So far this year is starting out pretty good for me. In January I started out with my first really big solo show. I set up this show about a year ago as a way to force myself to create a good size body of work, so I can start submitting to different galleries around the country. As it got closer to the date of hanging the show, I started panicking, wondering if I had enough art! Well, the amount of work turned out to be just perfect!
“Beyond Limits” North Hills Gallery 2013- Panoramic photo shot with my iPhone 5
At this event I sold 3 paintings, and was pretty well attended, which was just wonderful! I had lots of positive feedback on all my work, from artist friends as well an others that I did not know. (I also got a video of the show but have not done anything with it yet. That will be a new project for me to learn how to do! 🙂 ) Once the show came down, I decided to take one of the most popular pieces to my office at my ‘day job’. Well, it did not even make it up on the wall before someone decided they had to have it! (see it below)
SOLD- Desert Ruins Under the Stars 30″x40″ Mixed Media on Canvas
Then yesterday morning, during a break I pulled up Facebook and I noticed that SkinnyArtist.com posted their yearly 21 Artists to Watch in 2013 list, which I love to look at every year (I find great artists to follow on Facebook and Twitter), and to my surprise I saw my name on the list!!! I feel so honored to be mentioned with so many wonderful artists (and thank you so much Drew for the wonderful words and support)!
I am now preparing for the West Austin Studio Tour, which will be taking place over 2 weekends this year, April 27-28 & May 4-5, 2013. I hope my momentum just keeps going, I am ready!
Got my new Origin Magazine this weekend (and yes, I have work in it! Pg 63) and read the article “Trust Your Heart When Buying Art” by Origin Columnist and Owner of Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery– Lisa Russell. It was wonderful to read, specially as an artist.
We as artists are often insecure about our art, and it was great to read her viewpoint on how people should go about buying art, specially coming from a “big gallery” owner. If you have a chance, get the magazine, which can be found at Whole Foods Markets Nationwide. It looks like they will have it online at some point, and If I see it posted I will definitely share it. (Wish I could share more, but I am sure I should not) 🙁
I got to check out the amazing cows done by some local Austin artists for Cow Parade Austin. CowParade Austin is proud to partner with the City of Austin and the Children’s Medical Center Foundation to benefit Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas and Superhero Kids Fund. You can go see them right now at the Long Center (not sure how long they will be there). I got to photograph almost all the cows, but I realized I missed one of my friends cows! I have them all posted on my Facebook page (and will add my friends cow when I get the photo! 🙂 )
I was so glad I did not have to go into work today. It sounded dangerous out there to drive, but then we decided to take a walk and shoot some photos. When I stepped outside, it was cold but sunny, and for just a bit I thought “oh, maybe it’s not that bad”. But then we got to the street right outside our complex, and they had 17 cars on the side of the road that could not go anywhere. They slid into each other on a big patch of ice right outside our driveway! So I was VERY happy I did not have to drive anywhere.
Here are some of my favorite shots from today. I will start with the mess on our street.
Yes, the CNN Express Bus in here in Austin, apparently doing a story about Austin and the economy. According to CNN’s Tom Foreman, “some analysts are saying Austin, Texas, may be a national leader in economic recovery” http://ow.ly/1bqKG
Well, I know too many people that have lost their jobs or can’t live in their homes anymore. Some may not be un-employed, but sure are UNDER-employed. It does not mean that you can afford to live here. I personally am tired of struggling myself. It’s just so hard I can’t stand it sometimes! So I want to know, if we are going to be a leader in the national economic recovery, will the new companies hire the people that lost their jobs during the last 10 years? Or are they just going to hire new/straight from college workers, with no experience, that they can pay almost nothing to. Or are they going to bring workers from wherever they came from. Just to let you know, between all the high-tech employers that have laid off workers in Austin the last 10 years or so, there is a pool of incredible, talented workers, that have given up on finding a decent paying job and are working for minimum wage just to get by. They are engineers, technicians, etc. with years of experience. Think about them first and give them a chance, before looking elsewhere.