Last week rejection, is this weeks winner

I entered two of my encaustic monotypes into the “Construct” show at Artserve in Ft. Lauderdale.  My membership to Artserve will expire in Sept.  It was last year’s birthday present to myself.  I had been a bit disappointed by the “call to artists” that they had all year. I decided to be selective of how and where I place my work.  I attend many of the artshows at the local guilds, and even thought they have a theme, I never can see it in the art that is on display.  Maybe it is just me.

So I decide to submit my small prints (4″ x 4″) into the show. The theme “Construct” was asking for artwork that would be used for home decoration. Since my prints have that “look” of decorator art (again, what I think it should be) I decided to put in 2 pieces. One piece I had professionally framed. This piece was going to be my “showcase” piece, so that people can see how a tiny piece of work, when framed, can create a look. My second piece I framed myself in a small frame.

So I enter and a week later I attend the opening.  I go, the gallery is packed and do not see my work hanging, so I thought, “Oh great, rejected again” as I start to leave a fellow artist, Susan Clifton, says, hey AJ congratulations and I say for what, my art is not even hanging.  It was behind her work and she said in the program it stated I won best in show.  The reception started at 6, but I didn’t get there until 7 and all the programs had been distributed.

I was amazed.I met the Judge, an architect and painter from Germany who teaches at the university in Boca Raton. He wanted to know how I did it and loved the piece. Even the Board of Directors  came up to me and said, it was unanimous, when we had the final selection, we all said “that one” .

And what did I win, a full year’s membership to Artserve.   But what I really got out of it was confidence and validation.

The highs and lows of the art world.

a picture from my iphone of the winning piece
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Submit application for the Knight Foundation Grant

I heard many artists talking about the Knight Foundation Grant so I checked it out. The first process is a brief description and then you submit the on-line application. Then they review it and if the foundation is interested they ask you for a full proposal. It is a matching grant, which means that if you are awarded $10 they give you $5 and you have to get the rest to match. You have one year to match the funding and it cannot be from yourself. I applied about bringing an open studio just for encaustic works. We shall see.

Sold my favorite monotype

I was up in a town called Minneola, just northwest of Orlando. It was a small event and I was doing a demo on my HOTBOX. I had made small monotypes, about 4×4 on rice paper. I framed a few, and since it was Valentine’s Day I thought that I would just give out a free one to whomever stopped by my booth. A women asked if the framed art was for sell, and of course I said yes.
Here is my little table display at the fair.My little mobile art studio

New Direction of work

I decided I wanted to work small in encaustics. That decisions has to do with space. The space I work in just doesn’t allow it.
I noticed that I am always attracted to small works (less than 12×12) or very, very , very large. If you put me in a room with small, med and large work I always go to either end of the spectrum. I believe it is because I am a middle child. So here is a small work made from burning the wood, pouring the wax and then using tea bag with ink.Wax block

this word really does exist

During my last art workshop in Santa Fe, I learned a technique that everyone in the class came to refer to as “transparentized” the paper. Of course we all decided that it was made up word in the class. It is the process of taking your paper and adding beeswax to create a transparent appearance. So everyone started calling it transparatizing, as in “I finished my monoprint but now I want to transparentize it…” So it was the on going word that we keep using, but always thinking that the word was just created by use in the workshop. It became one of my favorite techniques. So last week will visiting my hometown of NYC, I went to MOMA and there was my word. William De Kooning has a work on display and the info card reads “transparentized”. So of course I took a picture (not of the artwork, just the card on the wall). So the word really does exist