In 2010 I had a marvelous studio in Magnolia Park. However, when it rained hard outside, it also rained a bit inside my studio! It showed up in my work...
Today is a rainy day in Burbank and I am reminded of paintings I've made the past few years that were inspired by the rain. Click on the images to make them larger.
Tomorrow is supposed to be my first day to participate in the outdoor Artist Village at the NoHo Farmers Market. Since I am canopy-less, I'm hoping for a rain free day. Today, I'm continuing to prepare as if it will be beautiful, bearing in mind the potential for drizzle and the capacity for a quick getaway in case of downpour!
This month has been filled with extraordinary moments, and I have so much for which to be thankful! It began at the artist reception for the Heart & Sol exhibit when I was able to bear witness to the amazing healing power of art.
A friend and fellow artist came to the reception to be supportive even though she did not feel well. When I first greeted her, she seemed very down and depressed, very unlike herself. About 15 minutes later after she had looked around at the artwork, I spoke with her again and her attitude and demeanor had completely changed! She was enthusiastic, positive, peppy, and singing our praises. It was an amazing transformation to behold!
Another remarkable matter is that all the artwork pictured in this blog sold within a 10 day period. Two of them sold in the same hour! Each sale represents a marvelous story and I am so thankful to the buyers and to the Lord for directing them to me. Not only do I appreciate the money, and I do very much, but another aspect was highlighted for me in each of these transactions, which was the obvious delightful effect the work had on each collector.
The painting shown at the top was sold to my neighbor who fell in love with it as soon as she saw it at the Heart & Sol exhibit. She was so thrilled to buy it and is looking forward to hanging it near her bed so she can be reminded of the love of God every day when she wakes up and every night as she awaits sleep.
The second piece shown left was sold during the Holiday in the Park event. The whole evening was a great experience for me. Many people came by and clearly enjoyed my artwork. Several people commented about or described how the work spoke to them. That was quite rewarding. The little 8 x 6 painting that sold happens to be the first piece of original artwork that this new collector ever purchased. What an honor!
The middle painting shown below was the next to be sold. A friend and collector saw it at Holiday in the Park and told me the story of this painting. I appreciated her interpretation greatly because I had found it a difficult piece and didn't know what to make of it, in fact I almost didn't bring it because of that. It was proof to me that there is more going on in my artwork than I know!
The other two sold yesterday within the same hour, one in person and one online. It felt like God was just showing me how good he can be!
The first of the three shown was sold to a friend who saw it at the reception and had been thinking of it ever since. She and her husband attended the last day of the Heart & Sol exhibit and together chose between a couple of favorites. In the end "Every Day A Surprise" won out. She plans to put it in her kitchen as a daily reminder of cheerfulness and hope!
The last painting was purchased by a collector as a Christmas gift for someone who has been going through a hard time. The collector shared that she feels my work has a healing effect and that is why she bought this little painting for her loved one.
As consecutive sales becomes the norm, I probably won't feel the need to describe each one. However, all of these sales, plus the many comments about my artwork that I have received this month in particular, have opened my eyes to the positive effect my artwork has on others. It has boosted my confidence in that what I am doing is important and helpful to others. For that I am very thankful.
As it says in Ecclesiastes 3:1,
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:"
For a few years now, I have been concerned with learning about new products, techniques, and tools, prolificlly practicing with the intent to create better artwork. Selling my work, although it has happened, was not the focus. Gratefully, financial support has come from other sources.
Now I have artwork, great and small, filling bookcases, shelving units, flat boxes, totes, drawers, stacked, leaning, on tables, in chairs, in my studio, my garage, my living room, my closet, and at three different venues. It has become exceedingly obvious, finally, that I've got to get serious about selling!
As that realization has become crystal clear, I have begun to prepare, and opportunities are beginning to present themselves!
On the evening of November 16th, I will be participating in the annual neighborhood event, Holiday in the Park in Burbank. My artwork and I will be set up in the Artist's Alley at Towns Burr Gallery.
This festive event includes many businesses on Magnolia Blvd. from Buena Vista past Hollywood Way. Santa Claus, vintage cars, musicians, and many other special treats are planned. I'm delighted to be included!
Soon I hope to become an artist participant at the NoHo Arts District Farmers Market Artist Village.
This would be an every Saturday commitment, just like a real job!! Wow, how exciting!
HEART & SOL
Artwork at the Heart & Sol exhibit will be on display for a couple more weeks and then 29 pieces of artwork will need new homes. So far only one, possibly two, have found new owners.
Artwork seen at the right range from $125-$225.
I will begin to post more pics and prices here on the blog and website, and work to make it easier for everyone to buy and become a collector or add to an existing collection.
Prices listed will be for unframed work unless specified otherwise. I have marker doodles starting for as little as $15, and paintings on paper starting at $40. Many of my paintings are less than $250, and the great majority are under $500 with the exception of a very few large pieces. Payment plans are an option if need be.
As much as I love my own work, (and I do!) it makes me happy when they leave home to be a continual blessing in the life of a collector.
Today is the day!! The reception for the Heart & Sol exhibit is this evening from 5-7pm at the Geo Gallery located at 1545 Victory Blvd, Glendale CA 91201. It is beautiful!!
My wonderful showmate, Johnathon Gallagher has done so much to prepare! He has put together a variety of tunes about the heart and/or sun which will be delightful in the background. He is preparing wonderful snacks and a beautiful table. My lovely daughter, Trixie, has graciously volunteered to take photographs and help out as we need her. Pretty much all I have to do is show up! Woo Hoo! I hope you can come and enjoy the evening with me!
More details and a sneak peek here: http://www.artbylisaphc.com/1/post/2012/10/heart-sol-is-up.html
by Lisa Plemmons