Thursday, 23 February 2012

Paint Party Friday...Driving Rain

Here is number three in the Nature's Magic - Rainy Windows series. I couldn't get it to photograph very well - it's a bit reflecty (which is a technical term):

Driving Rain



One of my aims for this year is to build up a portfolio of work and start approaching galleries locally to see how I go about persuading them I'm the next George Seurat. I should probably actually wait until I have a body of work but I'm impatient to get going so I Googled galleries in and around my town and Belfast city centre and started off by emailing one of them who suggested that they are always on the look out for new and emerging artists.

I typed up a big blurb about me and what inspires my work (which I probably shouldn’t have done until they actually said they were interested, come to think of it) and attached photos of my pointy pet portraits, rainy windows and some of my Walkies illustrations (as they also stock greetings cards). I had looked at the work of the artists that they had on their books and figured I might be in with a chance as it was diverse but there was nothing exactly like mine.

Turns out there was a reason for that as they replied to say that they were after a more contemporary style than my pointy portraits so they wouldn’t fit their gallery’s look but that the rainy windows were a possibility, if I ever did them on a larger scale, as the teeny tiny ones were too small to be exhibited. I’m taking that as a positive thing because I do plan to do larger rainy window paintings and I’ll be banging on their door once I’ve done so. I know I’ll probably need to develop a thick skin once I do start contacting more galleries as art is so very subjective and a piece I might be particularly proud of may not fit a certain gallery’s ideas.

Talking of subjective, we discovered a new show on TVon Wednesday night. Work of Art: The Next Great Artist – it’s produced by Sarah Jessica Parker and is based in New York. The concept is that 14 artists live and work together over a number of weeks and have to create their take on different ideas given to them each week in a variety of mediums.

Their work is then shown in a gallery each week and one artist will be let go. Very much America’s Next Top Model for artists. It’s so interesting to see how 14 different artists take an idea and come up with 14 very different pieces of work. Some brilliant, some conceptually brilliant but not that well executed and, some pretty rubbish creatively but coated in enough artistic pretension and emperor’s new clothes ideology to get away with it (which is something that makes me mad, truth be told). For example the guy who was voted best by the judges last night had taken a photograph and blown it up and did a bit of screen-printing over the top – to me that’s photography and photo shopping not art in the old fashioned sense of the world but I guess that’s why art is so very subjective, the judges loved it, so what do I know!


I'm linking as always to Paint Party Friday which gets bigger every week!

38 comments:

  1. its so exciting to travel this journey with you, your time is coming, I just know it.
    I love that TV show, we have another one here in Canda.Thre artist do a portrait of a celebrity and then the celeb chooses one to keep and the others are sold for charity.

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  2. Love the painting. I am in the same position now, trying to slowly build a body of work and contact galleries. I had a few saying they're commercial and some of my stuff is too racy and wouldn't sell, so I've been trying to find the right galleries to fit in while making stuff while being very busy working two jobs! But your stuff is always lovely, I am sure you will do great.

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    1. that's the biggest problem, isn't it-trying to get a break into the art world so we can quit the day job while not having enough time for art because of the day job-the eternal circle for the would be professional artist! good luck with your quest, i think racy art that provokes the viewer if you find the right gallery, wouldbe the work that would get people talking, which is always a good thing!

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  3. I like that show too. Didn't know it was back on! I've tried the gallery scene as well and it is very tough. It's like a big game....they won't tell you what they are looking for and it's up to you to guess. Good luck with it all. Your work is great. There's a match out there for you.

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    1. thank you Roban, it's really good to have such a great online community of folk going through the same thing.

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  4. thank you Laurie, i hope you're right! I like the sound of that show with the celeb portrait, wish there was something like that here (maybe I'll write to one of our tv channels and suggest it! )

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  5. You are doing the right thing by spreading your net wide. All creative works are subjective which includes books and we all know how difficult it is to get a book published. You go for it Pointy Pix because you are a very talented lady. Happy PPF and enjoy the weekend, Annette x

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  6. I was about to say that no doubt you're gonna get in the gallery since you're obviously so talented and then they said no. Well, it's a good thing that it motivated you to do the rainy series on a bigger scale. And I'm sure you're gonna find a gallery to exhibit your work in. I think you already have a portfolio, just show them your previous works. :)

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  7. Very nice! It is very good expermentar with no figurative techniques, it is a way to find your way. Saludos

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  8. Bravo to you ~ for your creations and searching out places for your art ~ I am not a big fan of 'juried' art ~ it is all so subjective ~ Happy PPF ~ namaste, carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  9. This one is great! Through a car windscreen right? I agree - the rainy window series would make fantastic larger pieces and there is a niche for them. Go for it! They like them so throw yourself in to a series of large ones and see what happens!
    I recorded that programme the other day and hope to watch it tonight. Sounds really interesting. I totally agree with your thoughts on some types of 'art'. I really don't see how a photograph can be classed as art. That is photography - a different thing altogether. Also, digital art for me is a gray area. Maybe I shouldn't say it, but that's just me :0)

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    1. Thanks Sandra, I agree with you on the digital art. I don't honestly know much about it but if there's a computer programme that allows you to 'draw' then there perhaps doesn't have to be a lot of creative ability in the drawer? I think there are tablets and pens that people use which would require artistic ability but I don't know enough about it. I do think photography is an art in itself - I know from trying to take decent photos recently that you really need to have both an eye for composition and the technical know how but I'm not so sure about the photoshopping that goes on afterwards - that seems a bit like cheating to me!

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  10. good luck on your pursuit of success. The key of course is to keep painting, sounds like that's just what you are going to do!

    Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors

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  11. I smiled when i saw your miniature rainy windows series! How wonderful... i think many are distracted by size (we sometimes give more value to HUGE paintings when in reality, size has nothing to do with whether it's good or not) Trust that you're on the right path. Happy PPF! xoxo

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  12. I love that you called on a gallery! What a great way to tell the Universe that you are ready for the next level of your art journey!!!

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  13. wow, great paint. Love this little piece of art

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  14. I think that is excellent progress and feedback! Good for you for taking action.

    I am excited to see bigger rainy day paintings as I am loving them! Another beautiful little one today.

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  15. Beautiful painting.
    And good for you approaching galleries and building a body of work!
    Very true...what is a good fit for one gallery may not be for another.
    But the quality of your work is excellent and you will find the right gallery fit! :)

    Glad you found Work of Art on TV, too.
    I love that show...in fact, my good friend was one of the contestants last season, so it was especially fun to watch!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  16. I think it's REALLY positive that they're interested in your reflective series- having interest in any of your work is a very good thing because they probably get approached fairly often. You should take their interest as a sign of encouragement and use it as motivation to create these beautiful paintings on a larger scale. In the meantime, keep creating and contacting- wouldn't it be amazing if you ended up having all the varieties of your work shown in different places?
    PPF Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  17. Cool painting, love the colors! Happy PPF!

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  18. Beautiful piece, love all the colours! Rain is so often associated with being dull and grey, but it's the rain that brings out all the colours.

    I'm sorry the gallery thought your work wouldn't fit in with them. But I'm sure you'll find the gallery that think it does! And I think it's just wonderful that you went out there and contacted them! I've been thinking about possible ways to one day get my work out there, but the pure thought of contacting a gallery freaks me out.

    That tv programme sounds interesting! What channel is it on? I get a few of the British channels over here.

    Happy PPF!

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  19. Lovely little piece and I'll have to look ans see if I can find that show here :)

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  20. What a lot in this post to comment on! First I must watch that show! Second, bravo to you for getting out there and contacting the galleries. It will only be a matter of time before you get your own show. You must get all your blurb ready in advance though - so when they say 'tell me more' you are ready and raring to go! I'm excited for you!

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  21. Congrats on taking the first steps in having your art shown in galleries. That's such a brave thing to do!! I know that you'll do wonderfully. You are so talented!!

    This painting is such fun! I love that it's so teeny tiny!

    Happy PPF!

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  22. Super gorgeous piece..i love the richnessof darkness and boldness of the colors..the energy and movement is awesome..fabulous piece!!
    Yay..shine on...you will find a gallery perfect for you!
    Victoria

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  23. I adore these little rain window pieces of yours! And I am still behind in reading your last weeks post, but I have not forgotten!

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  24. oh wow!!!! I love this piece.....miniature art just makes me happy for some reason!!!!

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  25. Your post made me smile and chuckle. I wish you the best of luck with your endeavors on sharing your art. I'm getting there. Your stuff is great!! Love your header. Happy PPF! :)

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  26. that is a great little painting and i hope you will find the time to make bigger ones and get the galleries to show them. all the best in your endeavors!
    that sounds like a very interesting show! i don't think we have it here yet.
    thank you for sharing,
    hugs, peggy aplSEEDS

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  27. I really enjoy the program Work of art.... it has been on two seasons now. Good source of inspiration.
    I am glad you were able to speak to the gallery owners. It is the best way to find out what is in and what they expect. I have had my most of my bead art and my sculptural painting in galleries and museums since the 1980s. It is all about having art that is just a bit different.
    I do really like your art very much.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  28. LOVE LOVE LOVE your new header for this BLOG. It shows who you are and the fantastic art you create. Enjoyed your painting this week.
    Always enjoy visiting you!
    Happy PPF!
    Sheri Cook/Happy Horse Studio

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    1. thank you Sheri, I figured it was time for an update!

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  29. I imagine a gallery would jump all over your Rainy Windows if they were larger. Incentive!!!! They'd be perfect for big contemporary lofts and offices.

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  30. Your work is very good and I could see it hanging in an art gallery, you just have to keep trying.
    Sometimes,actually often times I question the unusual sculptures and art that has such focus and value put upon it and wonder what they're thinking ; ) I suppose a work of art really does effect everyone a little differently.
    Their interest in the rainy windows may be your way in ;) GOOD LUCK!

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  31. Good on you Nicola for approaching galleries, I think that takes a lot of courage and it's something I've never had the courage to do myself! I would love to see your mini works of art on a larger scale too I think they are lovely!!! Good luck and keep us posted on how it goes so exciting!!!

    Thanks for sharing that new show, I'm so going to check it out now!!! :0)

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  32. Good luck with your larger window series in a larger format. Can't wait to hear that your work is being exhibited in a local gallery!

    We have already completed season 1 of the Bravo show. I actually went to see the winner's work in the Brooklyn Museum. I missed the 2nd season winner's show.

    I'll wait to hear what you thought of it when you done with Season 1.

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  33. What a great mini painting. Really very nice. I have to watch that show too. Thanks for letting us know about it. Good luck with the galleries. Remember your work is always awesome. They'll love it! Sorry I'm late.

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