Miracles abound, I am a witness! Over the past couple of weeks, dear friends and family followed God's call with action on my behalf and I have been overwhelmed by the generous outpouring of love and assistance. Precious! Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice!
Thanks to all those who checked out the new art pages on my website. There has been good response, plus sales! My collectors are such kind, considerate and caring people!! I am so fortunate that my artwork attracts and brings joy to the kinds of folks I admire!
Right now I'm gathering all the materials I need to bring to the Burbank Art Association meeting tonight. I will be talking about and showing different and exciting ways of making a mark as an artist. Come if you can to 301 E. Olive Ave., Room 102 in Burbank, CA. The meeting starts at 7pm. I hope to see you there!
This week I have been working on my website. Websites by necessity are works in progress. I remember being so pleased with mine when I developed it five years ago. Yet it has undergone several permutations since then, probably at least once a year. The last time I really streamlined it so that it looked less cluttered and more professional to me.
That was nice for a while. However, there wasn't enough artwork easily available to see. So now I have added back a tab for Paintings with a clickable drop down menu for different bodies of work. If one clicks on the Painting tab instead of the drop down menu, one is taken to a page that has a representational image for each category.
When the representational image is clicked, one is taken to that category's page and gallery of artwork. Each of the images can be clicked which will make them larger and reveal the title, dimensions/details and price. Checking the dimensions is a great idea because comparisons online are deceiving. On the website, an image of a 24 x 36 painting looks the same size as a 5 x 7. That is a big difference!
I hope that you will take as much time as you like to look through the new sections. You may see something you haven't seen before. You may see something you really like, you may find a typo or room for improvement. Kindly let me know, I welcome your feedback.
I definitely want to hear about the artwork that resonates with you, fills you with delight, and speaks to you without words!
Next week I get to give a demonstration for the Burbank Art Association. My topic is Mark Making and I will create artwork in acrylics with the unusual application tools that I enjoy using, including the Montana Markers and Catalyst tools. I'm looking forward to it.
If you are local please join me on Wednesday, May 21st from 7pm-9pm at the Administrative Services Building in Burbank, 301 E. Olive Ave, Room 102. Use the entrance at the back of the building through the parking lot. I hope to see you there!
You are welcome to share my blog and website with your friends! Thanks for your support!
Last week I talked about questions. One question I have contemplated was inspired by Simon Sinek's TED talk, Start With Why. Why do I make art?
The first answer that I came up with is to get better. I keep making art because I believe that as an artist, I have something important to communicate about the culture in which I live. I feel I must continue developing my artistic voice so that I become better able to touch the hearts and minds of others. In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell suggests it takes 10,000 hours of practice to reach mastery, so I am still working towards that.
The second answer was a revelation and a comfort to me. I wondered, rather bleakly, what if my making art is only important to me and never anybody else? Would it still be important? My quick answer surprised me. I emphatically answered YES! Even if making art is only important to me, it is important, because I am important. Wow. I value myself and my work. I think I've made some progress!
If you are an artist of any sort, I hope that you will take the time to consider why you do what you do. I also hope that you will be able to conclude that work that makes you happy and fulfilled is worth doing even if it is for you alone. You are worth your time!
by Lisa Plemmons