May 16, 2013

"Free Falling" in its new home!

When one of my paintings finds its way to a perfect home, I am reminded of why I make art. I love when something I made resonates with someone else.  That's exactly what happened when Nancy Dall saw my "Free Falling" painting, which now has a fabulous new home in her Lake Minnetonka condo. Thank you to Nancy Dall for giving it such a special place to live and I hope you enjoy it for years to come.

I think we are going to have to see Tom Petty when he comes to town next month, right Nancy?

I hate my art.

*I promise there's a point to this.  Please read whole post.  

Yup.  I said it.  Sometimes, I really hate my art.  This is the weekend of a pretty big art event for me (Art-A-Whirl) and I confess. I hate my art.  I am doubting myself. Sometimes I wonder what I am doing- I mean, can I really make a career out of being an artist?  Am I delusional?  Besides, no one needs original art... Target and Ikea prints suit most people just fine!

Hanging my work for Art-A-Whirl this weekend
I feel like it's written all over my face- that I am a fraudulent artist and everyone sees that my work isn't that good. Sometimes months go by and I don't sell anything, which makes me feel like I am failing. There must be something wrong- I'm failing with my work, my passion is steering me in the wrong direction, I am wasting my time and effort.  It's dumb.  I'm dumb for trying.  Is this normal? Am I normal?  Wait, don't answer that.

Some days I hate my art more than others, like the  days I will fix my attention on a certain piece and obsess about how I hate it so much that I can't even look at it another minute.  I completely whitewash it without a moment of hesitation.  No one will ever know it's gone, except me.  And then I paint something else on that same canvas, forcing myself to make something better than what is was before (it works every time).  I feel better in some kind of way.  If I don't like it, no one else would like it, so I get rid of it's evidence forever!

May 1, 2013

Art-A-Whirl 2013- here's all you need to know!

It seems like forever ago that I participated in Art-A-Whirl in Minneapolis. In fact, it was.  When I was in college, I set up a show during the big event and had quite the... um... interesting display.  In fact, I am sure you can see that post right here.  Looking back, my show was kind of a mess of everything- abstracts, girls, digital arts, horses... whew.  And I still managed to sell five paintings!  Oh the bittersweet memories.  That was the first year I had the idea I could actually make money from my artwork.

Anyways, years have gone by, and I am very excited to re-emerge into the Art-A-Whirl scene.  But this time, things will be quite different.  I will have a real gallery-type space in the Northrup King Building (and not just a wire wall), hosted by my friend Todd Andrew Gross of New World Productions.  It's a beautiful space!  The show is sponsored by Dear Appvice, which you should probably download for your iPhone now.  And, needless to say, my work has evolved and this show should be a much more cohesive display...  At least, I hope it is!

My show will be a collection of my most beautiful paintings I have been working on recently, and a couple brand new ones.  I am showing all girls, of course, playing on my theme of seeking the true meaning of beauty.  I want everyone who comes to see my show to remember it, if nothing else.

For those of you who live in Minneapolis, you've probably (or maybe not) heard of Art-A-Whirl.  It's quite a big event, drawing in crowds of thousands of art buyers from around the midwest.  Northeast Minneapolis, home to hundreds of local artists and artist studios, becomes a giant art show, with everyone's doors open and artists showing their original works.  If you want original art, this is where you go in the midwest!  The Art-A-Whirl crowd draws thousands of art buyers, food vendors and outdoor/indoor activities for a whole weekend.  It's quite the experience from what I remember!

So, come buy original art!  You don't even have to buy mine (although I'd love it), just come support any local artist(s).  Besides you want original, hand-made art that makes a way better statement and conversation piece that you can feel proud to hang in your home.  For those of you who think original art is out of your budget, you can walk home from Art-A-Whirl with a big painting for under $500... easily.  There are a lot of artists who just want to sell their work at reasonable prices.  So, don't be afraid!

Here is the invite and where to find me at my art show during the weekend.  Todd and I will be there all three days mingling and meeting buyers.  Come say hi!  Please do, and bring your friends!