Any words of advice?  A prominent local art gallery owner is visiting us tonight for a glass of wine and to see how we've hung some purchases in our home.  His companion knows that I've been painting.  I am sure they are going to look at some of my work and I just don't feel ready to be critiqued.  I am quite nervous about what they might say could affect my spirit and freedom of expression.  I keep hoping that I can take what they may say with a grain of salt.  I suspect that I will be very sensitive about this because of how personal each painting is to me. 

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Comment by Cat Demkiw on January 10, 2013 at 10:53pm

Oh Adrienne don't happy :) as the saying goes positive energy is your plan of attack. Everything will be fine. And if they don't want to see your art ASK them if they would like to...create your own path! Hugs and positive art vibes sending out to you.

Comment by Adrienne Zinn on January 10, 2013 at 11:08pm
Hi Cat,

Perfect timing in seeing your blog comment. They will be here in just over an hour. I've never had exceptional self-confidence, so your positive spin goes a long way. Hugs back to you!
Comment by Ev McTaggart on January 11, 2013 at 12:50am

Good luck!!!! Break a leg--or whatever one says to artists. One says "Merde!" to dancers but I think that probably doesn't translate to visual artists! :-)

Comment by Adrienne Zinn on January 11, 2013 at 3:42am
Phew! It turned out to be a very enjoyable and relaxing evening. They are both very nice people and they know their business. We didn't get around to my newfound enjoyment of painting until about the last 20 minutes. They looked at my work as I explained a bit about my learning process. They seemed to like what I was doing and encouraged me to keep painting. They said I had a good feel feel for color and form.

What I feel was important to hear is that they see my ability to work the details. The two pieces that one of the guys preferred were the most free in my approach. I wasn't constrained by a photo. The two pieces were mostly from my head. So I think I may try another imagined piece soon to see where I go with it.

Thanks for your words of encouragement Ev and Cat!
Comment by Pat on January 11, 2013 at 10:26am

And you were nervous Andrienne, see!

Comment by Cat Demkiw on January 11, 2013 at 3:29pm

Yeah good for you Adrienne so happy it went well! I also think Ev stumbled on something we need to develop an "Visual Artist"...good luck New word! Ok ladies get your thinking caps on!

Comment by Ev McTaggart on January 11, 2013 at 3:41pm

Break a finger?????? Ha ha.

Comment by Wanda Sue Bailey on January 27, 2013 at 6:31pm

Adrienne, Funny that you should say they liked the ones from your head.  I agree it is so good not to be constrained by a picture.  I'm working on a Grape vine painting and have actually taken the design from three sources. One is from an Art Book from the Library, 1600s painting,  one from a greeting card and one from another book.  Will be interesting how to combine those three resourses.  My Library has big books of Van Gogh and other Artists from different eras.  This painting will go to a Winery where we will display our work for sale.


Comment by Adrienne Zinn on January 27, 2013 at 6:42pm

Very nice place to have your work on display.  Where is the Winery?  

I am going to enter a couple of my pieces into a juried art show this coming weekend.  It will be my first.  One is my interpretation of a real place done with much imagination, the other from a photo, with some creative liberties.  My biggest problem though, has been finding "floater" frames for them at a low price.  Unfortunately I painted them on 7/8" deep canvas and the minimum is 1".  They require a frame if less than 1".  Any sources you can recommend?  I've tried Dick Blick, Jerry's, Michael's, Hobby Lobby.  Either they are too expensive, don't have what I need, or won't arrive in time.  :(

Comment by Wanda Sue Bailey on January 28, 2013 at 5:47am

Oh gessh,  I understand your problem about the frame.  Sometime I am lucky enough to run upon one at at second hand or consignment store.  I looked at some of the deeper canvases yesterday at Michaels.  Theirs seems to be on the expensive side to me.  I  usually get mine at Hobby Lobby in pkgs of 6 when they have them.  Those over an inch deep are quite a big more expensive.  I've ordered also from Blick.  I try to buy frames when I have the 40% off coupon at HB and Mich.    Can't wait to see how your pieces do this weekend. 

I would really like to get some paintings done and hold on to them a while before selling.  I've got several pieces at the gallery but nothing seems to be moving right now, even the good artists.  The one I'm working on right now, the teacher keeps telling me is a seller and I'm not sure I want to sell it.  :(   I'd like for my kids and family to have first choice.  I had a buyer for the last pretty winter scene I did but my husband loved it so I didn't sell it.  I have it on an easel.   We loved having it during the holidays.

The winery is in a small town near the Ky border.  I haven't been there but our teacher knows them and is arranging for a few of us to bring some paintings in when they have an open house.


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