Women's Caucus for Art

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/

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Clark Hulings Fund for Artists

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.

Yes ! a very inspiring weekend. There I am, not being afraid to put myself front and center again!!!

Yes ! a very inspiring weekend. There I am, not being afraid to put myself front and center again!!!

A Sign of Something Somewhere Else

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.

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Art Basel Miami

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.

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A Narrow Fellow in the Grass

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.  

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As the Octopus of my Dream Floats Along the Ocean Current.

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.

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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 debslowey@gmail.com. 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.

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Octopus Woodblock

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 !

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Exhibiting- sent off package to China

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.

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Year of the Horse and Year of the Tiger. Reduction linocut and silkscreen respectively.

My Store is OPEN Buy Art From Me

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)

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Puppies ! 11 weeks and 15 weeks. Cassidy and Queene !

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.

 

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The Chestnut Justify is the 13th Horse to win the Triple Crown

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". 

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Thanks to SCORE and Co-starters a Store is on it's way!

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.

 

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Logo under consideration at US trademark

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