Next PSST Meeting September 10, 9:00 am, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston
As we head back into meetings after our summer break, here's an uplifting and timely blog post by Rich Nelson on being part of an art group and the value of working from life. "One of my favorite things is having an artist’s group which meets regularly. While most of us spend a lot of time alone creating art, nearly everyone is a social creature too. We naturally benefit from being around others." Read the rest of Let's Work Together.
And a how-to from Marla Baggetta on how to make your own pastel tray for home.
Hate shopping and wondering about frames? How about having a mobile showroom come to your home?
Kari Schmidt-Pukropski: "Having a mobile showroom is very convenient for my clients. It all starts with either a phone call, or with someone I meet on the street, so to speak. I have no set work hours. I work around the schedule of others. An appointment is made. I arrive with my trailer, filled with 100's of frame corner and matting samples. I open up the back ramp door. I then will greet the client and discuss what design layout they want for their artwork. We then walk out to the trailer, together. I give them a bag and ask them to grab whatever samples that speak to them. I have a bag as well.
Once the bags are full we go back inside and start the design process. I go over all the options of the framing, such as the glass, backing, mounting, etc. Once we come up with a plan I write up the order, pack up the art, and away I go. Artwork is delivered back within one day to two weeks, depending on the supplies on hand. Another added thing is that I don't require a deposit. Payment is due upon delivery.
Read the rest in the PSST August feature interview.
This short post is written from the heart, so talk along with me.
Have you entered a painting in our exhibition? No? I wonder why. The show is national and juried this year, but PSST is not well known. We may have a shortage of entries, so your chances of getting in are great.
"But if I get in, framing is expensive." Yes, that's the business side of your art career, isn't it?
"OK, but maybe my work is not so good and I will be embarrassed." No, just having your work hanging in a gallery setting is a huge morale boost. And when you put your best skills to work in creating art, there is no embarrassment; only a glow that says,"I did it."
What's the flip side: You don't get accepted. I have had 4 major rejections in the last 2 months; I know the feeling. It IS hard to accept, hard to smile when someone says you'll make it next time. My desire for a top acceptance is keen, but those rejections serve a purpose: they push me, they send me back to the easel. What can I do better? Where are the flaws? Which part is good?
All of this to say, unless you consider your painting a hobby, treat it like a business, with goals. That first goal should be to finish one up, photograph it, and get it entered in a show, starting with Art of the Pastel. You have 2 days until the deadline.
This purely personal post written by Carolyn Hancock and may or may not be the view of PSST!
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