Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Need a great place to get frames for your art?



check out www.americanframe.com for the best frames, best prices, and new easy to use website, they also have free mat right now too!! I buy all my frames from American Frame. They have all kinds of frames and you can even upload your art work or buy prints at the site too. Check them out...and i am not in any affiliated with them, just a happy, long time customer.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Art Trade anyone?


6" by 8" collage 6" by 6" acrylic painting ATC sized oil painting

i would love to have some more art for my walls...anyone up for a holiday trade? email me if you are interested at artsydoll@yahoo.com

art supplies?


What would you want...the holidays are coming and artists always want more supplies...what would be your ideal art supply that you wouldn't necessarily buy for yourself?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fall into the Arts in Battle Creek MI

Fall into the Arts in Battle Creek in October was a great success! i sold 1 print and several greeting cards too. personally for me the best thing is the socializing and networking as an artist at these events, i love meeting new artists and artist patrons. The evening of the event i was in the Heritage Tower and my son Sam played his guitar. we had a great time. the Downtown partnership for Battle Creek (Alyssa and Terri) do a great job of promoting the event and getting sponsors. here a couple of pictures of the event. check out www.downtownbattlecreek.com

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Joan Larsen Workshop


Joan Larsen with her art work

On Wednesday, Joan Larsen from Spring Arbor, MI came and presented a Monotype workshop for the Battle Creek Society of Artists. here are some pictures from the event. i will post my prints later this week. you can visit Joan's website at www.joanlarsen.com


Joan painting the plexi-glas



Painted plexi-glas print



Plex-glas ready to be printed

Second print that Joan worked on while at the workshop

Saturday, July 25, 2009

NeW wORk!!

just posted a bunch of new oil paintings on my website at www.kellyparkerdesigns.com check them out and let me know what you think. here is a preview of what is new on the website.

4" by 4" abstract landscape


6" by 6" abstract landscape

check out this artist!! Linda East from Oklahoma

Linda East - Artist

i am part of the altered books groups at yahoo and sent an email to the group that i had finished my page for the 10 anniversary book that Corinne Stubson is putting together and Linda emailed me with many wonderful comments about my work and wanted to exchange links. So i put her link on my links page on my website at www.kellyparkerdesigns.com and you can view more of Linda's work at the following links. Enjoy!! i have also posted a picture of her work here to whet your artistic appetite. Thanks for the link exchange Linda!!

http://jewelsoftheeast.blogspot.com
http://timelesstreasuresofleast.blogspot.com
http://www.leasttreasures.etsy.com



Monday, June 29, 2009

Tony Moffitts Blog

http://tonymoffitt.blogspot.com/2009_05_01_archive.html

you really need to check out Tony Moffitt's art blog. the link above is titled "Never approach a gallery again...ever!!"

www.tonymoffitt.blogspot.com let me know what you think

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

New Hand Pulled Print - Poppies


just finished a new hand pulled print titled "Poppies", you can purchase it here by email to kelly@kellyparkerdesigns.com or on my website at http://www.kellyparkerdesigns.com/


Poppies print only $30.00 includes US shipping

Framed Poppies print $100.00 includes US shipping


Monday, April 6, 2009

Acrylic paintings



4 - 12" by 36" acrylic paintings on 1 3/8" deep stretched canvas

1. Piano Bird $100.00
2. Love Birds $100.00
3. 3 Flowers $100.00
4. Pear Music $100.00

you can email me at kelly@kellyparkerdesigns.com or www.kellyparkerdesigns.com

paypal accepted

Garden series set of 8


this set of paintings can be arranged on your wall in almost any configuration, the colors used are red, lime green, teal, yellow, black, light blue, and white on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. the sides are painted the light blue background color and are 1 3/8" deep.

New acrylic paintings - set of 8

3 - 8" by 8" Daisy, Rose and Tulip $45.00 each
1 - 6" by 6" Butterfly $30.00 each
4 - 4" by 4" Bumble Bee, Dragon Fly, Fern, Ladybug $20.00 each

Set of 8 Garden paintings $200.00 with a savings of $45 if purchased separately!!
email me at kelly@kellyparkerdesigns.com to purchase check out other paintings at www.kellyparkerdesigns.com
paypal accepted

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Calla Lily Print

Finally finished my calla lily print. here is the block and the finished print along with my daughters print.

Calla Lily block
Calla Lily Print 6" by 8"
unframed print $30.00 + $5.00 SH in US
framed print $100.00 + $10.00 SH in US
Peace Print 4" by 5"
unframed print $10.00

New Studio Pictures

here are some new studio pictures. they are of the new oil painting area, acrylic painting area, and printmaking area along with a spot where my daughter plays.

oil painting area, with a few 2 by 4s and a counter top i bought at a garage sale i have a great place to work. all the boxes underneath are part of the supplies i got from my artist grant


acrylic painting area - new walls, shelving, and the through the doorway is a whole room of storage for my art supplies.


printmaking area - it still needs some work such as shelves but i have to cover about 30 feet of wall space with insulation and wall board in this area yet.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

January 2009 Newsletter


Companion Series - Violet Poppies Set of 3, 2" x 2" each

News from Kelly Parker Designs
Issue #3 January 2009

Well, this blustery weather sure has been great!! Now I know you're thinking I am crazy...ok, most of you know I am, but anyway, the weather sure makes it easy to paint in the studio. It is too cold to go outside!

I had a wonderful November and December, I sold about 10 paintings in 6 weeks! Thank you to all the wonderful people who are supporting arts locally.

BIG NEWS!! I just received word that I am the proud recipient of another artist grant for 2009 from the Arts and Industry Council of Calhoun County at www.whereisart.com

With this grant, I will be working more on my website, creating new art, playing with new ways to promote my art and looking for an e-newsletter service.

I am currently working on what I call "Companion Pieces". You will be able to purchase art in any size and be able to keep adding art work to your already existing pieces to create a whole wall of art that has interchangeable dimensions. The sizes range from 2" x 2" up to 12" x 36" letting you display the art horizontally or vertically on the wall. Stack 'em, rearrange 'em, separate 'em to your hearts content.... Endless possibilities! To see some of the smaller pieces I have completed, check out the Companion Pieces portfolio on my website at www.kellyparkerdesigns.com

I have added the option of purchasing prints of some of my pieces at Fine Art America. If you are looking for prints, this is the place to look.

For my e-newsletter customers only!! I have a special deal for you - Art Upgrades. If you purchase any of my prints or original art work from www.fineartameica.com/profiles/kelly-parker or www.kellyparkerdesigns.com before February 28th, you will receive 1 note card of your choice, just email me with your choice and I will ship it with your order. It's that easy!!

I added two new portfolios to my website at kelly parker designs that feature Small Art and Companion Pieces that I will be working on in 2009.

I have to confess I am a twitterer now, you can follow me at www.twitter.com/kparkerdesigns

New Galleries - Stick and Stones Kalamazoo MI

Don't forget to check out the Art Center of Battle Creek for events at Art Center of Battle Creek. I am planning on exhibiting in the Postcard Salon on Thursday, February 26 from 5 - 7 pm. www.artcenterofbattlecreek.org

I will be posting new galleries, exhibtions and shows soon, so watch for more news.

Have a wonderful day,

Kelly

If you enjoyed this newsletter, please share it with others. I am trying to build a bigger audience for my work and can only succeed with the help of friends like you!!

If you have any comments, suggestions, wish to subscribe or unsubscribe, please email me at kelly@kellyparkerdesigns.com

copyright by Kelly Parker January 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

Art Upgrades

i was just reading Alyson Stanfield's e-newsletter and she talks about Art Upgrades. Well i want to offer you an Art Upgrade. If you sign up for my newsletter on my website or at the top of this blog or purchase a piece of art from http://www.kellyparkerdesigns.com/ or purchase a print from http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/kelly-parker.html" you can have your choice of a collaged note card. i will send it too you with your order. just drop me an email and it will be in the mail. it's just that easy!!




Friday, January 16, 2009

American painter Andrew Wyeth dies at 91


By PATRICK WALTERS, Associated Press Writer Patrick Walters, Associated Press Writer

AP – In this Feb. 23, 1964, file photo, artist Andrew Wyeth stands in front of his farm in Chadds Ford, Pa. …

PHILADELPHIA – Artist Andrew Wyeth, who portrayed the hidden melancholy of the people and landscapes of Pennsylvania's Brandywine Valley and coastal Maine in works such as "Christina's World," died early Friday. He was 91.

Wyeth died in his sleep at his home in the Philadelphia suburb of Chadds Ford, according to Hillary Holland, a spokeswoman for the Brandywine River Museum. The son of famed painter and book illustrator N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyath gained wealth, acclaim and tremendous popularity. But he chafed under criticism from some experts who regarded him as a facile realist, not an artist but merely an illustrator.

A Wyeth retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2006 drew more than 175,000 visitors in 15 1/2 weeks, the highest-ever attendance at the museum for a living artist. The Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, a converted 19th-century grist mill, includes hundreds of works by three generations of Wyeths.

It was in Maine that Wyeth found the subject for "Christina's World," his best-known painting. And it was in Pennsylvania that he met Helga Testorf, a neighbor in his native Chadds Ford who became the subject of the intimate portraits that brought him millions of dollars and a wave of public attention in 1986.

here are a couple of links to his work -






Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Painting Ideas

for all you Twitter followers, this is my idea!!

Because of the economy and the state of jobs in Michigan, i have decided that in order to (hopefully) sell some art work i am going to do what i call "interchangeables".  What this means is that all the paintings i do this year will be able to be built upon, size wise. 

Ok, to explain my idea, i will be creating interchangeable sizes such as 2" x 2", 2" x 4", 4" x 4" and several other sizes that can be combined to create a wall of art.  you will be able to purchase a painting then build on that size with other complimentary sizes.  so for example, you might have a tight budget but really want to purchase one of my paintings, you could start with a 2" x 2" and then work your way up to an 8" x 8".  When you are finished all of your paintings could be grouped together as a whole.  Now this does not mean that they will be a whole together just that they will be a grouping of work in similar style and colors.  The art work that you have purchased can be hung in a group, horizontally, vertically or in any way you chose because the sizes will have a common denominator...can you believe i just used a math word here!! 

post me some comments on what you think about my idea.

following widget

just added the following widget. be one of the first 5 people to follow me and i will highlight your business here! lets get some blog traffic going on. here are the steps to get started -

1. comment on this post
2. send me an email with your name, profession, website, blog, and a small jpg

that's it!

A Violinist in the Metro

I received this email from a friend...it is very sad to read that only a very people take the time to enjoy in this case music, but art also has a place here. just thought i would pass it along in hope that in 2009 you will take time to listen, see, participate in the arts in some way...

A Violinist in the Metro

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning.. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried on to meet his schedule.A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk.A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again.. Clearly he was late for work. The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats averaged $100.This is a real story.

Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people.

The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour:
Do we perceive beauty?
Do we stop to appreciate it?
Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

Thursday, January 8, 2009

new venues

well i just finished up applying to the site www.1000markets.com and i am waiting to here back from the Arts and Industry Council on whether or not i received another artist grant.

anyone have any other venues that they like selling on? any galleries or gift shops etc...

on another note, i just painted the last canvas panels i had left....i will have to order more. i ordered about 300 about this time last year so i am due to get some more.

i also am trying to decide what to use for oil paintings. i like to paint on wood, i generally use masonite when i can but then it has to be framed, which is another added expense, so i bought a few cradled boards to see if i like to paint on those. the only problem with the boards are they are pretty expensive and i am not sure that the cost of a frame will offset that cost. i will have to do some research on these new ideas!!

what about you...what surface do you like to paint on? do you use frames for all your work or do you sell them unframed? please leave your comments.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Ringing in the New Year!

just wanted to say Happy New Year to all my friends and family and everyone who checks out my blog. Have a safe and happy new year.

Now, that the new year is here, i can hardly believe it is, what are your goals for the new year? do you have any specific goals or are they more broad and general? leave your comments for all of us to see. maybe we can work on our goals together.

here are some of my goals for 2009 - i have posted 12...one for each month

1. read "I'd rather be in the studio" by Alyson B Stanfield
2. sell at least $1000.00 in paintings
3. spend at least 10 hours a week creating art
4. spend at least 5 hours a week marketing my art
5. create an outline and the first chapter on a book i have in mind
6. write curriculum on a portfolio class i want to create
7. create some note cards for seasonal and holiday markets
8. blog regularly....
9. create some drawings for blockprinting
10. create a portfolio on my website for artwork that is under $50
11. send out an enewsletter regularly
12. try to get my work in at least 2 other galleries/stores