Warning: You might need tissues (according to the folks on Facebook who watched it already). I am humbled and grateful to have had my work and message captured so beautifully by Enero J. Ray and Chad Fedler of Touchvision. This was edited down from a 40 minute interview with me as well as a visit from my client Claire and her pups Medi and Tula. We also took a field trip over to the new Urban Pooch Canine Training Center to get some footage of the new mural I designed. What a gift to have this tribute to my pups Izzy and Alice who were such an integral part of growing my art business and inspiring me to get involved with addressing the Homeless Pet situation so prevalent in our society.
My nervous sketchbook journal entry Friday morning…pre-install of my murals and canine characters for: Urban Pooch‘s new Canine Training & Fitness Center! The Grand Opening is this Saturday at 5400 N. Damen Avenue in Chicago.* The guys at Sign-a-rama did a fantastic job *
Co-owners Dan with Maxine (the green dog) and Ed, below with Berwyn, their actual dog (I did his portrait last year).Me with Georgie…so much FUN to see my dogs as bigger than life as cut outs!
2nd smaller mural of “Mixed Breeds”
Joplin, the one REAL dog at the install…such a sweetie!View from the street as I was leaving…can’t wait for the final signage to go up on the outside of the building. More pics to come!
You haven't heard from me much this summer…but I've been plenty busy! In lieu of doing a myriad of outdoor artfairs I've been busy developing a Wholesale Line of Gift Items for Stores and Pet Boutiques. I showcased much of this new work at the Chicago Gift Market at the Merchandise Mart in July, and have many new products in the works since then. I love doing these shows, designing my booth, sharing new work with potential clients and meeting so many other lovely designers and makers. It was a blast, here's some before and after shots:
My most colorful booth to date – It's amazing what you can accomplish with a staple gun, a few rolls of colored paper and ikea shelving!
My new 'Holiday' selections! My lovely girfriends from Green Daffodil, Siouxanne & Anne! My new best friend in Canada! Julie, at Julie Sinden Handmade. We did an 'international' trade, I got a super cute new winter hat! …and the lovely Martha, of The 3 Sisters Design Studio! This gal is nonstop fun and a brilliant designer.
…I've been looking at a lot of it the last two days. I just gave my 30 day notice to terminate my storefront lease on Roscoe. This space didn't turn out to be exactly what I originally envisioned, but in this economy I was very lucky to receive many commissions from folks in the neighborhood, get some great exposure, interact with the community and in the end learn quite a bit about my(neurotic)self! I'm grateful that I was able to host some pet adoption events and share my passion for animals and finding them homes. I also met many artists inquiring about my journey and can only hope they were inspired to follow their artistic dreams. So, in a year of many changes in my life, this should complete the logistical portion of these changes, at least for awhile – I hope! Now I have some decisions to make, I loved the space above, but it's a little out of my price range and a bit further north than I want to be. The good news is, I saw some other great options today…so stay tuned, hope to have a new studio secured sooner than later…and this all means good news for you if you like my work: A STUDIO MOVING SALE! Let me know if you've had your eye on anything, I'm feeling VERY negotiable these days and would rather see my art on your wall than mine!
Having this storefront space has been an interesting experience…I’ve been here 1.5 years and kept regular open studio/gallery/shop hours for most of that time. I continue to get lots of commission work from people in the neighborhood but it’s difficult to get that work done during ‘open’ hours and it’s hard to commit to that during the summer when I have so many outdoor shows. So…I re-painted the “Gallery & Shop” sign to read “Art Studio”. For now I’ll be open on occasion, for special events and probably most Saturdays. Closer to the holidays, I may have set hours. It already seems to be working out, I’ve had a few appointments and even some knocks on the door this week. I’m happy to meet with you most days or evenings and you are always welcome to knock on the door if you’re in the neighborhood!
Speaking of being open…this Saturday, September 18th is Guinness Oyster Fest in Roscoe Village so I will be open from Noon-7pm. Stop in for a drink and some special end of the season deals!
I just signed up for the Sketchbook Project 2011. Guess which theme I chose? Big surprise: 'It's raining dogs & cats'. You can participate too..just follow the links. Thanks to Kathy Weller for the reminder.
I just signed a final film credit release for my prints “Dog Days” and “Betty & Barney” to be used on the set of Doggie Boogie, a feature film coming out sometime next winter. These prints will be hanging in the set apartment of character, Peter Wolfe, owner of Doggie Boogie, a dog dancing school…hopefully we’ll see them – that’s not always the case.
My previous brushes with the silver screen:
The Break-Up – You never saw my art in this Vince Vaughn/Jennifer Aniston movie because they cut the original ending…didn’t see it in the dvd alternate ending either. (My entire art fair booth was in it, plus my friend Eva May and I were hired as extras…it was a very fun 2 days of shooting along with some other art fair pals and their work on the set at Buckingham Fountain in August of 2005.)
The Number 23 – My postcards and book mark were easy to spot in this Jim Carrey flick plus I got a little press and sold the painting that was on the postcard….
I didn't take into consideration the spacing, each piece is formatted in a 1920 square, so the spacing might change the way the images are seen. I'm now leaning towards A with the B booth shot as shown above.
care to comment further?
I need your help, I have lots of art fair deadlines coming up this week – I'm on the fence with my slide selections. As a jury member you will be reviewing up to 1200 sets of slides. In the first round each set is projected for 5-10 seconds, the set is either rejected or goes on to the next round, more time is given in the next rounds, booth slides can be tie breakers.
My question for you: which of these 3 groups (A,B,C) makes the best initial first impression as a unified body of work? (click on the image to enlarge)
Rich & I headed down to the Merchandise Mart yesterday morning to set up for my show which starts tomorrow. It was nice to have today to catch up…and I've still got work to do tonight but I should relax a tiny bit as the hard part is done. Some photos from the day:
The entrance into the underworld of the Merchandise Mart from Kinzie Street.
It was so dark I couldn't get a good photo so I desaturated it…it's remarkable how much freight goes in & out of this building in an average day. We have 500+ exhibitors for our event alone setting up over 2 days…you pull in, unload and they take your work up on giant dolleys. You then go park your truck and by the time you get upstairs: your work is in your booth! wah-la!
Will put more goodies and the magnets out tomorrow…okay..now I'm excited, I needed that visual reminder that I am really set up and pretty much ready. This really is an amazing event with lots of good energy and shoppers…and it's always so fun to catch up with my artist friends from all over the country! (and to trade with them! stay tuned..hopefully I'll have new treasures to share in a few days.)
Just whipped up this card to go in my new mixed sets of holiday
greeting cards for One of a Kind. Cafe Press only lets you order sets of one design and
people always want mixed so this year I will give the people what they
want! Running out to Xpedx to see if I can find boxes or bags that fit
better than my current stock of clear bags.
Adrenaline is coursing through my body…This always happens, I worry for 3 weeks prior to an event but the mojo always kicks in at the last minute and brings all these other great ideas along with it! The clincher, I only have 'x' amount of time so I can only do so much…and in the middle of my short time to pull it together we are running up to WI to be with my family for the Thanksgiving Holiday (which I am VERY grateful for – but the timing is always tough). I'm just relieved that I'm back in 'super anne' mode, I was getting worried! okay..now I sound a little manic depressive don't I?
Wishing you & yours a wonderful holiday filled with lots of laughter and good cheer!