Sunday, August 30, 2009

Digitally Delightful

For years my husband has been taking beautiful pictures of sunsets and sunrises, rolling clouds, flowers with hints of dew and magestic Oregon vistas.
While my husband was snapping pictures I was busy roaming through antiques stores and flea markets finding bits and pieces of old papers, photos, newspapers and magazines.

This week I have been very busy collaging these items with Corel Paint Shop and creating altered images that a week ago only existed only in my imagination. Each completed collage is represented by at least six different images. The possibilities are endless!

Happy Birthday to Judy...

Zach plays sweet music in Charleston...

Garden Grow

What do you dream....

This new technique allows my husband to be a part of my art. Right now he is in search of the perfect cupcake. A new cupcake store opened in Charlotte so it is a great excuse for him to go find the ultimate treat. But before he eats the beauty he must take several pictures so that I can mix it it all together with a sweet picture of my niece holding a pan of perfectly baked cupcakes. I can already see the final collage. It will be delicious!

This artist is living quite a sweet life!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The First Sale

After creating assemblages for several years I finally worked up the courage to show my work to a local gallery owner. She accepted several of my pieces and asked me to attend the Friday evening Gallery event. It was thrilling to see my art being viewed by the public. But it was also very intimidating. My sweet husband stood near several of my pieces and casually made conversation to gauge customer reactions. I was not sure how dressforms with melted wax, shadow boxes with childrens books from the 1800's and altered old pin cushions would fare. Thankfully the reactions were all good.

A few weeks later I attended an art book swap and was introduced to a very nice lady named Judy. When Judy heard my name she got a big smile on her face and said, "You're Sheila! I just saw your work at the Green Rice Gallery. I love the "J" Box." What a wonderful way to meet a new friend! I had a smile on my face for a week.
I went in several times during the first few months to see if anything had sold or if the owner had any recommendations for actually selling a piece of art. She was very kind and encouraging and said there was plenty of interest but I needed to give it time.

And then it happened.... I sold a piece! After so many months of waiting it happened.

My advice for anyone that wants to follow your gallery dream - surround yourself with artists, friends and family that believe in you and your work. I would not have approached the gallery if one of my biggest fans (my lovely sister Karen) had not encouraged me with her love and support. I would not have had the courage to listen to what customers had to say about my art without standing beside my husband (my high school sweetheart and husband for 25 years) and letting him lead the way. I might have pulled my work if I wasn't so encouraged by Judy and her kind words.

Interestingly enough the very first sale has wonderful old newspaper from 1867 and if you look close enough you will be treated with a story about faith and the glory of god.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Interesting August Creations

August brings us to the end of summer and wonderful warm memories. Trips across the Southeast, antiquing in Tennessee, an art retreat with my dear friends, vacationing in Pigeon Forge and creating unique art and vignettes. I have been inspired from Baltimore to Birmingham. Art and creativity are everywhere!

I have the good fortune to live in an area where old books, tools, fabrics and ephemera are in abundance. I have taken these items and managed to create some unique art pieces this summer.

Some of my August creations have used a mixture of old tins, microscope slides, antique ledger papers and toys from the past.

Unique assemblage has definately become a passion!

What will September bring?