Autumn is here, leaves are changing to beautiful colors, falling to the ground, drying and recycling back into the earth. Although here in the desert its not as dramatic as the higher climates, most of the native desert trees have very tiny leaves and cactus really do not change much at all. October is my favorite time of year. A cool down after a long summers heat, shorter days and longer nights. Something that I enjoy since I’m more of a night person. My creativity starts to flow good around 10 PM. I’m also particular to fall colors, burnt orange, deep red and bright yellow. All can be found in every corner of my home.
Enjoy Natures beautiful show before a long winters rest.
Here is a new video that I send out to Art Galleries as a promotional piece. This along with a flyer, PowerPoint presentation or sometimes just the video to keep it a bit simple. Currently working on another video of just my canvas paintings and then one as a mix of both sandstone creations and canvas paintings.
I have learned that galleries are bombarded with submissions so I burn my presentation to DVD so that they can view it when and where they choose. Emails tend to get lost in spam filters, a busy day and basically just deleting unneeded emails to keep up. It’s always nice that they have something tangible, even it they throw it on the desk, they will come back to it eventually, even if it’s during cleaning. They may say “well I remember this, lets see what it’s all about”.
I have recently decided to delve into the world of ACEO’s. What are they you ask, well they are somewhat like baseball trading cards but for the arts. Artist decided that they wanted to collect and trade something similar to baseball cards so they came up with “Art Cards Editions & Originals” And so ACEO was born. They are little tiny and wonderful works of art. They can be any medium or media an artist can dream up. Oil, acrylic, pen and ink, watercolor, paper, canvas, board and in my case sandstone. The only requirement is that the size remain 2.5 X 3.5, the size of a trading card. They can be displayed in plastic sleeves and placed in a binder to browse through. Or if it’s a bit thicker like a tiny canvas or my sandstones they can displayed on a tiny easel and grouped together for a little art show.
These have been a great seller for me, since my larger Sandstone Creations average around $100.00 they can be out of reach for some people. My ACEOs start at $20.00, this is great for the experienced collector or someone just starting off and looking to invest in some miniature art.
And just because its small doesn’t mean that it is short on quality, some of my ACEO’s take just as long to create as my larger works of art. First off I’m not just breaking the sandstone and getting an assortment of sizes and shapes. My ACEO’s have to be carefully measured and cut with a tile saw to get that perfect 2.5 X 3.5. I usually spend an entire day cutting them, then sanding and cleaning up the cuts, cleaning up the tremendous mess the tile saw creates, then I spend the reset of the week painting my ACEO’s. No matter what stage of my ACEO’s I’m doing I enjoy them all because I’m doing them for me.
I’m currently showing my Sandstone Creations along with a few paintings at Dreams and Legends of the Superstitions Gallery located in Apache Junction. Local artists of all types sell and display their art at this wonderful art gallery that is dedicated to freedom of artistic expressions. This gallery is located on Highway 88 directly across from the beautiful Superstition Mountains and on the way to Canyon Lake, Roosevelt Lake, Gold Field and Tortilla Flats.
Many times when I set up my canopy and artwork outside the galley I sit and sketch the mountains at different times throughout the day to document the colors and shadows as the sun moves across the massive stone mountain.
I’m enjoying my experience at this gallery, it’s a joy to show my work with so many talented artist. With the weather heating up I’m curious how long the business will continue to pour in at the gallery. Next month the temperature will be well over 100 degrees and the heat may be too intense to venture into the great outdoors.