You are invited! Come visit my studio this October 17 & 18, 2015 and see where/how the
sausage art gets made … and the magic happens. The tour map and directions are included with my artist directory listing at Barbara Martin Artist Washington County Open Studio… With over 40 artists and galleries participating the tour should be fantastic this year!
Artists who participate in the tour are supposed to offer demonstrations. I’ll be mixing it up this time by working in my typical fashion which involves: noodling about, lots of coffee breaks and yard wandering, visits to the pond and bottle garden, and occasionally some deeply focused art making in a frenzy of creativity.
Depending on the weather and my mood and any special requests, I may be demonstrating one, some or all of the following:
- encaustic aka painting with HOT WAX and a torch or heat gun
- acrylic painting on a BIG CANVAS
- collaging with fussy cut little paper bits and ephemera
- slinging alcohol inks at Yupo
- attempting assemblage of a found-glass -sculpture-tower which involves scary-to-me power tools and truly may or may not work out
Or whatever is “hot” on my brain that day. I am process oriented with my art. I love to play around, try stuff, have fun and experiment — and sometimes make some nice looking art! I’d love to have you join me in the studio on the tour!
Mark your calendar for the third weekend in October, the 17th and 18th, 2015. Hours are 11-5. Hope you can swing by. It’s gonna be great!
ps Yes, there will be chocolate involved.
C is for chair time, as in, time doing the actual work. Being an artist is not all tra-la-la in the sunshine all the time. Mostly it is working hard: first make the art; then inventory, package, display and promote it.
I love making the art. That part does not seem like “work” the way the rest of the job seems like work.
Some weeks it takes as much (or more) time and effort and if I am honest, mental energy, to find appropriate galleries and shows; frame, name and price the pieces; photograph/scan and label them; deliver/ship/pick up the work and update my inventory notes; let collectors know about the shows, and attend the openings — here you might say, yay party! but for an introvert like me, a party is more like work, less like play — than it did to create the art itself in the first place.
Ultimately exciting. Exhausting, too, when multiple shows open simultaneously. This week, for example, I have work in four different area galleries with four different opening dates. Five (!) counting my Artist-in-Residence display at the music hall. Exciting! I remember when I thought three at a time would really be something. Exciting, you betcha, but WHEW!
No wonder yesterday’s post had the sleepy time bear in it. This is the third post in the alphabet-based April A to Z Challenge. Sign up for email updates and never miss a letter! 🙂
This challenge has been…challenging. The studio is still a messy place — but it is also a busy place overflowing with art. YAY!
Participating in the studio makeover and declutter challenge didn’t help me overhaul my work space in a big way, but it did help me make a few changes of the “when I get around to it” type, and that’s great. Little annoyances add up so little fixes add up, too. And I do have several specific organizational solutions to implement going forward. I have been collecting stones to use to improve the view out my studio window and I am totally on the lookout for a drying rack!
I noticed with amusement that as soon as I cleared a space, something hopped into it. Nature abhors a vacuum, so every glaringly empty spot filled up immediately. Exhibit A : seed starting set-up claimed the pristine counter. (Aquilegia and foxglove and viola presently.)
This is technically art-related because much of my work reflects my life-long interest in plants and landscapes. On the other hand, that counter would have come in handy this week when I needed miles of flat drying space.
Besides making art, delivering art to galleries, and taking some classes, I have been making advertising cards for our upcoming local CreativeHillsboro.com creativity nights. I liked those cards so much that I whipped up a few matching style business cards for myself.
The cards (top photo) have pieces of original art glued onto them. The colorful bits are pieces taken from one of a kind monotypes that were individually printed by hand using a gelatin plate, acrylic paints, and semi-transparent paper. Lots of variety in color, texture and of course metallic accents. So each card is basically a work of art in itself. Yum. I am very pleased with how they turned out. And I hope the glue is dry, I need to use some today!
So that’s my latest (and maybe final) update from the studio makeover. Time to rush out the door, cards in hand.