A CALL TO ARTISTS.
You may remember my post about the Arts Village project in Vero Beach. Now we are down to things that are tangible like mini murals being displayed through out the Arts Village area. Once the community sees changes in the neighborhood I think more people will want to be part of the rejuvenation of Edgewood. The Mural Committee will supply numerous 32"x48" primed wooden mini mural panels for local artists to paint in a transformative butterfly theme.
I have been invited to paint one of the murals which is an honor for me. First of all I researched Monarch butterflies in all the visual stages in it's life cycle. Should I make my mural a teaching moment? No, I decided against the teaching moment, too predictable.
No grand ideas the first day or the second. On the third day l when I was tucked in for a good night's sleep it came to me. I will paint a huge butterfly trying to crawl out of the mini mural! Sort of like the street art artists do with their 3D perspective art but.... I don't know how to do that :(
I do have U Tube and a great imagination. After watching a few video blogs on forced perspective art or anamorphosis drawing I set out to go where I have never gone before. I must admit I am enjoying the new challenge. Think I will paint over the changes that I made when I went from the horizontal designing to the vertical observation so I can more easily trace my butterfly onto the wooden panel when I receive it.
More later as I work on my mini mural.
I have a friend that move from Vero Beach, Florida to Weaverville, North Carolina all by herself. She bought a beautiful piece of property in the country outside of Asheville then proceeded to have a manufactured house towed to Weaverville!! Who does that? Sharon is one of those rare breed of independent woman who has the will and will find a way to make it happen. I flew up to visit her the first two summers and I had a blast.
We worked in her yard putting in wildflowers that I found on a vacant lot, went to art studios in the area and even danced with her is a free form dance class. I was in my 1960's free spirit mode and it felt wonderful. Nothing like a feathered boa around your neck to say happy hippie. Hey, I will never see these people again. Of course we painted together at her house and I left several offerings for her to use in her new home decor.
She recently sent a painting that I had done for her back to me via another artist friend who snowbirds from Asheville to Vero Beach. Sharon loves the color purple so I painted
The Lady on the Chaise Lounge. That painting goes back 6 or 7 years but did you notice the stylized figure that I painted? Definitely Expressive but I did not see my genre calling at the time.
My question is; should I update the painting or do I leave it as is as a record of progress in my style and skill level?
The name of the web site is Daily Paint Works but I can not seem to keep up with the daily part. I do paint 3 times a week with different groups and on my own but no where near completing a painting every single day. Sometimes it takes a day or two to finalize a painting or even put it away for months before I see the solution. These are my latest additions to www.dailypaintworks.com/artist/mary-ellen-koser-5892/artwork. The landscape I put in as an auction item so we will see what happens.
Here comes the good news; I sold the bottom two paintings which makes me feel like a million bucks. My goal is not to become a famous artist but rather to reach my fullest artistic potential and maybe cover costs of materials.
Here's to one, maybe not daily, painting at a time.
Mary Ellen Koser