Getting ready to “Paint the Great South Bay”

Amidst the several other projects/goals I have set for myself this month and going forward into fall, I signed up to participate in an event taking place this week that will be a new experience for me.

I am half excited, half nervous to be one of a number of artists painting the Great South Bay “en plein air“** for an event led by the South Bay Art Association aptly named, “Paint the Great South Bay.” Myself, along with other artists from around Long Island, will be setting up our easels to capture and create views of our island’s beautiful Great South Bay.

Rain or shine (I hope to get out early to avoid the rain) we will be creating artwork on location this week from Thursday, the 20th, thru Saturday, the 22nd. I will use all the assorted social media outlets to post where I am, as well as document my progress. I plan to be setting myself up in Gardiners Park, right at the edge where I can grab both a view of the Fire Island lighthouse, the Robert Moses bridge, the *raincloud-less* sky, and of course the bay.

On Sunday, August 23rd, from 1 pm to 4 pm, there will be an opening reception at the Paper Cup Studio art gallery (139 South Country Road in Bellport), displaying all of our work from the week. The pieces will be available for viewing and for sale from then until September 20th, with gallery hours being Thursdays to Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm, and Sundays from 12 pm to 4 pm.

There has been a Facebook group created for any one interested to check in and see where other artists will be located: Paint the Great South Bay FB Group.

**en plein air: a French expression which means “in the open air” and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which is also called peinture sur le motif (“painting of the object(s) or what the eye actually sees”) in French.

From Quick Sketch to Gallery Wall

I am the owner of many, many scraps of paper: whether they be stuck into a sketchbook, on my dining room table, my purse, my back pack, my messenger bag, my other purse (yes, it has been mentioned to me I have quite a few bags), my closet, my night stand, my dresser, and finally my desk – the only place they are actually supposed to be. On these scraps are sketches, doodles, thoughts, and emotions jotted quickly down in order to get them healthily out of my system. A lot of the time these scraps are placed down, snapped for the sake of an Instagram post, and then not so much forgotten, as they are just left where they are as I have to get up and go about the rest of my day. From this, you can imagine, many of these sketches do not get to become the complete illustrations I would like them to be. Unfortunately, I have not yet discovered a way for there to be enough hours in the day for me to accomplish that task. But I am working on it.

Elastic Sketch      Cross My <3 Sketch

It was with this idea in mind, of looking back through these scraps, that I pulled the above two sketches and decided to make them something more. The sketch on the right is minimum three years old, and the finished piece created from its beginnings was not completed until two months ago. Both these “scraps” have been sitting around with potential, and I am glad I was finally able to make them something more.

It makes me even happier that they were both completed in time to be accepted into the Huntington Arts Council’s Juried Art Show, “Artie Techie.”

Both works have been printed, framed, and will be on display in their Main Street Gallery from July 2nd to 18th.

Elastic      Cross My <3

And the show goes on…

As much as I don't like my picture taken, I suppose I should mention I was in the news.  

But the moral of this blog post is that if you haven't gotten to go see the exhibit, you should soon. It's only open for another couple weeks. 
borrowed from:  Long Island Exchange

LONG ISLAND ARTISTS SHOWCASE THEIR WORK FOR HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

 

Long Island Press ReleasesPart of Arts Alive LI – Arts Month Celebration

(Long Island, NY) The annual Arts Alive LI “Arts Month,” sponsored by the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) and Bethpage Federal Credit Union is a month-long celebration of cultural events that take place across Long Island. Running through October 31, 2014, 40 remarkable venues will host over 100 events, including a special Hispanic Heritage Month Exhibition running through October 26 at Bloomingdale’s Furniture Gallery at the Roosevelt Field Mall. Sponsored by the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the LIAA, 12 Hispanic Long Island resident artists, will each have their artwork on display, many pieces for sale, throughout the gallery. An artists’ reception to kick-off the exhibition recently took place at the Bloomingdale’s Furniture Gallery.

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Pictured (left to right) (top row): David Kirschenbaum, Manager of Public Relations, Bloomingdale’s; Theresa Statz-Smith, Executive Director, Long Island Arts Alliance; Luis Lopez, Immediate Past President of the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Louis Vasquez, President, Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Pictured on the Bottom Row (left to right): Berges Alvarez, Anahi DeCaneo, Naomi Bonilla Diracles, Carlos Velez, Victoria Febrer, Freddie Lopez, Samantha Hernandez, Jessica Valentin, and Juliana Bedoya. Photo Credit: Arts Alive LI.

For a complete listing of all Arts Alive LI events, venue and performer information, as well as prize coupons and discounts, visit www.artsaliveli.org to download a free, commemorative “Passport to the Arts.”

 

 

borrowed from:  Long Island Exchange

Hung Up.

2014 continues to be the year of new experiences and checkpoints reached.  I am going to be sad in a few months when it comes to a close, but excited for all the possibilities that 2015 will have in store for me.

 

VarnishingMost recently, I sent out an application via email with some jpegs attached and waited for a response to gain acceptance into what would be my first venture into hanging my art up on a wall (that was not my own) and have it proudly displayed for stranger upon stranger to view.  If selected, my work would hang for just over a month, my name, photo, and bio, displayed alongside it for these strangers to learn a little bit more about me.   After a period of time had passed, I began thinking I didn’t make the cut. Especially once I learned that only 10 – 15 artists were being selected for this exhibit. Perhaps it was self doubt, or me just being plain o’l antsy, but I decided it wasn’t happening and that was alright (as an artist you get used to silent rejection on basically a daily basis).
Well, to my surprise an email response came the next day. The first sentence made me feel like I was being set up for a gracious let down, “Thank you for your recent submission…” the expected thank you for submitting your work statement — and then bam — “I am delighted to inform you that your work has been chosen to become part of this exhibition.”  !!!! Yes.

 

Frames were then quickly ordered, and very cost effectively acquired via Jerrysartarama.com .  I tracked/stalked their delivery via online tracking (I love technology sometimes, I really truly do). The day they arrived I opened the giant box and began to frame my own paintings for the very first time in my life.  This was a wondrous and beautiful endeavor, never before had I seen my work in such a polished and finished state.  If you paint and have never framed a work of your own, I implore you — go out and do it. Framing

 

Then this past Thursday, I rode out to Garden City’s Roosevelt Field Mall to where the exhibit is set to take place — the Bloomingdale’s Furniture Gallery. There among other artists I was led through the different rooms (this place is a giant maze if you haven’t been there before) and given a few options on rooms to hang my work, as well as to hang it as I chose.  Once  I had made a selection — above a bed — I was given nails, hooks, and told I was free to hang.

 

Left there alone, I thought, “Does that mean I can just climb on the bed?”
::looks around, shrugs, removes shoes, climbs on bed, starts hammering::

 

Half an hour later they were up. Thank goodness I happened to be carrying a hammer in my purse and had decent matching socks on my feet!

 

For more information on the show you can Visit Bloomingdale’s Event Page Here

 

 

2014 BLOOMINGDALE’S AND LONG ISLAND ARTS ALLIANCE ART EXHIBIT
September 10, 2014 – October 26, 2014

Hanging ArtBloomingdale’s, Long Island Arts Alliance and the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are pleased to present a collaborative art exhibition during September’s National Hispanic Heritage Month, a prelude to the celebration of Arts Alive LI – October Arts Month!

Latin Americans come from over 20 countries and have a wide array of customs and rich and varied histories. That’s why celebrating Latino culture is a bit like eating tapas: you get to try a little sampling of everything. This exhibit is designed to celebrate Long Island’s rich Hispanic artistic heritage by presenting a sampling of works by artists of Hispanic descent specializing in several different artistic styles.

 

2014 Arts Festival by the Bay featuring yours truly

ArtFestivalOn the off chance you don’t already have plans for the weekend, more specifically on Sunday anywhere from 11 am – 6 pm; you should most certainly without a doubt come by and visit your favorite sketching, blogging, paint throwing, illustration making, Bay Shore resident artist. <– And you should also try to say that whole sentence out loud too in one breath :)   I will be set up somewhere along Main Street in Bay Shore among other artists, vendors, musicians, and possibly even live stock, the whole entire day.  The weather is supposed to be beautiful. Which reminds me I should really invest in some sunscreen within the next couple of days. Oh and there will be food! Not sold on showing up, yet? Did I mention I’ll be there? Because really that should do it for ya.

 

 

In case it doesn’t here is what will be there with me:

  • Paintings — a couple of new ones I just finished this past month
  • Postcard prints (w. quotes by amazing people who are not me on the back, my illustrations on the front)
  • Bookmarks — free while supplies last!
  • eBook info cards
  • Calendars (June 2014 – May 2015)
  • Coloring books (70+ illustrations inside)
  • Fresh copies of my newest title — Illustrated & Alliterated: An Alphabet Book
  • My favorite bearded guy in Ray Bans
  • Annnnnd some granola bars (but those are mainly for me, not you)

 

 

Arts Festival by the Bay exploreLI Info

 

 

Art by the Falls.

Okay, so I have been posting pictures pertaining to getting ready for a show for a while now. It may seem like a long while for some. But I have yet to give out all the technical info of it.

SO HERE IT GOES:

date: Saturday May 17th ( rain date May 18th — ::fingerscrossed:: it doesn’t rain)

time: 10 am – 4 pm  But please don’t make me wait all day for your visit! … I’ll get sad

location: Babylon’s Argyle Park  — if you don’t know where that is it comes up in google, I checked :)

cost of attendance: FREE! … you should probably purchase some goods though and support your local artists ::hint hint wink wink nudge nudge::

For more info, in case you don’t like what I provided here’s the link!

http://www.babylonvillagearts.org/artbythefalls.html

Things you will find at this Art Festival include but are not limited to:

Paintings

Prints

Pottery

Sculpture

Collage

Jewelry

Paintings by me!

Prints by me!

A super adorable coloring book by me!

And oh yeah, just me in general.  Standing there, at a table, waiting for you to visit me.  Hey, I may even brush my hair for the occasion.  But you won’t know unless you come see for yourself!blogpostpic

 

Floral [&] Design

As much as I love the entire process of creating digital art, especially the end result that leaves you without having any brushes, cups, rags, or spills to clean up — I’m a clutz with most things, paint is no exception, I get it everywhere — I began over the last year to really miss the feel of a brush in my hands sweeping paint across a canvas, and the process of mixing colors together until I had a shade that was just right.Image And so, I came up with a long term goal for myself and a series idea. My plan for Floral [&] Design started off pretty basic, square canvases filled with patterns and flowers. Eventually as I worked on it, it evolved. The patterned pieces each have a symbol in them that represents a part of me, or my life in some way — something I had not intended at the start. The flower pieces are each from original photographs taken by me, mainly from plants in my yard all observed during a summer I spent alone collecting myself (and you know, apparently images of flowers).

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The closer and closer I came to completion — at present, I have three left to finish until I will be satisfied with the series — the more I began to wonder exactly what I would do with these paintings after they were finished. At the start, I hadn’t really thought of this. I suppose I should have. 

However, as 2014 is going for me, things are seeming to fall into place. After a little searching I have found not just one, but two places to exhibit my work:

I have applied to be a part of an annual art show held by the Babylon Village Arts Council called “Art by the Falls.” I have spoken to other artists involved and am very excited to be showing with them. But I haven’t heard the final word from the council – so I do not want to consider it a done deal yet. 

The second place I know is a 100% a go, and I’m looking forward to it, as my work will be the only one in the exhibit. The exact time has not yet been solidified, but I will be the featured artist at the Book Revue in Huntington for a period of time (one to two months). My work will be displayed in their store and available to purchase, as well as featured on their website. 

I’m hoping to continue furthering the series, as well as do more research and networking to enable my pieces to be placed up in other venues.