Thursday, August 26, 2010
Today was giveaway day here at the Inkpunk Artworks studio. I had help from my two lovely assistants - Gabriella and Little P.
Little P did her best to validate and make sure the names were in the hat properly and that everything was legal and on the up and up, and Gabriella let her hands do the magic and picked the winner.
Out of 10 entrants, the well deserved prize goes to none other than Manon Doyle!
Manon was one of my earliest followers, and I admire her for many reasons. First and foremost, is that her positive energy is infectious. If you visit her here on Blogspot or Facebook, it is immediately apparent that she has a real passion for what she does. She's not one of those artists that hides away and broods all day, and her zest for life and community shines through with every post.
She is prolific in her creations, and I have always been attracted to the fact that she shares her process - whether it's a good day or bad. So, thank you, Manon, for your inspiration and your energy! It gives me great pleasure to share my work with you.
To all of those who participated but missed out this time, I want to thank you as well along with all of my other followers. You all give me something to look forward to each day, and you help me light my creative flame each morning. Thank you everyone!
In the shot above, you can see some of the most recent canvases that I am working on. I am still in the process of getting ready for the first outdoor market date which is September 19. The tent arrived in the mail this week, so along with inventory, I/we have to consider booth set up as well. It's a lot of work initially, but once things are set and in place, it will be smooth sailing.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Is it really almost the end of August? After a sweltering summer, it seems like Vernon Street is coming back to life. Over the past couple of days, there has been more activity, and I actually see other people when I am there. It's nice to run into another soul once in a while!
I am finally getting back into the swing of things after a little rough spot. I had been working furiously for over 14 weeks straight, and when the show went up, there was a sense of emptiness. I no longer had a goal or a date on the calender that I was working towards.
The new goal date is September 19. That will be the first appearance at SoWa in Boston. It will be a new experience, and I am looking forward to it.
My theme and direction from here on out is going to be Sacred Geometry. This is a new term to me, and a local painter used the term after viewing my work this week. It's a label that I can gladly live with. The above canvas is 24"x24" and is acrylic and oil.
Most of the work is done on the canvas that is going to be given away next Thursday. All that needs to be done is touch up and the final coats of varnish.
This has been a strange design for me. If you look at the progression photos, you will see that there have been lots of changes along the way. This is not the norm for me, as I don't normally make any radical changes after I start a design. I think the fact that this is the first canvas after hanging the show and then going into a new line of production marks a tangible change in direction. So, I can say that I am happy with where it has taken me.
I will do the drawing next Thursday before I do my normal update. It's not too late to participate. If you want to be included in the draw, please let me know.
I hope everyone has had a good week. Welcome to all of my new followers. Thank you for stopping by.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
It has been another busy week. The show went up on Tuesday without a hitch, and I am very pleased with the end results.
If you happen to be visiting this blog for the first time as a result of viewing the work at Christopher's, welcome!
For my regular followers, I had mentioned that I would let you know when Gabriella was up and going. Well, this week she has been busy as well.
Her new blog and shop are both up. She is originally from NYC, and is an established poet and photographer. She and I will both be doing markets in the upcoming months, so there is much more to come.
Please pay her a visit and say hello!
I have been working on the canvas that will be given away on the 26th of this month. Progress has been good, but there have been some changes along the way. I had to remind myself that "simple" is sometime better. I have the tendency to over complicate things at times, and I have to step back and re-evaluate. I was much happier with the design today when I left the studio.
So far, the following have voiced an interest in the giveaway: Transcend Designs, Manon, JbkRost, Janice, Chintia from FB, Joanne May and Keri. If you don't see your name, and want to take part, just let me know.
I hope everyone has had a good week. There are slight signs of Autumn in the air here, and it's finally starting to cool down!
Thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Canvas number 14 is done except for final varnishing. So, while I can now wash my hands of the production phase of this project, I still have some final details to finish up before Tuesday's hanging date. After that, it will be six weeks of continued promotion.
I'm grateful and pleased, but starting tomorrow, I plan to jump right into the next phase of production - getting ready for this fall's SoWa market dates, which start in 5 weeks. I don't plan on resting.
My time in the first studio space is finished on Sunday, and I wanted to finish the show canvases before I started to move into the new space. Tomorrow, I plan on moving the rest of my materials down to the second floor and start to think about how I want to set things up.
I'm going to miss the spot that I just spent 5 weeks in, but I'm excited to have something new to work with, and something more permanent. I will have the new spot for the next 11 months.
Lastly, I chose the canvas that I am going to use for the giveaway piece today. It's a 16" x 20" gallery profile canvas, and plan to apply the final coats of gesso tomorrow and start thinking about the design.
So, far only one person has voiced an interest in taking part in the drawing, which will be at the end of the month. If no one else takes part, then that makes it easy picking for them, but I would encourage all of you to take part. Don't be shy!
Again, this is just my little way of saying thanks to all of you who visit here each week.
Next week at this time, the show will be up and hung, and I'm sure there will be lots to talk about.
Until then, have a good weekend everyone!