Jun
1
2011

June Artist of the Month - Denise Saylor

I have been painting and drawing my entire life. My earliest memories were of drawing constantly on anything I could get my hands on! When I was around 12 years old, I spent some time taking oil painting classes with an instructor who only accepted children who were already talented. I basically had to "audition" to be in her class. Although it was many years ago, I learned to be confident in my ability and it allowed me to explore painting in a way I had never done before.
 
As I grew older, life and responsibility got in the way of of my art. Eventually, it just seemed like something I used to do! Those close to me always knew I was artistic and I was usually the one asked to do anything and everything that might need some creative expression!

At some point, probably around 14 years ago, someone asked me to paint a full scale "family tree" on their wall. I told them there was no way I could do that! But after being talked into it, it actually came out really nicely and my latent talents started to bloom once again. I put together a portfolio, took it over to my local paint store, and a muraling business was quickly born.
 
I've spent all the years since painting murals and faux finishes for many people. At some point when murals started to die down a bit, I reinvented myself and learned how to paint kitchen cabinets, doors, etc. to resemble different types of wood. So another branch of my business was born and it has been keeping my steadily employed.
 
What has been lacking now for some time, however, is the joy that painting brings me. Painting for ME. I've spent so much time making painting a business, learning to paint quickly, learning to listen and produce what OTHER people's visions are. I need to get back to what I love to do. So now another twist in my life and it's time to paint again on canvas. What I choose, what I love, what I'm drawn to. I can't wait to see where it all goes.

www.denisemariesaylor.com

 

          

 

            

 

 

  

 

May
31
2011

Are you SURE you want a critique? by M Theresa Brown

Critiques. If you are an artist, you cannot escape the universal  useage nor  overexposure of the word, "Critique."  It is used randomly about the art world to the point where you either embrace the concept or reject it entirely.  In art,  Critiques are used in grade school, in art lessons,  art lecturers and schools of every calibre. But without a doubt it has gained widespread usage on the Internet message boards! But is a critique really what all these artists are asking for?

A decription of the word: "Critique has been used as a verb meaning "to review or discuss critically" since the 18th century, but lately this usage has gained much wider currency, in part because the verb criticize, once neutral between praise and censure, is now mainly used in a negative sense. But this use of critique is still regarded by many as pretentious jargon....."

Ouch. But let's truly analyze what a Critique is supposed to do and I cannot say it any better than a friend of mine did when asked about a Critique on a message board recently:

"Ah, critiques...
critiques do two things--

1. Establishes that the work has come to the point where the artist's abilities have reached their limit with that particular vision,
(or they've run out of time as in a classroom environment or commission, e.g.)
and

2. The people who are critiquing have two issues--
          

     a. They are not all trained in the language of design and communication to reach clarity with the artist about what needs to be done and WHY,and because of that
           

     b. they then bring into the discussion their own personal tastes and responses to the work, which may alter the directional vision of the artist, or worse, totally obscure the need for any design changes that would improve the work. (All the "attaboys" without content.)

Sometimes critiques can be harsh if the person posting does it to receive positive response.  Many early learners face this reality when their design and drawing knowledge come to the fire and someone points out a design issue that needs correcting (in their opinion).

I don't offer critiques much any more, unless it is one-on-one where I can be certain the person hearing my words understands the reasons for my saying them."Elin P.

My friend's definition was so well put that there was no way to improve upon anything that she said!

So we go back to what the requester of a Critique is REALLY asking!  And this is where you must be critically honest with yourself!  Do you want a critique (possibly at the hands of someone you should NOT be taking advice from) or a pat on the back?

We  never outgrow the need (and fun) of Show and Tell.  That is good!

But whereas a real critique in a controlled environment by persons whose advice you respect can be invaluable to you as an artist, more than likely what you are going to get is someone's personal opinion.  And that will happen 99% of the time you open up your work and abilities to a mass critique or an art group.  Be careful what you wish for!

Want to know more? Join Theresa and Steve June 18 for an all day seminar in Raleigh! Laast one until the Art of the Carolinas! http://jerrysartevents.stores.yahoo.net/keyoartcainm.html

 

 

May
23
2011

Local Raleigh Artists Unite to Help Fellow Artist and Friend!

Raleigh, NC (May 18, 2011)//For nine  months in 2009 Raleigh documentary film director Robert King and his wife, Lisa created a film that followed the unique art-collaboration between three local artists: Georges Le Chevallier, Sean Kernick and Paul Friedrich. The result of this process is the film “3 the Hard Way”. Now, two years later Robert King has been diagnosed with an anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumor. These artists are uniting once again, this time to support their friend by raising money from a one-time special screening of the film “3 the Hard Way”. All proceeds from this screening will help with medical costs and finding a cure for King.

King was diagnosed with a glioma brain tumor on January 10, 2004.  The spot on his brain had been growing since 2001. He received brain surgery in 2004, and 100% of the tumor was removed.   Recently, between May 2010 and January 2011 the tumor returned and is now a grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumor. King went through chemotherapy and radiation and it has not shrunk the tumor. Money is being raised to search for Roberts cure.
 
3 The Hard Way is Kings’ documentary of the artistic collaboration of Kernick, a graffiti artist from the streets of Philly, Friedrick, a cartoonist born and bred in the South, and Le Chevallier, French Puerto Rican mixed media/collage painter. King followed the three artists as they worked in partnership to create 14 canvases and 15 drawings. Each artist started with three to six pieces and the medium and materials were of the artists choosing. Once all the works had  been prepared and painted, there was an exchange and each artist traded out his works for a set of the two other artists.

Film Screening
WHEN: 7:00 pm, Thursday June 2nd, 2011
WHERE: Mission Valley Cinema
2109-124 Avent Ferry Road
Raleigh, NC 27606
HOW: Ticket price is $7.00
To purchase advance tickets go to www.AmbassadorCinemas.com <http://www.AmbassadorCinemas.com>  and click "buy tickets"
 
Screening starts at 7pm followed by a Question and Answer session with Director Robert King and the cast of the documentary.
 
www.UnitedforRobert.com <http://www.UnitedforRobert.com>
 
3 The Hard Way Movie Trailer
http://bit.ly/5gHkKl
 
As a master in the hair field, Spinelli has worked on movie sets in Los Angeles, and has performed in Italy, Brazil, Switzerland, Germany, and the United States. Come out for Triangle Fashion Week and see his wonderful designs, paired with clothing from Runway Couture, Tacori jewelry presented by Diamonds Direct, and SoHo Shoes

Media Contact:
Carrie Le Chevallier
Bounce Media-Marketing
919-412-2645  
Carrie.LeChevallier@yahoo.com <mailto:Carrie.Lechevallier@yahoo.com>
 
Attachment:  Robert King photograph
 
About Robert King:
Robert was born August 5, 1973. He grew up in Broward County, Florida. He is married to Lisa King, his partner in the film company Octave Blue.  King has a daughter named Kayla King who was born in 1995. He now lives in Raleigh.

 

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