Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Last night I attended a soiree at the Pinetop Contemporary Fine Art Gallery where I have a number of my pointillism landscapes exhibited.  The gallery’s Friday Night Culture Club opens it’s doors to local musicians, poets, actors, etc. to entertain the crowd of creativity enthusiasts.  As I was wandering a bit, introducing myself to other attendees before the entertainment started,  a man approached me saying, “Oh you’re the artist!  You’re the reason I’m here!”  (I had an article in the local paper just that day describing my paintings).  He said, “Who would have thought?  Pointillism in Pinetop (AZ)!”  He was quite engaging.  It turns out that he himself is also an artist.  He was enthusiastic about his artwork which is always fun to hear.  We spoke of how artists market themselves today so I shared with him that I use the LinkedIn Social Network.  He exclaimed “So do I!”  Our conversation immediately turned to just “LinkedIn”…  www.linkedin.com

This was the first time I actually met someone “new and in person” affiliated with LinkedIn.  We discussed how I use it to promote my art to galleries.  It has allowed me to exchange ideas with art dealers and other artists all over the world.  Just this week, I conversed with people from New York, San Francisco, London, Argentina, the Netherlands, and more.  He laughed and said, “My son was one of the original people using LinkedIn.   He encouraged me to try it too.”

LinkedIn is designed as a competitive environment.  You make connections with people as you exchange thoughts.  Your number of connections can either promote more connections and/or readers, as well as, a lack of connections can dissuade others from reviewing your profile and taking you seriously.  So you have to keep building connections.   I also read & respond to the discussions of various  LinkedIn Professional Groups I’ve joined.  I am frequently motivated to “move” on ideas they promote.  I have done more to market myself since LinkedIn than I ever would have imagined prior to joining.  The Pointillism Painters Group on LinkedIn was my brainchild.  It currently has a meager four members of pointillism artists whose works are diverse but I anticipate many more will surface, and soon!  I also read what my actual “real-life friends” are doing on LinkedIn.  They motivate me to action too.  I want to stay “up on what’s happening” and not let others pass me by;  thus, the competition.  It’s healthy though!

So, when my new “Soiree LinkedIn Friend” said “I haven’t spent enough time on My Profile“, I knew he needed some motivation to get the most out of LinkedIn.  It’s obvious that he also knows the competitive nature of this social network.  Thus, the implied apology…  So, this whole blog is for “you”.  I’m glad we met in person and I hope to “connect on LinkedIn” in the future.  Good luck!

Wanted to share an article in today’s local paper.

http://www.wmicentral.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20329941&BRD=2264&PAG=461&dept_id=509345&rfi=6

Wanted to share this article about Daniel Doherty, a Pointillism Painter in San Francisco.  He painted a mural inspired by Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.  Great homage to Seurat!

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2009/05/seurat_francisco_sf_artist_get.php

Agua Azul  36 x 48"  2160.00

Agua Azul 36 x 48" 2160.00

Artists Wanted is a collaborative project between several New York City artists and creative organizations working to build new lasting opportunities for emerging talent.   (Like me!) They have experienced first hand the difficulties in breaking into the professional art world and it is their mission to make this process more welcoming, dynamic and open-ended.   They recently opened up their gallery to include non-NYC artists in the Art vs. Design Project.

Currently, they are observing a New American Art Boom; with art being sold at records rates, new artists quickly acquiring international fame and dynamic new artistic directions being explored.   However, Artists Wanted also believe many of the best new artists remain undiscovered.   Their job is to get emerging artists’ works seen in the most powerful way possible.  Therefore, I submitted this image representing one of my most recent works.  Wish me luck.

Portions of this Blog are quoted directly from their website.

My 1st Pointillism while in college painting class  Circa: the 70's

My 1st Pointillism while in college painting class Circa: the 70's

Last night I went on a First Friday Artwalk in Phoenix, Arizona. There were young adults everywhere.   I had no idea that there was so much excitement in downtown Phoenix!   As a middle-aged artist,  my anxiety level escalated from one art studio/gallery to the next.   What was I thinking?  I could have stayed home and just painted.  So, unfortunately, ageism abounded as I did my best to experience each piece of art.  I tried to imagine what kind of minds could create such complex and “crazy” pieces.  It wasn’t working.  I felt old so therefore my personal artwork must be old.   I wanted to bolt!

However, at one of the last stops, I found a huge warehouse-type room full of sculpture. There were experiential pieces; “Step on this!” “Look in here!” I followed directions not because I wanted to but because I was instructed to.  It had been a learned behavior from my years of directed primary & secondary education in a small southern town. Being socially appropriate was most important, more so than any specific educational course work. “Do what is expected!”    Whatever that is…

This gallery was filled from top to bottom with sculpture of all sizes. I couldn’t even identify half of the art mediums.  There were also visitors of all ages in the room.  Small groups, here and there, clustered around individual pieces. They appeared to be totally involved with the art processes and concepts. The audience was also confident, much more so than I felt.

I noticed a photographer “working” the room. He was an unpretentious, middle-aged guy.   Obviously, he had a clear motive for taking such careful shots of the art, artists, & visitors. I approached and asked him if he knew any specific artists. He replied, “I know all of them. They are my students”. He was a professor at Arizona State University and this gallery space was filled with his sculpture class; all there to share the excitement of their class projects, individual artwork, and mutual feelings of success.

After our momentary exchange, the room took on a different “color and feel” for me.  It no longer was threatening but inviting.  I was reminded of how I felt as a young art student; I had acquired skills that the average student didn’t get in non-art related classes.   I had perceived myself as special and gifted.

I now could see the actual personalities and relationships of this unique gallery audience. They were college students, their parents, singles & couples, grandparents, and siblings co-experiencing their art student’s success.  I was reminded of how much art changed my outlook as a young adult.

Last night, this small group of college students re-reminded me to take more personal risks. “Step on this!”  “Look in here!”  These are creative invitations to think and feel young and embrace life and fear. Learning to simply follow directions and do only that which is expected can breed lifelong fear and anxiety.   WE DON’T HAVE TO DO WHAT IS EXPECTED!

I went home with a renewed feeling of being special and gifted being an artist and peer to these young minds.  Learning to be & think creatively is vital to today’s educational curriculum and the well being of men and women for years to come.   We must  keep art in the classroom.