I realize that Covid-19 Has taken over the world, and certainly my practice of the last few months with the Covid Chronicles and the related attention that that has brought to my studio. However, earlier this year I blogged about discovering a new /growing fascination in my work when I realized I had been painting a lot of food for the past few years. So I decided to make it formal and introduce a new gallery section to my website. Cravings will showcase all of my food related paintings, wherever they might fit in to my other themes and bodies of work. Check it out, watch it grow, & shoot me an email and let me know what you think!
So January 17th I will be going live with my first public video uploads on the all new One Life Fine Art Studio Channel. Why do I say finally? Well I actually created the channel several years ago to share videos for another project. That project never went anywhere (after much work and investment) so I let the channel lapse while I focused on new projects. However I have wanted to create and share videos about my work and the work of being an artist for a while now. I just haven’t had time to plan, schedule, record, edit and upload videos on a regular basis; or so I thought. Turns out I already have a fair bit of footage recorded that I would like to get out there. After putting together a video with existing footage and a voice over recorded on my phone I saw that process is far less involved than the art videos I created during my undergrad days. So this is the year I jump in and get started. I want to start slow, with one or two videos a month, at least until I get my sea-legs under me and know I can maintain a schedule. The first videos on the channel will include an introduction to the channel, time lapse videos of painting, and a video from footage of my working life as an artist during a challenging year in my career. I will be posting a link to the channel when it goes live, so stay tuned for that special blog post on January 17th.
I have been setting up my shiny new bullet journal for the new year. Taking time to reflect on the last year and what one would like to do more of in the new year is something everyone should do, regardless of their stance on resolutions. So before setting up calendars and collections pages for the new journal I flipped through the pages of last year’s journal looking at what worked and didn’t, what I would like to do more of or do differently. Below is a summary of my progress and my art goals for 2020.
100 rejections: 2018 was such a busy year that I just needed a bit of a slowdown in 2019, and so I resolved that based on a historical 16 – 17% acceptance rate, I would apply for 42 opportunities, estimating 6 acceptances. I actually only got 38 applications submitted however my acceptance rate improved to 21% in 2019. Based on those numbers and a goal of 12 projects for 2020, I’ll be aiming for 58 proposals this year.
Studio Work: 26 paintings in 2019. The majority of my work this year revolved around showing the Canada West and Currency paintings, as well as the creation and distribution of the Sunflower Project paintings. For 2020 I will be working on building a community and supports for the Sunflower Project, as well as 24 new Sunflower Seed paintings. I will also be continuing with the creation of five new Canada West paintings which explore some of Canada’s early immigrant experience. In the past few years, perhaps as a result of my weight loss journey, I have developed an affinity for painting food! So I will be working on 10 new Canadiana food paintings in the first months of this new year. Finally, I love the energy of Rumble House’s live art events, and the challenge of thinking (painting) on my feet as it were, so I have resolved to attend more Rumble House this year.
Shows: In 2019 I was honoured to have my work shown at both the Women’s Art Museum of Canada and in CARFAC’s Shaping Alberta. For over a year now Medium of Exchange has been working on collaborative and individual works for our 2020 reunion show. So this year the focus will be on finding a venue for this exhibition. Additionally I will be working on developing a show exploring Calgary’s past, present and future with fellow artist Scott Clark.
Digital Presence: My goal this year is to reintroduce a regular Blogging schedule by posting once per week. I am also going to be working on starting a VLOG this year.
Travel: In 2019 I saw more opportunities to show across Alberta, so for 2020 I will be looking at opportunities to show outside Alberta.
So that sums up most of what I will be working on this year, how about you, what will your professional goals be for the next year, and how do you decide them?
Hi all. For my first post of 2018, and my first post in a while, I wanted to start with a recap of the past year, and then introduce a few changes for the next year, specifically involving this blog:
I started this blog November 4th of 2016, a little over a year ago. In the past year I have learned that regularly posting articles to a blog in a journalistic fashion is really not for me. When I have the time, I am stretching for things to talk about. When I have a lot going on to talk about, I don’t have much time for blogging, or for going through reams of spam searching for legit comments before I write anything.
I debated scrapping the blog altogether, however I still think it could serve a purpose. My paintings typically contain a lot of references and background material. If you know that context, it really adds to the viewers appreciation of the artwork. I am often told that I should be posting that information with the art when it is on display. So the main focus of this blog for the next year will be to write about the contextual information for each piece. I will link back and forth between the blog and the art on the website, for those that want the ‘full story’.
This is a rather big project, so I would not expect every piece to have documentation right away. I’ll continue to post articles throughout the year, generally on Fridays, though it will likely be irregular.
In addition to this, I will still include project updates and show or event announcements as they occur. Thanks for staying on the adventure with me!
This category will be the spot I keep such necessities as updates to my Curriculum Vitae, Biography and Artist Statement. As well you will find links to articles, whether written by me or about me. I’ll also use this space to talk about my reactions or thoughts on current reading, ideas and events related to the arts.
The Commissions category will take an in depth look at commissioned works I have done, explore how and why, present testimonials of commissions, explore the history of portraiture and public commission work, and why people today have work commissioned. Availability, procedures and pricing will also be covered.
This section is for fans of my work. Here I will be announcing new pieces, products, exhibitions, and opportunities to meet me or see the work first hand. As well you will find some of the backstory or thought process behind individual pieces and bodies of work. I might ramble a bit as I work out my thoughts on art history, the value of art to society and vice-a-versa.
This post introduces a new category that will be a resource for others involved in the act of emerging as professional artists. Topics will go beyond the act of making art to talk about work and life in the arts. Subjects will be relevant to the business of being an artist, as well as the personal side, including social, mental, financial and physical health. From time to time I may host guest experts here, as well as announce upcoming sessions of Artists on a Mission and How to Be an Artist.
Introducing to a new post category: the Art Lessons category covers further information for art students. It will include tutorials, art history, explain materials and techniques, and announce new and upcoming classes and critiques for registration. As well current students will find information to keep them in the loop on projects, requirements and the status of their upcoming classes.
For around a year now I have been doing Art à la Carte parties, and I think I may be the only one! I haven’t seen anyone else doing them. There are art lessons and workshops. There are paint nights, wine and paint parties & art parties out there of all sorts. They seem to be taking urban nightlife by storm. But Art à la Carte? Now that is something different again.
What is so different about Art à la Carte? I am glad you asked! Typical art parties offer a social experience for participants where guests can wine and dine while working their way through a set painting project. Usually they take place at a bar, gallery or art studio, and are great as a date night, girls night out or alternative corporate party.
So why would you want to do an Art à la Carte party at home? They are intimate, low pressure, and so flexible! Most art parties have set projects, set times, and require you to go to the venue. This can be a hassle if you have food and decorations to transport to the location. It can also be expensive if it is a bar and there is an expectation to purchase a certain number of drinks.
Art à la Carte gets rid of the hassle of going out. Whether it’s a birthday party for a 9 year old or 49 year old, a baby shower, mixed ages event, or your turn to host dinner and drinks, an Art à la Carte party is a fun and affordable way to break the ice, or provide a new twist for a regular event.
You control the guest list, book the time and the place (usually your place, though I have done off site locations too), and choose the project. You provide the space, including tables, chairs and water, along with the refreshments. I bring the art materials and equipment and I teach the project. Because the environment is much more intimate, guests find they can really relax and enjoy the experience, regardless of their skill level!
I have done Art a la Carte parties for kids birthdays and for adults birthdays. I have done them for wine and cheese nights, girls night out, co-workers night in, and just for the heck of it nights with family and a few close friends. Because each event is custom tailored to you, there is a lot you can do with an Art à la Carte party.
If you are ready to book one now you can contact me here!