I keep a portfolio with photos of my works. I remember the days when I would carry a large flat case of paintings, photos etc. Today it's a binder with lots of photos of my works. Many of my works are too big to carry around and those that are smaller are still 2" thick, so it's hard to put many in a bag and go. Instead I carry the binder and CD's of my work. Today my project, beyond some painting, is to print pages of my more recent works. I hope to receive more photo paper today, but I will print as many as I can. I need 2 portfolios ready, one for myself to have in case I find an interested client or gallery and one to leave with Studio 1219 in case people want to see more of my works and order them. Of course, my website is an online gallery too. It's a sunny day here in the Houston area, a bit hot though. I hope your day is beautiful!
I have often thought it would be great to have a show in my home state of Michigan and the time is almost here. Last year while visiting Michigan, I went to Port Huron to visit my cousin, Judith Price Green and luckily, her sister Kathy was there too! I had only driven through Port Huron before to get to Canada and on to Rochester, NY to visit my husband's family. Port Huron is a nice city, on the water. I stayed at the double tree that over looks the Blue Water Bridge that crosses to Canada. It was a beautiful place to walk. We toured the area, had lunch at the Raven, where tables are named after classic authors. It's very cool! Then we went on to Judith's favorite gallery...Studio 1219. I liked it! So I talked with the director about a show and carrying my work. Everything has come together beautifully! I can't wait for the opening on the 12th of August!
This week is mainly tying up loose ends. Today I am working on my portfolio, so I can leave a copy there and have an identical one with me. I am experimenting with some smaller paintings, getting my photography done of all the new works, catching up my inventory, touching up edges, spraying them with a protective varnish and wrapping paintings for travel. Then we will have fun packing the van!!
The house and the dogs will be well taken care of as I drive north with my cousin, Kathy Lenk and a van full of paintings! Some are already there, but I am taking an additional 15-20. That's why we have a van! There's is room for lots of paintings!! I hope that some of you that read the blog will come to the opening and let me know that you are reading it! We are going to do another one, Cousins on the Road!! It should be funny!
I have paintings all over the house, which ones get to go to Michigan?...
I have finished 2 new paintings and am working on a third. Meanwhile I have 2 that are being gessoed to be worked on. What doesn't head north will be available for the shows and galleries here.
We just found out that 3 of us have a show at the Jung Center in Houston in September of 2017. It will be titled "On the Edge of a Dream". The artists are myself, Rosanne Hudson and Michelle O'Michael. It's a good group of artists!
On the third, I promised a photo of my new painting yesterday. It was the 4th and I was busy, so here's 2 new paintings to make up for that!
Golden Dreams, 30 x 24, acrylic on canvas
Hidden Treasures, 30 x 24, acrylic on canvas
I have been working on more paintings to take to Michigan for my "Natural Forces"show in Port Huron at Studio 1219. Also, I have been choosing what will look best, considering the size of the space, light etc. I then researched how to ship some of the paintings home. It is an effort, getting the right size containers, padding and running it by the gallery to be sure that they can do the preps on the other end. Then contacting the shipper at the other end, I find that I am running a few days early... They only schedule a month ahead. Oh well, I have it pretty well organized now.
I will drive many of the works up, although some are already hanging in Michigan. We need at least 15 more. It's always good to take more than less. That way, we have some to play with if we don't like the light etc. Putting an art exhibition together is like creating another work of art and the elements are each piece of art rather than the shapes, colors and lines of one work. It's exciting and challenging.
Tomorrow I will photograph another piece that I have been working on and share it with you. Happy 4th of July weekend all!
Sue moved to Houston, TX in 1978. She was born in Michigan, but has lived in many states since. In Texas there is a saying, I wasn't born here, but I got here as soon as I could! It has become home in every way. Houston has such a vibrant art scene, it's a great place to be for an artist! There are always art shows to see as well as fellow artists to share with and I am fortunate to have family nearby.