My Art philosophy 101

As an artist in the age of technology and digital media it is difficult to stay on the path of the masters. How temptingly easy it is to transfer an image & paint something that sells easily and inexpensively. Artists have entered the era of the fast and easy digitalized mcdonalds of painting. I have chosen to make my own art supplies as much as possible and this year I am dedicating myself to painting for the sake of art and beauty alone.  I  have been caught up over the past month in the digitalized art era and I confess with it becoming stressed. I have come to the conclusion that I am going to return to working towards artistic goals only —-focusing my talents and skill on pieces that I will be proud of. An artist most difficult task is marketing their work. I have also discovered that rendering representational artworks in encaustic paint is by far the most challenging medium I have attempted to date. I will be posting my successes and failures as I proceed. The fireplace surround is nearing completion and I am excited about seeing the finished stain glass window project early next week.
An Italian female artist and inspiration to woman artists :

A painting by Artemisia

BE brave – draw.
These are the main areas I am developing my artistic skill this year:
1. representational / figurative drawing
2. composition (mathematical /geometric)
3. color theory
1. Anatomy
2. 3d composition
3. Pictoral figurative Relief  
2010 Mediums
Encaustic representational, carved porcelain
Challenge/Goal 2010:
Learn Carved porcelain
study the masters – Artemisia


Stain glass window project

I was just recently commissioned to complete a realistic looking owl for a stain glass window. This project is a collaborative effort between designer Marjorie Brice, stain glass window artist Cavan Butler and myself. I visited the window today and it is absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately my camera battery was being charged so no pictures of the window yet. I WILL post pictures of the window as soon as I can. Here is a few pictures of my owls. I have completed some Owl ‘rough drafts’ as tests and to see how it would look (see picture below ) Now to complete the actual piece (size 4 3/4″ x 2 1/3″). Here is a quick drawing of  an owl reverse painted with encaustic on glass & they said it couldn’t be done. DSC00630DSC00633

Art sites

A comprehensive list of internet sites for Artist competitions, calls for entry, marketing and juried exhibitions :
This is for the artist that likes to apply themselves in as many directions as possible all at once.
I spent hours on the computer over a month collecting these sites on my favourites hopefully they will be helpful to all my artist friends out there. If you find something of value let me know or if you are not happy with one of the sites listed here for some reason let US all know so that we can help each other.
Current information:

Book cover:  Art will be accepted through December 31, 2010

Here is a site with lots of excellent opportunities for artist residencies (with some paid stipends) and international opportunities – worth checking out and probably one of the best sites on the internet for artist opportunities.
scroll through the pages for many different types of opportunities:
For artists focusing on feminist approach and women

drawing competition:
Canadian Institute of portrait artists:  
Artist competitions and designers —
Anyone want to design a puzzle go here:
or for prints and publishing artist submissions you can check this out:
Great idea and want to be published?
Have a need to exhibit in a craft market?
For next year you can also check out one of a kind show and sale for toronto vancouver new york etc.
ART Competitions: drawing competition deadline dec31 2009
or their other competitions here
Want to be on a stamp?
A free artist opportunities site:
  artist /sculptors
Design a small teapot
Live in New York?
Portfolio space:
ARTbook :
invitation to design invitations?
Interested in tile?
Deadline for submission dec 8th (tile)
Call for artists:
Ok here is where ART and SCIENCE collaborate apparently:

Zelli Porcelain:
A national ceramic competition:
ART Fair/ shows:
Too late for this year (held in late oct) but really early for next year!! 😉
Gallery submissions
Charles cummings gallery :
For How to information for artists or anyone check out:
Would like to get into the movie industry go here:
A construction material that artists are using as a substrate for watercolor, acrylic and oil  etc :
Artist Projects to get involved with:
For Encaustic artists:
international encaustic artists – this site is not user friendly you need patience.
Competitions cont’d  added extra bonus wine label competition !!

Greenhouse gallery portfolio submission:
Greenhouse gallery 2010 prospectus for competition submissions for traditional representational artists:
Salon international 2010
Emerging Artist auction NYC

Wine labels usually held annually

If anyone has some more sites of interest do not hesitate to add them to this post. I am currently interested in wine label competitions.