Holiday Open House and Del Ray Artisans show 2016

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Just a quick shout out to all of my followers,even though it is late notice I would like to invite everyone to my annual Holiday  show from December 16th( Friday evening) until December 18th (Sunday evening) at the Del Ray Artisan Gallery in Historic Del Ray, Alexandria. For more information please click the following link: http://delrayartisans.org/event/holiday-market-2016/ to see dates,times and other information for the show.

This is a small show that I participate each year where local artists make and sell their art. I have been a member of this organization for a couple of years now and believe it is important to sell LOCALLY and have the support of your community. Making everyone aware of what you do and to exchange ideas and information with other artisans to be able to make the artistic community stronger and where the local community has the possibility support us during the holiday season. I hope that you will all come out and support your local artists where ever they may be. Most artists will tell you, that it is not easy to put yourself out there , but necessary to stimulate new ideas and learn the ropes of artistic commerce.

Some, are better than others, but it is important to participate and take in the feedback from your followers, patrons and other artists in order to move forward with your craft or even change direction.

(Above) is a picture of my shared studio where the opening was last week. Sorry ,that I have only posted it now, but since the Thanksgiving weekend, myself and my studio partner have been preparing and cleaning the studio so that it was presentable for our studio open house. Hope you will all come out and visit me either at the holiday show in Del Ray or at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in studio #332

The Dark Series

 

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Since my last post, I have been immersed in a busy teaching schedule, one of the side lines of work to help keep me in touch with others to inspire and stimulate so each one of those individuals may learn a bit more and start to create a part of their lives whether they draw,sew or throw ceramics or what ever they puts their minds to.

It is important to stimulate the soul sometimes, especially times like these, when it is better to leave the technology behind for a while and concentrate on a creative task to learn  something and use our emotions to help create. In other words, Turn your emotions into artistic expression. This is the catalyst for the work that I am doing now for A Holiday Season show. I am more content to slave away in my studio after hours to create something that has been drawn out of my emotions : a dark and black on black series of new works to express my feelings of late.

I do not know where this desire came from, but I am trying to channel the energy to work in a bit of a different direction. Less of what is expected of me…. where the making and creating is gratification enough, made a couple of prototypes of things that i have in the works, and some patrons came and bought them right away. Good sign in these trying times.

In my new space, I have met many interesting people and patrons and hope that this surprising twist to my work might take some people by surprise. Dark and a bit daring, to fit my mood which lately has been very dark and moody…

Stay tuned for new Works from the DARK Series for the Holidays…

Blogging in these days and times

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I really want to discuss blogging after so many comments on my blog. In order to help others understand what I do, in my daily life of an artisan. After much reflection,these are the points that I find vital to a good blog, and increasing the number of followers may they be fellow bloggers,fellow artists or normal people that just want to be inspired:

  1. Be concise and to the point. So many blogs out there tend to be long and drawn out trying to cram a lot of information in a short or long entry….No drama or storytelling. Get your point across with the lowest word count possible. In these digital days, people are continually flipping from one thing to another and the problem with so much information. There is a growing lack of FOCUS. I switch to another blog due to too many words..BORING , to much BS out there that I do not need to look for it on the web.
  2. Try to inspire the creativity in others. Be humble and honest in your views but make your point. You do not need to convince everyone, but most of all you must convince yourself in relaying your message to others, whether they agree or not. BE YOURSELF when you write.
  3. If  you cannot say something nice, do not blog about it. Projecting a positive image of your creative process will bring you a positive following of like minded people. It’s about Karma, good writing and good vibes attract good people. One of the elements of blogging was to explain,in few words, what you’ve been up to…..There are many other platforms out there where you can vent your anger or frustration or opinions….Lately, there seem to be too many #twitter-twats and #blog-hogs that are trying to become personalities and reality stars than really saying anything, it’s more about creating and audience. Warhol’s 20 minutes of fame… You get my drift….
  4. This is a answer to a question that I am asked over and over again. I am a part-time blogger, I blog about my process and how I interact with the public, art lovers and patrons and possible followers. I do not do it full time, because I have enough to do when creating my art. I do not need other writers or interns to help me do this part of my business, I blog when I want or need to say something to all of  you that are waiting for my next entry in this online generation of creative processes.

I thank all of you that feel that what I am writing is inspiring .

My hope is that others will do the same.

This is my aim, we need more creative minds out there with different ways of thinking and doing.

To inspire as an Artistic Community, each with their own message and hoping that through the millions of blogs that are out there on the web; A community of the Creative Class will grow to inspire others in what we do and how we write about it.

Think about these points and the word that I have written, How do you think you can help our artistic community grow? THINK then WRITE…..all for now. Namaste