My portrait session season is over, so now it's time to do some more artwork! This month I will be creating some holiday-inspired pieces for an upcoming event. Hopefully, I will be able to get my act together and open the Etsy store before Christmas hits.
Douglas J Aveda hosted a reception for the artists showing pieces during ArtPrize. The girls were dressed in black and wore recycled hair accessories created by one of the artists. They looked beautiful! One of the girls loaded up a cart of complimentary snacks... she got about two feet from the door and was attacked by the crowds groping for free food. C said it looked like she was attacked by a school of piranhas every time she entered the crowd. Her hair became all askew, her outfit stained. And the girls with trays (free cocktails) was quite a sight as well. They were all troopers and lived through the event! It was entertaining to observe.
Thanks to all that came to see "Pure"! They are up until at least the 9th, so check them out if you haven't already.
I have a new project brewing.... will share more soon!
The girls will be hung tomorrow at the Douglas J Aveda Institute!
My proposal was to create a custom Whimsical Oddity for my venue with subject matter to tie in with the space. This Whimsical Oddity series is called "Pure" reflecting the pure ingredients used in Aveda products. There are three wood panels with three vintage doll photographs covered in natural beeswax.
Each doll panel has a name with the definition "pure" in it. Agnes, Chastity, and Blanche.
If you're in the area, check them out during ArtPrize!
I will post the art process for these pieces soon--- so come on back!
The art piece is in progress! I'm hoping to have it completed by the weekend. There are three panels measuring 30" x 30" each. I wanted to do something to tie into the venue yet still showcase my Oddities. The title is "Pure" reflecting the pure ingredients used in Aveda products. I have also incorporated some natural beeswax.
I have attached a sneak peek at the beginning process. I lined the girls up for an audition-- only three made it!
I met with K at my ArtPrize venue last night. My spot to fill is HUGE! Time to start creating the piece! The Artist Reception is September 26 (the day before my birthday). My piece is due by September 17. So I have about a month to create a masterpiece Whimsical Oddity. Eeep!
My project was picked up by a venue for ArtPrize, a local competition here in Grand Rapids, MI open to any artist in the world. I was an avid observer last year and decided to enter this year. Unfortunately, there were some timing and technical difficulties between my venue and I, so we were unable to get the "connection" in by the deadline. So, I am not officially "in" ArtPrize, but the venue is still showing my piece. So that will be fun!
Also, it looks like I am back in the portrait photo biz. I had a photo studio 3 years ago and have since given it up to art direct full-time (yes, a desk job. I have been cubicled). I have started offering limited sessions due to high demand. The most recent sessions this week included a Medieval War fought with foam weapons and two adorable sisters. I may have to start a separate blog to share my normal photos. I really don't think a teenage girl would like to be posted as a "Whimsical Oddity".
C (spouse) and I are collaborating on The Sketchbook Project, a world-wide event where your completed sketchbook goes on tour ultimately ending up in the permanent collection at The Brooklyn Art Library. There are several themes to choose from for your sketchbook--we chose "Raining Cats and Dogs". Having 3 cats certainly feels like it's raining cats at our house!
So stay tuned to hear more about my ArtPrize piece! It is categorized as a Whimsical Oddity-- more details soon!
I am participating in a benefit to raise money for the art program at an elementary school in my state. I donate a piece of art to this cause every year. Every year I procrastinate. It is due a week from Friday.
Each year the project is based on a specific theme. This year the theme is "Birds". Here is a sneak peek at a portion of my project. More coming as it evolves! I might post some past projects as well...