26 February, 2014

Upcoming show, unexpected honors, sharing an interesting blog post

As details become known to me, I'll post more, but it looks like I'll be having a bird themed art show thru the month of April in Phoenix!   This is the result of a gallery owner I'd worked with  before, coming to visit my studio.  I hauled out everything so he could see a pretty good range. The majority of my work anymore is birds, so it's not surprising that will be the theme! It's to be a 2-person show. I think I know who the 2nd person will be, but will wait until the gallery creates its own announcement before I say much more.

Recently, I was honored to have one of my paintings chosen as a purchase award by the Arizona Commission on the Arts Governors Arts Awards! There will be an awards ceremony in March at the Mesa Arts Center. About the awards: http://www.governorsartsawards.org/about-the-awards/  The painting is Birds in Wigs.

I had no idea selection for this was going on nor did I know how it worked. I was called one day by the Arts Commission's director, and asked to send him a few images of bird art that were within a certain price range. I did, and shortly, he informed me they were buying this one! That was followed by the documents etc that I needed to fill out. It was so nice of him to remember my work and contact me!

UPDATE 17 Mar. 2014, recent article on the awards: http://www.broadwayworld.com/phoenix/article/Tucson-Phoenix-and-Scottsdale-Artists-Selected-For-33RD-ANNUAL-GOVERNORS-ARTS-AWARDS-325-20140317#

Today, when I checked my email, there was a new blog post from Ask Harriete, ("I love your work and want to make one for myself"), an arts related blog I just recently started following.  From what I gather from her blog and a few others, apparently it's become fairly common now for workshops and paint parties to use artist's work without permission.  This is not flattering, and is not legal. I can't imagine why anyone operating a class, workshop, or party, would risk it.  http://askharriete.typepad.com/ask_harriete/2014/02/i-love-your-work-and-want-to-make-one-for-myself.html

And to end a post on a good note, (because infringement stuff never is), last I heard, the buyer of the 3-bird commissioned portrait was still thrilled with it! He bought Cardinal, too, and likewise has said he loves them. This is always good to hear!

07 February, 2014

Finished a pet portrait

This 48 x 24 in. acrylic painting on canvas went home with its new owner today, along with Cardinal, a small painting I did a couple years ago.  I will be updating my price/inventory lists on my Redbubble page, to reflect that Cardinal is no longer available.

It has been a good winter so far. Not too cold, no bad storms, am making and selling artwork, and we are happy so far with the house we just moved into.  When we moved here, first thing I did was set up essentials to start the bird painting above. Now that it's gone home with its new family, I will finish organizing my studio. Will also be getting out ALL of my artwork for a studio visit later this month by a gallery owner.  One thing I quickly discovered was that I needed a higher work surface.  My old back problems cropped up again when I spent so much time working over a standard folding work table. I need it to be about kitchen counter height, when it's not on an easel.

If you want to read about the process a little, and see some WIPs (work in progress pics), I blogged about it more on my Redbubble page today. http://www.redbubble.com/people/cschnack/journal/11499595-making-of-3-bird-portrait

Something else we did when we first moved in was put up wild bird feeders. Our birds love to watch them, and so do we.  I liked the shadows on the wall behind this otherwise crappy shot of what was probably the first bird to find the feeder in January.

Have a good weekend!

(All work © Cindy Schnackel)