28 December, 2012

She has survived 2 decades and 5 moves

 One Tough Old Bird!

This ceramic hand-built hen was made in 1992 according to what I inscribed on her bottom at the time she was still wet clay.  She is made by making two hollow half spheres, meticulously adhering them with 'slip,' and pressure, and then adding features and details. She was bisque fired, then painted and abraded, with acrylic paints and wet-dry grinding film.

Hand built, (and wheel thrown), ceramics, are generally very durable, not like the poured and cast pieces typically available in stores.  Plus, they are one of a kind. Even if I made these by the dozen, they would all be individuals.

My husband and I have moved cross country, and in town, at least 5 times since she was made, (I think more!).  Virtually all of our glassware has perished, much our furniture, too, and some of my old paintings, at the hands of movers and sometimes by our own doing.

But the Mad Hen is still here.  Knock on wood, I hope she will continue to be with us for a long time.

She is about 8 inches tall and wide, and weighs about 2 lbs, (guessing).  I will measure and weigh her if anyone requests it, otherwise...meh!  I do not really want to sell her, because it's very difficult for me right now, location-wise, to make more ceramics.  But perhaps if I DO sell her, I will try harder to make more ceramics or sculptures, and that'd be a good thing.

So, she IS for sale, $250 plus shipping/handling, which I would guesstimate to be about an additional $75 (minimum).

She'll be on my Price List on Red Bubble, where you can read details of my original works for sale, and see many images of my work for sale as prints, cards, and even a few as iphone and ipad cases, tee shirts, and calendars.

My Red Bubble Journals where my price lists reside

24 December, 2012

A great Artist's Statement

 Click the title, below, to read my journal post on Red Bubble, about the really effective artist's statement written by Robrt Pela, for artist Paul Wilson. A lot gets said about these statements, whether we as artists need them, and what should be in them.  They should be tailored for the specific need, (in this case a show).  Other uses for this kind of writing are your About Pages, etc.  A longer Biography can include the credentials and the stuff about when you started painting, etc. But the "statement" needs to be short and to the point, and about the art.  It's not an explanation for art that can't stand on its own.  It's what's at the heart of your art, so that viewers who don't know you, can more fully enjoy your work.  I think Paul's show is a good example, also, because his art is unconventional, and some people might wrongly assume it's going to be about violence, but it's not.  Quite the opposite.  Without a statement at the door of the show, I wonder if some viewers might see, "Lee Harvey Oswald" and be turned off, not realizing what they missed?

A great Artist's Statement:

17 December, 2012

Finger Painting on an iPad


This was done with my fingers on an iPad, something I've just recently begun using, when I was given my husband's old iPad.  He had a simple drawing program on it that was fun and fairly primitive. I goofed around with it the other night.  Naturally, without even thinking about it, my hand and brain went straight to "chicken."

When done, I emailed it to myself, put it thru a Photoshop Elements filter to amp it up a bit, and resized it.  I enjoyed using the colors and seeing what effects I could get. The above iPad piece is currently not uploaded to my Print on Demand type page, on Red Bubble, but it can be, if I get any requests for it to be offered as small reprints or cards.  My Red Bubble Home Page

I have lots of paintings and drawings, on canvas and paper not digtal, and, many are on sale right now, until the end of 2012. That's just a couple weeks away, roughly!  After that, any unsold work goes back to regular prices.  Some of the sale prices are slashed by half, so if you were looking for some original art to buy, I have it in all price ranges and sizes, from a few dollars for drawings of 6 x 6 in or so, to well under $100 for drawings up to 11 x 13, to miniature paintings for only about $75, up to large paintings for $1200.  I have a few pieces that are not on sale, those are regular prices, but most of my work is reduced price right now, to clear space and prepare to have a real studio space in 2013.  The sale is not a regular event.

Paintings Price List

See link within Paintings list, for prices on drawings, collages, and other works on paper.

07 December, 2012

"Should Artists Be Paid?" by © Janis Zroback | Redbubble

"Should Artists Be Paid?" by © Janis Zroback | Redbubble:

Added two new paintings to Red Bubble today

Both are available individually as prints and cards, or in thus Duo.  Each painting is 10 x 10 inches x 1.5 in. deep, and the originals will also be for sale. I'll be adding them to my list of original paintings for sale. Both were done very quickly, a few minutes at a time over a period of 3 days.  I had seven paintings in progress on the patio and went back and forth between them all.  To do these, I picked up whatever tube of paint appealed instantly to my senses and applied it with palette knives.  Before long the creatures began to emerge, and I added some details as features suggested themselves. I love this way of painting, where it's almost like watching myself paint.  Sometimes some intriguing meanings emerge, but other times it seems to be about just enjoying the colors and quirky characters, and sometimes, the senselessness of it!

Find them here: http://www.redbubble.com/people/cschnack/works/9707460-pink-monsters-duo

Check out original paintings on my price list: http://www.redbubble.com/people/cschnack/journal/9291163-paintings-inventory-and-sale-price-list

There is still time to get prints from Red Bubble, or originals from me, in time for the holidays, I believe.  I have been finding that under normal circumstances, I can get original art in buyers' hands within a week or less, without resorting to expensive rush shipping. When I've ordered cards, prints, or tee shirts from Red Bubble, they take one to two weeks to arrive.

ArtByCindy (at) Live.com or "bmail" me from Red Bubble if you have an account there!