Monday, January 27, 2014

Love, Life and Vincent Van Gogh


"What is done in love

is done well"

 

Vincent Van Gogh

 

I was going to wait until February, but circumstances have warranted that I post this now.

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Members I Prize Show at Concord Art Association

Whitney Heavey's art
Surf I & II by Whitney Heavey

I was pretty happy to hear that I got not one, but two pieces in the Members I Prize Show juried by Larry Powers at the Concord Art Association  . As an artist,  you always hope your work gets accepted into the show, otherwise you wouldn't have entered.  Sometimes you get in and sometimes you don't.  If you and I were given 300 pieces of art and told to whittle it down to just 75 or 80, there is no possible way we would pick the same 75 pieces. NO WAY. 

When you do get accepted,  it feels good.  Someone chose my work!  I couldn't go to the opening for this show (I was at a professional artist series on blogging hosted by the Danforth Museum).  The day after the opening, I was able catch the show.  I was pleasantly surprised to see a red dot on each of my paintings.  I was even more pleased to hear that an artist (of whose work I really admire) had purchased them.  Seeing the show by the light of day and without the usual crowds of an opening gave me a chance to really take in this show and walk around at my own pace.


My first reaction was one of happiness.  Perhaps it was the optimistic palettes and contemporary takes on realism.   This was a show that appealed to my love of bright color.  I found myself admiring the bold use of color and light.  There were also several pieces which seemed to appeal to my interest in the use of white (perhaps inspired by my recent visits to see John Singer Sargent's watercolors at the MFA in Boston).  This New England landscape painter found it to be a pleasing show that really seemed to flow nicely as a whole.  Hanging a group show is always one of the most challenging shows to hang.  The hanging committee did a nice job of putting together works by many different artists.  If you are looking for a bright moment in a cold New England winter, I would recommend popping in to the Concord Art Association.  It reminded me that spring isn't too far around the corner.  

I had taken several snapshots of my favorite pieces  and wanted to post them (low resolution with links to their websites) all here, but then got concerned some artists might not want me to do that without permission.  Do you have an opinion on this issue?  If someone posted a picture of one of your works from a show  (in a positive way), how would you feel?  Should the blogger contact you first for permission? 

The following images are quick snapshots I took of some of my favorite pieces from this show.  They are not perfect photos and do not represent the entire image.  The artists shown here have given me permission to post here.  If you can't make it to Concord, you can also see the show here on the Concord Art Association website, though it is always a much better experience in person!

Just a few of my favorites...  

red orange landscape pastel
www.robinherrpaintings.com
Concord Art Members' I Prize Show
www.jimminot.com                         www.bjconstantine.com                   www.rebekahlordgardiner.com









Thursday, January 16, 2014

2013: In Review & 2014: Doing What I Love

  2013 (the year in review)

I'M BACK!

 

cancer art, heart stones, Mark August, Chatham, MA, Cape Cod art, ocean paintings, art therapy, oil paintings
2013 In Review

Highlights & Opportunities to Grow

Opportunities to Grow 2013:


  • growing back strength, hair, and life post-cancer 2012 
  • doing art therapy 
  • studio time! (gaining steam)
  • painting waves on paper and participating in the annual Holiday Sale at ArtSpace Maynard
  • committing to blogging regularly
  • committing to more daily art (in and outside of my studio - including getting my girls off screens and painting :-)
  • exploring lots of social media options/technology goals and beginning to learn a lot that will help me expand my reach
  • meeting with a financial planner to figure out our goals and how to get there
  • getting my art business its own bank account
  • Munson Gallery transitioning to online business only (after sale of physical gallery)(though still showing my work at Pisces and now also Vining's Bistro)
  • Mark August in downtown Chatham, MA now showing my work

HIGHLIGHTS 2013

  • Creating a post-cancer treatment painting to process it all
  • Completing "Mail Art 2012"(thanks KR!)
  • Becoming a Jeep owner (thanks FJH) & loving every minute 
  • Taking an incredible trip to Northern California with college friends and seeing the Pacific Ocean for the first time!!! 
  • 1-year clean scan in November :-)
  • Frank's new job as Chief Development Officer of www.expectmiraclesfoundation.org
  • Hair, energy, life!
  • Practicing daily "HLG"(high, low, gratitude)with the family


2014 (looking ahead)

Getting it Done/Doing WHAT I LOVE

 

wave art, square paintings, pink flower art, ocean paintings, Cape Cod art, play
To date in my studio 2014

Goals for 2014...

STUDIO

  • Paint Paint Paint  ****number one art goal for 2014
  • Clean up studio
  • Organize and arrange studio to make more conducive to creating
  • Make more time for studio 
  • Paint on more surfaces (paper, board, canvas)  
  • Paint for longer stretches of time 
  • Take video of the making of a painting 
  • Play more
  • Experiment more with color relationships, edge, paint application 

TECHNOLOGY

  • Watermark my images
  • Explore online marketplaces: website and/or Etsy
  • Approach galleries and other selling venues beyond Chatham, MA
  • Look for showing opportunities at new locations
  • Trying to get some press in local publications (especially coastal)
  • Network more
  • Education:  blogging, tweeting, photographing my work  regularly
  • Blog regularly (once a week?)
  • Update website (keep current on a seasonal basis)
  • Catalog and track my art sales

ART (NON STUDIO)

  • More art in summer and on school vacations - gallery openings, watercolor painting, photographing, writing, etc.
  • Incorporate art into my daily life (with my girls, watercolors, sketching, seeing art shows, reading about, stopping to look at and feel the world around me.)

PERSONAL LIFE

Spend more time: being present, outside, meditating, playing, enjoying my family, friends and dog, helping others in need, being near or in the ocean, driving my Jeep, exercising, being grateful for health and the life I am living, DOING WHAT I LOVE.