Great venues often bring sales, but that is not always the ONLY reason they are great. I love showing at the Jewish Community Alliance here in Jacksonville because so many people come through to SEE the art. My business name “Shared Visions Art” is not just a name but a vision in itself. My goal is to SHARE. Don’t get me wrong, I love selling my art, but the key is to have it viewed, to inspire people, and conversations. I am thrilled when someone likes/loves a piece enough to bring it home with them. So I was very pleased to learn at the end of the FCPAP show at JCA, that I had sold my “I’ve Got the Junk Yard Blues”. I found out from some fellow artists that the gentleman who purchased it had recently had a stroke and was, I guess feeling a bit “junky”. He said he planned to encased it in glass an have it resting on his casket with the new title of “Last Ride”. Good for you, I say! Leave them laughing.
A virus, a fever, a fervor. That thing when you can’t sleep because creative ideas keep popping into your head. That thing when you can’t sleep because you HAVE to go to the Studio and paint, or paste, or carve, or whatever it is the fever calls you to do. Last night, I was in the Studio until 3:30 working on 4 different pieces. A watercolor, and 3 mixed media pieces.
I love nocturnes. I purchase them as well as paint them. I have one by Randy Pitts, Debbie Cusick, Cynthia Csalovszki (actually maybe two), Hall Groat II, and several of my own. Our FCPAP (First Coast Plein Air Painters) scheduled a paint out for last night. It was so much fun. The weather was beautiful, the location (San Marco, in Jacksonville Fl) had tons of paintings waiting to be plucked from it and the energy of the area was fabulous. I didn’t finish my piece but will go back to do so next week some time. It is always great to paint with this varied group. There were 5 of us there. I was the only one doing watercolor last night. Admittedly, I had little faith in myself, but was determined to enjoy myself regardless of a success or failure at the end. I think this freed me and helped me relax into the task.
I don’t think any one was disappointed with the workshop today, even if they may Not have been completely happy with some of their work (like me). Anna is so good at pin pointing what improvements could be made. It’s a shame I can’t show any of the successes in a show. Here are my creations for the day. The first 3 are small (8×10) exercises in depicting emotion, the next is a large canvas piece (can you locals guess what it is?), and the last one is a 12×16. Many will guess that it is ocean but it is actually a glacier. It along, with a couple of the smalls needs some work. See others work here.
“Peace” “Anticipation” “Rage (3)”
I’ve spent the day looking through various photo albums on my iPad in preparation for a workshop tomorrow. It has made me so so so excited about “Immersion in Abstract Painting” by Anna Miller at the Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra. She suggested for us to gather names of abstract artist whom whose work we enjoy and to bring examples. For me this starts at JW Turner, then to some Bahaus members like Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, as well as Odilon Redona, Dali and Frantisek Kupka. After that many from the 1950s-80s. Sonia Delaunay, Richard Diebenkorn, Arther Dove, Hans Hoffman, David Hockney, Judy Chicago, Georgia O’keefe, Richard Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko. As for current artists… sadly I have a gap in my knowledge from the 90s – now. I do love Joan Fullerton, Nancy Eckels, and Carole Frye and others whose work I have pinned, but whose names I have not retained.
I have taken a workshop from Anna before and she is an excellent teacher. My ability with abstracts was much improved after it. I look forward to expanding and further honing those skills in this workshop.
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