Posts Tagged ‘artwork’

Artistic Decisions

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Recently, I have had to make some hard decisions regarding my art practice. Last year I showed my surreal artwork at art shows with varying degrees of success.

I realized after a long assessment these art shows may not be the proper forums for my surreals. There are many reasons for this. But one of the reasons that stood out for me was that of simple human conditioning.

Most art shows show a mix of traditional and contemporary with few showing surreal artwork. I think when people wander about a show they are preconditioned or have a visual imprint of the type of work they expect to see. This is really good for people who are showing similar work. It’s not as good for those who show different work.

I liken this to a person in the travel section of a bookstore who stumbles upon a misplaced children’s book. They are not looking for that type of book and hence dismiss it even though it may be a really good book. If, however, the children’s book was in its proper section, then it may have been better received.

I love my surreal artwork, but I feel they need to be shown in another format – a graphic novel or children’s book. Which means I will not be showing my surreal artwork at the art shows this year. Instead, I will be eagerly presenting my traditional wildlife portraits – which I love just as much.

Teaching Art

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Today I begin teaching at LucSculpture School & Studios. I will be teaching Art Portfolio and Cartooning, Comic Art and Sequential Storytelling.

Art Portfolio is a “one on one” class aimed at improving a student’s body of artwork for school submissions. Artistic portfolios should display “observational art” such as: landscapes, still-lifes, cityscapes, self-portrait and human form. It should also include work that speaks to your personal experiences and culture, and reflects your thoughts and concepts.

Cartooning, Comic Art and Sequential Storytelling is a seven week class series that focuses on the basic framework and components of cartoon and comic art. These will be put into play by learning how to tell and draw a story sequentially without the use of words.

I once taught a similar cartooning class at the Kansas City Art Institute. I am so looking forward to teaching it again!

The Art Booth Rocks!

Monday, June 14th, 2010

M-J Kelley Studio - Art booth at night.

The display of artwork is just as important as the artwork itself. In an earlier posting I mentioned I was in the process of building an art booth with the help of my brother. Well it was completed and has now been on display at two art shows. The interest in my display booth was unbelievable. Mostly because it was a clean gallery-like way of displaying artwork with an easy set up and an easy, fast and compact tear down.

The walls are made with a thin wood panel strung up with cable ties. Each tie is able to support 50lbs of weight. My brother constructed a desk/box construction in similar fashion using cable ties to hold it together. At the end of the show we just snip the ties and lay everything flat. One of the newest features to be added to the booth display are the lights. They are true track lighting but with the wiring adapted to be plugged into a surge protector. It is super easy to set up and then with a twist, the lights are removed. The image above was taken recently at night. There are 12 track lights (35 watts each) illuminating the booth. It looks fantastic at night!

Besides being complimented on the booth design and display, the booth itself has withstood heavy winds and rain and best of all it fits into the Jeep for another show! Yay to the art booth!