Have enough BFFs (Best Friends Forever)? Well, you can become one of my FBFs (FaceBook Fans)! Over at my FaceBook Fan page, I’m posting great art specials exclusively for my FBFs – study paintings, mini paintings, notecards and a few of my regular inventory paintings all at special prices. But, you have to be my Fan on Facebook (click here to become one)! Or, visit my website homepage to become a fan (click on the “Fan” button at the bottom).
I just posted this “study” original watercolor today on Facebook – check it out!
Here’s a new blog that is worth checking out: Marcio Correa. Marcio is already sharing some great artwork and descriptions of his painting adventures and successes.
Marcio is a fellow Colorado Watercolor Society Signature member, and I’ve gotten to know his work a bit this year. I’m sure some of his paintings are evoking that sense of “place’ that fascinates me. Here’s one from this year’s Colorado Watercolor Society State Exhibit that transports me to this place and time that Marcio has created in his painting. Check him out!
I pulled an old favorite CD out in my studio this week: Billy Pilgrim. I like how music can sometimes transport you to a place and time better than an image. I first heard Billy Pilgram when they were the opening band for a Melissa Ethridge concert in Brussels, Belgium in the summer of 1994 (where I lived for two years working as a computer consultant). So, I had lots of images of my time living in a foreign land going through my head as I listened and painted.
After the concert in 1994, I immediately bought their CD (“Billy Pilgram”) and it is still going strong all these years later. The Billy Pilgrim Website describes their music as “folk rock duo”. They are no longer together, but check out the lead singer’s distinctive voice on Andrew Hyra’s Website.
I highly recommend Alyson (of ArtBizBlog.com fame) for artists looking to make big strides on the business side of being an artist. Here’s info on her workshop in Estes Park, CO on online promotion (and if you register this week, you’ll save $30):
Artists: Learn how to effectively promote your art online using email, blogs, and websites.
Alyson B. Stanfield of ArtBizCoach.com will lead a two-day workshop in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado–the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.
May 2-3, 2009
Just $165 until March 6
($195 after that)
* How to decide which online formats are best for you
* Five email secrets that produce results
* How to use an email newsletter to cultivate collectors
* How to expand your mailing list
* The Dos and Don’ts of artist Web sites
* Where to splurge and where to save
* Why you need a blog right now
* How to start your blog
* What to write on your blog
* How to increase traffic to your blog (and website)
* What to put in your website media room
* Why you can’t afford to ignore social networking sites
Alyson is expecting a sellout crowd of 70 artists from around the country! Save $30 by registering before March 6. See http://artbizcoach.com/estes
Ann acknowleges that this view isn’t FROM her studio but OF her newly-completed studio in the Catskills of New York. She writes that she waited 17 years for this studio and that it is a dream come true. She also writes that this is “on top of a mountain where the light can be spectacular”. Without this snapshot, I could only imagine, but this gives us a great idea of the inspirational view that Ann has!
Well, this is it… the last of the “elsewhere” views. I’ve actually been dreading this post because I already feel depressed and alone. And, on top of that, I would have arrived back home from my month-long Oregon coast trip today.
The good news is that I’ve met so many wonderful artists during this event and thank everyone for sharing your view with me and my readers.
I LOVE ALEX GRANT! Music (along with “elsewheres”) is a big inspiration for me, and Alex’s music has been a staple around my studio for a few years now. I’d have to say that “Old Father Road” is my favorite CD. Alex writes that this snapshot view from his home creative space isn’t necessarily inspirational for him, but he promises I’ll love the album photography from a recent trip to Maine for his next album “Red Skies at Night”, due out in 2009.
What a great snapshot from Elizabeth’s studio in Vermont. If there is a picture of snow and peaceful-ness, this is it. I also love the contrast of the cool snow and warm light – thanks for sharing, Elizabeth!
This is a true snapshot out Bairbre’s window – I love that it is just a glimpse of what she sees while having her morning tea. Bairbre writes that while it may not be a million dollar view, it IS a priceless one!
Like this snowy view from her studio, Tracy’s paintings are great views of elsewhere to me. Her view is so calm and still. Tracy writes that this view shows “the apple tree in the backyard with birds busy at the feeder… the tiny splash of yellow in the trees is our beehive”.
Here’s the view out Diana’s door several weeks ago when she had tons of snow. Diana writes that she is thankful her husband takes care of plowing and shoveling the snow, “if it was just me up here at the edge of the earth, I wouldn’tbe able to deal with it”.
I’ve visited Kathy’s studio in the foothills southwest of Denver several times – she has a great creative space! Looks like the snow is piling up in this view! Be sure to visit her website to see her pastel paintings!
Wow! Gotta love this view from Jill’s space. Jill writes that she is “blessed to be able to see the most gorgeous sun rises and sunsets everyday from a corner apartment on the 26th floor… with views of the palisades in New Jersey, Long Island and New York City.
How cool. I mean really – we all get a glimpse of Sylviane’s view from the Bordeaux region of France!
Judith Cassel-Mamet – Denver, Colorado
While Judith might not get the prize for “most lame view” as she feared, she most certainly gets notice for most hilarious accompanying comment: “Is this [blog event] really a secret surprise make-over opportunity!?”. Maybe someone out there from HGTV is reading this right now and will get right on making that project happen!
Judith goes on to say that, “My studio is in our basement, just across from the washing machine and dryer… which make great drying surfaces. I often have papers, canvases and weird things drying there much to the dismay of my family.”
Lisa recently moved to Denver (from an “outlying” ‘burb) and writes that “I’m currently building a new studio and we’re just a few weeks away from completion so the windows are covered in dust so there isn’t much view. So I waited for something interesting to see before taking a photo – I’m excited I’ll be able to watch the sunset out my southern window!”
I’ve been following Seth’s artwork and blog events for awhile now and was really excited that he sent me this snapshot from his New York studio. In a strange way, this made me glad that my own studio view is the blue backside of a Napa Auto parts store… with the view Seth has, I’d never get any painting done! On the other hand, this is the kind of view that I long for – an “elsewhere” to get lost in. Seth writes that ” I get so much creative energy from New York City and having this view from my window is always inspiring”.
I’ve known Janet for several years and love her pastel paintings (which are views of “elsewhere” themselves!). Janet moved from Denver to Missouri in 2007 and immediately applied for a studio space in the Foundry Art Centre just outside of St. Louis. Last year she was awarded a studio space and this is her view… I love that her snapshot looks just like a glimpse of what she sees when glancing up from her painting.
Like me, Stacey is a former “corporate career” type now working as a full-time artist. Stacey and her family recently moved to Grandby and I knew she’d have a great view from her studio – I love the snow and the promise of a hidden “elsewhere” if you were to follow that pathway you see on the hillside… Stacey writes that “In early morning and late afternoon, the sun rakes across the landscape creating a beautiful contrast between the warm, sunlit hills, and the cool shadows”.
I’m getting some great snapshots of “elsewhere” from all over the place! Thanks to everyone who has sent me one – I love getting these glimpses and have received quite a few emails from readers saying the same!
I’ll keep taking additional snapshots through the end of January – visit my original invitation post here. [All photos are by the respective artists]
This was an intriguing snapshot… I like the neat row of paint tubes and shadow of a branch through the blind. Leaves more than something to my imagination and was something I thought about while just sitting in my own studio this morning (waiting for paint to dry). If you think that row of paints looks neat, check out Jeff’s recent blog post with a snapshot of his tidy palette!
More snow! I actually went to high school in Sandpoint and really, really miss the beautiful winters of North Idaho (Denver is so brown these days). Dennis must live out of town a bit to get this awesome view of snow, trees and mountains. Dennis writes that he does his design, printing and framing from this room in his home.
And more snow! I love the contrast of this view from Shayla’s studio to the vivid colors of her art… and those shadows look so peaceful. Shayla writes that the side view of her studio looks out over a parking lot for the theatre across the street and that it can make for some interesting people watching… but the morning she took her snapshot, it was frosted up. Her back view looks out over a garden planted at the turn of the century. It has an old apple tree, lilac and gorgeous things that show up come spring.
A good friend of mine, pastel artist Kathy Beekman, opens a new show “Chasing the Light” tomorrow at Gallery 821 in Denver.
Kathy is one of those artists who creates paintings that I could step right in to. For me it has to do with my fascination of “place” – Kathy’s paintings really do evoke a sense of yearning to just be there in that place and time (and her painting below is a great example!).
It promises to be a great show… and, there’s a bonus! Kathy will be demonstrating her pastel painting at Gallery 821 this Saturday, February 16, from 12pm – 3pm. Not only is she a treat to watch as she creates, but she’s a fun person to chat with a bit about her art and process. Be sure to check it out – details below!
Kathy Beekman, North to Montana, pastel.
Kathy Beekman: Chasing the Light
February 14 – March 1, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, February 15 | 5pm – 7pm
Artist Demonstration: Saturday, February 16 | 12pm – 3pm