Thursday, March 16, 2017

Bay Area Premier of "Leni"

Today, I'm off to California's Bay Area for the opening weekend of my play Leni currently in production at Aurora Theatre Company. I began writing this play in 2002 and completed the current version in 2006. You can read more about the play HERE.

Director Jon Tracy was interviewed about Leni this week on KDFC's State of the Arts. You can listen HERE. Also, Oakland Magazine featured the production this week with an article HERE. I'll be away from the blog for a few days, but in the meantime, wish me luck! I'm so excited to see this new incarnation!

Martha Brigham (left) and Stacy Ross (right). Photo by David Allen.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

My Artwork on Redbubble

Hey friends. I've embarked on a new venture - to make my artwork available via Redbubble. Redbubble is a marketplace for independent artists to make their designs available on bags, clothing, decor, and more. I originally went to Redbubble to print one of my pieces on a throw pillow (pictured below). 

I liked the quality of the pillow so I decided to make it available to YOU as well!
I'll be adding more artwork as I go, but in the meantime, 
here are some of the product categories on offer:

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Spring Open Studios

This is an exciting time in the studio because I'm preparing for Spring Open Studios on March 24th and 25th. If you are in the Dallas area, I encourage you to join me and 30+ other artists at the Continental Gin Building.

I'm also excited to tell you that Oak Highlands Brewery, a local brewery and tap house in the Lake Highlands neighborhood, is sponsoring a variety of hand crafted beers for this event! FREE BEER and awesome ART! What could be better? My studio is on the third floor (3E3) and will be open Friday, March 24 from 6:00-10:00pm and on March 25 from 2:00-6:00pm. I hope to see you there!

Monday, March 06, 2017

Investigating the Muse

I've been a painting machine these past few weeks. And I've been thinking about the nature of "inspiration" and the concept of "muse". Of course I'm familiar with the nine muses of Greek mythology. I remember as a young woman praying the to goddess Erato, the muse of lyric poetry, while writing a letter to someone I loved. I mean, how was I going to be persuasive, if I didn't invoke the muse?

I think every artist (writer, musician, etc) has their own muse. And at the rate that I've been working lately, I wondered if my muse might be tired of me. I began to think of her as overburdened, weighed down. So she showed up in a painting this week.

But no... I've changed my thinking about my muse. I don't think inspiration is exhaustible. I think more is better. One thing begets the next and begets the next and the next. There is always more to draw from. The artist need only show up for the moment, approach her canvas, and invoke the muse. Showing up is my responsibility. What comes next belongs to the muse.

The painting below is available HERE.

You can see some footage of me painting this piece in the video below:


Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Join me on PATREON

It's an early spring here in Texas (the warmest February on record) and its time for new beginnings, growth, and faith in the season ahead. That is why I'm excited to announce the official launch of my Patreon page!

If you're not familiar with, its a platform for independent artists to better connect with their audience. On Patreon, patrons support the artists they love with a monthly pledge - it could be $2 or $10 or any amount they choose. Then on the first of the month, Patron processes the pledge. In turn, the artist offers perks or rewards to their patrons as a thank you.

 For the past few years I've been looking for a way to share my work in a more immediate and intimate way with my friends, clients, and supporters. After much thought and a beta test period, I'm confident that PATREON is an elegant solution! Please take a look at my introductory video on Patreon and let me know if you have any feedback! I'm excited about this new chapter, but I'm even more excited to work with YOU!

Here are the PERKS for PATRONS:

FRIENDS $2 = Access to Patron-only posts
I'll be sharing deep-dive, process-oriented posts 
about making art in the studio JUST FOR YOU. 

LOVERS $5  = Access to Patron-only posts +
A set of 5 art postcards mailed to your door!

MENTORS $10  =  All of the above +
Original art in your mailbox. 
And not just once, but multiple times throughout the year. 
It could be a watercolor, or note cards, or a mini canvas, bookmarks, 
or other artsy ephemera I create for you! 
Think of it as an art care-package.

FAMILY $25  =  All of the above +
After three months of patronage, 
you are going to get your own 
commissioned artwork (12x12 inch acrylic on canvas)
I'm going to make you a piece of art and we're 
going to work together on it. Okay? I'll be in touch! 

BENEFACTOR $50  =  All of the above +
An open invitation to attend any and all of my 
workshops, classes, exhibits, events, and open houses as my guest
Thats right - you come to classes whenever you like! 
And this includes my parent / child classes.
Any and all classes.

So what do you think?
Wanna make some art together?


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

When Artists Buy Art

I am an artist. But I'm also a collector of art. I have a very small collection, but that is mostly due in part to my budget. A few months ago, my studio mate created a piece that made my heart stop. Truly, the second I saw her I wanted her - like that sappy love story where your grandfather saw your grandmother at a Sunday luncheon and said to himself, "That is the girl I'm going to marry".

Well today, after many weeks of saving my pennies, I married my sweetheart. She is now mine and hanging in my bedroom. Now, I realize that this is an unorthodox way to hang a piece of original art - over top of an Indian embroidered textile. She is so minimal and the textile so detailed. But it feels right.

The piece is entitled Admiral by Jay Bailey