold 3 paintings from the store. If you would like to see what I have in my Etsy Store please visit it:
There has been two results of my personal challenge; one I knew would happen which is producing a large body of work to show to galleries and put my paintings in a show. The second side effect of my personal challenge came out of the blue – I feel better about myself, I am happy in my life, I feel calm, complete and joyous every day I wake up and think about what I am going to paint today. What a wonderful side effect!
What is my wish? My wish for myself – to find the perfect match for my paintings in a gallery – for people to be moved by my paintings and to be able to continue my passion.