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8 out of 9

Friday, June 10th, 2011

That is the number of art shows to which I’ve been accepted this year. I think that is pretty darn good.

Sometimes, I tell you, it is a crap shoot. Neither rhyme nor reason as to why an artist is accepted into one show and not into another. Or why an artist was accepted the year before and not the following year.

But one thing is for certain: an artist should never take “rejection” personally. And though I’ll admit to a slight disappointment – which lasts momentarily – what follows is a fire in my belly and then I’m onto another new project. Rejection grants me precious time to work on new ideas.

Oh, but first you are probably wondering what show didn’t accept me. That would be the Queen West Art Crawl. I was informed in a “batch” email, broken down by alphabet. I was in the J, K, L, and M rejection pile. Who knows how many others were informed from A to I or N to Z. How do I know this? Because the author of the email used the CC line to address her bad news to me and 19 other artists. Can you believe that? Really, how rude to be batch emailed like that. I know 4 of those 19 artists – and their work is fabulous.

They, like me, should have been emailed directly and personally. We deserve that respect, even in rejection.

Updated Website

Monday, April 25th, 2011

I have spent the last three days rebuilding my website. It was time. Can you see a difference? The corkboard layout perhaps? It’s bigger. It allows for larger images and less scrunchy text. I have also removed a few tags (comic, web) and added a few others (surreal art, teaching, purchase).

I separated my surreal artwork from my fine artwork and have added my comic work to the illustration section. The teaching section used to be in events, but now it has its own home. And purchase? Well, it needed to be added as well, though I have yet to create the layout and write the coding for that. But soon!

The biggest differences you will note are the images. There are more and they’re bigger. The slideshow is built with moo tools and it does an excellent job of rotating from one image to the next. You won’t have to do anything, only sit there. I’ll warn you, it can be quite hypnotic—kind of like watching fish.

Another section that can now breathe is the blog. I didn’t change its layout, only the space size. What you might notice is the change in colours of the font headers and links—red and orange. These seemed to suit the colour of the corkboard the best, though I did toy with a lovely teal for a while before making my final decision.

So give it a spin, and let me know what you think.

Illustration Mailer

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Horse (graphite) by M-J Kelley

“Horse” is a drawing I created for an illustration mailer that the Studio will be sending out next week.The image also includes a cowboy waiting for a ride. This mailer highlights the Studio’s line art capabilities for illustration and storyboarding. If you would like to receive a mailer, please feel free to contact me and I will add you to the Studio’s distribution list.