Trying to Keep Up with it All

Well, its been quite a while since my last post, and since then I’ve been very busy, I’ve created a lot of new paintings.  I’ve also been quite busy with the Art Slam Studio, which I told all about in my last two posts, “Slam-Queen of the Mantis Flies Parts ONE and TWO“.

In those posts, I mentioned that the temporary pop-up gallery was going to evolve into a permanent co-op studio gallery, and over the summer, it has been slowly moving in that direction.  The studio will now tentatively be opening on November 1st, for our artists to start working there and keeping regular hours, for our patrons and supporters to see what we’ve done , and for the public to start getting familiar with us and our vision,  but we plan to have our big grand opening event on Black Friday.  That will be the event that we advertise and promote, and where we will really be letting everyone know we are there and open for business.

Of course, all of these dates are tentative, the county has to come and inspect, the fire marshal has to let us know our maximum occupancy, and other details need ironing out.  We are aiming for and hoping for those dates though.

I will be one of the resident artists there.  By that I mean that I will be paying a portion of the rent in exchange for access to workspace whenever I want to paint, (as long as no class is being held at the time), and for a reserved spot on the wall to display and sell my work.  I’ll also be getting the opportunity to teach classes if I choose.  I think I’ll start with “paint along” types of classes, such a sip and paint class, but eventually I’d like to work through more structured curriculum for people who don’t want to just learn how to do one painting, but who want to learn skills and techniques that will let them paint whatever they want to paint, on their own, without having to follow along with someone else.

Along with helping where I can with the work of setting up the studio, I also did an art show over the summer with the studio.  Now I didn’t sell anything at the show, but we used my canopy and display setup, and I had the privilege of seeing fellow artist Colleen Dobbin make her first ever sell.  That is always an exciting event for an artist, and it is quite gratifying to witness as well!

Artist Colleen Dobbin Made her first sell here.
Here is the booth at the Art Show I attended this summer.
Anti bullying benefit art show
The booth where artist Colleen Dobbin made her first sell.

 

Our booth at the art show. Some of artist Chris Mendez's work can be seen here, along with work by other artists.
Our booth at the art show. Some of artist Chris Mendez’s work can be seen here, along with work by other artists.
Another view of our booth at the art show.
Another view of our booth at the art show.

Anyway, I don’t plan to give up this blog though, instead my plan is to start posting more often, and once the studio has wi-fi, I will probably blog from there when I am on staff there.

I am also continuing to build the purchasing section of this website, I have so many paintings and other artworks that haven’t been added yet, but I am trying to focus on adding one each day, five days a week, until I get caught up.

Today I added this one:

 

Hummingbird on a colorful splash pattern background. Hand painted, original Watercolor. Item # HPGC1215
Hummingbird on a colorful splash pattern background. Hand painted, original Watercolor. This is a small artwork, a Frameable watercolor painting, on folded 140lb watercolor paper, so that can double as a greeting card. The painted image on the front is approximately 4”x6”, Item # HPGC1215
This painting can be purchased by clicking RIGHT HERE