In my first blog for the new year I mentioned a few Exhibit opportunities I would try.
I entered into a members juried exhibit. As with any juried exhibit you never know if your work will be selected. The pastels I entered were not selected for the exhibit.
I entered another juried exhibit. Over a week ago I found out my work was selected for a Pop-Up Exhibit. It’s my first time in a Pop-Up Exhibit. I wasn’t sure what to expect.
I dropped off my artwork expecting to be on location to help display my work. The person in charge told me I didn’t need to stay. When I was selected, I was told the artists would help clean the space and hang their artworks during 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday afternoon. I arrived at 10 but by the time I left only one other artist delivered their artwork.
I’m not sure if the others realized the delivery time was 10 am with a displaying time frame of 10 am – 2 pm. Granted it all depends on what the artists were told.
I checked out the exhibit on Saturday night. Since less than half the artworks were displayed, the lights to the exhibit were turned off. When I checked again Sunday night more artworks were displayed and the lights were turned on.
Back in 2015 while volunteering at a local gallery, I saw a pastel displayed behind the reception desk. I thought why can’t my pastels look that good.
I took down the name of the artist and did some research. I found out she taught classes and workshops. From mid-2015 through 2016 I was a part-time student whenever there was an open slot in the classes and became a full-time student in 2017.
The classes helped me improve my skills. While classes will no longer meet weekly we will continue to gather every so often to critique finished work and help get suggestions on other pieces.
Over the past year, I’ve taken classes regarding other mediums. I took an online class on watercolorlasy spring. Participants were given access to online videos then we met the instructor for a critique of our work. While the videos were helpful, I wanted some basic information on watercolor painting to learn things that I either didn’t know or may have forgotten.
I found an online watercolor class by Liz Steel. She’s a well known urban sketcher (watercolor painting mixed with pen and ink). Here website is www.lizsteel.com.
It’s only been a few weeks into the class but I’ve enjoyed it very much. She gives students a lot of information (downloadable lesson plans) with demonstrations videos to help you complete your homework for the week.
Last fall, I participated in a Make It, Take It class on Acrylics. It is very much like the paint night events people go to with their friends. The only difference is the teacher is a local artist and the image you paint that evening is based on the artwork of that artist. I don’t work in Acrylics normally so it’s nice to learn something about a new medium and how to apply it to an artwork.
Of course there are other mediums I could try. It’s always nice to try something new as well as develop new skills. As an artist, it is also a way to meet other artists and learn about their work.
Happy New Year!! I hope everyone enjoyed the first day of 2018 and everyone looks forward to the coming year.
I’ll continue to work on my pastels honing the skills I learned during my classes in 2017. I plan to review class notes evaluating areas I did well and where I need to continue to improve. I know I should create more notans and small sketches to determine the best composition for a piece.
In regards to exhibition opportunities, I am looking into a few possibilities in the next month or so (submitting artwork to be juried for acceptance to an exhibit). Another opportunity has presented itself but I’ll say more about it once I have finalized what needs to be done.
Finally, I have signed up for a pastel class in March. I took workshops with Shelly Eager in late 2015 and early 2016. When I saw a chance to sign up for a workshop, I did because classes and workshops at this Association go quickly. I also signed up for an online watercolor sketching class. I know when I did the 30 Day Challenge of creating a watercolor each day, my paintings became better over the course the challenge. I’ve seen this artist’s work online and thought it would be an interesting class. I’ll learn more about watercolor plus sketching on location with pen, ink and watercolor.