Friday, December 5, 2008

studio redo

well i know the last time i posted i was getting ready to work on the studio...well we are finally doing some work there. i will post some pictures of the new storage area my hubby built for me and i am looking forward to getting the wall board up and putting in some table space. shouldn't be too long before it will be done!! yippeee....now to save for the bathroom stuff.

new ideas


it has been a while since i have posted...been busy with the holiday season and teaching. too many things going on at the end of the semester!! i was just looking at the spring semester and i will have a whole 6 weeks off between classes, but i will be starting a new drawing class with some home school kids on January 15. Looking forward to a new year, new semester, and fresh art work.


speaking of art work, i sold quite a few pieces at the October Art Walk in Battle Creek at the Downtown Partnership Office, (thank you to Kathleen, Terry, and Alessa) then i sold several more pieces just before i was scheduled to take them down. i was so excited to sell my oil paintings. i have really only been oil painting about 2 years so it was a nice to know that people actually like them. i had been struggling with several decisions - keep oil painting or try something else. these sales have made my decision for me....i will be painting most of the 6 weeks i have off.


i have also applied for another artist grant through the Arts and Industry Council of Calhoun County (http://www.whereisart.com/) and i will be looking forward to hearing if i receive another grant. this time i asked for supplies to create paintings in interchangeable sizes such as 6 by 12, 12 by 12, and 6 by 6. i will paint a series of paintings in each of the several sizes and then they can be interchangeable on the wall in groups or individually. i think it will make my art more marketable in the long run because it will be affordable to start with one or two pieces and build on a collection from there.


i have also been thinking of some new goals i would like to set for the new year such as -


1. getting a body of art ready for a gallery show

2. getting a CD of said body of art

3. painting at least 1 painting a week

4. blogging at least once a week



there will be more as we get closer to the new year....what are your goals for the new year?

Friday, August 8, 2008

Studio pictures

curious about where artists work? i like to see pictures of other artists studios or creative spaces. it is fun to see how things are arranged, stored and used.
right now i am in the process of trying to decide how i want my studio set up. i work in the basement with windows and a walk out with gardens on either side and i love it. now i need to work on the inside and decide how i want it to flow. i have several stations set up now - one for oil painting, acrylic painting, beading and wire work, and a place to gesso, frame etc. i also have a room for clay. i have about 1000 square feet to work with along with a large storage room for all my junk...er stuff.

this is my acrylic area...i generally keep it separate from my oil area because they do not mix well. Acrylic can only be used as a base for oil paint, not used on top of oils.


Here is my oil painting area, my easel is just about where i am standing to take the picture. i have all my supplies in this area for oil painting along with my inspiration wall of art work for reference.
i have some tables set up behind this area that i use to lay work on to frame, gesso, to dry etc.
so, what does your studio look like? post your links to your studio and lets see where you work too.



Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Panels for Inasmuch House

Hello everyone! well i don;t know about you but June and the first week of July have been beautiful in this part of the country. i have been busy working in the gardens but i have done some art work.


I am a member of the Battle Creek Society of Artists and our past President Xenia wrote a grant for supplies for the group to provide murals and art work to the Inasmuch House in Battle Creek, Michigan. The House is a place for families, and women and children to go when they need extra help, have been abused, etc. The House has just added 4 new rooms for whole families (dads included yippee!! now the families can stay together). Anyway, the place looks pretty much like an institution and we wanted to provide them with some art work for the walls. Members were asked to sign up for several different sized panels to paint and donate to Inasmuch house. I did 2 - 2 feet by 2 feet panels and after seeing several of the panels at past meetings many of them were for small children and adults...it got me to thinking of tween and teen girls, so here are my contributions to the Inasmuch House murals.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

June 7 is drawing day!!

check out http://www.drawingday.org/ and get ready to participate in drawing day on June 7, 2008.


i will be posting some drawings on June 7th so check back to see what i will be drawing that day.


here are some new landscape oils i have been working on, they are 4" by 10".


New work and www.emptyeasel.com





Above, these 2 oil paintings are 8" by 8" and are the newest art i have produced. They are titled Poppies 3 and Poppies 5. you can see more of them at http://www.kellyparkerdesigns.com/ i have made them into a series of 5 so far and you can hang them verically, horizontally, 4 in a square or in any combination you choose.


please check out http://www.emptyeasel.com/ for lots of articles on art business and many other art related topics, you will be happy you did!! i subscribe to their emails and every Sunday i get a run down of what to expect with a link to the direct article for the week.


Saturday, May 3, 2008

finally....created my first newsletter




my first newsletter....boy was this fun to do! i just created it as an email to send out. i know there are several places to get email services but i don't have the money to pay for one and the free ones have ads on them. Ads are not something i want in an email newsletter, so i decided to do one myself. actually it was pretty easy after i decided what i wanted to put in it then i created the header and started to add the content. i really was fun!! if you would like to subscribe just let me know and i will add you to the list.

At left, are some oil paintings i created in late 2006.



Saturday, April 19, 2008

Studio time


Lemons on blue green
www.kellyparkerdesigns.com

There has been talk lately in my local art group about studio time. We have all discussed how it is classified personally. Some people only count the time that they work on art in the studio, others count the time in the studio, taking pictures, creating thumbnails, cleaning up or arranging the studio, and still others count only the time spent actually creating a finished piece.

Personally, for me, I count any time I spend in the studio as creative time, even when i am arranging or cleaning because I think this calms the inner muse and allows me to clearly "see" what I need to accomplish. I count those walks outside as time to clearly "see" my environment to help me put together a landscape composition. I count those times that i sit with my sketchbook and make some thumbnails to help me "see" what I want to create and how I want to place those items. So I guess for me anytime I work on some aspect of my art I count that as studio time. I think for me it is a more artful life...a way to capture more art in my life.

What about you? How do you view your studio time? Leave your posts in the comments section.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

selling prints vs originals


lemons on violet, 9" x 12" oil on stretched canvas in a thin metal frame, ready to hang and signed on the front $150.00 framed includes US shipping email me if you would like it unframed $125.00 or as a 9" by 12" print $35.00


Prints vs. Originals -

there seems to be quite a bit of hype lately about artists selling prints of their work. some people think it is ok, others do not. personally i think in the economic times we are in, artists need to make some money where they see fit and selling prints as opposed to the originals is more economical for the customer, but are we selling ourselves out by selling cheaper versions of the original? i am not sure either way...although i am looking into places that can make prints of my work, i just haven't decided if this is the way to go.

so, do you sell prints of your work? why or why not? if so, please pass on some information about where you have prints made and if you think it is the way to go. if you post a reply and link back to my blog on your blog, let me know and i will add your link here.

hummmm.... i am curious, how many artists are doing prints of their work and how they are selling in relationship to their originals.

Monday, March 31, 2008

ok, heres the thing...

i have about 3 weeks to come up with several paintings of "the Artist Within", i am a part of a larger group of artists that have been asked to display our work at the local art center and the theme is the Artist Within...i have several ideas but when i actually get to the studio i draw a blank. i want to incorporate lots of color because of course that is how i paint...kind of abstract expressionist. well i don't just want to paint a landscape...unless i do something Henry Mooreish on canvas. i want to paint something that is me, but WHAT IS THAT!!!! when i was in college i did a series of pears...they kinda look like me, well i am not green, red or yellow but the shape resembles me. so here is my dilemma....what represents me, The Artist Within. i will keep you posted and if you have any ideas, just pass them along.
here is a family portrait i painted in 2006 - the guitar represents my son and daughter, the foil at the bottom of the painting represents my son, the mug/stein represents my husband, an avid Budweiser stein collector, and the books, the pear, and paintbrushes represent myself. i will be submitting this painting to the art show...

Sunday, March 30, 2008

minature art/small art?


do you create miniature or small works of art? do you sell many of them? if so, do you frame them or send them unframed or both? do you create art work that is square or rectanguler? i am contemplating do some small works of art, 3 by 5, 4 by 4, ATC size or smaller and wanted some feedback on your small art work. leave me some thoughts and don' forget to sign my guestbook on my new website for a free gift(see previous post) http://www.kellyparkerdesigns.com/




Sunday, March 23, 2008

New website and free gift!!

just thought i would draw some attention to my new website...i finally have it up and running at http://www.kellyparkerdesigns.com/ and if you sign up on the contact me page and fill in ALL of your information to be added to my emailing list, i will send you one of my note cards!

emailing list emails will be just several times a year, but no more than once a month letting you know where i will be showcasing my art along with art tidbits, artist and gallery reviews, and other miscellaneous art events. so hurry over and sign up today! you can also leave comments on the contact page or leave them in the guestbook.

also if you would like to have me add your website to my newsletter, just let me know on the contact page, maybe we can generate some business for the small business owner! i will add 3 new and different links to each enewsletter i send out over the course of the year. please feel free to suggest galleries and other pertinent information.

here are some of the cards i have available - i will send you one of my choice.




Monday, March 3, 2008

artists are you...

are you looking for someplace to sell your work? do you sell your work on commission or wholesale? where do you sell your art? do you invest in art shows? are you in a co-op gallery or other retail establishment where you have to work so many hours a week? these are just some questions i have been pondering lately.


i guess some answers for me are yes i amlooking to sell my art work someplace, i have it in several small gift/galleries across Michigan but i want to expand. how do i do this? i usually go door to door locally but not over a hours drive...


i sell my work on commission and wholesale but i would like to do more volume but not to have it commerically made somewhere else...does that make sense? sure greeting cards would be great to sell commerically but i am not sure i want to do that with anything else


i haven't done art shows in quite a while but i have been pondering doing a few locally to build up some customers, mailing list, etc.


as far as working in a gallery so many hours a week, unless they have a high volume of traffic i am not interested because my time can be better spent creating art then sitting around waiting for customers to come in the door...i have started with 2 of these type of galleries in the past and there is never enough traffic to make it worth my time.


well if you are reading this leave me a comment on what you are doing to promote yourself...next time i will talk about writing an artist statement. do you have one?





Friday, February 22, 2008

new items at etsy

just added some new items to my etsy store at http://www.kellyparkerdesigns.etsy.com/ let me know what you think.


here is a preview of some of the new work...



Thursday, February 14, 2008

website changes







i just have to say if you are looking for a place to create a website go to http://www.impactfolios.com/ in about 3 hours i created a very nice website on their trial account and i will be upgrading to a full account when i delete the other account at homestead. you can see what i have done so far at www.impactfolios.com/kellyparkerdesigns browse around and let me know what you think.






Sunday, February 10, 2008

Valentines giveaway


if you are the first person to email me with your name and address, i will send you this blank note card for Valentine's Day. last day to enter will be February 13th at 10 pm eastern standard time.
if you want the details on the card, check out my etsy site. if more than one person emails me i will put all the names in a hat and draw one. your card will then be in the mail on February 14th. artsydoll@yahoo.com


new collages - momisms

here are some new collages that are called momisms, things that your mom said to you when you were a child, that i have been working on. they are in assorted sizes from 4 by 6 to 6 by 8 inches.
i also added several new blank note cards to my etsy site ( the link is on the right of the screen).







Friday, January 18, 2008

Play a Handmade Gift Forward




i have been seeing this on several of the blogs that i have visited recently and thought it was a good idea. it goes with my handmade pledge which you can see on the right side of this blog, just scroll down and click on the handmade button if you are interested.

i know it is suppose to be pay it forward but i like the idea that i "play" with my art supplies to make a handmade gift for you and so "Play it Forward" is what i am doing....

ok here goes with my "play it forward" -

Melissa from http://alterediva.blogspot.com/ has invited everyone to take part in this Play It Forward.

I think this is a great idea and I am willing to "play it forward", are you?

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog to this entry requesting to join this ‘Play It Forward’ exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within the year that is my promise!

The only thing you have to do in return is ‘Play It Forward’ by making the same promise on your blog with a link back to me at http://www.kparkerdesigns.blogspot.com/ So basically, if you comment, I’ll send you a handmade gift that I’ll make! Be sure to include your email. Once you sign up, copy and paste the above paragraph on your blog, and three other lucky people will be recipients of your handmade work.You must post this on your blog to be eligible.

I received my invite to play from Moonwillow at http://moonwillow.blogspot.com/

Thursday, January 17, 2008

drawings and sketches

here are some drawings i worked on over the summer. Drawing comes a bit hard for me but i like to draw when i have the time. i also posted some of my sketches/rough drafts for paintings below, i use them as a prelim before i actually paint. Enjoy!





Sketches -







landscapes in oil

here are a couple of landscapes i have been working on, they are small for me at 8" by 10", i usually work at least 16" by 20". i have another one i am working on also to go with the set.



art joke for you...

Q: What did the Mona Lisa say to the Van Gogh forgery?

A: “You sir, are an impasto.”

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Lap top and website

well, i just ordered my new Dell laptop and have started my new website. ..my laptop will be here sometime the week of January 21st, i am so excited!! i can go to the college and use it or at the coffee shop and no more waiting for the dial up connection. i am hoping to be able to get a wireless card soon, the dial up is slower than snail mail at home. here is the lap top i have coming...it is a Dell XPS M1530 in black.

i have lots to do for the website and i realized i should have waited another month to actually start it...i need to take pictures of all my work and type up some copy for the pages. i decided to go with www.homestead.com, they have been around a long time and after searching around and looking at many websites and hosting sites i made my decision. i had been with homestead a long time ago with a free site and they were easy to use. it just somehow seemed the right place for me at this time. i will let you know more when i go live.

artblogs4u.blogspot.com

found a very cool website that lets you find all kinds of art blogs - check it out at www.artblogs4u.blogspot.com

Monday, January 7, 2008

New year's resolutions...

yeah, i know i am bit behind but ya gotta do what ya gotta do!! i have been busy recuperating from surgery in mid December and writing curriculum for another class i am teaching at KCC.

so here is my goal list for 2008 -

1. build a website
2. purchase a laptop
3. lose weight (always have this one on the list)
4. build an email list (if you want on the list let me know)
5. produce more art (i would like to build a portfolio of fine art)
6. create a e-newsletter for my art
7. blog at least once a week
8. get published in some capacity

Laptops and webhosting

well, i have been searching the web for a hosting site...something easy to use and relatively reasonably priced. do you have any ideas? who do you use for your hosting site? did you build it yourself?

what about a laptop? what are some must have features? i am currently looking at Dell but i could be swayed in other directions.

i really am at a loss as to what i really want to do for these things....any comments would be helpful!! thanks.

you can post comments or email me directly at kparkerdesigns@yahoo.com or artsydoll@yahoo.com