Posts Tagged ‘paintings’

Lamp Shade Doxie

You are invited to the opening reception of the Emerging Artists exhibit curated by Edna Dapo at the Phoenix Center For The Arts. My painting, Lamp Shade Doxie is included. The reception is Friday evening, December 2nd from 7 till 10pm; however the exhibit will continue through December 30th. Location is 1202 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix 85044. Call 602-254-3100 or visit the website www.phoenixcenterforthearts.org

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Crafthaus has chosen me and my art to be one of this week’s featured members on their online website.  http.www.crafthaus.ning.com

Crafthaus is an excellent choice for professional artists, designers & craftsmen/women to display their work, and connect with each other across all fields of interest.  A variety of art and craft media are represented on the site, such as jewelry, metals, ceramics, glass, wood, paper, polymers, fibers, plastics, painting, music….

The site was created in May 2008 to foster social interaction and a sense of community. crafthaus currently hosts over 1,700 artist members from all over the world, as well as a number of art/craft related institutions, such as SNAG, The American Craft Council, The Society of Contemporary Art & Craft (Boston), American Craft Magazine, Lark Books, various Metalsmithing and Furniture Societies, as well as galleries from across the US, such as Sienna Gallery, Velvet da Vinci, Gallery Loupe, Luke & Eloy, and many others.


All members in good standing are encouraged to post images, videos and blogs of their work. crafthaus features 7 different artists every week, and monthly changing online exhibitions curated by a member from member’s work.

There are a number of discussion topics and other resources available, such as Calls for Artists, Workshops etc.

Membership rate is $20/year or $35/2 years payable via paypal, cc or check.

Check it out!

Rodeo Clown Face Art

Rodeo Clown Face Art

Painting portraits in pointillism is a challenge.  While I want to stay true to the process, I also want my buyers to see “the life” of the person reflected on the canvas.  When I have onlookers watch the portrait process, I wonder what they are thinking? When you just paint one color at a time over the whole canvas, it tends to make the subjects look like monsters to start.  Does my audience say,”What the hell is she doing?  That doesn’t look like the person in the photo…”

If they stayed around long enough, they would see how each new color adds more depth and personality.  I actually love seeing my “Face Art” come to life.  Pointillism is perfect for showing that special “twinkle” in the eyes.  There is an energy that exudes from the work.  Sometimes it makes me feel comfortable and sometimes it makes me feel uneasy.  I currently have my portrait of a Rodeo Clown hanging in my bedroom.  Last night, my husband said, “That guy is creeping me out!”  I don’t think it is a fear of clowns but simply that “energy” that pointillism brings to life.  What do you think?

Any rodeo enthuisiasts out there want to buy him?  He needs a new home.

Yes,  I do commissions!  In fact,  painting for others is the primary way I sell my artwork.  I always start from photographs.  I prefer taking the photos myself but when a client has a special memory related to their own private photos, I will do my best to create a painting that reflects the energy and personality of the subject(s).  Frequently, clients will want a Landisworks painted portrait from a wedding, anniversary, vacation, or another special event that  yearns for more drama that only paintings can inspire.  My pointillism style is popular because “no one has Pointillism Portraits!”

I thought I would share some of my favorites.

Consider a Landisworks Pointillism Painting for your home or office.  They make great gifts too.

Email landis@landisworks.com

B & W Photo

B & W Photo

Completed Portrait

Completed Portrait

Pet Photo

Pet Photo

Completed Pet Portrait

Completed Pet Portrait

Original Photo

Original Photo

Completed Landscape

Completed Landscape

Original Photo

Original Photo

Completed Portrait

Completed Portrait

Altered Photo

Altered Photo

Snow Grazing  24 x 36"

Completed Pet Portrait

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

Desert Sunrise  36 x 48"  2160.00

Desert Sunrise 36 x 48" 2160.00

How shall I describe my work? My acrylic paintings are inspired by the “hot southwest” and “cool pacific coast” locals with various characters or flora from each. I focus on a style inspired by the color theory of pointillism and use either rounded dots in various sizes or large rectangular brush strokes. They tend to “smother” the whole canvas. My paintings are abstract images utilizing bright colors that “play” with the viewers eyes.

My painting studio is anchored with the sounds of musical rhythms that keep my brush moving to the beat so that I don’t get caught up in the making of each mark. Painting becomes an internal chant, repeating the same action over and over. If the music stops, I hum. I focus more on the process of color placement vs. the actual subject itself. I have to “step back” to really see what it is I’m painting; sometimes spending the whole day without really looking at the image until I’m ready to stop. Then my critical eye tells me where to focus the next time I start up.

My art studio is private and at the edge of the Goldfield Mountains in central Arizona. While trekkers roam the area, still “look to the hills for gold”, I’ve found my on little goldmine where creating art is a meditative bliss. Being creative is my gift to me. My hope is that others will experience a sense of spontaneity and freedom from my work.

City Boy Elvis   Vinyl Record   250.00

City Boy Elvis Vinyl Record 250.00

If you are near Long Island City this Friday, check out my Elvis paintings on vinyl records at APW Gallery, www.apwarts.com. The exhibit “Art on Record Volume II” will have it’s opening reception from 6-9pm.   Each of my Elvis paintings are priced at only $250!  Wow!  Check them out.   It should  be a great exhibit!