Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Both of these paintings I created as a result of a Barbara DePirro workshop called "Collage De-Collage". It was a wonderful class involving sanding, tearing, carving and using various mediums. The first one involved crumpled paper adhered to the paper and the loose parts torn off after drying. Then there was sandpaper involved! It was a great class.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Hooray! I sold the three paintings above at Parklane Gallery in November. I have had a bit of a dry spell there, so the sales were even more welcome than usual. As you can see they are all from the same series. The first one and third one were purchased by the same people from Texas.
Because there are more experimental artists than I have room for in my studio, we are starting a second group that will meet on the third Wednesday of each month. So, I get to have all that fun twice a month from now on. I think that working with other artists really stimulates creativity.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
I am so happy to report that my latest series of paintings is selling! I paint because I love it, and I can't not paint, but it is just the cherry on the sundae when they sell as well. I seem to constantly move from one series to the next, and some sell and some don't. Some I love and some I don't. Lately I have found myself painting over the ones that I don't love and trying again for something I do love. I seldom need to buy canvas or boards anymore since I started repainting those that I do not love.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I also have big plans for the coming weekend starting on Friday. I intend to spend a good share of it at home and in my studio. Yeah!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Hooray! I am finally painting again. I thought I was broken. I have managed to get into my studio and paint three or four times this week, and I am actually finishing some paintings. I can never figure out why I stop painting. Every once in awhile I just dry up creatively. It is usually because I am ready to start something new. However, this time, since I have gotten back to the studio, I am painting the same things, mostly figurative.
I finally had a sale at Parklane Gallery (the above painting). It was a long, long dry spell for me there. I also have sold 12 paintings at Matthew Robert Salon and have another two weeks there. What a great place, owned by wonderful, art loving people. They get so excited about the art that it flies off the walls. It is also up for three months, which I think makes a difference. When I hang my art at Parklane Gallery, it is only up for a month. Sometimes that is not long enough. I have started leaving some of my paintings up for another month to give them more exposure. You are supposed to change at least 50% of your work each month.
Today is experimental painters day at my studio, and I am really looking forward to being with this great group of women artists who are constantly discovering something new to add to their paintings. I am sure it will be a great day.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
If you are reading this and you came to the Art Exchange, thank you for participating and making it such a memorable event.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
After the ArtistsConnect meeting and Barbara's presentation, I must go to work at Parklane Gallery in Kirkland from 3 to 7 p.m. If any of you are in the area, stop and see me. I had the opportunity to switch my Parklane shift from tomorrow to today, and I jumped on it because now I can have a whole day at home tomorrow. I will be able to paint for the first time since the Edmonds Art Studio Tour on Oct. 19 & 20. I have been so busy that I haven't even been able to think about painting, let alone do it. I am really feeling the absence of painting in my life. I think it is time to simplify my life, but I can't seem to give up anything art related and that is mostly what I do. I think I am going to have to give up a couple boards or committees. I will let you know how that goes.
Friday, September 25, 2009
The last Seattle Men's Chorus JustArt Auction was held this evening. I am delighted to report that my painting, Graffiti I, sold for more than the asking price of $775. Someone bought it outright for $1088! I just love it when that happens.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
It was especially gratifying to sell "Daisies & Fire" to Carla. I hope you are reading this Carla. Carla and her husband already own a couple of my paintings, and I loved having the opportunity to spend time with her and talk about my work.
For the first time I had a discount table at the studio tour. Although some artists think that this is devaluing my work, I disagree. I love to paint, and it is the process, not the eventual painting, that really gives me joy. If I do not sell my paintings I will run out of room someday! I believe a number of people purchased items from my discount table that would not have been able to enjoy owning original art if the price had not been discounted. People are really worried about money right now, and I am happy that they are willing to spend anything to own a piece of original art.
I will definitely be particpating in Edmonds Art Studio Tour 2010.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Even if I don't sell a thing today, I will consider the event successful because I had so much fun.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I handled preparations for the tour a lot better this year than I have the past three years. I did a little each day, slowly moving toward the tour. By the time it came, I was all ready, with no stress. What a concept!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
If you haven't recieved a brochure for the tour, contact me, or go to www.edmondsartstudiotour.com and check us out there. You can also print a map from the website.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
I have a huge 4'x8' piece of plywood in the center of my studio. The first year that we lived here I left it in the studio during the tour. Big mistake! It created traffic jams and people could not get around very well. So, that has to come out and be replaced by something a lot smaller. I will start to organize the studio and one thing will lead to another until I am cleaning and organizing all the shelving and going way beyond what I really need to do for the tour. Now I must get started doing the work instead of writing about it.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Today was the day that the experimental painting group met at my studio. Only five of the seven artists attended, but we were producing some fine work. I actually think the magnificent lunches that we share are as much of a draw as the painting we do.
We are all participating in the Edmonds Art Studio Tour that will take place on September 19 & 20. Check out the website at www.edmondsartstudiotour.com for more information about the tour. This will be our fourth year. It seems like only yesterday that a few friends and I started this thing that has now taken on a life of its own. I still serve on the steering committee, but luckily we have Barb Childs to chair the committee, and she has done a magnificent job for the last 3 years. I hope that she will continue for many more years. In any event, there is a lot to do around here, and I had better get started. I have been working on the most important part, which is getting paintings done. The other stuff, such as organizing my studio, moving some furniture out, and cleaning, remain to be done.
The painting above is one I did last week.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Like most artists, I rarely actually read my art books cover to cover. I look at the pictures and if smething strikes my fancy, I read about how it was done, mark the page in the book and move the book to my studio. Then it sits there for weeks until I am tired of moving it around. Rarely do I actually try the techniques I read about. That is something I am trying to change. I have promised myself that I will try at least one technique from each book that I buy. Of the books listed above, I have tried techniques from two of them. I guess I shouldn't say that I never use the information from the books, because I do internalize some of the information and find myself using a variation of it sometime in the future.
I have discovered that art books about mediums other than those that I work with, usually still have something to offer me. I regularly buy the magazine Cloth, Paper, Scissors and often find techniques that I can use in my work even though many of the techniques are designed for fabric.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I also attended the ArtistsConnect meeting today. We had demonstrations by Janis Graves and Kelly Tissot. Janis discussed working with pastels and Kelly demonstrated her method of drip painting.
So it has been an art filled day, and I plan to spend tomorrow painting as well.
Monday, August 17, 2009
I seem to have gone through a flurry of painting lately. I was beginning to wonder if inspiration was not going to strike this time. These are a couple of my recent pieces. I have returned to exceptionally shiny finishes on these two.
The new website is live now and you can visit it at www.suerobertson.net.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Last night I joined 13 experimental Edmonds artists in a salon showing of new works. It was a wonderful evening at the home of Lynn & Randy Scott. The art was fabulous and so was the company. I showed two new paintings, which you can see here. The largest of the two sold last night at its very first showing. Hooray!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
On Sunday I hung a show at Matthew Robert Salon, owned by Matthew & Alicia Armstrong. They have been hanging art in their gallery for the last year, and have been selling very well. I love it that they love art and want to share it with their customers. Alicia's mother bought two of my small paintings before we actually hung them! Kathleen Johnson, a fellow artist, suggested that art be rotated in this salon, and she selects the artists. Thank you Kathleen. A couple of the paintings showing at Matthew Robert Salon are above this entry.
Saturday night was the opening for my figurative show at Local Color. It was not particularly well attended, probably because of the heat. Local Color does not have air conditioning on because the front is open to street. It is located across the street from Pike Place Market, so it is always an interesting venue. While we were there a wedding party walked down the street with umbrellas like they do in New Orleans. Instead of jazz though, they had bagpipe players. It was quite a sight.
My favorite painting in the show sold before I got there for the opening. I sold another piece to a couple from Israel who are traveling the United States for two months. I now have paintings in Israel, France and England. I can say I am an international artist! The two pieces sold are above this entry, and the one traveling to Israel is the second one, titled Indulge Every Day. Although you cannot see it in the image, the dancer has a tulle ruff around his neck.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The day did end with my Mother's really, really good lemon meringue pie, so how bad could it be?
Saturday, July 25, 2009
It is interesting to me how sometimes I just cannot paint. I go to my studio and put things away, look at old paintings, look at books and magazines, clean my equipment, anything but paint. When I try to paint at those times, I just make messes. I have two shelves of paintings that I started during those times, and they await a new life. I seem distracted, unable to settle down to painting. All creativity seems to have fled. Then, one day it is just over, and I never know why.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I am going to be showing my figurative abstract work (both of the above styles will be shown) at Local Color for the month of August. Local Color is located directly across the street from Pike Place Market at the foot of Stewart Street, so it is a great venue and the opening is a lot of fun. The opening will be Saturday, August 1, 6-8 p.m. I had an opening there in February once and the Love Fairy came. You never know who might show up, so try to stop by and see the show. The paintings will be hanging the entire month of August.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
I still haven't managed to get any painting done though, and do not see any time to do so until next Tuesday! I need to prepare one or two new paintings for an Art Salon at Lynn Scott's house on August 8th. They need to be paintings that have never been shown before, so I had better get inspired pretty darn soon. Twelve artists will be showing never before seen paintings, so it should be great.
If you are in the area, stop by the ARTSplash show. There will be artists-in-action on the evening of July 16 (that is Art Walk in Edmonds) and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. I will be one of those artists painting on Saturday from 10-2 and Sunday from 12-2.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Something has happened to my life, and I am hardly ever getting any studio time. I fear it is lack of motivation. I must do something to inspire myself. I seem to work in flurries lately. I go to the studio and work on 6 or 7 paintings for a week and then don't accomplish anything for three weeks. I even had to cancel my experimental painter's group at my house this week, and that is something that always jump starts my creativity.
I am procrastinating about what to hang at Parklane Gallery on Monday. Also procrastinating about what I will show at ARTSplash in Edmonds on July 16-19. Once I get those nailed down, I need to start thinking about what I will show at Local Color in August. I just can't believe it is July already. I just got an e-mail about what I am going to donate to the Seattle Men's Chorus Auction in September. I swear I just went to that auction a couple of months ago, and it is almost here again.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Meredith Arnold was on the program today. She is a marvel and funny as well. She is a pro in the world of polymer clay. She also works in precious metal clay, fiber and just about anything else you can think of creating with.
Anyone who is interested in attending an ArtistsConnect meeting can get all the information at www.artists-connect.com. We meet the 4th Saturday of each month in Edmonds.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
I have decided that I need to paint more and go to fewer meetings. They are art related meetings, but still meetings. The best meeting I attended was one where I got to make little clay ornaments to put in my paintings while discussing the Edmonds Art Studio Tour. Making art while meeting is the way to go. Barb Childs, are you listening? Let's do that again.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I had these two pieces accepted into the Edmonds Arts Festival juried show this year. That is one more than I usually get accepted! This is the only juried show I enter, so it is nice to have something accepted. The second piece is 9 small canvases fastened together with brass plates. The black that you see is just what the painting was photographed on.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
The news is that you will soon be able to find my work in a gallery in Colorado. Helen Rice of Willow - An Artisan's Gallery will be showing my work in either her Littleton or Boulder gallery, or maybe both. My thanks to Helen for giving me another venue for my work and to Nanci Drew who took the visiting Helen to galleries where she happened to see my work.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Now it is time to prepare for the next big art show. I have the Artist's Garage Sale on June 6th in Mukilteo, then I will be doing Edmonds Art Walk at C'est la Vie for June. After that comes an August show at Local Color, across from Pike Place Market and the Edmonds Art Studio Tour. The Edmonds Art Studio Tour is my favorite event because I get to stay in my own studio, talk to lots of people about my art, and sell art! It doesn't get any better than that.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Last week I took a polymer clay class with Meredith Arnold. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with her one on one. My goal was to make clay pieces to incorporate into my experimental paintings, and I went home with some amazing things. Meredith had many more methods than I was able to absorb in one day, so I mostly stuck to the simple things. Now I am looking for a pasta machine so that I can make more elements for my paintings. Of course I have not used the ones I have already made, but as usual, I must have more! Someday my studio is going to burst at the seams. It gets so that I cannot remember what I have to work with.
Monday, April 20, 2009
An Artist's Dilemma
It happens all the time! An artist begins to make an impression in their community. Customers like the work, associate the work with the artist and buy the art. It is what every artist dreams of. But, wait----the artist continues to grow and experiment with other styles and materials. Oh no! Should the artist continue creating the successful style that everyone knows, loves and buys? Or should the artist follow her heart? What to do?
This is a dilemma I know all too well. For years I sold much of my artwork that had bright representations of fruit and flowers. But I needed to decide whether to continue creating the recognizable style or whatever new style moves me.
The further I move away from my original impressionistic work to abstract and experimental work, the more challenging the art is to sell. However, I love creating the experimental work. I have become obsessed with making and buying unique paper, and I want to put it into all my artwork. The paintings still sell if the paper is incorporated into my figurative abstract work. When I add additional elements such as string, yarn, ink, pencil, ceramics, hardware, foil, metal into my painting, it is more difficult to connect with the customer. Customers no longer immediately recognize my style and the art doesn't sell as readily.
I believe that if you love what you do, it will show in your work, and people will want to own your paintings. I experience great joy in creating my art, whether impressionistic or experimental. I am hopeful that customers will find that same joy in my work.
My next step will be to do more demonstrations to show potential customers how the experimental work is created so that they will more readily connect with the work.
I am participating in a fantastic show with six other experimental artists, and my heart sings when I look at the art. I see something new and interesting every time I visit the show. I want everyone to experience the same feelings when looking at experimental mixed media art.
There is no question as to whether or not to evolve as an artist, I have no choice. The challenge is to bring my customers along for the fun.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Today I am meeting Mona Smiley-Fairbanks, Tracy Fraker, Barb Childs, Molly Winton, Lynn Garka, Lynn Scott, Nancy Thompson and Dawn Rieck at Tracy's house to work on two donation boxes for the Edmonds Art Festival. This should also be an interesting project with nine of us working on the same 2 boxes. You will be able to see the results at the festival in June.
Friday, March 27, 2009
I have ordered two new books that I saw in Bob's workshop. Ann Baldwin and Mary Todd Beam both have new books out that look very interesting. They should be waiting for me when I get home.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Duffy while painting. He is probably going to need to be confined or I will get nothing done.