Archives for September 2012

Sharing my art

“Something of the Marvelous” Monoprint

Yesterday I dropped off three pieces of my work at the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre, 1767 Old Island Highway west of  the city centre of Victoria.  My work will be part of a show in the main entrance with the Coast Collective Associate Members for the next few months. 

The background in the above piece was created by painting with Aqua Wash printmaking inks on acetate and adding marks with Derwent Inktense sticks.   The words were done with pencil crayon directly onto the background print and the starfish were cut from watercolour paper and painted with acrylic then mounted on the printed background.  This is framed with a warm white matt and white wooden frame and is priced at $225.00.  It would work well in a home with a seaside inspired theme, a seafood restaurant, or even a home spa!

“The Carefree Life” Stencil Monoprint with chine colle, embossing & calligraphy

The above print, “The Carefree Life”, includes several techniques.  When adding the photo, the method is called “chine colle”.  I printed the photo from my laser printer on a lightweight rice paper.  The stencils were cut from photographic paper and punched with hole punches, then Aqua Wash ink was rolled on with a brayer.  The embossed shapes were created by cutting shapes from a plastic material, “styrene”, and laying them down on the press bed.  The paper is “Stonehenge”.  The words are my own, using a John Masefield poem as inspiration and printed in one of my own monoline styles with a 2B pencil.  This print is framed in a white wooden frame with spacers to give it depth and is priced at $250.00.  I think this print would fit well in a little girl’s bedroom, a summer home or anywhere that children congregate!

“Dream Boat #1” Stencil monoprint

This is the third print of mine in the Coast Collective show, “Dream Boat #1”.  The background was created by rolling ink onto a “styrene” plate, sprinkling a small amount of corn starch and rolling the wave and row boat stencils with Aqua Wash inks.  This is also framed in a white wooden frame with spacers and priced at $225.00.  “Dream Boat #1”  would make a great gift for a boater, or it would be perfect for a child’s bedroom, or a family-oriented centre.

You win some & you lose some!


Ribbons at the fair and big payout!

All in the same day I found out that I placed 2nd, two thirds, and a honourable mention in the Art Show at the 145th Annual Saanich Fall Fair, August 30 – September 3 and then received an email to say my piece was not accepted into the juried show for Visions of Metchosin, opening September 7, 7 – 9 pm at MAG in Metchosin west of Victoria.  (I entered a lovely, delicate monoprint with embossing and calligraphy – my own words too!)  I must point out there is quite a difference in these two shows/venues and I entered the same high quality of work in both.

“Metchosing Afternoon” Monoprint

So goes the ups and downs of working an artist.  The jurors have a job to do which is to choose great art/craft to make an engaging and cohesive show.  Entering these art shows can become quite expensive.  It begins with your art materials, the framing (whether it’s custom framing or do-it-yourself frames and the time to do the framing), then the time you spend mulling over the project, the time you spend doing roughs, making sketches, writing notes, taking photos, making a mess, starting over maybe several times, and finally the time you spend creating the work.  There are adjudication fees and hanging fees and sometimes you have to drive quite a distance (30 km X 4 for example) to drop the work off and pick it up if it’s not accepted or if it was accepted but not sold at the show return to pick it up.  Then you have to package the art and store it.  The venues take a commission on the sale if you happen to make one.  It can be as low as 20% and up to and including 50% if you are fortunate enough to be accepted as a commercial gallery artist and showing on a regular basis.   So I’m just saying …

But today is a new day … the woman that purchased my calligraphy piece which won a 3rd place ribbon at the Fair came to pick it up today and was very excited to see more of my work here in my home and in the studio.  So that has lifted my spirits and encourages me to keep on making art!

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