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I’ve been invited to do a solo show at Bellport Arts & Framing in Bellport, during June of this year- this show will feature my new work, which is going a little bit beyond Batik…. its Gyotaku!
Gyotaku is the ancient art of fish rubbing, used by Japanese fishermen to record their catch. It is usually done on rice paper with the sumi-e inks.
What I do, is take a piece of fabric I’ve already batiked, and then print on top of that. I will use fresh fish, or lots of interesting things, to create a painting. I may also print on plain fabric and then batik over it for some very interesting results. This process is even more involved than Batik, because its actually the combining of the two processes. I find it interesting and engaging to take very old methods (dying arts) and put new twists on them with modern materials.
Gyotaku is still practiced in some places- I’ve seen it on youtube, where in Hawaii, guests get off the fishing boat, walk across the street and have their catch printed right there on the spot- kind of like a tourist thing…
Hope you can stop by and see the show–
There will be a reception for the show on Sunday June 24th, 2012 from 1 -3 pm at
Bellport Arts & Framing, 137 South Country Road, Bellport.
Open Wednesdays- Saturdays, 11 am – 5 pm
Many Thanks to Jeanette Donohue of the Syosset Library,
for her work with the art gallery at the library-
they have just completed an online gallery!
Find it here:
On Sunday March 25th, 2012 from 2-6 pm,
the Mastic Beach Property Owners Assn.
proudly presents it’s second annual art event entitled
“With One Brush Stroke” which will raise funds for Hospice
and their eight bed facility in Suffolk County.
The show will feature 10 local artists, who will be displaying
and selling their art which will range from watercolors, jewelry &
photography, many of which are inspired by our local beauty.
There will be refreshments and a raffle to win one of several fine art pieces, all for a great cause!
31 Neighborhood Road, Mastic Beach
For info, contact Lorraine at 281-4530
See you there!
Local Landscapes by Local Painters!
Come see what we’ve been up to all summer!
Our artists have been “painting the town” at various locations this year, and you’ll want to see what they’ve done- you may even see YOUR house! http://www.PALSPleinAir.com
Visit the P.A.L.S. exhibit “A Brush of Long Island” at BAFFA Gallery, 47 Gillette Ave, Sayville, (11782) on December 11 & 12 from 12 – 4 pm
Where we’ve been:
On the North Shore, we’ve been to: Avalon Park, the Stony Brook Harbor/Marina, Flowerfields, and Frank Melville Park, Setauket
Bellport/Brookhaven: the dock, yacht club and Marina, Van Der Zalm Greenhouses, Squassux Landing, Robinson Pond, Dunton Ave and Bayview Ave Beach, Brown’s Pond, Meadow Farm, Beaver Dam Creek, Fireplace Park
Patchogue and West: Swan Lake, Sandspit Park, Watch Hill Ferry Terminal, Mascot Pier, Woodside Nursery, Meadowcroft, Lands End, Islip Art Museum, Bayard Cutting Arboretum
Mastic/Moriches /Yaphank: LaCorte’s Farm Stand, Forge River Marina, Longwood Estate, Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Smith Point Park and Flight 800 Memorial, Yaphank Lake, the Suffolk County Farm
Out East: The Peconic River Herb Farm, Calverton, and Lavender by the Bay, East Marion
and that’s just THIS year! We’ve had some great weather! (we’ve also had some not-so-great weather) But we always have fun and enjoy nature and the camaraderie of our fellow artists- Join us for a great show!
Over the weekend of October 1st and 2nd, about 30 artists had an intense 2 day workshop with Alyson Standfield, the artbizcoach, learning ”Shameless Self Promotion for Artists”. We had a great time connecting and learning- two very fun and social days of networking. Shown with Alyson in the photo above, is WSA President Sue Miller. Many thanks to Sue, Libby, Victoria, and Pat for putting all the details together for a fine weekend! And, we also learned it’s National Arts & Humanities month so get out there and collaborate and advocate the arts! Pass the word!
For more info, check out:
Here’s my 15 seconds of fame…… click on this link and then scroll over to the 6:27 mark for my short demo on Batik, (done in 2007) thanks to the folks over at Wet Paints. The video was created by John Alto ©2007
Women Sharing Art, Inc. to Host 2-Day “Shameless Self-Promotion for Artists” Workshop
Bohemia, NY – Non-profit group Women Sharing Art, Inc. is set to host a 2-day workshop, “Shameless Self-Promotion for Artists,” October 1 – 2, 2011.
Alyson B. Stanfield, art business consultant and author of the best selling “I’d Rather Be in the Studio“, will lead the workshop! The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion.” http://artbizcoach.com/
Stanfield has led art-marketing seminars throughout the country. This workshop marks her first live event in New York. Stanfield’s workshop will provide artists with the motivation, knowledge and strategic marketing techniques necessary to advance their careers.
About Women Sharing Art
Women Sharing Art, Inc. is a non-profit providing avenues for female artists to nurture and encourage one another in order to further their artistic accomplishments.
About Alyson B. Stanfield
Alyson B. Stanfield is an artist advocate, workshop leader, and art-marketing consultant who knows all about self-promotion. Alyson has helped thousands of artists develop their careers through her online classes, publications, workshops, and free weekly Art Marketing Action newsletter—all available through ArtBizCoach.com.
For further info:
This is a great idea for retirement parties, even weddings and showers–
Marty came to one of the SBAA demos and here’s what he did:
© Marty Macaluso
We had a lot of laughs that night as Marty quickly captured those attending the meeting– amazing to watch!
The following is reprinted, with thanks, and by permission.
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The monastic artist
September 20, 2011
I’ve never stayed in a monastery, but I’ve visited some, both East and West, and I’ve certainly bumped into a few monks. I’ve also known a few nuns, but not intimately. I was once offered a job as a missionary, but I didn’t like the position.
But as for the painter, I like a monastic life. Mine’s not as rigid as the pros’. I rise early, paint before breakfast, correspond, paint, break briefly for a simple lunch, perhaps a brisk walk in the forest, maybe a snooze, then back to the studio. Dinner is at home with friends or family. I work each day until tired, read a bit, sleep well, and do it again the next day. Several days can pass without moving the car. It’s productive–the monastic life gets results. As Picasso said, “I like to live like a poor man with lots of money.”
It’s all about the renewal and rebirth of life through creativity. Similar to the nuns who tend the fields, or the monks who labour in the hothouses, there’s satisfaction in growth, change, green shoots, raking up old leaves. Art reaffirms life and is in harmony with many universal principles. Perhaps the studio is even greater than the nunnery or the monastery. In the humble studio one hears the constant plop, plop, plop of product. Product that honours our land, our people, our earth.
To be in touch with creativity on a daily, even hourly, basis may just happen to edge yourself closer to divinity. If our universe is indeed a creation, (an idea that competes with the idea that our universe is an idea) then perhaps we need to be on that wavelength. Pushing paint is a high calling. To do it well you need humility. You need to walk the walk. You need a well-regulated, simple life so that you might become both servant and student.
And there’s another thing. It’s the fellowship of the Brotherhood and Sisterhood. They are all with us–the good and bad artists in the dusty books of history, in the galleries, in the promise of tomorrow’s children, or right here now as you meet them on this remarkable medium that befriends us all–even though we don’t really know each other. Art can take flight in an odd but active monastery.
PS: “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin.” (Matthew 6:28)
Esoterica: Like Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers and Compline of the ancient Roman Catholic liturgy, or the five daily pauses of Islamic prayer, an artist can create defined spaces for reflection and contemplation. The creative monk recharges and begins again. Each pause may be heralded with a new squeeze of paint or a sharpening of tools. Thankfulness infuses every breath. Every new passage is a fresh test of studenthood, patience, applied joy and creative love.
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Gyotaku is the ancient japanese method of recording a fisherman’s catch. this modern day art form is fun and tricky to get just right! Here I am using a flounder, with water-soluble fabric dyes that I will print onto cotton fabric. Then my very talented framer LuAnn, will frame the image as a fine art piece.
The print is pulled.
Here are some other examples I’ve done recently:
I’m very pleased to be able to say, these fish prints have been sold.
ISLIP ART MUSEUM STORE
“Sights of Stripes”
Selections from the IAM annual open call featuring
Holly Black, Brenda Chapman, John Cino, Daniel Cleary,
John DeRosa, Peter Dickie, JoAnne Dumas, Dan Lachacz,
William Sayler and Chris Taylor
August 1st - September 4th , 2011
Sunday, August 21st , from 2-4pm
(The museum itself is hosting the exhibit “Flag Day”)