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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Daily Painting

I've started a daily painting challenge and have some of my artist friends have joined the challenge. The first week was great, but have slipped a bit since then. But it hasn't been a waste. One of my daily paintings won first place in an art challenge competition. I'm pretty excited about it.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Blogging on Tumblr

I have been using Tumblr more for my "blog" because I never really feel like I have much to say. I just have images of my latest artwork and artist trading cards. Take a look:

Friday, April 9, 2010

Robert Frost's Acquainted with the Night ~ the Cat Version

I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have danced in the rain -- and back dry again.
I have out stalked the whitest moth in flight.

I have looked down the greenest forest lane.
I have passed the hoot owl on his seat
And winked my eye, quite willing to explain.

I have stood still and lucked into fresh meat,
When next to me, an un-intending mouse
Climbed over some branches, and gave me a treat.

I was not sad for the mouse, nor did I begin to cry.
'Tis the law of nature. 'Tis the law of might.
O' pale judge, shiny against the sky,

Proclaimed me one with nature, neither wrong nor right.
I have been one acquainted with the night.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Work in Progress

This is an oil I'm working on. I can't seem to get the background right. I've actually wiped down the background since taking the photo. Maybe it needs to sit in the back of my studio for a few days and then I'll take a fresh look at it.

Monday, February 22, 2010

What in the World are Artist Trading Cards?

I've been working on artist trading cards, or ATCs for short. These are little works, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, and are traded or swapped but never sold. I am absolutely loving this. It is a nice little community of artists and creative types who get together and share ideas, techniques, and inspiration. Sometimes we collaborate and make group cards or other art objects. Anyone can participate and it is all about sharing and collaborating. I have joined a local group called New England Artist Trading Cards Plus. We meet at least once a month and make stuff and trade cards. I have also joined a couple of online groups. The pointillism cards above were made for a mail swap. I've made four total and will be mailing them soon to the coordinator. I will get 3 mystery cards back and one of my cards will go to the swap coordinator as a thank-you for organizing it. It is all really very fun.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Good Day for Quotes

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it. Frank Zappa

I've been looking up art quotes all morning. This one by Frank Zappa is funny and not at all cynical. Making something out of nothing is actually a cool thing and selling art is not the root of all evil. Honestly, making money motivates great art. It is foolish to think art is not made to be sold. My husband came up with this quote:

No man but a fool ever wrote but for money. Benjamin Johnson.

And we can thank Andy Warhol for this one:

Making money is art, and work is art, and good business is the best art of all.

These quotes are by way of working out lesson three from my online marketing class. Today's lesson is to flesh out my buyer, to imagine the type of person who would buy my art. I need to actually create this person in my mind. Give him or her a name, a family, a career, and some ready cash. Instead of that I've been google-ing quotes. I need to buck up my confidence and come to terms with the idea that I would like to make money with my art because, after all:

Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons. Woody Allen.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Who am I?

No, not navel gazing here, just more marketing stuff ...

Still working on the idea of marketing myself. The latest assignment from Stacey Cornelius's online creative marketing class is to come up with an USP or unique selling proposition. It is to further define how I stand out from other artists. I still do not like my elevator pitch, so I've changed it.

I'm a pastel and oil painter living north of Boston.

Good, like this much better. The whole art history bit can come in my USP. So here is my list:
  • My painting style is contemporary realism.
  • I like to paint everyday life, portraits, and landscapes.
  • I'm always exploring new ideas and love collaborative work.
  • I'm a craft junkie. I like to work on artist trading cards because of their collaborative nature. And have been know to spend too much time jewelery making. I'd love to see craft art elevated to a higher art form.
  • I'm haunted by my art history background. Styles from the great masters always find a way of creeping into my work.
Better. All right, I'm on a roll. Now to add this to my facebook & whatnot "bio"s and go from there.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Marketing 101

Today I began Stacey Cornelius' The Creative Marketing Foundation Course. Every four days I get one lesson in my email. Today I need to write my elevator pitch: a powerful and unique personal statement in 25 words or less. I guess the idea is to answer the much dreaded question: "what do you do?" in 20 seconds. It should show how I'm unique from all the other wannabe artists in the world. Step one: get over my dislike of self promotion. Blah, just the idea creeps me out. After a few ... ok, 20 ... crumpled pages, here is what I came with:

"So, Kim, what do you do for a living?"
"Well, I'll tell you, mysterious elevator person..."
I'm an art historian turned artist. After studying art history in college, I turned to painting with oils and pastels.

I know this needs work but Stacey does give me four days to work on this. I think I'm going to need all four days. This marketing course for creative types is from the website: The Studio Source and is (my favorite) free.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Another pastel

Still working on light, here I'm trying to get the feel of twilight. I started a watercolor of this a few months ago, but moved onto a pastel version.


Monday, January 4, 2010

Learning about light

I've been working on how to paint light using grey pastels on black paper.

9x12 inches