I can’t believe I haven’t posted about this yet ! I have been involved with this group for many good reasons. It is about time to join artists in voice and speak the words “we have not been included” ; and the time is right.
I went as the president of the WCA State of Florida, to NYC, to the National annual meeting where there were many interesting artists and art professionals in an atmosphere of great education and sharing. One interesting area I am volunteering for is helping the young women artists group (pic here). I see that communication is the seed for change and am doing things to grow virtual online meetings of artists. ( I have contacted them to get the names) but here is their fb page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenscaucushumboldt/
It was a great celebration of World Women’s Day to hear these experts of the professional art world, speak clearly and strongly about the business of being a art promoter in the changing times. They answered tough questions from the artist crowd with the grace and poise you can glean from this picture…. natural to women!
I found this on the website of CHF, they gave a lot of great art business advice to this wonderful group of artists…..business for artists. I must do! Google about them. I highly recommend.
A Sign of Something Somewhere Else- this title of my latest painting. The objects are Octopus, Dolphins and Orion’s Belt star cluster.
I was inspired by the winter night sky and how on one clear night I saw the largest object visible in the universe, besides a planet, called the Orion’s Belt. It got me to thinking about space travel. Voyager I probe launched in 1977 is still carrying it’s gold plated disc recording with images, out to space forever. I wonder if this time capsule will ever come across intelligent life. I looked this up on Wikipedia and found the 1st version a plain plaque on Pioneer probe, it pretty fascinating.
Nothing better then showing paintings in rooms with scale.
I have seen this fun couple every year at the fair. Got my picture with them this time, as they spoke with a dealer. I have spoke to them. They are collectors, eccentric and actually very nice.
For the second year I was invited to show and with a new group of artists called the Exquisite Corpse Game. It is a traveling show with a great curator whose goal is exposure in museums and alternative spaces.
Here are some photos from the 1st unveiling.
Exquisite corpse is a very old game. Some say it is ancient but the game we know was started by the surrealists, briefly one person draws the head one the body and one the feet. They are not allowed to see the other parts until each has finished their part.
Several exciting artist relationships happened during the game and all had a light spirit of fun and encouragement to one another. My old friend from my printmaking days at Bob Blackburn’s, Amy Ernst’s was excited to play. She re-lived moments from playing the game with her grandfather, Max Ernst. Max Ernst was one of the original surrealists that played this game and made it popular.
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Here is a drawing of Me! done by the great artist Will Barnet. Will deeply loved and was deeply loved. His talent went out to the spirit of Emily Dickinson as he illustrated “ A world in a frame” his favorite poems she wrote. Both of New England, I learned to cherish the quiet beauty of a softened heart.
A narrow Fellow in the Grass (1096)
A narrow Fellow in the Grass
Occasionally rides -
You may have met him? Did you not
His notice instant is -
The Grass divides as with a Comb,
A spotted Shaft is seen,
And then it closes at your Feet
And opens further on -
He likes a Boggy Acre -
A Floor too cool for Corn -
But when a Boy and Barefoot
I more than once at Noon
Have passed I thought a Whip Lash
Unbraiding in the Sun
When stooping to secure it
It wrinkled And was gone -
Several of Nature’s People
I know, and they know me
I feel for them a transport
But never met this Fellow
Attended or alone
Without a tighter Breathing
And Zero at the Bone.
We can finely get outside and enjoy a more reasonable temperature.
As I was cleaning up some bird netting, no longer needed for containing my older less active chickens, I saw a troubled snake caught in plastic netting. I recalled it was the type that is very beneficial; an Indigo and immediately went into action to save this special snake; a type of snake that kills Rattlers and other venomous snakes.
I freed in a bit of surgery -with an exacto and gloves to cut the the netting. Placed inside in the bathtub the last 3 plastic strands of webbing were tightly entangled. The snake was cooperative and seemed trusting.
Never trust a snake.
I believed the snake knew, as the pieces came off, that I was helping it. The gloves were not thick enough and the snake stuck it’s little fangs into me. It is back in the garden, but I was shocked and in wonder how I did not think to swat it or fight back and how it could bit me while I was saving it.
It was a snake.
I came across an interesting program for artist business development called the Clark Hulings Fund that hopefully can teach me how better to get my artwork out to the world so that I can self sustain by doing what I love to do. I will be signing up for their seminar program. So if you are an artist that wants a good business boost, please check them out.
I have finished a series on Octopus.
The octopus is a magical creature.T
Tame and inquisitive when met at an aquarium.
Here I celebrate the freely floating fallinf in the currents of the seas. A oil painting (36 x 36 inches &(($3700)) and a series of colors in woodcut print edition 36 x 24 inches @ $250.
With the woodcut, I attempted a bit of how to video, as shown in my last posts. Printing in black did not do the octopus a good turn so I thought of it’s nature of camouflage, and did color; I have 4 sets with the purple not yet photographed. They are done on beautiful rice paper
. email me firstname.lastname@example.org. or can be directly purchased on the link in this website to my store called Buy Art From Me ! Includes tax and shipping.
I have fascination with Octopus. It’s ability to color change skin, in times of emotion, celebrates a sense of awe in the power of color. The body, supple and freely flowing, alludes to a summary of the gift that’s been my life’s journey.
Editioning this is going to be a lot of muscle work today but I enjoy so much pulling off the block the newly created creature. I am waiting for some colored inks to arrive for a little experimentation and beautiful oriental papers, which I find work so well with woodblock printmaking. The toughness of the paper hold well against the baren when it reaches to hard edges of the woodcut shape. Blessings and with luck !
I understand that there will be tribulations with USA and China trade but the amount of people that really want to see, understand and collect western art in China is enormous.
I sent off two prints to the Printmaking Museum as asked to do by the director. My great friend Jenny travels home each year and made an introduction.
I sent them as printed material as they actually are "printed material". Postage cost only 23 usd. If it was declared as a product would have been cost prohibitive.... Let's see if our US and China trade relations get better for the artist. Soon we will call to make sure they arrived.
Year of the Horse and Year of the Tiger. Reduction linocut and silkscreen respectively.
This month I have been building a shopify store to sell my works on paper. These and other items are not be able to be sold at galleries because of the low price point people put on drawings, pastel and watercolor studies and hand pulled printmaking... but they are from the same mental "stuff" and should therefore be collected to be enjoyed too!
I open by invitation through my facebook with very low prices. This is where I have friends that I know or want to know better and want to have my artworks.
Here's the link- Buy Art From Me from theartistnetwork.net (also owned by me)
Check out this link to see ALL ABOUT this fun group of artists playing this classic artist game here in Florida!! https://www.facebook.com/annmarie.cash/posts/10217200671595581?notif_id=1533676109685842¬if_t=mention
I accepted to play the game again and have only a few more days to finish my part.
Queene and Cassidy have come into our lives !
They play so well together- very entertaining. I see a loyal friendship in the future.
The sweetest Standard Poodles.... sisters from another mutt-er (and father too).
It will be a work training but it will get me outside early in the morning as well as a bit of exercise; both good and important things.
Justify's beauty running down the track at Belmont was made even more beautiful by the Jockey, Mike Smith. He gave testament to a faith of being everything we can be with gracious humility; giving credit to God.
Here is Justify with a crown of glory as a Unicorn.
This is one of 7 original, signed, reduction lino block prints 8" x 10".
Storefront- works on paper
Works on paper still display the same unique emotions of paintings. They can more easily be put into collections because of a lower price works on paper generally have.
For these TheArtistNetwork.net is being created.
I have a gallery now that wants to show and sell my original paintings.
They need to leave out studies and works on paper because it does not make financial sense for my gallery.
I want only the best relationship with my gallery as they begin my promotion, so in order to free up more time for painting, I am making an online gallery to sell my inexpensive original works on paper and studies online. Instead of taking all the time to bring them to boutiques and other "shopping" venues I will be working in my studio !
Many paintings have studies made before production or as an artwork progresses, before committing to a larger canvas..
Many are beautiful in their own right.
Drafting skills can be exercised and drawings sometimes turn into paintings. These artworks should not pile up in the "flat files" they are longing to come out and be seen and collected.
All originals -Pastels, watercolors, drawings, etchings are a great gift too. People that are finding "art" at decoration furnishing stores, to fill their walls, will soon tire of them. Those pictures do not have the Life that went into them, as an original does. A work of art that comes off of the artist's hand, shows touch, an human element we appreciate. The emotional connection can grow as time goes on.
Just as more buzz occurs at a group art show, than a solo, I may eventually include other Artist's that I believe in and are not in competition aesthetically.... thus the Artist Network . net