Art Story 2019...What I would have you to know about me is that I have always had a love affair with Art. I took art history classes just for fun, explored most mediums (adore the feel and messiness of charcoal sketching), and I knew the complexity of Watercolor Painting would keep me interested for decades.
Decades later....here I am!
I have been juried into several shows last year. This is kind of a big deal for us artists, as when we submit our work we are competing with hundreds of other paintings for very few exhibition openings.
"CAREFREE"... (boat) was juried into the National Watercolor Society Spring Show in San Pedro, California.
"WINDOW OF THE SOUL" (window) was juried into the Watercolor Society of Oregon Spring Show in Portland, Oregon.
"ONE STOP SHOPPING" ( above) was juried into the Northwest Watercolor Society Fall show in Bothell, Washington. I also received my Signature Membership with this painting inclusion into the show.
"DAYS LIKE THIS" (middle) was juried and accepted into the International watercolor magazine SPLASH! I have completed my article and was told it will be published in the August 2020 edition.
"BRIDGE OF LIGHT" (below) was juried into the Watercolor Society of Oregon Fall Show in Bend, Oregon.
Patrice's Studio & Gallery Tour.....I'm writing in the winter so the outdoors is not as lush and serene as normal. I do love the look of winter and deciduous tree skeletons...they do add beauty to the landscape.
I have always felt where I work is important to being able to let myself go freely. I need space, good light, and a modicum of tidiness.
Some of you have been to my work space and gallery and I know from experience that where an artist creates is an interesting little space that adds a bit of spice into who the artist is. Here comes a little spice your way.....
This is a cozy space during cold and rainy days plus a bonus when opening the door onto the deck, next to the stream, in summer. My work station is next to the window. I like having my office here and usually spend one day per week with business management.
I love painting early mornings when it's still dark out...very peaceful. My other most favorite time to paint is when it's snowing or the Autumn leaves are coming down and blowing around like crazy. That's when I take mental health breaks and silently watch.
This space is located next to my Studio.
I first came up with the idea of hanging my paintings here when I started submitting my work into competitions. It was convenient for me to choose the painting and obtain measurements. At any time, I can hang around 30 paintings. I'm quite a prolific painter and not all of them make it onto the walls. I added the Hanging System once my husband taught me how to identify the studs. :) It's easy.
I open my Studio & Gallery by appointment and to the public during my Open Studio. Having the paintings up for viewing allows me to tell stories about each of them and point out interesting technique areas.
Let me know if you are interested in viewing the Gallery. It would be my pleasure.
It's taken me some time to process everything I have done with my art last year. I think it makes a good story. Until next week!
Many thanks for all your positive feedback with my writings. Who would have thought this could be so much fun!
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An Artist in Today's World...Imagine a world without interesting design on buildings and bridges, parks and gardens without decorative fountains, and homes and offices without paintings, visual interpretations, or color. A world without beauty.
Enter the artist.....one who is inspired to create unique visual expressions which encourages the viewer to think, feel, and engage. Communication and connection among people.
Artists create...that's our similarity, but we really are a group with varied interests, practices, and goals.
There will always be artists who create without the desire to share their work, and others who instruct techniques to groups while enjoying exotic locations around the world . Collectors LOVE art and hard working successful artists are appreciated by those of us emerging onto the art scene. I often remind myself, that they too, once experienced the humility I feel.
The art world seems to be changing. This world cannot be compared to other professions where one works their way up the promotional ladder. Making art is a solo practice ....creatively and self promotionally. But here is where it gets interesting for us...networking and community is our super power! With their goal is in mind, the artist connects with many and follows leads.
Our younger generation artists are fearless teachers, and they don't fancy protocols, the way we "seasoned" artists are likely to. They think it perfectly acceptable to email, show up unannounced or approach someone who could be helpful. And... they are obtaining results and favorable outcomes. This has been a new realization at this phase of my career and this new year I'm going to quit acting my age, and build up my confidence muscle.
2017 my painting style (left) was very realistic. I did enjoy adding background fencing and the caterpillar to this scene. That was adventurous for me back then. I continue to evolve my new abstracted realism (right) with the addition of softer edges, which is what I'll be working on this next year. Inspired progress.
I appreciate all the comments I am receiving.
Art in Everyday Life...what I see around me and how I perceive it...As for many, my home is the wellspring of stability that allows me to function successfully in the world. I do what is needed in an uncomplicated manner...daily routines, necessary chores and projects, with uninterrupted solo time.
Walking out the door and into the world...well, life around me now takes on grand possibilities... of Art! I automatically view shapes, shadows, light, color, and of course...values in everything I see.
Now, I am taking a risk and admitting to states of mind that may or may not exist outside of my own, but, I've shown up with a thought to share, so here it is....
As I view objects around me, my brain seems to become hyper aware of potential, relating to composition, or perhaps negative and geometric shapes. Eye candy for artists. Watching people is magical for me; body movements extending or arching, as a dancer, or peculiar; in fascinating ways. (One day I'll focus on the essence of movements in my paintings.) Emotions bubble up as I view and anticipate realistic abstractions,...which is how I paint. All this can be taken in as I walk through the grocery store parking lot or stand in line at the bank, noticing characteristics of business furniture.
Here are some every day inspirations:
Here I am, minding my own business, when I walk into a room and find myself standing right in front of these incredible shadows with delightful circular and linear shapes! This painting just HAD to happen!
I'm in Hawaii. (Not Oregon...you can tell by the sunshine and shadows! Ha.) My point is that I'm on a tropical island surrounded by tropical-ness, unique birdsong, sweet floral smells and lovely visual delights, but my eyes pick up on these linear shapes, depth, and shadow play of these ordinary chairs. Ordinary or not... they found their way onto my painting desk.
And here's another vision of interest during a lakeside hike. I think most would agree to liking the reflections, but I rather fancy this upside down portrayal. What do you think?
By the way... I turn all my photos into black and white versions to focus on the values, the lights, mid tones, and darks.
I have received wonderful feedback from my weekly art newsletters this past November and December and have decided to continue throughout the new year. Thank you all for that!
Next week I'll be discussing what it's like to be an artist in today's world.
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Hi...I'm Patrice... an acrylic painter who writes, and enjoys sharing how I create and think.