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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Guadalupe Arenas VI

Studio Work Continues.

While in my studio, whether or not it is painting or some other task, I frequently have time to let my mind wander.This happens especially when my work is something like painting on the lizards and eagles being added to this portrait of Guadalupe Arenas.

lizard shapes added to the portrait of Guadalupe Arenas

As I was painting these creatures my mind wandered to a recent studio visit and the conversation which took place. The visitor asked great questions about the canvas on the easel and a few other paintings in the studio.  Clearly she was interested and appreciative.

eagles added to the portrait of Guadalupe Arenas

My thoughts moved on to a recent article I had read about talking to an artist at a festival or in their studio.  We are moving into the Art Festival time of year, so this article in a fellow bloggers post may be of interest.  Artists love to talk about their work.  As you carry on a dialogue with an artist you will learn things about their work you may not see at first.  I encourage you to take a look at this:  How to talk to an artist

basket shape added to the portrait of Guadalupe Arenas

The details of lizards, eagles and a basket shape were added to the painting this past week.  Work continues.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Guadalupe Arenas V

More Work In The Studio

When I approached the easel this morning this was the painting.

While standing in front of the easel, working on this portrait of Guadalupe Arenas I continue to think about the other studio work.  This morning I was adding images to my web site. Yep, that's work.  Have you taken a look at my site lately? 

Completed the diamond pattern on the snakes.

I use an artist specific web hosting service called Faso which makes it easy for me to run the web site.  The Web Master, that's me.  Just another cog in the wheel of studio work outside the design table and easel.  If you are a creator, looking for an easy, attractive way to handle your web site I suggest you give Faso a look.  It is a web site with a connected newsletter & blog, link to Facebook.  It is filled with options and easy to use.  Faso also offers helpful support  and makes it easy for me to spend more time painting rather than working at the computer.

Back to the easel....  

Currently working on the lizard shapes that found themselves woven into some of Guadalupe Arenas' basket designs.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Guadalupe Arenas IV

When Art Becomes Work

My work continues on the portrait of Guadalupe Arenas which is the truly wonderful part of being an artist.  It's the work in front of the easel, the drawing in the sketchbook that we artists are driven to do, that we love to do, that captivates us, entertains us, frustrates us and brings us satisfaction.   I don't think one of us considers this WORK.  However if you are a serious artist there are other tasks to accomplish and some of those are considered WORK.  

Currently painting the diamond pattern on the snakes in this portrait of Guadalupe Arenas.

One of those tasks is the submission of our creative efforts to juried exhibitions.  A Call and Prospectus is received, read, reviewed, work chosen to submit.  Typically time is spent in front of the computer working with photos of the submitted work.   After all is done, sent off, it's time to sit back and wait for notification.  

Last month, because I am a member of the Artists Council of the Palm Springs Art Museum I was invited to submit to a juried exhibition titled:  Artistic Expressions of the Coachella Valley. Yesterday I was notified my work was accepted.  A collaboration between the University of California, Riverside-Palm Desert and the Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council the exhibit will run from March 3 through April 22, 2016.  Additional time will be spent delivering the work, attending the opening (March 3, 5-7PM, UCR Palm Desert Center), retrieving the work at end of the exhibition.  But for now, it's time to submit to another exhibition and then spend time in front of the easel doing what I love to do.

Madame Butterfly
40 x 40
Accepted into 'Artistic Expressions of the Coachella Valley', an exhibition at UCR Palm Desert which runs from March 3 - April 22

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