Monday, December 2, 2013
I just sold an 11 x 14 print of Vortex from my online print store. I am grateful to the buyer as the profit from this sale paid for my next year's membership to my online store. I will be able to offer prints of my artwork now for another year. With more sales, I could pay my rent, my bills, fill up my gas tank, and buy more art supplies. Selling art is how I can earn a living as an artist from doing my work.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
|Number Six (from my numberical series)|
24 x 24 inches, mixed-media on wood
Consider the painting on the left, Number Six. Can you imagine being penetrated by the sharp edges of the Star of David? Not in a physical way, perhaps, but in a mental or spiritual way.
Gaze at the shape and let it change you somehow. Imagine it spinning, side to side. Imagine it moving closer to you like a buzz saw. Then, imagine the shape moving backwards inviting you to join it. What are the remaining parts of the painting doing? Do any memories pop up? What are you feeling? Perhaps you feel something but cannot put words to it. Healing on some level has begun. A new appreciation of some aspect of your life will appear. Be on the look out for new things happening.
Take note of how this art piece, or any other art piece has touched you somehow. Is that not healing? If we allow ourselves to be touched and transformed by the arts, can we find a newfound respect for the arts on the whole? Can we allow ourselves to spend money to buy art because of its essential nature? Art is nowhere mere decoration. It is stuff that can pierce open new vistas within your heart, mind, and spirit. Will you let it in?
Saturday, November 16, 2013
A friend recently inspired me to paint outside. This is what is called en plein air, or in plain air.
My canvases are in storage. Instead of buying more, I recycled a white cardboard box. I cut out two of the best sections for painting. The rest of the box became my seat. I had taken my portable paint box from storage during my last trip.
I set up across the street from a beautiful sight in Cottonwood, Arizona, looking toward Sedona. The mountains span a wide horizon.
I painted most of the scene and was preparing to paint my favorite part, the sky. Just then, an RV camper pulled up dead center covering 80 percent of my view! Before I could open my mouth in protest, the dude scrambles into the back of the camper. So, the painting received an intuitive and imaginary sky and finish to the foreground.
The fall colors are stunning right now. The color pallet in this painting is new for me as I normally end up painting with pinks, reds, and purples.
Sans RV Camper, Cottonwood, Arizona, approx. 6 x 12 inches, Acrylic on Recycled Cardboard. $60.00. Contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next week... Buy art, appreciate art, make art.
Mary Rush Gravelle is an artist creating in Cottonwood, Arizona with her beloved cat, Sir Kitty.