Finding Inspiration in Shanghai by Heather Goldstein

I was recently lucky enough to get to visit China and I cannot even begin to express what an extraordinary experience it was. One of the most special things I was able to do was visit the M50 in Shanghai.  The M50 is a new art district with over 120 art galleries and art studios.  It is the center of Shanghai's art scene.  It is also a testiment to China's progress and a miraculous showing of Chinese Contemporary Art.

The whole area is an inspiration.  There's something about the broken down walls and graffiti that just make me feel like painting.  And the artists I met were all very professional and polite.  Sometimes when you stay in the same place for too long and you see the same thing too often, it gets stale.  It was quite an experience to see how artists on the other side of the world are creating art and the differences in the way they paint.

I was supprised to find that most artists painted in oil and practiced western paiting techniques.  It was interesting to

see how our worlds are merging.

Each studio was packed with work and by the time I left, my mind was racing with new ideas.  If only I could have gotten to my studio right then!  I have nearly 1,000 pictures from the trip and I am more than ready to choose my subjects and start painting.  Since the beginning of the year, I have painted 30x40 and 36x48 as opposed to my usual 58x72.  I am now ready to bring out the large stretcher bars again and start attacking new, bold, large canvases!

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Losing Steam by Heather Goldstein

When I graduated last December and started my job full-time here at Jerry's, I was beyond motivated to make it work.  I had read somewhere that something like 90% of art school graduates do not create any art in the 2 years after graduation.  That was not going to be me!  I left school feeling refreshed and motivated about life, my job, and expecially my art.  So here it is, October 11, and I have seen my art take the back seat.

Now, productivity is definitely NOT the issue!  I have done 11 paintings on my own plus 1 in progress, 3 commissions, and 6 collaborative works with my friend Heather.  No, the real problem has been what I find to be most artists' problem...the business end. 

When I graduated, I was constantly looking for shows to enter.  I joined the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh and was looking for as many additions to my resume as possible.  I need to get back to that.  I was so worried that I would not be able to force myself into the studio without deadlines, but the truth is that it does not take much forcing to get me there.  There is nothing I love more than to come home, pour a glass of wine, put on some music, and paint for hours.  But it's time to focus!  Time to find gallery representation.  Time to find juried shows.  Time to find my market. 

So off I go into the great blue yonder of the internet.  I'm in search, like so many, of an audience.


One of my newly finished pieces:

The Other Side

Oil, Encaustic, and Pencil on Canvas

36" x 36"


SPARKcon 2010

This past Friday, I went to Fayetteville St in downtown Raleigh to see the beginning of SPARKcon.  Walking down the street, I saw the artists beginning their chalk drawings for the street painting.  It was great talking to the young artists who were out there and excited about art. 

After the street artists, I got to see the Artist Pods.  artSPARK rented P.O.D.s that were used for artist installations by Julia Gartrell, Ann Marie Kennedy, Stacey L. Kirby, Kelly Murray, and Matthew Zigler.  i got the chance to speak with Stacey about her installation.  It was great to be a part of her work and to see what "belongings" people carried with them. 

Just to explain...participants filled out a form (similar to a customs declaration form) where they listed everything they had on them.  However, in Stacey's installation, a "belonging" ranged from your chapstik to a feeling.  When I finished filling out my declaration form, I was instructed to file it alphabetically and was then given permission to sift through and see what others had brought with them.



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