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.

 

The Sunflower Series at the Sunflower Bank

Sunflower Series at the Sunflower Bank, Longmont, CO

On Monday, I hung my Sunflower Series at the Sunflower Bank in Longmont, CO.  On this coming Friday, tomorrow, they will be celebrating their 125th birthday with a barbeque.  I am very honored to have my work on display for this event!  The bank is purchasing a framed print from me in the form of a Gift Certificate, which will be the prize for a drawing they will have.  The lucky recipient will get to decide which image from the series they would like.  It is a delight that the bank acknowledges the value of art (monetarily, physically and emotionally), and the benefit it can have for their customers.  The above photo is located to the right when you walk into the bank, and to the left of the tellers.

Sunflower Series at the Sunflower Bank, Longmont, CO

This grouping is to the immediate left when entering the bank, and the images below are on separate smaller walls in between offices.

Crow Writes Fibonacci
Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower Stalks
Sunflowers Different Directions

If you are interested in purchasing a print, please click on the above Sunflowers Series wording at the top of the screen in the black bar.

The Gypsy Cart of Art and More

I hope you are enjoying your summer!  With the warm temperatures and cooling nights, my summer is very enjoyable.  Much art activity has gone on during the past three months.

The Gypsy Cart this past Saturday at the Farmers Market!
The Gypsy Cart this past Saturday at the Farmers Market!

Three times now, the gypsy cart of art has made it to our Farmers Market.  I’ve been very happy with the response from people enjoy the cart and my artwork!  On the cart I have smaller original paintings, prints, hand colored prints, floral garlands, notecards, bookmarks, vegetable bags, and pallet paintings (which are actually off the cart) for sale.  The market is held downtown Iron Mountain, across from the library by the stage.  If you get a chance, stop by say hello and you may the perfect piece of art for a gift.

Some of the art for sale on top of the gypsy cart.
Some of the art for sale on top of the gypsy cart.

A few weeks ago, I helped The Friends of the Braumart to put together the “framework” for the Inaugural Mostra D’Arte show, held during the week before Italian Fest weekend.  It currently is the only gallery style juried art show in Iron Mountain.  Sixteen artists, three jurors, and numerous hours of planning and setting up and striking the show, made for a wonderful exhibition of art.  I was surprised and delighted to win the Third Place Jurors Award on my watercolor painting of The Three Graces which depicted three women stomping grapes.  Sometimes hanging a show can be challenging, but I was so happy with the ease that two women and I had in curating it.  We received many positive comments regarding the hanging!

Meanwhile, up in the studio I’ve been framing watercolor and ink paintings to hang in the gallery.  This is the week I plan to rehang!  During the week, feel free to stop by the gallery downstairs to see what’s new.

The Dig In and Bike On project continues to move along.  Through Kickstarter, 3 racks have been funded and created. Outside of Kickstarter, 3 racks are ordered and a voice agreement for another.  Ronnie Bradke is doing a fantastic job of fabricating the racks.  Two have been installed in the downtown and I hope the third can be installed this week in time for the Labor Day weekend.

May the rest of your summer and the coming weekend bring you much delight!

Joan

Mail Art entry 12!

Cut, sew, draw and repeat …

Mail Art entry 12a

Stage 1 of front:  I sewed the little orange ribbon on, the little butterfly cut-out, and then drew the rest with the addresses and stamp.  Still seemed ho-hum …

Mail Art entry 12b

For the flip side I cut out tulips from a rectangle piece of paper and then tore around it.  I sewed the tulip silhouettes, ribbons, and the cardboard cut-out onto the back. After stitching it onto the backside of another sheet cardboard, I scribbled into some of the border with the blue ink pen and added a request to Spring … still not pleased.

Mail Art entry 12c

Thinking a few raindrops might help, I added those, but still not enough …

Mail Art entry 12e

… I decided to darker the one set of scribbles in the border and add a second set.  The looseness of the line gives a “stitched” look to it.  Back to the front …

Mail Art entry 12f

… more color was added with marker and some Prismacolor to help give it a little more  brightness.

Off it went … with added postage.

 

Mail Art entry 9!

Mail Art entry 9a

Last night after dinner, I sat in a chair to watch Neil Young’s Journey.  As the movie began, I found I just couldn’t sit there without doing something.  So I ran to my office and grabbed an envelope, to the dining room table where I left my stamps, then into my drawing room for my Bic markers.

I placed a stamp on the envelope, added the addresses and began the black outlines, using the graphics in the stamp as a reference.  Once the black lines were in place, I added the bright Bic marker color, but found frustration with the flat colors.  One more leap up from my chair and I retrieved my Prismacolor pencils!  The color pencil overlay allowed me to add wonderful detail, depth of color, and depth in design.

Mail Art entry 9b

I turned the envelope over and stared at a plain white blank side.  I began the process over beginning with the black lines, adding color with marker and adding more color with color pencil.

Many of the stamps I currently am using are from the U.S. Postal Service Modern Art in America, 1913-1931 Forever Stamps.  You can read more about them at:  http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2013/pr13_033.htm

 

Mail Art entry 8!

Mail Art entry 8a

Ever have one of those ideas that seem wonderful, but the execution of it becomes more time consuming than you thought?  Welcome to Mail Art entry 8?

Mail Art entry 8b

Using a clear envelope, I thought it would be great to put some glitter paint into it.  Good idea – until I realized how long it was going to take for it to dry.  After approximately 7 days and numerous attempts at blow drying the inside of it, the paint dried!  I added two pieces of paper to the inside with the words Peace and Joy on each.  As an added interest, I cut up pieces of white paper and added those.  At last I placed on the mailing labels, and cut up other mailing labels stuck onto the outside to create a design.  May your endeavors move along much quicker than that one!

New projects

New inspiration can come from an old design. We own a small trailer that is in dire need of fresh paint, so I began to think of the uses of this trailer. Uses ranged from hauling kayaks to anything else! My thoughts drifted to the delightful carts in the markets in Florence and my wheels began to turn.
Trailer seems like such a mundane word for this project so I now refer to it as my gypsy cart!
Remembering a design I made for a letter boxing project turned to a graphic for my Out On A Limb line, I began to play with the tree image.
Proportions of the original design match the back gate of the gypsy cart, so that will be easy. Next, I began to play with the tree and expanded it. Now the plan for the sides will be and extended play of the tree morphed into 3 different trees!
Working along the “green” lines, I’m choosing to use the paint I have on hand … let’s see what we come up with!