I am on Art Loop Wilmington in September at Zaikka Grill right on Market Street, it is a tasty spot, in more ways than one. Delicious Indian food, and right next to Film Brothers, who have connections to the Fringe Festival, which my feeble attempts to describe would be ridiculous so click on the link there.
I have recently (like, last Friday) submitted two works to a juried show at the Newark Arts Alliance, and they were accepted! So my first artist reception is TOMORROW NIGHT!!! I am so excited!
Backing up a bit (I know I kind of said I wouldn't) I went to an artist workshop by Alyson Stansfield. It was a "Lift Off" and we spent the entire weekend learning how to market ourselves and our art, how to set up websites, who to contact, how to visually present websites, marketing materials, everything you could possibly imagine. Some of it may prove to be cost restrictive, and I am doing a little at a time, trying to go for impact as well as effectiveness. It was a very timely workshop, and it seems as though my eyes AND my mind opened up. Things really started happening for me once I took the initiative, got over my shyness or lack of confidence or procrastination or all three, and put myself out there.
I am still doing portraits, and I love them! I just completed a drawing for a friend's mom of her rescue dog. Bogie. His story was so inspiring, and I could tell from the series of reference photos taken from the time he was first adopted to the present that he became a truly joyful dog. His expression and the way he held himself changed. He was confident, no longer fearful or unsure.
One thing that really touched me was that he never had toys where he lived before, he didn't quite know what to do with them.
The picture I chose as the main reference for the drawing shows Bogie as if he is smiling, love and happiness shining from his face. I am glad Bogie is finally home.
My love of animals will never change, neither will my respect for that bond between humans and their animal companions. One of the greatest factors in me choosing to do pet portraits (or the portraits choosing me) is my own friend, Oedipus. At this point I am tempted to link you to another blog, because this dog was awesome. so here is my little blurb on facebook.