Friday, April 18, 2014

David's Amazing Plein Air Demo

David Curtis' amazing demo 4-17-14 at Lynnfield MA
This demo was a totally amazing event.  For the price of admission ($3) David was able to squeeze a lifetime of painting information into a lecture of about one hour and made it concise and interesting and understandable PLUS paint a demo (above) in less than another hour!  If this was a DVD it would be equivalent to at least a year of art college study and cost $200.  I believe it was a Guinness World Record event.

I wish I had recorded it.  Who knew?  I actually forgot my camera so I used my phone for this pic.

In under 2 hours which included a break with coffee and goodies, he covered everything.  I can't believe it.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Art and Design Cyclorama

I visited Cyclorama in Boston Sunday for an annual pilgrimage to see the Art and Design Show.  I attend two art functions each year at this venue.   Besides heart-pumping excitement I receive a large number of art and design magazines for which I always bring a book bag so I can carry them home.  I'm planning to attend a workshop in the finger lakes section of NY in June with Lori Putnum as instructor and with Sandi Beitsinger as my workshop-mate.  In the current issue of Lori is featured in an article Artists Making Their Mark.
I'm sharing a discovery with you today--lots of nice videos to watch:

Monday, March 24, 2014

Scraggly Sunflower sold

A person whose knowledge of art I respect a lot bought my painting today.  I couldn't be happier.  This is the first time I've ever had that feeling that your painting has found a good home!   The gallery won't release the painting until I bring another to fill the spot, and tonight I realized that I can deliver one that would have gone to my Rhythm show in the morning.  Good timing!

Tomorrow I install the Rhythm Cafe Show.  I have a large number paintings and will determine which ones will actually fit properly when I get there. 
This is the picture on the announcement card for the Rhythm Show.
Any bets on the Garden Fairy?  I'm wondering about that one.  I thought is was a silly painting, but everyone goes to it right away. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Rockport Show receiving day

Rockport Contributors' Show
Receiving day today at Rockport Art Association, Rockport MA.  I arrived in the middle of the 6 hours when they were accepting paintings and the big showroom was already elbow to elbow with entries.  I can't wait to see the show on Sunday during the reception from 2 to 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

My choice for the Portrait Show in September at Newburyport Art Association

Artist Statement.

I chose Fran Dalton as my subject for the NBPT Portrait Show because she was a central figure in the local arts community (photographer) for many years who went through a very public sex change in her 50s, Fran Dalton lived in Newburyport most of her life and died at the age of 81.  She deserves to be included in any event that endeavors to showcase community members who make up the fabric of Newburyport.
Newburyport takes much pride in the colorful people who have lived here and shaped its personality. Fran Dalton is among them, a friend to many, and a charitable person who helped the homeless.  He lived on a boat at Charley Powers' boatyard and he and Connie Van Swearingen ( Van Ess) were immersed in Newburyport's thriving counterculture in the 70s, which celebrated individualism, diversity and even eccentricity
Dalton's life changed when Connie, his companion of many years, died at age 55. The changes in Frank's appearance noted by his friends culminated in his very public decision to change his gender and name — from Frank to Fran — in the 1980s. It was a decision that garnered much attention at the time.
She spent most of her life as Frank Dalton, a tall, lean man with craggy features, a deep voice and long salt-and-pepper hair pulled back in a ponytail. The entire town accepted her for the woman she was.
Her story has been aptly told through a retrospective exhibit at the local Library.  

Mary Pyche
Submitted March 5, 2014

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Current Shows 2014 season

I'm pretty excited to be gearing up for these shows:

My upcoming show schedule is as follows:

1.  Solo Exhibition at the Rhythm Cafe, March 24th through mid-May.  I'll post my announcement cards tomorrow.  Reception TBA.

2.  Rockport Art Association Contributors' Show, March 23 to April 19.
Reception, Sunday, March 23 from 2-4, all invited.

3.  17th Annual Newburyport Regional Juried Show, April 25 to May 25.
Reception, Sunday, April 27 from 3-5, all invited.

4.  Portraits of Newburyport Show, September 12 to 27th.
Reception, Saturday, Sept. 14 from 7-9, all invited.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Portrait Show in September

I want to participate in the Newburyport Art Association Portrait Show coming up this September.  I didn't realize that I had to submit an artist statement by (new extended deadline date) April 4th.  Anyway, I thought I had plenty of time to ask someone if I could do their portrait.  I was at one of our favorite pubs with my husband and we were talking about this and who to ask.  My husband said, "Paint Mike".  He's the owner of that establishment and we have been going there for 33 years.  I thought it was a great idea too, but after we left I realized I hadn't asked Mike about it.  A couple of weeks go by, and I go in and ask him.  Well, he's laughing out loud, but guess what, someone asked him the day before!  Darn it.  I missed it by one day.  So after about a week, I decided to ask his niece, Michelle, who is a waitress there.  She is a beautiful blond with a wonderful smile and has been there forever it seems.  She hasn't agreed yet, but I sure hope she does.

p.s.  She didn't accept.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Whistler Show today at Addison Gallery in No. Andover

I'm headed out today to see this show with some friends.  It had a big writeup in today's Globe.  Nothing like a day at the museum with friends and lunch afterward.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

DPW Day - navigation nightmare

DPW PAGE...During this BIG snow storm today I spent the entire day (again) on the computer trying to get my ducks in a row, more or less, getting my PayPal and my Dailypaint Works page working correctly.  What a challenge.  There were a number of things that I couldn't figure out in order to get it to work correctly, but I'll have to go in again later and see if I can fix it. It is a very involved sign up with all kinds of links and permissions that are needed in order for DPW to automatically "feed" things starting with PayPal and finishing with my sites themselves which includes blogs, FB, Etsy, the whole enchilada.  If it gets completed correctly, DPW has a tracking site that has every piece of information you might want about your artwork and sales, even from other sites.  I don't feel bad though because I'm probably not alone.  So the successful artists must also be web geniuses as well it seems.

REGIONAL SHOW ENTRY..I also submitted two paintings for the regional juried show.  Happily I was accepted to the Newburyport Art Association's Winter Juried Show which is now hanging.  I have never been accepted into the regional shows and I always blamed the photos!  ha ha

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Gearing up, Facebook adventures

I'm in the last lap of gearing up for a better art career, and have made a Facebook Fan page.
My Facebook Fan Page
I've uploaded some old photos of artwork but I'm excited to be thinking about loading up new pictures of new artwork soon and often.

Tomorrow, it's DPW day and PayPal day and Enter the Regional Show day.  Wish me luck.