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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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

Encaustic Monotype

Many people ask how I do my artwork. Since encaustic is not very popular and then add to it that I paint with a blowtorch or with a HotBox, I get lots of strange looks. I just would be better off saying that I am an abstract expressionists. But for those who do want to see what I do, this quick video is just a basic idea of how I create my art. My process is more elaborate and intensive and experimental. This video should answer some questions and I am sure open the door to more questions (which I would gladly answer) Enjoy

Starving Artist Show

I missed the opening of the Starving Artist Show that was held at Gallery 6 at the Ft.Lauderdale Library. I was amazed of the big space that the library has. I was not amazed that my work was hard to find. It was hanging with photography. I am assumimg because the pieces had been small, but since I am the only artist who works in encaustic, my work doesn’t “match” any other type of art. I work in abstract so I always think I would get hung next to abstract art. The only way I will ever get my artwork to be hung the way I like it is to get a show of my own. Here is a video of the 2 pieces that I entered into the show.

A Call to artist who work with wax

Since I started working in Wax for over a year now, I am always looking for workshops, other artists, venues that also use wax. I have found many on the west coast and the north east, but none in the south. So I started my research and contact the other organizations to see if they wish to have a south east or Florida representation or to assist me. Kim Bernard (www.kbernard.com) was very helpful as to how to start a “group” of artist that work in wax. So this is the call to all artist that are in South Florida (we need to start local) who use wax in their art (painting, sculpture, mix-media etc.) and looking to be part of an artist organization that can promote and create our own shows, conduct workshops and to better give our art more exposure. If you are out there, please contact me. I do not want the group to be “my” group, but a group of artists that are looking to form a our own community for artists that work in wax. Please contact me if you are interested.