What’s next?

After the Jackalope Art fair was finished, I got a lot of people asking, “so what’s next?” Good question.  Even though the first show went really well, I’m still really nervous about putting myself out there. It’s a big investment both emotionally and financially. But as I sit here typing this, I have 4 applications for art shows and art residencies in the works. Whether or not I actually send out the applications and their fees is another story.

In addition to potentially participating in summer art fairs, I’m also working on setting up an etsy account to make it easier for people to purchase prints/paintings. Once that account is up and running I will spread the good news.

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2nd day of Jackalope with my biggest cheerleader/booth engineer

Resolution Bowl. 2017

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Resolution Bowl. 2017. Acrylic on canvas. 8×10

The best part about the Jackalope Art fair was the feedback I got from people. I got a lot of great responses for all of my work, but the pieces that people liked the most (and that sold best) were my black and white mountain paintings/prints. That made me incredibly happy.  My black and white mountains have really been my true style, but I began to doubt if people would be receptive to these pieces.  After seeing that strangers actually do really like my mountains, I can get back to working more on these pieces in the new year. It was almost fitting that the first painting I completed in 2017 is of Resolution Bowl at Copper Mountain.

Time to go on even more trips to the mountains!

Hand Painted Ornaments

In the months leading up the Jackalope Art Fair, I worked on an array of ornaments to sell. Below are samples (not all) of the ornaments that I sold at the fair. Ornaments were a hit since it was the holiday season, they were cheaper price points, and each was hand painted originals.

The Square ornaments were painted canvas superglued to little wooden polaroid-looking frames. I then used holiday washi tape to cover the backs. I think they turned out really well, but probably should have reinforced the tape with superglue as well.

Can’t wait to work on more ornaments for next Christmas!

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2.5×3 canvas ornaments

The wooden round ornaments were directly painted on with a label, year, and signature on the back.

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round wood ornaments

Upcoming Art Show: Jackalope Denver

December 10-11th from 10am to 5pm I will be manning my very first art booth! I was accepted to participate in the Jackalope Denver Art Fair. I’m really excited about this event as it should be a really great place to find unique gift ideas and best of all, it’s free! You can find out more information, including info on all participating artisans (myself included), at http://www.jackalopeartfair.com/denver.

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It’s less than a month away from the show and I still have so much to do! Most of my ducks are starting to fall into line, but I still have my biggest project to figure out and complete; building my booth. Since it’s my first show I decided to rent the cheapest spot available, however that only leaves me 6×6 ft to work with so I’ll have to get creative. Luckily I’m dating an engineer so he’s decided to make this task his special project. Bless him. Meanwhile, I’ll pour myself more coffee and get back to painting.

Wish me luck and I hope to see you there! Look for me on the 3rd floor, booth 106.

Getting My Business Going

I have enjoyed painting for myself, for friends, and for family, but since I was a little kid I wanted to be an artist. That career choice was beat out of me at an early age. But recently I have started to think that maybe “being an artist” could be more than just a hobby. Maybe, if I am lucky enough, my work could be seen somewhere other than my apartment and be seen by someone other than my friends.

Moral of today’s story: I’ve decided to buckle down and focus on building up the business side of my art. I did not get an MBA so this part does not come naturally to me. Honestly, this is the part I REALLY struggle with and is the reason painting has only been a hobby up until now. Luckily, my boyfriend and my equally-artistic best friend have been extremely supportive (and at times, I think, delusional) of my new plan. Without these two’s encouragement (and the support of other amazing people I know in CO), I doubt I’d be heading down this scary path.

I may not be moving at lightning speed, but I have been making a few steps in the right direction:

New Business Cards? check.

New Business Cards? check.

I have new business cards, I’ve applied to an arts & craft show in Denver, I’ve emailed a couple galleries and coffee shops, and I’ve gotten my hands on a high quality camera. As of today, I’ve ordered a few sample giclee prints and canvass wraps. If I’m happy with the quality of reproduction, I’ll start having prints available for sale of each of my pieces both online and (fingers crossed) at shows.

I may not be there yet, but I am so much closer than I was yesterday.

Four Sons

Since the painting “Four Brothers” never made it to the intended party (a certain son decided to keep it rather than give it to his mother), I decided it’d be a good exercise to try painting this piece again.

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Four Sons. 2016. Acrylic on Canvas. 8×10

This time around, I focused on creating more contrast between the shadows and highlights the folds of the clothing. It was definitely a fun piece up until I had to do the faces. But perhaps if I keep forcing myself to work on painting faces, I’ll get better at them.

TenMile from Copper

Tenmile from Copper. 2016. Acrylic on canvass. 24x36

Tenmile from Copper. 2016. Acrylic on canvass. 24×36

This view of the ten mile range is one of my favorite views from Copper Mountain ski resort. Every time I go to Copper, I take at least one picture of this view so it only makes sense to do a painting of it.

I started this piece in April 2015 and by June 2015, I hit a major painter’s block.  Unable to decide how I wanted to complete this piece and unmotivated to figure it out I then let it sit, half completed, for an entire year until mid June 2016.  After moving into a bigger home more conducive for painting, I was finally motivated to put my brush to canvass and once I made those initial strokes, the rest quickly fell into place.

Saturday Omelette Deconstructed

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Saturday Omelette Deconstructed. 2016

With our new “grown up” home, I’ve really been motivated to paint new pieces to hang in our kitchen and the breakfast nook. One Saturday morning I walked to the Michaels and picked up 6 little 4×4 inch stretched canvasses. (buy one get one free. yippee!).

When I’m not out in the mountains, I love to make big breakfasts on the weekends (which usually consist of breakfast burritos or omelettes). So I took the ingredients we tend to use the most and highlighted each one singularly on its own canvass.  I’m particularly proud of the mushroom in this series because it best captures the brush strokes and movement I was going for.

These were so much fun to do that I think if I can keep finding these little canvasses for cheap, I’ll branch out into a bunch of different foods/kitchen objects.

Avocados and Movement

I’ve been wanting to work on being loser/more liberal with my brush strokes and color usage and less focused on details/realism. One morning I instagramed my avocados. Turns out, the light and simplicity of the photo served as a good source of inspiration for trying out this different style.  I was determined to be more free and have obvious brush strokes, really working at not blending the colors too much. I wanted to really focus on the movement of each stroke and colors rather than what avocados look like realistically.

Avocados. 2016. Acrylic on Canvass. 12x12

Avocados. 2016. Acrylic on Canvass. 12×12