Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015
Originally trained as a biologist, Lempert began making artistic photographs of animals, plants, and natural phenomena during the early 1990s in Hamburg, Germany. “Lempert’s unique background allows him to depict the world with both scientific rigor and a poetic sensibility,” said Brian Sholis, Cincinnati Art Museum Curator of Photography. The artist uses both conventional and experimental processes, and the results are anything but traditional nature photos. Out in the field, Lempert uses his 35-mm camera to chart human-animal interactions, the patterns made by birds and insects, or the play of sunlight and shadow. But he also brings the outside world into the studio, making camera-less photograms of leaves and algae or letting bioluminescent species like fireflies expose photographic paper. The exhibition will also include his ongoing 25-year project to document all 80 known taxidermy specimens of the Great Auk, a flightless North Atlantic bird that went extinct in 1844.
Lempert often arranges his images in sequences or grids to highlight similarities, underscore how classification defines what we see, and encourage close looking. The photographs, in a wide variety of sizes, will be placed on the walls unmounted and unframed in an installation devised on-site by the artist and curator. This survey of Lempert’s photographs includes new work made on the East Coast and in Cincinnati during May 2015. His behind-the-scenes visits to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the Museum of Natural History & Science at Cincinnati Museum Center, and the Lloyd Library and Museum allowed him to cast new light on these familiar local landmarks.
Several artworks made in Cincinnati will be included in the show. Field Guide: Photographs by Jochen Lempert is sponsored by PNC Bank and Darlene and Jeffrey R. Anderson. It will be on view in Galleries 103, 104 and 105. The exhibition will travel to the Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver, where it will be on view April 15–June 12, 2016.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Available at the Deland Museum of art:
at the Hand Art Center at the Stetson University campus
Sand Hill Symphony opens
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Artist's in New York and New Jersey are speaking up with their street art.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
I have some favorites in their existing installation. Tops on the list is Nick Cave's "Soundsuit" assemblage vying with Dale Chihuly's glass tower.
|Dale Chihuly's "Cobalt and Citrine Tower" at the Orlando Museum of Art|
Friday, March 6, 2015
Though we Etsians (as we often call ourselves) use ETSY.com as our venue to sell artworks, crafts, supplies and vintage items, we consider ourselves the "owners" of our stores. To know that changes like this are done in what appears a clandestine manner after having put so much work into taking time to list each item may see a mass exodus of members.
Now today, the news reports that ETSY has filed IPO paperwork and is going public. Ughn. As an artist, I just have a gut instinct (and I tend to trust my gut instincts when it comes to my artwork) that this will not benefit me as an artist and in fact will probably, if I stay a member, cost me. I would LIKE to look at it as a good thing that will bring more buyers to the venue, but my gut tells me that large manufacturers and people mass producing, not hand crafting, will be getting the lions share of the business on my and other artists' backs as we continue to "finance" them by giving them a market place filled with amazing items.
Over the years, it has gotten more and more difficult and required more and more time and effort to get items seen without having to actually spend advertising dollars on "featured ads." Time will tell, but it will be something I personally as an Etsian will watch very closely. In the meantime, I will not be surprised by the many artists who jump ship in coming months.
Is ETSY going Artsy unfriendly?? *sigh* Time to find other venues.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
As an artist, I chose to have an account on Etsy.com to post and attempt to sell my artworks. Over the past few years, there have been many changes to Etsy. Some of those changes have been for the better and improved the look and feel of the site. Others have really veered off course from a site that promotes art and crafts to what is beginning to feel like an Amazon Wanna Be.
The categories by which items are often found by searchers were drastically altered by Etsy staff and so many of my items from each of my four stores, Bohemian Art Cafe, Espresso Bar Designs, Ephemera Bistro and Flower Child Trends were completely obliterated. Most of the categories I had previously used don't even exist on Etsy today as an option any more and just about every type of glass anything that I sell does not have a way to be categorized other than a very general "Arts" or "Supplies."
I'm so frustrated because I have spent so many hours working on setting up my stores, making sure that each of the four shops are offering specific types of items that I make without overlap, and just listing the items which takes hours when you take into consideration taking good photos and correcting photos to look as good as they can, describing and going through the insertion questions for each and every item.
I have to admit that for the past couple of years I have felt that Etsy was moving more to a mass produced market and away from the grass roots market of small artisans and crafters--so many more suppliers who make it impossible for small suppliers to compete, you can't leave negative feedback for them if you have a bad experience because they immediately give you negative feedback and fight to get your honest feedback removed so they look like they give good service even when they don't.
At 20 cents per listing (which comes to 5 cents per month) the question for me is whether the aggravation I feel is worth the admittedly small amount of money spent when I am having to constantly market my store so it even shows up anywhere near the front of search algorithms and not buried in the middle...I don't have time to join a bunch of teams and go around giving feedback and doing all the craziness that apparently some people do to make sales.
So, that being said, while I decide whether or not Etsy is for me, I've decided that I will be expanding my Square Market shop to include items that I have been posting on Etsy, as well as on Art Fire and Bonanza. It's just such silliness and I don't have time for the silliness. It takes enough time just to list an item or two a day. I will be opening my shop on these three other sites beginning at the beginning of March.
I'd welcome thoughts from any readers who are also on Etsy and what you think about the new category changes, how you think they are going to affect you, etc. Yes, I DID give Etsy feedback about what I found to be very problematic and am not just sitting here whining without trying to contact them first...but chances are they are not going to change it back to the old categories. It is not, to my knowledge, even on the table as an option from them. So irked I am and considering my options as to whether the Etsy as Amazon Wanna Be is the place for me to sell my artworks.
Friday, February 13, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
|Bottle cap magnet "share", (c)SZing, 2015|
Do you have artwork that you've hidden away? Today is the day to take it out and share it with someone else. Consider putting it in a frame and on a wall in your home or office. Let it breathe.
One word of caution: Choose carefully who you share it with, especially if you are not used to sharing your artwork. Beware of sharing it with people who will tear you down, belittle it, or in any way make less of the art or you. Choose to share it with someone who can appreciate your talents, who can appreciate your efforts, and who can nod and say, "I see your self-expression."
Monday, February 9, 2015
|Bottle cap magnet art. (c)SZing, 2015.|
Friday, February 6, 2015
|Bottle cap magnet, (c)SZing, 2015.|
Monday, February 2, 2015
|LSacha's Whimsical Boy and Bunny from Whimsical Playshop Class|
photo copyright SZing 2014-2015
Wednesday nights, Feb. 4 through April 22, 2015 from 6:30 -8:30 Eastern Time
Creating the Life You Want Mastermind Group
$120 for the entire series of sessions.
Bring your dreams, your goals, those things you have on your bucket list to complete but just have not gotten to...
This is a facilitated mastermind group. You don't have to be physically present. We can do a Video Skype or use Facebook Chat group for those who are not anywhere near Deltona FL and want to participate.
|Whimsical Sally (c)SZing, 2014-2015|
|Student Kim Possible creates "His and Her" Whimsical Superhero portraits|
in Whimsical Art Playshop class (c)2014 SZing
On Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. A Whimsical Art Playshop to explore the style of Whimsy--learn how to draw and paint whimsical people, animals, houses and backgrounds for art journals, as a focal point of mixed media artworks, for greeting cards, or just for yourself to completely let loose and try something new without any pressure. $150 for new Whimsical students (with me) or $125 if you are one of my returning students ready to learn more Whimsical methods and techniques. All materials and supplies provided.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
|Love is a Choice, 24" x 36" tempera and acrylic on canvas.|
(c) SZing 2015
|Dream Mesa, 16" x 24" Tempera on Bristol paper. |
|Off the Grid, 5" x 7" Lacquer, tempera, and acrylic on Bristol paper.|
|Across the Bridge, 10" x 16" watercolor on watercolor paper.|
Friday, January 30, 2015
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
|creative hand painted mini (c)SZing 2015|
|express love hand painted mini (c)SZing 2015|
|Artist hand painted mini (c)SZing 2015|
|Embrace Peace hand painted mini (c) SZing 2015|
|Imagine hand painted mini (c)SZing 2015|
|Question hand painted mini (c)SZing 2015|
Friday, January 23, 2015
|West Mesa Nostalgia, (c)SZing 2015|
Watercolor on watercolor paper
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
We do not sit still in time and space. We are always progressing toward something—this is a paraphrase of one of my favorite quotes from the movie “Phenomenon” with John Travolta. We cannot not make progress. It may SEEM that we are going nowhere fast, but the fact of the matter, the Truth, is that we are in fact, always progressing.
I am thrilled that I am progressing toward the completion of the art studio renovation! Worked almost the entire weekend and came a long way—only a few things left to do before I’ll be able to actually use the space again for myself and for my classes! #artclasses #artjournaling #fusedglassclass #bohemianartcafe #studiorenovation
January 31/Feb 1 = Art Journaling Extravaganza
February 4 – April 22 = Creating the Life You Want Mastermind Group
February 28 – March 1 = Glass Synergy Workshop
The Bohemian Art Cafe—feeding your creative self—where we serve art, not food.
All photos © SZing, 2015.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
February 13, 2015
Zen Angel, watercolor, ink on watercolor paper © SZing 2015.
January 14, 2015
Focusing on trying new designs. Not perfect but very relaxing to work on.
January 15, 2015
Relaxing into the process. As I do, I get inspired with many different ideas for art projects, writing projects and other ways to express myself creatively. I’m not actively seeking these hints, but they flow to me as I stay focused on my zen doodles.
© SZing 2015
January 16, 2015
“Basket weaving”. For some reason tonight this particular zen doodle as I’m working on it reminds me of that song Funny Farm from the 1970s and I think of basket weaving. Maybe zen doodling is sort of like that for me. But I’m perfectly okay with twiddling my thumbs and toes….haa haa, heee hee, hoo, hooo. I feel inspired just because I’m sticking with this process. © 2015 SZing.
January 17, 2015
A daily practice. A practice that is repetitious. A practice not unlike dreaming except that each has a goal or objective. © SZing. Watercolor on watercolor paper, black ink.
January 18, 2015
Within my wallsJanuary 19, 2015
is a treasure
Nurtured, it grows
Ignored, it grows
Flowering into I Am.
Acrylic on paper board. Just to paint, just to create, just to play despite the end result is inspiring. Especially more inspiring is not caring what is created. Letting go of the inner (and outer) critic is freeing. And fun. And inspiring. #doartdaily
© SZing 2015
Monday, January 12, 2015
One of my very favorite types of restaurants is a tapas restaurant. What I love about this type of restaurant is being able to savor the flavors of multiple types and tastes of food--little morsels of delight--without becoming "stuffed" or over-full. Yet my mouth does a happy dance of joy with each new sample. With practice, I'm allowing my inspiration to be the visual equivalent of a tapas menu. I'll try a little of this pattern here, test out that pattern there, see what sizzles and what is too dry for me. #InspiredArtProject2015 #artsampler
|"A Sampler" (c)SZing 2015. Ink on bristol paper.|
Sunday, January 11, 2015
We all receive inspiration and from that inspiration come ideas and thoughts. All thoughts are seeds. Some seeds we want to nurture carefully and help germinate. Often, like a baby in a womb, a seed is cocooned and protected during the germination phase. Our ideas, our inspirations are like that--we should cocoon and protect them so that they can grow strong and bloom. It's far too easy for our tender shoots of ideas to be trampled by our selves or others. Be careful choosing what seeds you plant and then protect those you dearly want to see come to fruition. #InspiredArtProject2015. #inspiration
|"Seeds Germinate" (c)SZing 2015. Watercolor, ink, on watercolor paper.|
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Trying something new, practicing, and not allowing the inner critic (or the outer one!) take over. This is a two handed drawing I was inspired to make for today's #InspiredArtProject2015. There is something primitive about it that I really like--it reminds me a bit of Willem de Kooning. Perhaps I'll try a two handed drawing of a person next time I attempt this method. For now, I call this a study for painting.
|"A Study for Painting" (c)SZing 2015. Ink on bristol paper.|
Friday, January 9, 2015
|"In dreamtime" (c)SZing, 2015.|
Thursday, January 8, 2015
|The Mind's Eye (c)SZing 2015.|
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
I am inspired by meditation and art. Therefore, I am doubly inspired by Zentangling--art and meditation combined. I love this as a daily practice. Helps me unwind, helps me get clarity, helps me just allow myself to play. Nope, not a "perfect" zendoodle, but then I am a firm believe in the idea that all art creations have flaws, thus we know that we are human and that they are hand crafted. #InspiredArtProject 2015 #doartdaily
|"Meditation" Ink on bristol paper (c) SZing 2015|
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
I am inspired each time I look outside and see that my beautiful rose bush from my sweetie (a birthday present last year) is blooming...and it is January 4! Roses remind me of my mom. A sweet remembrance as our yard was filled with these fragrant blooms in every color and size. Today's Inspired Art Project is dedicated to Mom, an angel in her own right! #InspiredArtProject2015 #angelart
|Angel of Blooms, (c) SZing, 2015|
Saturday, January 3, 2015
I've always been fascinated by angels and have regular conversations with mine (really, I do). I heard what may be an urban myth but it was on the Internet so it must be true (hah!)...that 8 of every 10 Americans believe in angels. Of course, there are other studies that show that 55% of Americans believe in angels versus 34% who believe in global warming. Yet another study (which very well may just be one man's opinion) showed that 6% of Americans believe in Unicorns (how did they get in touch with so many rennies and under-6-year-old subjects?), 18% believe that the sun revolves around the earth and he says 46% of Americans believe in angels. Well, I'm one of the 8 in 10/ 55%/ 46%...and here's proof that I'm Hooked on Angels. #InspiredArtProject2015 #angelart