As an artist I believe it’s very important to get out there and meet people as well as get exposure. While online exposure is much easier, it’s less personal. I participated in my first outdoor festival yesterday and although it wasn’t an “art” festival it was successful and a ton of fun! I was lucky enough to have an entourage behind me compiled of great family and friends who came to help and show their love and support. The day was a cold and windy day but thanks to my handy husband, devoted dad, family and friends, we had a secure gallery tent set up. My favorite part of the whole thing was the energy and love from the people there. I ended up selling about 20% of my inventory and getting a commissioned painting sale as well. I hope to do some more events like this. I also will be getting out in the community next week as I was selected to paint a piano for Pianos on Parade and Keys 4/4 kids. The piano will be placed somewhere downtown Minneapolis to be played by anyone. Excited and thankful for these new opportunities.
The warm weather and hot summer days are very near. I really wanted to paint something that reminded me of great memories fishing. I grew up fishing with my dad quite a bit and have many great memories. My nickname from my dad was and still is “Tadpole” because my of my little tadpole tackle box. This painting brings back memories of those great times fishing. We all can hopefully relate someway or another with these happy memories on the lake.
A challenge for me as an artist has always been painting portraits of loved ones. I am unsure if it is because I see them in a different way or the fact that I see so many different faces from these people. I decided to turn a recent portrait painting of my daughter into a project for her because she so loves to help mom! I painted her portrait, covered it, and let her use fluorescent paint markers to decorate the background. Love how it turned out!
In response to the feedback I have received I will be continuing the Minnesota themed paintings. I plan on producing some popular landscapes, landmarks, and cityscapes of Minnesota. I plan on doing a mix of abstract and realism. If you have ideas or concepts that you would like to see please contact me via Facebook, Instagram , or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The most recent landmark painting I finished is of Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, MN. Stay tuned for the next landmark painting!
I decided to continue with my State of the Art series but stray a little from abstract cubism. This newest painting still features the state of Minnesota outline in it but also incorporates an abstract Minneapolis skyline. I wanted to continue the series because there are so many interesting and beautiful things about our state.
I recently proposed a project for a fine gallery showcase of paintings to Represent Minnesota. The idea came to me after coming to the conclusion the shape of our state is very recognizable and means so much more than “MN pride”. For many born and raised in Minnesota it represents our home, our roots, and where many memories have been made. I plan on incorporating the state shape into many paintings featuring mostly abstract cubism but using different color schemes and size canvases.