I am excited to be joining Leslie Saeta and artists from all over the world in Leslie’s Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge ! If you are an artist and wish to join over 400 other artists, please visit Leslie’s blog at:-
The theme will be “Thirty Things You Didn’t Know About Me” ! :)
As Leslie explains :”It’s about getting in to the studio to try new things. It’s about painting more often. It’s about having fun and developing new habits! This challenge has changed the lives of many artists and I hope you you will experience the same! It’s important to remember you are not doing this challenge alone. There will most likely be over 400 artists (all over the world) doing the same thing as you every day in September. So let’s share and support each other”.
I’m ready ! :)
Delighted to receive the news that three of my large abstracts were juried into the Regional and State Open Theme exhibition at The Gallery at 100 Market in Portsmouth NH ! Artist Reception – August 1st, 5-7pm. Exhibit will run until November.
Portal : 30 x 40 Acrylic and Ink on Canvas
Time Waits for No One 16 x 40 Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas
Spin The Earth 30 x 40 Acrylic on Canvas
It’s all about color !! I’m currently busy working on a new abstract collage and mixed media series – each panel is 11 x 14 and they look fantastic paired in threes or more ! Check out my Art For Sale page for more information.
4.15.14 Update – happy to report the three pieces above just sold ! :)
‘Today I Dance’ – my contribution to the 2014 World Twitter Art Exhibit in Orlando FL
‘Within These Walls’ 24 x 36 Acrylic and Ink
Stella Blu : http://www.stellablu-nh.com/
24 x 40
Acrylic on Canvas
The story of two trees who meet and fall in love :)
This painting will be on exhibit at Dunstable Public Library through end of May.
16 x 40
Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas
City Moons – Acrylic and Mixed Media
Delighted to have sold two more of my large 30 x 40 abstract pieces – Equinox is heading to Tennessee and ‘City Moons’ is off to Dohna in Germany :)
Equinox – Acrylic on Canvas
We recently experienced one of the world’s worst violent massacres in the small town of Sandy Hook, CT. My granddaughter lives in neighboring Newtown and I know the area and many of the people there well. It is sometimes hard for me to articulate with words what I am feeling. Urban Rumble was inspired by the events that transpired at Sandy Hook, my beliefs that there are cracks in our society, core values and foundations have been shaken and there is much distress and unease in the world. There was no pre-meditative planning for this painting, rather a spontaneous expression of the feelings within me. This is a painting I love and have enjoyed the many conversations and questions it provokes with the viewer.
Below is a recent picture I received from the new owner of Urban Rumble :) I just love the frame he added :)
I was so inspired to listen to the story of novelist Matthew Quick on WZID radio while driving to work this morning.
I’m attaching a link below with his bio. Particularly inspiring to me was listening him talk about how he was rejected 71 times by literary agents before the 72nd one accepted him ! He had spent three years isolated in his basement and was pretty much down to his last dollar when he finished writing Silver Lining Playbook. It is currently nominated for 8 Oscars.
As an artist I find rejection particulary hard. It helps me to listen to and read about what others go through in order to get their story ‘heard’ or their painting ‘seen’. I suffered lots of rejections from Juried shows for several years… but I’m glad I didn’t quit submitting work. Last year I was accepted into four juried shows ! Of course it’s a wonderful feeling, but just recently (last month) I was again rejected by a larger juried show and again felt the waves of “you’re not good enough”.
I realize it’s going to be a fickle journey and I am determined never to quit. I am so passionately head of heels in love with the creative process of art and the rewards I feel each time I produce a new piece are amazing. I can’t imagine what it must have felt like to be rejected 71 times ! I have a new perspective today !! J Thank you so much Matthew Quick and many congratulations ! J
“Sometimes when you attempt to put your best self into the world, the right people show up”
Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook.