4th Annual Skies Exhibition

It’s my pleasure to announce that one of my paintings was accepted into the 4th Annual Skies Exhibition with Fusion Arts. I guess I have been working with Fusion for quite a while as I was accepted in the 3rd Annual also. And further joy, as they’re local to me, I was able to meet them a couple years ago – back when we met people IRL!

Anyway, enjoy the virtual exhibition HERE.

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The other day I responded to a question on Facebook by Renee Phillips of Manhattan Arts International. She asked artists to comment on the post “Dear Artist, What’s a favorite art supply, material or medium you love to use most and why.”  People mentioned the richness of certain watercolors, the quick drying advantages of acrylics, the feel of wet clay among others.

I was in the process of designing a piece of art in response to the Collage Artists of America’s themed online show ‘It’s about Time’.  We had been asked to interpret the phrase any way we chose.  Bearing in mind the timeline on which this show was announced, I anticipated they expected may entries about the timeliness of the recent changes brought on by the #BLM movement.  My thoughts however went to the words of a friend who is currently on a journey with cancer.  She has progress and setbacks.  Some things held in check, new things popping up.  Extraneous issues like being self employed so ineligible for disability, annual changes in carrier by her spouse’s employer, who provides the health insurance, and of course the threat of covid.
The artwork incorporates some of her steps in the numbers on a handless clock, the extraneous issues in surrounding teardrops, and on the  rods of the pendulums, her quote that inspired me: “I know that the  cancer will take me, I just want some more time.”

So back to the question on Facebook.  My response was that my favorite material was my imagination, it allowed me to create art in response to such inspirations and challenges as the one mentioned.  Serendipitously in today’s reading from 365 Tao (Deng Ming Dao) is the paragraph: “Why concern yourself exclusively with the mechanics of a situation?  That is like seeking an artist’s genius in the brushes; it is the mind of the artist, not the tools, that is responsible for the beauty of a painting.”
When I went back to find whether anyone else had posted an answer similar to mine, I found my comment had been removed.

I guess I think a little too far outside the box.

Aside from the fact that I’m slowly putting a lot of art up on my Etsy site (it’s amazing how much time it takes to pull everything out, photograph it in various poses and edit the results) I’ve been working on a fun book-length poem about hognose snakes, with illustrations.  I can complete this amount of work because, it may not surprise you to learn, everything else is cancelled. 

Newer work #117

Newer work #116

Newer work #115

Newer work #116

Buying Art Online – a question for you.

Hopefully the title of this email will encourage a higher than average number of my followers to read this post.  If that’s you then let me keep it quick and ask you this:
Now that galleries are mostly closed and art fairs mostly cancelled, if you were to go online to buy a piece of art for your home, which websites would you check out before making a decision?  You comment on this post and let me know as many or as few websites as popped into your mind. (Other than skyscapesforthesoul.com 😊 )

Now for the more involved reader… I hope you will answer the question anyway.  I guess not everyone will answer skyscapesforthesoul.com, which is what I want, I’m not famous (yet).

I’m at a point where I need to get some feedback on which online galleries to apply to.  Some I’ve tried to work with have standards involving what to wrap the artwork in and how quickly to ship it.  This is not unreasonable for the artist who lives near a town, but I had to decline working with a couple websites in previous years because art had to be shipped UPS/Fedex next shipping day and I would need to put my site in vacation mode every time this clashed with an art fair or class.  To put the frosting on the cake, I couldn’t add any charge for a 90 mile round trip to the nearest UPS drop off location.  One allowed an extra $50 for a 100mi round trip, but 90?  Nope.  And as far as being good the planet with reused shipping materials or going to the UPS store combined with other errands within the week, no way!

I have an Etsy store where things are (occasionally) listed and worked with another online gallery who recently decided to discontinue me for ‘portfolio review’ reasons they wouldn’t specify, though I suspect they don’t like the mixed media work I recently added.  I have some items on FineArtAmerica.com, which is primarily for reproduction work, as is Society6.com (You can get masks with my art on here!), and I’m just setting up a Square store.  Both Etsy and Square allow me to control shipping, so no contention. 

Who should I approach next?  There are many online galleries out there. I get a lot of emails and bot-directed advertising of certain online galleries, because I’ve investigated them as potential outlets, but my thought is, for the average buyer, when that big gap in the wall starts to rankle, which url do they reach for?  Which ones have they heard of?  Which ones are famous?  

Who knows, by this time next month, I might be!  (Buy now, before artist gets discovered! 😊)
At the time of writing I have only online events.

Group Online show “Planet of Joy” with Lark Gallery.  who also has a brick and mortar presence in Santa Monica.  I’ll be on the zoom webinar on the Sunday Jul 12, 2020 12:00 PM.    Meeting ID: 390 158 8938.

I have three paintings that may or may not still be available through July 12th in the 6x6x2020 Online fundraiser for Rochester Contemporary Art Center
Check out arthola.com – there should be three of my paintings there you can vote for (the most voted will get a small prize, so please pass this around!)  Arthola also has a program where you can subscribe to use art images as screensavers for your smart tv when you’re not watching.  A piece of revolving art instead of a black blank screen!
And one painting in the La Quinta Art Museum Group Show “Uncertain Times” theme: “Something I Realized”  – tentatively mid-July thru? with the above artwork ‘United’ 36×24”  Oil on canvas.

Newer work #114

There are so many species on the brink of extinction, hence this influence.

Newer work #112

New Book now available.

Finally got the last edits done to allow my latest poetry and painting book ‘My Next Breath’ to be available in Kindle as well as in print.

Here’s the link to the books page on my website which will show you all the books without having to hunt them down on Amazon – or you can just search for me on Amazon if you wish. I’ll be ordering physical copies soon for the studio so let me know if you’d like a signed copy directly from me.