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 13!

Mail art entry 13a

What can I say? Sun was pouring through my Southern exposure drawing room window as the ideas fluttered about like the butterfly on the stamp.  I really like how this one turned out!

Mail art entry 13b

The back of this postcard is fun to trace the stitching tracks!

If you haven’t checked out where all these pieces of mail have gone, go to Two Hands Paperie’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Two-Hands-Paperie/282051646297?ref=ts&fref=ts

Boulder Creek Painting and Photo

Boulder Creek photo w painting

Many times I’ll capture a photo of a beautiful place with the intention to someday paint it.  Now as I write this, you need to understand that creating a painting from a photo is not the same as to make it look just like the photograph.  If that is the intent, why bother in the first place, just use the photo.

I use the photo as reference for shapes and placement.  If you look at the picture above you will see my original photo of Boulder Creek and the unfinished painting.  The original photo is dark due to the overcast day.  I love to use color and using brighter colors, especially compared to the muted tones in the photo, gives the painting more life and joy than the photo.  The color gives me more of the emotion of how I feel when I think of Boulder Creek.  I use the photo to get a general idea of placement, a starting point for a composition, not as a compulsion to put every single bush, branch and stone into my painting.  The photo is a starting point only.

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!