Covid Chronicles Shop Update:

The prints on offer during the July Pre-sale

Hi all! So in July I let you all know in a blog post that not all of the Covid Chronicles products being offered on pre-sale would be on offer after the pre-sale. The pre-sale might have been the only opportunity to purchase some items. So following from that, a few items (greeting and post cards, some of the print images) offered then will not be offered for sale again in the near future.

Kudos to you if you did manage to scoop an item not currently on offer, and thank you all for your support of art and artists!

The Covid Chronicles Hardcover Book: 99 CAD + Shipping

However, I am happy to say that the Portfolios, Zines and Books did go to production and are currently available for order, as well as the remaining originals (299 CAD each + shipping) from the sketchbook project, and a selection of limited edition prints (69 CAD each + shipping) of the sold original drawings. All are available through my website. Click here to make a purchase! Sales are made through PayPal, but you do not need a PayPal account to make a purchase.

Fresh Art: A Covid 19 Memento Mori

Happy Birthday, 2020.
12″ x 16″,
 Oil & acrylic on canvas

A Memento Mori is an object or image which serves to remind the viewer of the inevitability of death. Historically speaking the intent of the Memento Mori was to advise the viewer to forsake temporal pleasures and attend to the spiritual life which theoretically transcended death. 

For myself, the Memento Mori reminds me to appreciate the gifts of life, as life is fleeting and an after-life is far from certain.

The bee in this painting is a stand in for me. My name, Debbie.lee, means bee, according to some interpretations. I painted this memento mori to celebrate my birthday and the completion of another cycle around the sun. The incorporation of the Covid-19 virus in the floral decoration on the plate commemorates the specific year, it’s most significant event, and is a reminder not to take for granted the pleasures of life life and good health, for who knows what lies ahead.

This painting is not currently for sale, however if you are interested in limited edition prints contact me and I will add you to a pre-order information list.Yes, add me to the list!

Limited Edition 100: means I won’t produce more than that (I may produce less, or none).

The pre-order period for the most recent Covid-19 images is nearly up, 9 days (July 19th) until it closes. Now is the time to add to your collection.

All people ordering before July 19th will receive a free 11″x17″ portfolio of the final 19 drawings. So that’s a great reason to purchase your drawing, print, book, zine or cards now. After the pre-sale that portfolio will be 15$ plus shipping, while quantities last.

I mean, you can wait until whenever to try to order some of the print pieces, some will be available, but some will not. If there are no orders of the object of your desire during the pre-sale then I won’t produce it (unless you want one of the original drawings, in which case when it’s SOLD, well it’s gone, right?). If more people order the item then I will produce it, plus a few more than ordered, and you can likely still get it (while quantities last) after the pre-sale.

That said, it could happen that I re-open an edition again, up to that maximum number (if the stars are correctly aligned), but that’s not much of an assurance of future availability for you is it?

So that’s my rather lame sales pitch, if you want a limited edition print, book, ‘zine, greeting cards, post cards, or portfolio, order it now or risk missing out.

Thanks for supporting us small scale artists doing our best to earn a living while providing fresh perspectives on the big and little things in life!

Virtual Exhibitions

So Covid-19 #9 has been included in a virtual exhibition, the Covid-19 Artwork Showcase, presented in conjunction with Fortune Live Media’s Health Brainstorm Virtual Event which opens tomorrow and runs for three days. I think it sounds pretty cool to be part of an exhibition of international artwork & artists put on by a major media force like Fortune Magazine’s live media branch.

In addition to this event, I’ve also been invited to contribute work to virtual exhibitions and archives including the Women’s Art Museum of Canada, the Immortal Artist’s Pandemic Archive Project, a residency project organized by artist Pamela Moon, Life As We Know It: 2 Meters Apart, and to various institutions actively soliciting archive material documenting the pandemic.

The question is, without the personal interaction of hanging the work in a physical space and interacting with viewers at an opening event, do these virtual exhibitions have the same impact for you as an artist or as a viewer? The reach they can have is far greater than a physical exhibition, and I have had people across the globe reach out to me, but is the impact of the encounter as potent when we cannot be physically present?

I will be curious to see what sort of long term response comes out of these virtual exhibitions.

Pre-sale is Open!

June 28th to July 19th.
Originals Drawings and Limited Edition Prints.
Zine’s, greeting and post card sets and a 12 x 12 book of the complete series of drawings.
All purchases made during the pre-sale will receive a free 11 x 17 portfolio of the second set of Covid-19 drawings. 1 per customer.
Visit the page, and then visit again, I’ll be updating product photos as the pre-sale goes forward.
Cheers!
All purchases made during the pre-sale will receive a free 11 x 17 portfolio of the second set of Covid-19 drawings. 1 per customer.

Covid-19 Sketchbook Tour 2

It has been over a month since my last blog post and even while the world whirs on with Covid-19 and police brutality protests I have been playing studio catch-up and still don’t feel like I have had time to catch my breath.

So I am really happy that I finally got the second sketchbook tour together for you and uploaded this week. I think you will find some of the images a bit darker, maybe a bit resigned to the craziness that is the human response to a crisis of this nature. Others are clearly looking forward to sunny summer days ahead. Please enjoy!

Below you can see the final four drawings in the second series of Covid-19 drawings, which I completed on May 18th (a full 3 months after I did the first drawing). Covid 19 #35 looks at the rising importance of online shopping and delivery, #36 thinks about how Covid-19 will be integrated into our daily routines as we move forward to economic reopening. #37 is about the state of limbo one lives in while awaiting Covid-19 testing and results. Finally #38, perhaps the most dualistic of the series, explores social anxiety, how people have both fought against the measures taken to slow the disease and have risked spreading the disease in the effort to bring overdue social reforms.

In other news, I wanted to share with you a tasty turn that the project took! I was thrilled to find myself tagged in this video on Instagram from Scott Bradshaw and Seven Ravens Bakehouse. He re-created my drawing Covid-19 # 35 as a cake! I’m sharing the video here for you now, what do you think?

The Covid-19 Shop is back up with originals from the first 19 for Covid 19 available to purchase, as well as limited edition prints of #5, 7, 8 & 9, and the 11 x 17 portfolio of the first 19 images for sale. Check it out now to make a purchase.

Also this month I was approached by Fortune Conferences (of Fortune Magazine) to showcase Covid-19 #9 during their upcoming Virtual Brainstorm Event on Covid-19, healthcare and business. I will have to share with you what happens with that.

Covid-19 #9 at the next Fortune Conferences Brainstorm Event?

In Sunflower Project news, I participated in the Rumble House Soul Auction, where owners Rich & Jess used their weekly (now online) live art auction to raise donations of time, actions and money for good causes (of the donor’s choice), with a special focus on the Black Lives Matter movement. Thanks to this collaboration we are welcoming two new members to the Sunflower Project, with their agreement to share their 1000 gifts with the world.

Coming Soon!

Finally, this week I am working on getting the next pre-sale up for Sunday June 28th on my website. I will be making available for purchase originals and select limited edition prints from the final 19 for Covid 19 series, as seen in the video. I will post the opening announcement when the Pre-sale is ready to open.

Thanks for catching up with me!

Studio Life & Covid-19 Part 7

As social (physical) distancing drags on people are dreaming of getting their lives back. I have three more drawings in the Covid-19 series, this first is inspired by a study which surveyed how the pandemic was manifesting in peoples dreams.

The second is about the realities of parents, grandparents and volunteer caregivers who are now juggling the responsibilities of full time child care and full time remote work. It is a blessing of communications technology that many are able to do this and maintain income security. Some telecommuters are able to help family members who are considered front line essential services, but without child care, to maintain their income security by pulling double duty. However it needs to be recognized that of necessity neither job is going to get the undivided care and attention it normally receives.

The third drawing is about Mother’s day, and the circumstance that will keep many parents in care from visiting with their loved ones anytime soon.

I anticipate another 4 in the series for 38, and then we will see where we go from there with the Covid-19 artwork. Currently I am wrapping up my first ever online print pre-sale and I am happy with all that I have learned from this venture, the new people I have had the opportunity to connect with and with the encouragement and support I have received. I will be sending the images to the printer in the next couple days as well as ordering related shipping supplies. Once I know what all of the actual (not projected) costs of this venture have been I will be able to re-introduce the online shop to the Covid-19 page and apply that knowledge forward.

Also this week, I was happy to welcome Florence and Yilu to the Sunflower Project with #6 (Sunflower Seed #60) & #7 (Sunflower Seed #61) of the 12 days of Christmas series of sunflower seed paintings. May their paintings encourage them to share their 1000 gifts with the world! If you would like to participate in the Sunflower Project, go here to learn more and sign up!

Studio Life & Covid-19 Part 6

So I feel like we have settled into a little routine or a new normal, as they are saying now, although we are all looking forward to (if not quite certain about) plans to ease restrictions and re-open businesses.

There was a lot of questions about herd immunity, and whether this can be relied upon to protect us as we start going out in public again. How many would need to be immune and how long does immunity last? My thoughts are that if you are in a high risk category you should probably play it safe for a while yet, while if you are healthy you can probably have a little more faith in the ability of the medical system to take care of you should your case be more severe. However even a young healthy person should still avoid contact with those in high risk categories to keep them safe.

Last weekend we had the opportunity to go out to Elbow Falls for a walk when the province re-opened the parking lots and staging areas at provincial parks. It was absolutely wonderful. We weren’t driving a convertible, but I think the feeling was the same.

This week I disassembled the original 19 for Covid-19 sketchbook and gave the drawings each a couple coats of UV archival varnish in preparation to send them to their forever homes. We are in the final week of my first ever Limited Edition Print pre-sale now. Prints will still be available to purchase for some images after the sale, however the portfolio will be sold separately thereafter. Also, as I now know a bit more about what PayPal fees, packaging for shipping and shipping fees will cost, I believe we will also be seeing an increase in the shipping & handling fee. So to get in on the pre-sale prices and the portfolio offer make sure you shop the pre-sale before it closes May 11th!

I have learned a lot about making art during Covid-19, doing a print sale, and selling art online since starting this project, I look forward to sharing my new insights with you on the blog and in future videos on my youtube channel. I don’t have a new video for you yet this week, I seem to be a bit behind on all the usual studio activities right now, but should be working on that later this week. Subscribe to make sure you don’t miss the videos on mu insights on selling art online, and what I’ve learned about making art because of Covid-19.

#59

In Sunflower Project news, Lorraine Appleby joined the project this week, and Sunflower Seed # 5 went out to her. Georgina K contacted me about her project inspired by the sunflower project. She has been leaving gifts of hand crafted fabric trees about for passers by, and left one for me on Friday too! Watch for those around your area if you are in Calgary!

Studio Life & Covid-19 Part 5

It is almost a month and a half now since Covid-19 was declared a global Pandemic and our lives here in North America went topsy turvy. I think a lot of people are appreciating the warmer weather, but not sure how they are going to enjoy it this summer. All of our plans are under revision now.

Amidst a whole raft of summer event cancellations, it was announced this week that the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede is officially cancelled for 2020. I anticipated this, however I know that the organizers, competitors, exhibitors and vendors were all hoping that somehow it could go ahead. The event brings millions of visitors from all over the globe to Calgary, and generates multi-millions of dollars of revenue. There are visual artists in the Artist’s Studios section for whom substantial incomes are made from just this one 10 day event. I am not one of them; this would have been just my second year participating in the commissioned sales section. However I will miss the chance to connect with art lovers and build audience while making a few sales and engaging in the lively spirit Stampede brings to the city. If you are interested in buying one of the paintings I would have shown, contact me. They are 6″ x 8″ oil on canvas and priced at 295 CAD each.

We are a little over a week into the pre-sale on originals and limited edition prints of a selection of the Covid-19 drawings. I am really appreciative of the people who have already purchased originals and prints. Each person who purchases during the pre-sale will also receive an 11 x 17 portfolio of the first 19 for Covid-19 Sketchbook drawings. Be sure to order before the pre-sale closes on May 11th to get that.

I am amazed that, even though times are uncertain, so many people are supporting the studio. Because of this, I am making a few videos about my experience making art during Covid-19. The first one (below) was posted to my Youtube channel yesterday, and asks the question: can an art business grow even during Covid-19? I answer that question with my story (spoiler, the answer is yes).

I am still thinking about why this is possible; it makes no logical sense to me. I have always been told that art is a luxury, and the first thing to be sacrificed during times of insecurity. Perhaps art is not such a luxury after all? Perhaps it serves some vital purpose? My next week video will be about lessons I learned making art during Covid-19. If I have any insights to that question by then, I will share them in that video. If you are curious to see that video be sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel so you don’t miss it. I appreciate your subscriptions as, should one day I reach 1000 subscribers (I’m a long way from that yet), Youtube will actually send a little money my way when people view my videos. It is a great way to support my studio at no additional cost.

Okay, how about we all get some sun with a socially distanced walk or some yard work? I think I will be cleaning and setting up my patio after my work is done today. Thanks for reading, see you next week!