From Starving to Artist....am I there yet?

| 17 February, 2016 22:26

Well, I have work in several venues (HQ Gallery, Surprise City Hall, Peoria Library) and I have just entered a few more competitions which include a month or two of display in the community.  While tracking my art, delivering, picking up, etc. keep me very busy, it is not producing much income. 

I have taken a job as an instructor for Grumbacher Paints at Michaels in Litchfield Park, AZ.  I love to teach and love to paint, so I believe this is going to be a fun adventure.

I am also hosting painting parties.  I have one this week for 10 girls (a birthday party).  While I am inspiring others to pursue their artistic talents, I get to paint and make money at art.  This has been a dream of mine for a few years.  I have just about given up my regular job as a Paralegal.

Tomorrow is a reception at the HQ Gallery for its 5th Annual Flower and Botanical exhibit.  I have three paintings (the maximum they would let you enter) in the exhibit.  I am hopeful that my paintings will find new owners.

Well, back to working on my website.  I can't wait until I can hire an assistant.......until then I must get back to marketing.

From Starving to Artist....am I there yet?

| 17 February, 2016 22:19

Well, I have work in several venues (HQ Gallery, Surprise City Hall, Peoria Library) and I have just entered a few more competitions which include a month or two of display in the community.  While tracking my art, delivering, picking up, etc. keep me very busy, it is not producing much income. 

I have taken a job as an instructor for Grumbacher Paints at Michaels in Litchfield Park, AZ.  I love to teach and love to paint, so I believe this is going to be a fun adventure.

I am also hosting painting parties.  I have one this week for 10 girls (a birthday party).  While I am inspiring others to pursue their artistic talents, I get to paint and make money at art.  This has been a dream of mine for a few years.  I have just about given up my regular job as a Paralegal.

Tomorrow is a reception at the HQ Gallery for its 5th Annual Flower and Botanical exhibit.  I have three paintings (the maximum they would let you enter) in the exhibit.  I am hopeful that my paintings will find new owners.

Well, back to working on my website.  I can't wait until I can hire an assistant.......until then I must get back to marketing.

From Starving to Artist....am I there yet?

| 17 February, 2016 22:19

Well, I have work in several venues (HQ Gallery, Surprise City Hall, Peoria Library) and I have just entered a few more competitions which include a month or two of display in the community.  While tracking my art, delivering, picking up, etc. keep me very busy, it is not producing much income. 

I have taken a job as an instructor for Grumbacher Paints at Michaels in Litchfield Park, AZ.  I love to teach and love to paint, so I believe this is going to be a fun adventure.

I am also hosting painting parties.  I have one this week for 10 girls (a birthday party).  While I am inspiring others to pursue their artistic talents, I get to paint and make money at art.  This has been a dream of mine for a few years.  I have just about given up my regular job as a Paralegal.

Tomorrow is a reception at the HQ Gallery for its 5th Annual Flower and Botanical exhibit.  I have three paintings (the maximum they would let you enter) in the exhibit.  I am hopeful that my paintings will find new owners.

Well, back to working on my website.  I can't wait until I can hire an assistant.......until then I must get back to marketing.

Annual Christmas Festivals and Fine Art

| 14 December, 2015 14:51

Well, I just spent the past two weekends at art festivals, one in Surprise, AZ and one in Litchfield Park, AZ.  While I met a lot of nice people, sold a few smaller items, I have decided that unless a show is specifically an ART WALK/SHOW, that it would not be worth all of the work to set up my booth and exhibit my work.  I sat and watched vendors around me selling crafts, $5.00 items, etc.  My booth was full of admirers telling me how talented I am, how beautiful my work is and how much they loved it.  I did make a sale of a smaller painting, some hand painted Christmas ornaments and my calendar for 2016.

I know that in order to get your name out into the world and for people to see your work, you must exhibit in local shows.  So, I will be more selective in the shows that I enter so that I am not wasting valuable time which could be better spent in my studio, creating another master piece.

Upcoming and current exhibits.

| 14 December, 2015 14:50

Surprise City Hall - exhibit runs through end of January.  My "Rainy Night in the City" was selected  by the jury.

WHAM - Gallery in Surprise, AZ.  Title of show, "I'm Feeling Blue".  I had two paintings selected by the jury for inclusion in the show.  My blue iris painting, "Cloud Ballet" and blue flowers and butterflies, "True Blue".  The show runs from December 12, 2015 through Janury 15, 2016.

West Valley Symphony - I will have art on display in January and February, 2016.

 

Chandler Art Walk

| 22 June, 2014 16:38

Experienced my first art walk on Friday at the Chandler Art Walk....it was a great learning experience.  I met a lot of artists, as there were over 50 artists displaying their work.  The promoters did an excellent job, as there were a lot of customers.  Several people stopped and admired my work and I even made a sale.  The sale made the event worth the work.  I plan on returning to the Chandler Art Walk which is held on the 3rd Fridays of the month.  It will be indoors until the weather cools down, then outside at the AJ Park downtown Chandler.  I hope to see you there supporting local artists.

New Gallery Affiliations.....trying new bright colors too!

| 11 February, 2014 15:43

I am happy to announce that I have work on exhibit at the SunDust Gallery in Gilbert, Arizona.....just google it, take a drive and go check out my paintings, and many other fabulous artists' work.  I also have been accepted into Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.  I am on the online gallery so far, but hoping to be a gallery artist soon.

I have been working in acrylic this week.....never knew that I could blend the colors as much as I have been able to.  I am trying to do some bright, bold, color themes to see if it attracks any buyers.  I am really liking the outcome.

Even though it is the dead of winter in most places (I am in Arizona, loving the weather), I have been admiring trees.  I have stopped along the road to take photos and I have several paintings in the works with the fall colors, trees, country roads, etc.  I guess the country that I grew up in (Michigan rural area) is still in my heart.

Well, I hope you enjoy my new work.  I am going to make a conscious effort to blog weekly, so keep an eye out for exciting news.  Thanks for stopping by.  God Bless you and yours.  Julie

 

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| 08 December, 2013 09:28

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Admiration of portrait artists

| 19 March, 2011 20:12

As I have struggled over the past few weeks, attempting to complete a portrait of a family, I decided to take an online portrait class..... boy, in just a few hours I learned a lot of helpful tricks.  Also, while getting educated, I came across information on a very talented portrait artist by the name of Mian Situ.  If you google his name, you can find a site that has a demo of him painting a subject.  While he is very talented, he is just becoming famous.  Check him out.

And for a very talented and famous artist, I checked out John Sanden.  Sanden has painted many famous people.  Here is some info on him.........

 

News-Times, July 15, 2003.
Forbes magazine

John Howard Sanden has been, for 37 years or more, one of the nation's leading portrait artists. He has completed hundreds of commissioned portraits of leading figures in government, business, education, and the professions. He has also found time to write five books on portrait painting, lecture and teach at the Art Students League of New York for nearly three decades, produce numerous instructional videos, and conduct nationwide seminars, workshops and master classes. He writes a regular column of commentary on portraiture for the Internet site WorldofPortraitPainting.com.

On February 26, 2005, the Portrait Brokers of America presented John with their Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1993 the American Society of Portrait Artists presented John with the John Singer Sargent Medal for Lifetime Achievement. Other recipients of the Sargent Medal have been Andrew Wyeth, Richard Schmid, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Daniel Greene, Nelson Shanks, Burt Silverman, Bettina Steinke and Jamie Wyeth.

Also in 1993, Houghton College presented John with the honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree.

The critical year in John's personal history was 1969, the year he decided to leave the Midwest and a long career as art director for the Reverend Billy Graham, and try his hand at New York City and the world of portrait painting. Within months of arriving in New York, he was appointed to the teaching faculty of the Art Students League, had become affiliated with the city's principal portrait brokerage, and had established a nationwide portrait clientele of the famous, wealthy and influential.

Sanden thereupon launched into an ambitious teaching career. He founded the Portrait Institute in 1974 and began touring the nation, teaching his ideas and techniques to thousands, who came out to hear him in classes as large as seven hundred at a time. Those who could not come in person studied through one of the national correspondence instructional programs which he created. In 1979, Sanden launched the National Portrait Seminar, which grew to be—at that time—the largest art seminar program in America.

John Sanden's memoirs have recently been published as Face to Face With Greatness. The large illustrated volume is available from The Portrait Institute Press at www.portraitinstitute.com.

I hope you enjoy checking out the above portrait artists as much I as have.  Have a great day.  Pick up a pen, pencil, crayon or whatever, and sketch something fun..... think of spring....... paint a flower, a bird or just the sunshine.  I know you folks in the cold parts of the earth could use a dose of that right now.  God Bless.

 

Admiration of portrait artists

| 19 March, 2011 20:12

As I have struggled over the past few weeks, attempting to complete a portrait of a family, I decided to take an online portrait class..... boy, in just a few hours I learned a lot of helpful tricks.  Also, while getting educated, I came across information on a very talented portrait artist by the name of Mian Situ.  If you google his name, you can find a site that has a demo of him painting a subject.  While he is very talented, he is just becoming famous.  Check him out.

And for a very talented and famous artist, I checked out John Sanden.  Sanden has painted many famous people.  Here is some info on him.........

 

News-Times, July 15, 2003.
Forbes magazine

John Howard Sanden has been, for 37 years or more, one of the nation's leading portrait artists. He has completed hundreds of commissioned portraits of leading figures in government, business, education, and the professions. He has also found time to write five books on portrait painting, lecture and teach at the Art Students League of New York for nearly three decades, produce numerous instructional videos, and conduct nationwide seminars, workshops and master classes. He writes a regular column of commentary on portraiture for the Internet site WorldofPortraitPainting.com.

On February 26, 2005, the Portrait Brokers of America presented John with their Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1993 the American Society of Portrait Artists presented John with the John Singer Sargent Medal for Lifetime Achievement. Other recipients of the Sargent Medal have been Andrew Wyeth, Richard Schmid, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Daniel Greene, Nelson Shanks, Burt Silverman, Bettina Steinke and Jamie Wyeth.

Also in 1993, Houghton College presented John with the honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree.

The critical year in John's personal history was 1969, the year he decided to leave the Midwest and a long career as art director for the Reverend Billy Graham, and try his hand at New York City and the world of portrait painting. Within months of arriving in New York, he was appointed to the teaching faculty of the Art Students League, had become affiliated with the city's principal portrait brokerage, and had established a nationwide portrait clientele of the famous, wealthy and influential.

Sanden thereupon launched into an ambitious teaching career. He founded the Portrait Institute in 1974 and began touring the nation, teaching his ideas and techniques to thousands, who came out to hear him in classes as large as seven hundred at a time. Those who could not come in person studied through one of the national correspondence instructional programs which he created. In 1979, Sanden launched the National Portrait Seminar, which grew to be—at that time—the largest art seminar program in America.

John Sanden's memoirs have recently been published as Face to Face With Greatness. The large illustrated volume is available from The Portrait Institute Press at www.portraitinstitute.com.

I hope you enjoy checking out the above portrait artists as much I as have.  Have a great day.  Pick up a pen, pencil, crayon or whatever, and sketch something fun..... think of spring....... paint a flower, a bird or just the sunshine.  I know you folks in the cold parts of the earth could use a dose of that right now.  God Bless.

 

Miniature Competition

| 28 February, 2011 17:56

Hello.  I submitted 3 pieces of art to a show that was going to take place at Rive Gauche Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ.  I had not heard from them, so I decided to e-mail them to see if I made it in.  They advised me that due to lack of entries, they are postponing the show until the end of the year.  SIGH!  I only had 3 weeks to create something spectacular for the show, and I stressed, painted, re-painted, and stressed some more.  Then I mailed out the CD with my 3 pieces.  The good news is that now I have the entire year to come up with some awesome pieces that will better showcase my talents.  The submissions can only be on a 6' x 6' canvas..... that is really small and it is difficult to paint something that is really awesome and will get selected by the jury.  I will have to come up with something great.

Well, back to my commissioned family portrait which is due in 2 weeks.  Have a blessed day and that's for stopping by. 

 

The next step..... my very own blog.

| 26 February, 2011 21:46

I have been working on my website and attempting to improve it.  I decided to delete prices on painting, so as to get more interest.  I have several paintings in the works, 3 of which were recently submitted to a contest, so they are not for sale yet.  I am doing my first family portrait, which can be seen in my "work in progress" section.

 I have work on display at the SunDust Gallery in Mesa, Arizona.  I am hoping to branch out and have work throughout the State of Arizona by year's end.

If there are any local business establishments interested in displaying my art, please send me an email to ilive2paint@cox.net.

 Well, that's all for now.  Ta, ta from the art world of Julie (Swinton) Fisher.