More About the Andersonville Galleria

Getting back to the post previous to the last one, it is time to share more of my hanging process.

After painting
After painting – my subtle green wall

Now that the wall was painted (in my subtle green), I took a close look at the wall regarding traffic flow, lighting (which Elliot from the Galleria http://www.andersonvillegalleria.com/index.html happily helped me to adjust), and the wall that is not connected to mine physically, but visually can be a deterrent due to it being perpendicular to the center of my wall.  The shadow area at the top of the wall created a visual separation and I wanted to be sure nothing would be cut in half due to lighting.

Freshly created lotus blossoms
Lotus blossom scraps of paper
Tags for the blossoms

Next, I took an inventory of some of the items I want to sell. Narrowing it down to three kinds of items I created helped to make the overall placement within the space much easier: 1- the larger size dancer prints from my original watercolor paintings (framed and unframed – the unframed ones can also be ordered here on my website on the Dancer Series page), 2- black and white rabbit prints (also from my original drawings) that I made into one-of-a-kind pieces by adding color with Prismacolor pencils, and 3- handmade paper flowers I created from German crepe paper (a different color on each side) purchased from my favorite paper store in Boulder, Two Hands Paperie http://twohandspaperie.com.

Thumbnail of layout on a sticky note

After taking measurements, but before pounding of nails, I created small thumbnails on sticky notes to get an idea of what arrangement I would prefer.  I started with my largest pieces, the Dancer Series, and carefully began measuring the placements of L-hooks and nails, taking into account the added space needed from the hangers (tabs or hooks).

Dancer prints

Once the Dancers were in place, I measured from the middle and worked my way out to hang the rabbits.  Placing the rabbits on the couch the day before to consider the 2 matting colors and the order of the rabbits based upon the visual direction of each piece, made it so much easier to hang because the placement decisions were all ready made.

Rabbit order one – one mat color on one half, the other on the second half?
Rabbit order two – alternating mat color? I chose the first one with grouping similar colors together.

Dancers and the rabbits hung where the lighting was optimal.  The final section of paper lotuses I hung in the shadowed area, to give an overall flow to the top, while spreading the color throughout.  The lotuses are made in three different sizes which create more interest and texture in an area that needs the interest without over powering the other pieces.

Shadow area above the rabbits
Close-up of crepe paper lotuses

While hanging the artwork, I kept in mind to leave space for title cards, descriptions and an artist statement.

 

Beginnings

After a wonderful time of getting away and refreshing the mind, body and soul, I’m back in the studio ready to begin new creations.  Thanks to our trusty technology helper (TTH), Luke, I’m navigating my way through another technology hurdle, forcing my brain cells to fire rapidly and begin making new connections.  If nothing else, this should be helping me to build a new platform of neurons for my old age!  I’ve found putting myself into new situations for learning (like this blog), helps me to have and create fresh new energy, and least we not forget, it also makes life exciting.   Let’s just intend, this is exciting in a very good way!

During our recent explorations I saw wonderful works of art ranging from contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum, touristy art in Breckenridge, working artist studios in Portland, master works of art at the Getty Center and breathtaking architecture, gardens and ancient sculptures at the Getty Villa.  I loved seeing how artists (from all time periods) incorporated their daily living into their art work.

I saw for the first time at the Portland Art Museum an original Van Gogh painting that the museum had recently acquired.  The docent told us it really hadn’t been seen before because it had been hanging above a fireplace for the past 60 years in a home outside of Portland!  Years of soot were removed to discover not only another bird in the painting, but also finger smudges by Vincent!  The thickly applied trenches of paint in the leg of the ox showed his trademark strokes.  Just as his daily living garnered in sites of the natural world around him, I look at my daily living.  What do I absorb from my daily surroundings that meshes with all that energy within me?  As the days progress I’ll keep you informed of the results!

If you have time, visit my website by clicking on the image of En l’air to the right. You’ll see a glimpse of what goes on in my world! En l’air was created a few years ago with a mixture of gesso, crayon, mat medium and water color on watercolor paper.  I enjoyed creating this painting because of the lightness I felt while creating it.  She always reminded me of the feeling one gets of jubilation when being at a celebration!