Yep, the kids have graduated high school and are off to college. Hubs and I always thought about moving into a work/live property. Well, the time is now. More images can be found on Instagram - CLICK HERE.
I've heard this over and over lately, "stop giving your art away." Why do I do it?
I'm not Ms Moneybags. I wish I were. I'd be a great philanthropist, but I'm not. Yes, I volunteer my time at a local soup kitchen, and I feel lucky if I can give more. If a piece of art can bring in money to help someone in need, how can I not jump at the opportunity?
It's impossible to help everyone, so I've focused on what is most important to me. Growing up, I never went hungry or worried about where I would sleep. My parents were farmers. They struggled like all the other farmers. I remember the many times when mom would come home from the grocery store and dad couldn't understand how she had possibly spent over $100 for a family of six for 2 weeks. Mind you, this would have been in the mid 70's. Years later I learned that they went through some very hard times, but did I ever feel it? No. I was always fed and aways had a warm bed to climb into at night.
Today, children are going hungry without a safe place to sleep. I'm not going to get into the hows and whys, or if their parents are drug addicts, etc. I'm focused on the children. Near and dear to my heart is Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton. There mission is to work in partnership with people from all walks of life to develop communities with people in need by building, renovating, and remodeling houses so that there are decent and affordable homes in safe communities where families can live and grow.
Habitat works with families and teaches them how to save for home ownership. They teach them how to build a home. These families put in the time to own their own home. It's truly "a community barn building."
Yet, I'm still told to stop giving my artwork away for free. It devalues it. I understand, and I'm sorry, but please understand that I will only give it to those that I know can use it - to those that are reputable and to those that show how they use their funds.
Yes, I would never expect an architect to draw plans and only be paid if the client likes or decides to use their plans. I would never design a logo on spec. Or what about a magazine telling a writer that you are getting payment through "prestige and exposure." I get it. Everyone needs to be paid.
The last thing in the world that I want is my artwork to be devalued because it's just craft. Seriously, don't every tell an artist that you love how crafty they are... Art is not a hobby. It's a profession like all else.
Yes, art has real value. So if you have the opportunity to win a piece of art in an auction, that's great, but please continue to go out and buy real art from real artists. That stuff that you see at Target, TJ Maxx, Walmart - it's not REAL ART.
It looks like tickets to the event or still available. CLICK HERE
If you can't attend, the Habitat auction is live. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE AUCTION ITEMS AND TO BID.
Green Craspedia Blue Field #2, 12" x 12"
It's hard to believe that last year at this time I was still making changes to the design of the White-Allen Mural. Let me show you were we started in December of 2015 and I'll take you thru the various iterations.
Guess who is in the next issue of Studio Visit? Studio Visit is a series of juried artist books. Since 2008 they have offered artists a venue to introduce their work to a serious national audience of art world professionals.
Studio Visit received 782 applicants for Volume 36. 133 artists were selected from juror Jessica Roscio, Curator at the Danforth Art Museum in Framingham, MA. The Danforth has always had a strong commitment to education, and consistently mounts thoughtful exhibitions, many of which have given significant exposer to New England area artists. Roscio has been at the Danforth since 2011 and became Curator in mid-2015.
Studio Visit is received by two thousand curators and gallerists throughout the country as well as a growing base of collectors and enthusiasts.
Click on the cover image above to view the magazine..
The weather looks great this week. I'm predicting completion of this side by the end of the week. Remember the painting of the north side will not begin until early spring of 2017. I will share the design once the approval is given!! #seetheusainyourchevrolet
Wow, where did those extra 80 lbs. come from? I know exactly where they came from - I blame the children. And, besides it's a rhetorical question.
Thank you to The Art Show, Dayton, OH - ThinkTV Channel 16 for the beautiful segment. It was truly a pleasure learning the process of an interview from a more than professional group of amazing individuals.
Mark your calendars for a wonderful evening event and the best place to shop for the holidays. Get Your TICKETS NOW. If you are unable to attend the Preview Party don't worry. DVAC's Holiday Gift Gallery is open beginning November 20th, Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. I have 12 small paintings available for purchase.
Today at 4:00 a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held downtown at Riverscape to mark the completion of the River Run Mural. Jim Bucher will be at the Pavillion leading the countdown.
The River Run mural design was created on the computer via Adobe Illustrator. When looking at the screen for a long period of time, I was unable to get an accurate feel for how the actual paint would appear on the concrete wall. There are 2 areas of the design that the green does not "pop" from the blue background. Below is the first example:
The painters at K12 have been amazing, and are moving along more quickly than imagined. It's mainly because of how well they set-up their process to paint. They went in and painted the background and overpainted the individual design elements via projection. Below are a few photos that Tracy, the head painter, sent over this past weekend.
The Wegerzyn Gardens Foundation is hosting their Annual Garden Party this Thursday. Tickets are still available, but hurry: http://www.wegerzyngardensfoundation.org/garden-party.html
I was asked to donate a painting for their silent auction. Please go and bid on Garden Dance, and take her home!!
Check it out. It's Veronica on the cover of the Sinclair Community College literary journal, Flights.
It's always important to remember the difference between raster and vector, as well as, screen resolution (72 dpi) and print resolution (300 dpi).
A raster is an image made of hundreds (or thousands or millions) of pixels. When enlarging a raster file it will become blurry. Popular raster extensions include: jpg/jpeg, psd, png, tiff, bmp, and gif.
A vector image uses math to draw shapes using points, lines and curves. So whereas a raster image of a 1” x 1” square at 300 dpi will have 300 individuals pieces of information, a vector image will only contain four points, one for each corner; the computer will use math to “connect the dots” and fill in all of the missing information. Meaning a vector image is infinitely scalable. Most common vector extensions are: eps, ai, and pdf.
Now to make it easy to understand the difference between screen resolution (72 dpi) and print resolution (300 dpi), don't ever pull an image off of a computer screen and think it will print well. You must have a high-resolution source file. If you're not sure, ask your commercial printer.
Tracy Jayne, the head painter, sent this update this afternoon. They are on a roll. Only 900 ft. to go:)
Last night K12/TEJAS began projecting the design on to the wall with a digital projector. There is no electric source and so they have to rely on a generator.
I promised to show updates on the mural. K12/TEJAS has official started priming, projecting, and painting the mural. I was on-site with Jerri and BK to see how it's going. Tonight they will be projecting the art on the wall. I'll share more photos soon.
Visit often and I'll keep you posted on the progress of the River Mural