Sold 3 thrift store makeovers! Plus, Handy Art Walk Links

Windsor Castle Surprise, thrift store makeover, SOLD

When in doubt, you can hardly go wrong by adding a monster or a bird, (or whatever is near and dear to your heart).

During Art Detour weekend, numerous artists showed and sold at the Icehouse gallery. It was a fantastic, fun event, and so great to see so many people and get a chance to chat. I was there mostly on Saturday, and stopped by for just a little while Sunday, and am happy to say I sold three pieces, two of them pretty large ones, (large for me!).

Decapitated, thrift store makeover, SOLD

“Decapitated” was the smaller of the three that sold, about 14 x 16 in. or thereabouts. It seemed to be part of an old sign or ad that was cut out to fit the little frame it was in. A magnificent bird was in it, but whoever had cut it out had lopped off the head, so I made it really lopped off, and the head is walking around lower right. I also added numerous faces, mouths, etc, to the fruit.

Pink Kite Eating Monster, thrift store makeover, SOLD

This, (along with “Windsor”), were the larger ones. The Kite Eating Monster was added to what may have been a kit painting, I could  not tell. It seemed to be a reprint but with little tentative dabs of what may have been added paint here and there, like a paint by number with no numbers, I dunno. I can’t remember now what was there, where the monster is, maybe a mountain or tree, maybe nothing.

At this point I have only a few thrift store makeovers left in inventory! That’s why I went thrifting about a week ago and picked up three reprints on rigid board of some kind. One is pretty big, about one by three feet, the others maybe 9 x 11. All are of forest scenes. I’ve cleaned them up and sealed them with GAC 100, and adhesion is good, so now I’ll think on them, and alter them as ideas come.

APRIL PLANS

I have nothing new planned for April, so far! However, I still have some miniatures in the gift shop at {9} The Gallery on Grand Ave. in Phoenix, an ongoing thing. This month, I hope to get around to a lot of other people’s shows on both First and Third Friday’s artwalk nights. A good site to see what all is going on in the arts here is The Arts Beacon .

If you’re not familiar with our artwalks:

The main artwalk areas are Roosevelt between Central and about 7th St, and Grand starting on Roosevelt and going South. But, by going a bit farther you can see other galleries on Central, Indian School, Jackson, and more. Planning your art walk usually involves driving since the Artlink Trolley doesn’t go to all venues. Artlink often has a map of galleries and shows, however, so take a look at their site to plan your trip.  We (that is, my husband, because I do not drive) usually drive because it’s worth going off the path to see Icehouse, Coe House, The Artery, Practical Art, FoundRE Phoenix, New City Studio, and more. Also, First Studio on 1st Ave just south of Roosevelt, and Olney on Roosevelt and 1st Ave.

We never get to them all! Even during the 3 day Art Detour weekend our record is still in the teens. We kind of lost count this year but it was over 14, our old record. For a single night we rarely do more than a handful as we don’t wish to rush thru good shows, nor pass up the chance to visit with people we don’t usually see except at shows. And, we turn into pumpkins at 9 or 10 pm, so we try to get home before the transformation.

Art Detour! Mural Sale,other shows, 3 Day Event

Hope to see you during Art Detour, a 3-day event, Fri Mar 17, Sat Mar 18, Sun Mar 19, 2017! I’ll have a few things going on. There is a lot to see on Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue, Central Ave, and galleries sprinkled throughout the central and downtown Phoenix area.

ART DETOUR INFO: https://artlinkphoenix.com/

MURAL SALE

Every December, during another event, the Phoenix Festival of the Arts, artists create a huge mural and the sections are for sale, for $300 each. Unsold sections are being offered at a sale during Art Detour weekend. Part of the money helps fund the arts and part goes to the artists. I have participated two years, and sold my section one year. The one from 2014 (pictured above) is still available. It’s on plywood and is 4×4 feet, acrylic.

Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ

Saturday March 18, 2017, 10 am to 3 pm.

Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1492656557434216/

Squareup Catalog page for mural sections: https://squareup.com/store/phoenix-center-for-the-arts/

Screenshot: squareup site for purchasing mural sections from past Phoenix Festival of the Arts. Mine is circled.

GALLERIES

ICEHOUSE

Thrift Store Makeover 2017 Cindy Schnackel

Thrift store makeover of large Monet reprint, Cindy Schnackel

ICEHOUSE, 429 W. Jackson

Sat. Mar 18 and Sun. Mar 19, Phoenix, AZ

I will be mostly at the Icehouse Saturday and Sunday afternoons during Art Detour. The gallery is closed for a private event Friday so I’ll be doing my sight-seeing Friday night as much as possible. I’m planning on taking some of my ‘thrift store makeovers.’ I had a show of just that, a few years ago at the R Pela Gallery, reviewed by the Arts Beacon here: http://www.theartsbeacon.com/everything-after .

I’ve continued to alter thrift store reprints from time to time. The materials and process allow me to sell them pretty affordably. Not sure if I’ll also take some pieces from other shows or any brand new work other than the ‘Carrot’ thrift store makeover above which I did recently. I have a large political themed painting in progress but have decided it’s more important to finish it on non-deadline terms, so it may or may not appear at the Icehouse this month!

There will be many artists at Icehouse for the event, so be sure you make the trip to see it. It’s a lovely, huge space, and not that far from the Roosevelt Row artwalk path!

ARTERY

Bird 6, 6×6 in on cradled wood panel, mostly acrylic

Sketchy People at Work, about 7 x 9 in on wood, mostly acrylic.

The Artery (Studio 6), 623 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ

Open Sat Mar 18 and Sun Mar 19 for Art Detour weekend; (not open third Friday).

The “Selfie Show” opened first Friday but will also be open during Art Detour. Besides the women’s painting group I’m part of, the artists who actually have their studios in this building will have their art up. There is a lot to see here.

{9} THE GALLERY

The unsold ones and a few newer ones are at {9} The Gallery in the gift shop area. Most are around 4×4 in, some bigger, starting around $55.

{9} The Gallery, 1229 Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ

In the Lounge/gift shop area of the gallery you will find several of my miniatures for sale. Ask if you don’t see them, they get moved around depending on the shows but usually are on a shelf. Most are around 4×4 inches, some a little larger, and priced now at $55 in most cases.

I hope to see you if you’re in the area!

Second round of Nasty Women art show!

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The Danger of Ladies’ Cooties, approx 7 x 9 in., mixed media on wooden oval, Cindy Schnackel 2017, $50 at show. SOLD!

The first Nasty Women art show practically sold out on opening night! (My “Bad Girl” piece was among those that sold.) They raised over $11,000 for Planned Parentood. Since the event was planned for three evenings, they put out another Call to Artists, and I just BARELY got this done in time to submit it.  It’s in the car now, still a little wet, and will be delivered later today. The show is open, and has dance performances, too, Friday evening, Jan. 21 and again on Saturday the 22nd.

See my post on the first opening of this show: https://cindyschnackel.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/phoenix-nasty-women-art-show/

Grand Arthaus

1501 A Grand Ave

Phoenix, AZ

(where Roosevelt, Grand, and 15th Ave all come together)

The event’s page has info about the Nasty Women shows going on elsewhere in the country, too. If you’re in the Phoenix area and can deliver a piece today, there are still a few hours to submit for this second round: https://phxnastywomen.wordpress.com/

Bloggers, new law re: 3rd party posts

I’m experimenting with the Comment Settings, so if you find Comments disabled, that’s why! I have enjoyed comments, and don’t want to turn them off entirely, but felt I needed to at least find the setting. [Edited Jan 2, 2017, to add that I went to my settings to turn them back on, at least for now, but they are still not appearing as an option.]

The reason is that a change in the law is not real clear yet if bloggers have to register a DMCA agent with the USCO like web hosts have to. It’s not a huge fee, that’s part of the law change to make the fee a lot less, but it’s annoying. I had my settings clamped down tight as it was, so the likelihood of a third party person including infringing content in a comment was slim to none. Just the same I thought I’d uncheck the Comment box for awhile til I find out for SURE that having Comments enabled isn’t going to create bureaucratic stuff for me.

WordPress’s host already has a DMCA agent and most bloggers blog on platforms hosted by some company, they do not self host. So this all seems kind of odd and not yet sorted out. I need to find a better article than the ones flying around Linked In copyright groups.

As an artist I’ve sent countless takedowns to site hosts when people have used my art without permission. I feel it’ll add confusion and make for disappointing results if people start sending takedowns to individual bloggers, because most won’t have any clue about this. I only knew because I follow copyright issues.

Here’s an article on it that I just read on Linked In. http://www.sociallyawareblog.com/2016/12/06/new-copyright-office-rule-creates-potential-gotcha-for-blogs-and-websites-hosting-user-generated-content/#.WEhLBZumE3U.linkedin

 

What to call it? [UPDATED! Solved!]

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The link to Tamara’s site is: http://www.tamarakenneallyphotography.com/

[Update! The company, Fatal Farm, gave me permission to use the phrase for my show! So nice of them, thank you Fatal Farm! http://www.fatalfarm.com/  ]

My show about animals has no title! I found there are other entities using the term I was mulling, and though it probably wouldn’t create any confusion with those entities and it doesn’t appear to have been registered as anyone’s trademark (yet), I don’t want to use the phrase anymore. If you have any suggestions let me know in the comments! Think pets and farm animals, vegan, factory farming, how we view animals, how they view us…these are themes in the show; now I just need a great title for it ASAP.

The painting below on the table is for it, one of the gentler ones, just fun. The one on the easel is for a different show that doesn’t need a title!

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Two big paintings with a lot of detail, getting closer and closer to done!

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Storm to the North.

Progress shot today, and pretty, dramatic sky. The light suddenly faded and I wondered if it was later than I thought. No, it was a small but intense rain storm headed our way. It got almost dark as night! Some parts of the valley did get over 2 inches of rain in a very short time. It’s still not where we are, not sure we’ll get as much out of it except darkness.

Just today, a friend on Facebook shared this article, about ‘copying,’ and it’s a good read. The infringement problem has just exploded in recent years and is bleeding some artists dry. http://elihalpin.com/blogs/eli-halpin-blog/do-not-copy-art-without-permission

Painting and Gardening in 100+ degree weather

Work in Progress, for a show at Olney Gallery in September. 

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Large panel painting in progress

I finally committed to the idea I had for this large panel, but by the time I did, it was well over 100 every day. This past weekend it was around 114! Normally I don’t paint outside unless it’s under 90 because the paint just dries too fast and I wilt in extreme heat anyway. But, this needed to be done by late August and there’s almost no chance it’ll be good outdoor painting weather again before Oct.

So, when it “cooled off” to 106 today, I was out there spattering, glazing, dripping and slinging paint. I had a water spray bottle in one hand, which helped keep the paint wet long enough to get the runny effects. The paint dries instantly in this heat. The panel itself heated up so it was a little like painting on a frying pan. Artists who use oils and spray paints seem to take advantage of that. For acrylics it can be a real drawback but one just has to work with it, or wait for better days!

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Cooled off to 106 today, ran outside to paint before it passes.

I LOVE spattering and dripping. We did a lot of it painting theater sets and other large scale things. It was like being given permission to make a big mess, plus the effects are fun. Because it’s all so random and you have to work fast, it’s a great loosening-up exercise. Happy accidents happen, and give rise to more ideas.

This painting will almost certainly have birds in it, but you never know what life of its own it’ll take on. Tomorrow morning I’ll be out there again. We’ll see where it goes.

Flowers that survived the 114 degree weekend

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Hollyhocks

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Red sunflower, about 6 ft tall, the back is mostly yellow but the fronts are red!

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Dwarf zinnia mix

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Sweet potato flower

Technically, the sweet potato flower did not really survive the 114 degree weekend, because it seemed to have stopped flowering just before that. I moved it to the shade because the plant looked like it was struggling in even morning sun right now.

This is an actual sweet potato, not the ornamental kinds you buy for the foliage.

I had bought some sweet potatoes at the grocery store, forgot to cook them, and they started to sprout leaves right in the paper bag they came in. I continued to ignore them and they got to be a nice houseplant, LOL, but I was concerned they would die if I didn’t get them in soil soon. This was in winter here, maybe Jan or Feb. So I took it outside and put the bag and all into a pot and dumped potting soil into it and watered it good. It continued to grow into a lush plant, only getting a little damage from frost.

When it got hot this spring, it began to flower! Being related to morning glories, the flower resembles them. I can’t seem to capture the full beauty of the bloom, but they’re mostly white with a lavender and purple tone as it goes deeper inside. Luminous is how I’d describe them. They’re not quite as big of a flower as morning glories and they tend to hide under the foliage.

I’m told this is really rare for them to flower and that I should try to save any seed it makes. So far I can’t even locate a seed head. It may be that the heat, or lack of pollinators, prevented pollination and it may not even have seed as a result. If it does make seed, info I read said they’re rather rare and valuable to gardeners because that’s the only way to get genetic diversity in them. Most of them are propagated by roots because of how difficult it is to get seed. I wonder if the fact it was in such a crowded pot made it flower. Sometimes ‘stress’ makes a plant flower, and go to seed. High heat is one of the things that can do that with some plants you don’t generally want to go to seed, too, like lettuce. Some herbs and greens are “slow bolt” varieties that give you a little longer time to cut greens before they bolt and die. In all my reading up on the sweet potato I don’t recall if the vine is perennial. Seems like it would be; guess we’ll find out!