Thursday, October 30, 2008
A wonderful buyer from my etsy store wrote and asked me to make an original painting for her, as a Christmas present for her best friend - they are friends for over 30 years! I really like her request, a drawing of birds in green and blue and the words "friends forever".
At the same time I got an e-mail from a cool store in Brooklyn asking for prints for a charity show for a bunny shelter (how can you not donate money \ art to a bunny shelter?!) and I decided to use the draft sketch I made for the painting as an image for a gocco print.
I finish the prints today on watercolor paper, sketch paper and old book paper, they are beautiful and very colorful! I painted each of those by hand, in different colors.
So, a bunch are going to be sold at the Fact and Fancy art show or, you can have one, absolutly free with perches of anything from my shop, if you use the secret password "SAVEtheBUNNIES" in the massage to the seller section.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I've incorporated this week "Illustration Friday" in a body of work I was working on this week for an Art show in Chicago next month. This is a part of the Queen Bee series - an emotional expression of my thoughts and feelings about Colony collapse Disorder (CCD).
Funny how sometimes "Illustration Friday" gets the right word for me for what's going on at the moment.
I finished this body of work last night! 35 pieces in less then a week! I really need some sleep now...
Friday, October 17, 2008
So a few weeks ago Ned gets this phone call from an art gallery in Chicago, it turn out that they were looking for me for a few weeks, I usually don't answer my phone and for some reason I didn't get any of their e-mails. They wanted to give me an art show in their gallery.
This is not only my own personal dream (and art show without having to run after the gallery, but them running after me) but probably the dream every artist I know.
I couldn't bring myself to call them, but I e-mailed, Ned did, he told them I'll e-mail them and so I did.
So then, I never heard back, which made me a bit sad, but I sort of moved on. Then about 2 weeks later, they called Ned's phone again. It turned out that for some reason, again, I didn't get their e-mail. They needed the artist statement, and bio and know when I'm sending the pieces and so on.
Again, I couldn't bring myself to call, and Ned did. He's been doing all the communication for me, even e-mails, that I'm usually not so anxious about. He consulted a gallery owner that we know about prices and arrangement and what to ask and do.
It turned out that this is the only show in the year in which participant artist don't have to pay for the space. the gallery is giving me one of the most amazing gifts and opportunity I could ever wish for. Everyone around me who Ned have told to about this are so happy and helpful and wonderful about this.
Yet, I feel so scared and anxious and like I'm messing up. I've been creating a second body of work for this show, about 30 drawings in less then a week. I've written a nice enough artist statement, later improved by Ned, a gallery owner \ friend and Ned's dad. And yet I feel like I haven't done a thing and like I keep messing up.
Everything is so good, I just paralyzed with fear waiting for the other shoe to drop.
The show is going to be at the Vespine Gallery in Chicago on November 15. We are already planning a motorcycle trip to come to the opening!
This week has been such a crazy emotional roller coaster.
I just want to sleep (and for all my painting to sell in the show of course...)
Friday, October 10, 2008
Been so busy this week!
My supply of round vases finally run out, and though I'm really sad that there are non left, I was really happy to do some more research \ shopping last weekend, and found some beautiful sake bottles \ vases in a cool restaurant supply shop in Bowery street. The store was so cool, I wanted to buy everything, but eventually I just got the vases.
Then a couple of days afterwards, an order came for 11 of those vases! so I did have to go again and get another one! how cool is that?! So, then I couldn't resist and I also got some sake cups and Japanese style tea cups.
But that was not the end...
Sadly, 4 of the old vases that were ordered broke in shipping, and I had to find other round vases, looking everywhere, the only place I could find something vaguely similar was IKEA. Ned and I took the bike to the new branch in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
I got 4 vases as replacement and then another 10 cups and one large vase (and a planter, but that's for the house).
Ever since, I've been trapped in the studio painting birds, insects and animals like crazy.
So - already done:
11 vases for a whole sell order
4 replacement vases for the one that got broken
1 Sake bottle and cups set with swans
4 cups \ planters \ vases with birds
I can just go on and on with painting those, it's so much fun! However, I need to get some stuff ready for Ned's mom trunk show and so, it's time for some sewing...