Let’s talk about artistic voice

 All artists wonder if they have a voice and how to know if they have one.  There may be as many opinions about this as there are artists. There are many articles both off and online on how to discover your voice. Here are two of them: http://blog.talenthouse.com/2012/02/25/10-ways-to-find-your-artistic-voice/  and http://artbistro.monster.com/benefits/articles/12710-finding-your-own-artistic-voice

I have never been able to describe my voice, though an artist statement should be a little about voice. But then I don’t have an effective artist statement either!  I guess that’s something else I have to work on.  

 There is an exhibit coming up for our regional SAQA group. It’s a quicky that came up sort of last minute. We can send one or two pieces and they will be for sale at the venue.  I need to get back in the swing of things after my fallow period due to health so I don’t want to pass this opportunity by. 

I pulled out the under-the-bed gallery to decide what to send. As I placed them  on the white bedspread it struck me that maybe I have a voice after all. I certainly have a go-to color palette and everything is very organic

Here are two more pieces left over from the SAQA donation quilt. I love how they look in these big chunky frames.  I couldn’t have planned these pieces from scratch to look any better than these left overs do.

So what do you all think. Do I have a voice that is obvious when you look at these few pieces grouped together?

SAQA Regional Show 2012

For Sale   $200

I posted this small piece when I finished the quilting earlier this year. I have been mounting some pieces on painted canvas. Using acrylics in the colors in each art quilt, I splash and blend the canvas. Then when the quilted piece is mounted, it all comes together into a mixed media piece, or assemblage art.

I entered 3 mounted pieces in the SAQA regional show that will be in Little Rock in 2012. This piece was ‘released’ but the other two were accepted.  Honestly, I think this was the best of the three. But in the world of juried shows, there will be another one that this will be accepted to, unless it is sold first.

The size of this canvas is 9 x 12 inches. It comes with hanging hardware installed. Please let me know if you are interested in a purchase.

SAQA Auction Dream Collections

SAQA members were invited  curate dream collections from the art donated for the auction. I am  honored that my piece was selected by Linda Jean Strand, curator. The theme she chose was the colors of sunrises and/or sunsets. Pretty spectacular pieces. Great job Linda!  You can see the collection HERE

Arty Mail day

My mail today was all about art. I got my new SAQA journal and 3 fantastic atcs from this month’s trade over at Arts In The Cards. The link is at the top of this page. 

Now am I the luckiest girl on the block today or what?

Sati Quilt

Here is the quilt in SAQA’s Beyond Comfort. The title is Purification No.02.

It is constructed of hand dyed fabrics, reclaimed silk saris that are crazy patched and burned with a blow torch. The piece was also painted over the quilting at the bottom.

The subject matter is the eastern practice of Sati. You can look it up if you are curious.

I was blown away with the catalog of the exhibit. I am humbled to be included with the marvelous body of work by such outstanding international artists.