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Landenberg, Pennsylvania, United States
I am a woman who has dreamed of being a famous artist as a little girl coloring in her Cinderella coloring book. I have spent many years as a painter but also experimented with sculpture, mixed media, graphics...even theater...pretty much any medium where my creative talents could find a place to flourish. I have been showing and selling my artworks professionally now for over a decade and I never tire of being a creative force in the world. I take so much pleasure in the fact that my work seems to bring joy to those who observe it, buy it, or just come into contact with it. I have yet to achieve fame, but I decided several years ago, that perhaps God’s plan for my work was something more intimate, something cozy and special to be enjoyed in relationship with my audience.

Millicent and the Faraway Moon

Millicent and the Faraway Moon
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

How to paint sunflowers with underglazes

I love painting on my pottery. I am beginning to marry my painting skills with creating my handmade pottery more and more these days. I have a particular kind of clay which is made by Laguna (MC65) stoneware that I like to use, because it is very white, almost like porcelain, but not as difficult to work with. Stoneware also has more practical applications. The white clay becomes like a canvas for me. In my latest video, I am demonstrating how I use Amaco velvet under glazes to paint on my bisque ware. Once I have completed the painting, the entire object gets dunked into a clear glaze which gives it a nice shininess and crackly finish on some pieces.

This latest piece dons a couple of happy sunflowers. Enjoy….


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

My Academy Award Please

Here it is, the footage you've been waiting for! My last post was all about my experience as a guest juror for the Newark Arts Alliance exhibit entitled "Mad About Red". I mentioned that the local PBS station WHYY was doing a blurb on their magazine show about it and interviewed…ME :0)

They did a very fine job of producing and editing the piece and I hope you will enjoy it. The segment is at the end of the show so if you don't want to watch the rest of the show (though it is interesting) just scroll through.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Jurying my first art show


This week I had my first experience as a juror for an art show being held at the Newark Arts Alliance the month of February. I was thrilled to be asked to do it even though I wasn't entirely sure what to expect.



I went on Sunday to jury the more than 50 pieces entered. The show is called "Mad About Red" and the interpretation of the color red was left up to the artists. It is an all media show, so I was choosing among fabric pieces, knitting, collage, photography, painting, drawing and mosaic among others. 



I found it was very difficult to weed out what to include and what to "reject." I hate that word because as artists, we are so intertwined with our work it is sometimes hard if not accepted into a show not to take it personally. 



Be that as it may, I had the job of curating the show and I had a wonderful time of it. There is a great variety of works and many very interesting interpretations of the theme. 



WHYY Channel 12 is doing a piece on the show and interviewed me as a part of it. I think the show is "Delaware Tonight" though I may be wrong on the title. I do know that it will be aired on Friday, February 14, at 5:30 and 11:00 PM and again on Sunday at noon. It will also be on the website on Monday. I should be a big star after all those airings :0)



The NAA show is open to the public now and hosts a free  February 14 second  Friday reception from 6-8 PM.






Jurors Statement

I was quite honored to be asked to jury for Mad About Red and very excited coming in to see what interpretations of the theme awaited me. I found that jurying is a difficult job when faced with a room full of beautiful works created by talented artists from many media.

It was wonderful to have an audience with each piece instead of viewing them from slides. My methodology for choosing work was based on quality, presentation, color, interpretation of the theme and harmony with other works.

I approached the curation by moving pieces around and choosing anchor pieces for each wall-larger pieces which by sheer size and impact would serve as gravitational pull for the works surrounding them. 

From there I looked for relationships of that would create a flow from one piece to the other, evoking a mood of color or texture from one wall to the next.

As a self taught folk artist, I am humbled by the range of technical skill in the execution of many of the pieces. I was bowled over by the impact and emotion of some and savored the sense of “story” in others.

I loved the fact that this was an all media show and enjoyed including the variety of 
fabric pieces and jewelry in it.

I found it interesting that the color red is associated with love and with Valentine’s Day,  and one might expect at least one submission of perhaps the word love, or hearts or lovebirds. But there were none.

So, RED. What is it? Just a color? 

No, look around the room.

It is mystery in a doorway.
It is flowers in bloom. 
It is frightening.
It is angry.
It is warm.
It is tactile.
It bleeds.
It punches.
It shouts
It.....

Thank you to all the artists who entered even if your work wasn’t chosen for this show. Keep putting your work out there and keep blessing the world with who you are and sharing your unique voice. We all need to hear it. ~Karen O’Lone-Hahn







Thursday, January 16, 2014

If you can draw a circle, then I can teach you to paint!

Many people have said to me that they would like to learn how to paint, but that they can't even draw a straight line without a ruler. Well, guess what? Neither can I- and I have been an artist since I could hold a pencil!


Making drawings and paintings is not about making straight lines unless you are going for a certain type of realism and in those cases, often a ruler IS used.

Drawing and painting is about SEEING. It's about observing objects and shapes and seeing through them. It's about dissection and observation. It's about coordinating hand to eye.



Sound intimidating? It's not. If you can draw a circle, square, rectangle etc., then I can teach you to paint. I have a method of teaching which will help you break down what you are seeing into simple shapes and connect them to become the objects before your eyes.




I can also teach you simple ways of mixing and dealing with color that will have you creating and finishing at least one masterpiece (or more) during my 9 week painting class which I teach at The Art Studio 310 Kiamensi Road
Wilmington, DE 19804.

This is a photo of one of my previous students at work on a painting.  She walked into my class with zero experience in drawing or painting and completed 2 1/2 beautiful still life paintings during last semester.





If you would like something fun, laid back and rewarding to do with your long winter nights, then consider joining my Acrylic Painting class.

The class meets on Weds. evenings starting on Jan. 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. The cost is $155.00 for residents and $165.00 for non-residents. Materials can either be bought from me at $35 or on your own from the supply list provided when registering. 

You may register online at The Art Studio of New Castle County or by calling : (302) 995-7661

Feel free to give me a holler with any questions. Hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Facts About Famous Art

Did you know that Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe is one of pop art’s most famous images and contains 50 images of the actress from her publicity shoot for the 1955 film, Niagara? How about the fact that The Scream by Edward Munch actually has four different versions? By knowing a little more about the art that you love you will be able to impress your friends and have more to talk about when you have visitors. This is because it is easy to get your favorite works of art in your home by purchasing a reprint of the original. You can frame the art that you love without having to pay enormous prices at auction as well. In addition, the art that you display in your home can say a lot about you and your family. Learn more about the ten most popular fine art reprints by reading the infographic that follows. Created by Coastal Printworks, provider of provides Museum Quality T-Shirt Screen-Printing, Digital T-Shirt Printing and embroidery.









Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My artistic year in review

New Years Day. The one day of the year which causes you to stop and reflect and (if you're ambitious) make a plan for the 364 days to come. I don't generally spend a lot of time looking backward. It's too easy to get stuck there. I am usually more future oriented but I thought that this year it might be advantageous to take a look at where I've been to help me make a plan for where I am going.

 In my private life, I had a very good year which might seem like a strange thing to say given that my husband had a near fatal car accident in March, my father in law had 2 strokes which nearly killed him in May and I had a health scare of my own just this December. I say that it was all good, because we are all thankfully ok and going through each of these experiences caused me to draw even closer to God and to rely on Him for my strength.

Here are highlights of what's gone on in my artistic life.

January 2013- Had a blast with a bunch of crazy artists at Atelier 273 Toulouse Lautrec party


February 2013- Visited the Salvador Dali Museum and the Morean Art Center in St. Petersburg, Fla. 



April 2013- Mini Retrospective at The Grand Opera House in Wilmington, De.

May 2013- Bellefonte Arts Festival-funkytown!

June 2013- Featured Artist/Author at Palette and Page in Elkton, Md.


July 2013- Got my own kiln!


August 2013- Spent a day collaborating with other artists


September 2013- Became Philadelphia Area Arts and Crafts Examiner for Examiner.com


October 2013- Started teaching painting at the Art Studio, Wilmington, De.


November 2013- Held a very successful Open Studio


December 2013-  A busy, busy, busy month of sales on etsy and local shows including some custom made challenges.


These are the happenings for the year. I had a lot of successes in terms of my work and grew a lot both as a person and an artist. I had quite a few accomplishments, but the one I am most proud of is having lost 33 lbs. to date on Weight Watchers. I still have a little ways to go, but that will be listed on next years blog- 

Wishing you all good health, peace and prosperity in the coming year!











Friday, December 27, 2013

Making Your List and Checking It Twice

Some great ideas to plan for a successful artistic  2014. Reprinted wth permission from Alyson Stanfield, Arts Business Coach.

Today's article is short and sweet because you should be enjoying the day. But . . . tomorrow it will be time to get back to work and start thinking about how you want to start the New Year.

Here is an idea for finishing up 2013 and preparing for a prosperous 2014. I'm fairly certain that Santa uses a similar process to keep track of the many deliveries he must make today.
Identify Your Projects

Spend a couple of hours this week assessing all of the projects on your plate.

Projects are undertakings that require multiple steps to complete. You can't finish a project in one sitting.

You might not be actively working on certain projects, but they are on your radar. You want to stay on top of them.

Here are some examples of projects:
- Overhauling your website or blog
- Creating a new series of work
- Moving
- Organizing an exhibition
- Planning an opening
- Arranging an event
- Marketing campaigns
- Writing an article or book
- Teaching classes or workshops
- Scheduling travel
It's likely that you have 10-15 projects or more at any one time. Each exhibition is a separate project. Each article is a separate project. Each teaching gig is a separate project.

This first step is simply to capture all of your current and future projects in one place. You can do this on paper, in a document, on Evernote, or in a project-management system.

It doesn't count to do it in your head. You must write them down.
Add The Tasks

After you have a good idea of your major responsibilities for the year (and beyond), you can add the tasks associated with each project.

Remember that a task is a single action, which might be dependent on an earlier action. Be sure you drill down your tasks so that each one requires only one step.

Add deadlines to your list.

Click here for the entire article
 

Alyson Stanfield is an artist advocate and business mentor at ArtBizCoach.com. This article was originally published in her Art Biz Insider, which is sent weekly to thousands of artists who are elevating their businesses. Start your subscription now and read more articles like this athttp://artbizcoach.com

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